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Five Reasons To Visit The Beer and BBQ Show This Year


The Beer & BBQ Show is a seriously fun way to spend a weekend. It falls on Father’s Day Weekend, so if you’re at a loss about what to get dad this year, a memorable day sampling delicious beer, eating tantalizing BBQ dishes, and enjoying the incredible entertainment may just be the perfect gift.

When the warm weather starts to hit, people flock to their backyards to enjoy all kinds of delicious BBQ meals, and when they do, nothing pairs better than a nice, cold beer. This event will get you prepped and excited for the season of BBQ by showcasing (and serving) all kinds of incredible beers and foods that will get you pumped to host your own BBQ party. There are plenty of great reasons to visit the show this year. If you’ve been before, you already know how great it is, but keep on reading because this year is bigger and better than ever. If you have never experienced the Beer & BBQ Show, well, here are five reasons why you’re going to want to try it out:

Quick Look

Location: Western Fair District Agriplex
Address: 845 Florence Street
Dates: Friday, June 14th + Saturday, June 15th 
Times: Friday 6:00pm-11:00pm, Saturday Afternoon 12:00pm-5:00pm Saturday Evening 6:00pm-11:00pm

*This is a 19+ only event, so get a babysitter and enjoy the Beer & BBQ Show without worrying about the little ones.

Ticket Information

Friday – Featuring Sloan
General Admission Advanced: $16.00
General Admission at the Door: $20.00
Wingman Package: $60.00 (Available in Advance ONLY) *Includes 30 sample coupons ($30 value!)

Saturday Afternoon
General Admission Advanced: $12.00
General Admission at the Door: $16.00
Wingman Package: $52.00 (Available in Advance ONLY) *Includes 30 sample coupons ($30 value!)

Saturday Evening – Featuring the Reklaws
General Admission Advanced: $25.00
General Admission at the Door: $30.00
Wingman Package: $80.00 (Available in Advance ONLY) *Includes 30 sample coupons ($30 value!)

Sample Coupons
30 Sample Coupons: $30
(On average, drinks are 2 coupons, and food samples are 4)

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Reason #1: The Food

What is the number one thing that is going to determine if a party or event is going to be worth going to? The food. Good food is king, and the Beer and BBQ Show is the king of kings for food. Whether you’re looking for something fresh and healthy or something deliciously deep fried, you’re going to find the perfect pairing for your nice, cold beer here. The show features an incredible variety of flavours and types of food. The vendors are the best around. Make sure to come hungry, because there are going to be so many great options, it’ll be hard to pick just one thing to try!



Here is what is in store for you for the food portion of the Beer and BBQ Show:

For the Sweet Tooth

Udderly Ridiculous will be serving up delicious goat milk ice cream.
Cream Beanery Café has delicious brioche buns with gelato – an interesting combination, but one we’re sure you will enjoy!
Chef Bill Presents will be showcasing “Drunken Jams, Jellies, and Marmalades”, with delicious options like Peach Tequila Surprise.
Heavenly Dreams Ice Cream will satisfy your craving for soft serve

Pub Food

Bavarian BeerNuts will be their signature sweet/salty crunch.
Fionn MacCool’s will be sure to have their famous beer bread and cheese sauce!

Food Trucks & BBQ

C’Angelina’s porchetta on a bun with salsa verde is going to be full of flavour!
Field to Truck Mobile Eatery is all about healthy, local, sustainable food that is convenient and quick. Be sure to sample their pulled pork tacos and philly cheese steak!
Felony Fries will be serving up delicious pulled-pork poutine.
Kelsey’s Original Roadhouse will be on side with a signature BBQ dish, burgers, fries and a variety of deep-fried options.
Lou Dawg’s Southern BBQ knows how to slow smoke their meat, and will be serving authentic southern.
BBQ Sali’s European Style Chicken will be serving up grilled chicken and veggies in a wrap, salad, or plate and will have perogies and poutine as well!
Spectra Food Services will have options for meat eaters AND veggies lovers, including:

Smoked & Packaged Meats 

Carmichael Smoked Meats makes incredibly delicious jerky and smoked meats, and uses specialty meats like Kangaroo, Bison, and Venison.
Rokeby Farms offers hormone-free, farm-raised meat that comes from happy animals that are cared for by the Ryan Family.
Stafford Brothers Meats will dazzle with their great tasting salami, pepperettes and jerky!
TruLOCAL will bring the meat to you – learn about their clean, locally sourced meat products

Other

Garlic King will be there with delicious spreads and butters.
Mr. Knife Guy learn knife techniques for that perfect cut.
Salt + Mustard is a small batch company that will dazzle with their infused finishing salts and artisal mustard.

Reason #2: The Drinks

The Beer and BBQ Show is bringing you insanely delicious drinks all under one roof so that you have the chance to try out beers and cocktails that you’ve never experienced before. You’ll get the chance to talk directly with the representatives to learn about where they get their ingredients, what sets them apart from competitors, and how they got started. Ask them what pairs well with their drinks, or what ones they would recommend. Or, if you’re not in the mood to learn, just grab some refreshing beverages to pair with your savory snacks and enjoy the great entertainment that the Beer and BBQ Show is bringing this year.


The Beer

Nothing pairs better with summer than a nice cold one. As soon as the sun comes out, people flock to patios and docks with delicious cold beers in hand. It’s a social drink. It’s a drink that pairs so well with whatever you want to throw on your bbq.

While beer is always delicious on a hot summer day, local craft beer takes things to a whole other level. The Beer & BBQ Show will showcase some of the most delicious beer out there, from stouts, IPAs, and lagers to sours, ales, and pilsners.

London’s Own
London is well represented at the Beer & BBQ Show, with five of the beer vendors being our very own local craft breweries. Make sure to stop by and sample some of London’s best brews at Anderson Craft Ales, Labatt Breweries of Canada, London Brewing Co-Operative and Powerhouse Brewing Co. 

Nearby
St. Thomas’ Railway City Brewing will also be represented at the event!

Ontario Craft Goodness
Ontario is full of amazing craft breweries, from Windsor and Sarnia to Vankleek Hill and Blyth, there are incredible flavors to be discovered up and down this amazing province, and the Beer & BBQ Show is bringing them all to you. The Ontario craft breweries represented at the show include: Cowbell Brewing Co., Hop City Brewing Co., Lake of Bays Brewing Co., Moosehead Breweries, Molson Coors, Singha Lager – FWM Canada, Upper Thames Brewing Company, Waterloo Brewing, Brew Windsor Microbrewery, Shiny Apple Cider, Twin Pines Orchards & Cider House and Wasaga Beach Brewing.

The Spirits

While it’s called the BEER & BBQ Show, don’t worry if you’re not a beer drinker, there are PLENTY of delicious options for you at this event. From cold brew coffee and Canadian whisky and ready-to-drink cocktails, to hard sodas and sparkling fruit drinks, you won’t be missing out on the delicious beverage side of things at this show. If you’re a fan of a gin smash, margaritas, hard cream soda, seriously sweet fruit drinks, or barely sweetened drinks that highlight the spirit, you’re going to find the perfect drink for you here.

They’ve got a great line up of spirit vendors, including Black Fly Beverage Company, Breezer, Crafty Elk, Dark Horse Estate Winery, Founder’s Originals, Junction 56, Mojitos Lounge, Mike’s Beverage Co. and SoCIAL LITE Vodka.

The Non-Alcoholic

If you’re looking to re-hydrate between samples, there will be plenty of refreshing, cold water for all, or for those die-hard coffee drinkers, your favourite caffeinated beverage at the Cream Beanery Café.

Reason #3: Beer Yoga

If you’ve never experienced Beer Yoga, then you’re missing out. It combines the relaxation and strengthening of yoga with delicious, delicious beer. This event is free for anyone attending the show, but it’s a good idea to register ahead of time so that you’ll have mat space and a beer sample to sip on. Cheryl, who is a certified yoga instructor, will take those participating through some yoga poses while they hold and taste their yummy beers.



Beer yoga has a fun and casual atmosphere. If you’ve never done yoga before, this is a great, easygoing way of getting introduced to it. If you have done yoga before, trying it while holding a beer will be a new and fun experience.

If you want to participate, the yoga times are Friday June 14th at 7PM, and Saturday June 15th at 2PM and 4PM.

Reason #4: The Music

There is very little out there that can beat the energy and atmosphere that live music creates. Having talented performers playing their songs right in front of your eyes takes an event to a whole new level. The Beer and BBQ Show has the distinct pleasure this year of having incredibly talented musicians to entertain us with their incredible energy, fantastic music, and dance-inducing music.



Friday
Friday’s musical talent brings a mix of pop, rock, and indie with catchy songs that will leave the event-goers wanting to sing along and bop to the music.

The headliner for Friday is Sloan, whose incredibly talented band members all share equally in the writing, the singing, and the playing of their music. They’ve been nominated for Junos nine times and have won a Juno! They’ve had over 30 singles throughout their time making music. Their catchy anthems will get stuck in your head for days to come.

The supporting bands for Friday are Texas King and Taylor Knox. Texas King is known for their high-energy shows and getting the crowd lost in their rock music. Taylor Knox will be serving up some fresh power pop songs with a distinctive sound.

Saturday
Calling all country lovers! Nothing pairs better with beer and bbq than the distinct twang and soul of country music. Saturday brings three incredible country bands that each have a unique and different sound.

The Reklaws will be headlining on Saturday. This brother/sister duo are award-winning artists that have a country-pop sound that will have your cowboy boots stomping and your jean-covered hips swangin’. It’s incredibly exciting to have this Juno nominee performing for us at the Beer and BBQ Show!

Sons of Daughters and Cory James Mitchell Band will be the supporting bands on Saturday night. Sons of Daughters is a modern country band that has silky-smooth vocal harmonies between Chrystal and Jimmy. Contrastingly, the Cory James Mitchell Band combines country blues with southern rock n’ roll in a gritty and emotion-charged sound.

Reason #5: Dueling BBQ

Competitions are fun to watch, but food competitions are even better. For those who can easily spend hours watching Food Network shows, the Beer and BBQ Show is giving you a chance to watch that kind of delicious fun live and in person.

This grilling competition will be pitting local radio show hosts against each other as they try to create and serve stacked-high burgers that are similar to those served at Paradise Cream (which is an incredible restaurant in downtown London that you really should check out if you haven’t already). Of course, as with any cooking competition, there is a twist! As with the show “Nailed It”, anyone watching this competition will probably walk away feeling better about their own grilling skills. Co-hosts will be narrating the entire duel, while we get to sit back, watch, and be entertained!


Bonus Reasons: Even More Entertainment

Those five reasons are enough incentive alone, but because the Beer & BBQ Show is giving attendees the most bang for their buck, there is plenty more fun and entertainment to be had.



Grilling Stage and Broil King Giveaway: Home Hardware and Home Hardware Building Centres are bringing you the chance to win a Regal S590 Pro Broil King Barbeque. That baby, which is valued at $1699.00, will be at the Broil King Booth, so make sure to stop by and enter the draw – no purchase necessary! The Draw will be held at 9 p.m. on Saturday June 15th, 2019. Looking to get a BBQ or learn more from our grill-masters? Check out our stage demonstrations, including four demonstrations from the Broil King team Friday at 6:30 p.m. and Saturday at 1 p.m., 4 p.m. and 7:30 p.m.

20 Questions Trivia: Think you’re an expert of all things beer and BBQ? Take part in the 20 Questions Trivia show that is both interactive and engaging. Show off your skills as Steve, the trivia guru, sees who really knows their stuff. This event will be happening on Friday June 14th at 8PM, and Saturday June 15th at 1PM and 3PM.

FCSSC Games Area: Backyard games are an essential addition to any BBQ party, and the Beer and BBQ Show is no exception! There will be a whole area set up and hosted by the FCSSC team that will have a ton of fun and unique backyard games that you’re going to want to have at your next BBQ party! Enjoy a little friendly competition and see if you can reign supreme at these great, casual games.

LeafFilter Foosball Lounge: To further the fun and games, all foosball fanatics will enjoy heading to this lounge to play a rousing game or two. Face off against friends and see who has what it takes. Labatt Lounge: Of course if you need a little break from the fun and games and want a space to relax and enjoy your beer, you can head over to the Labatt Lounge and take a load off while you enjoy your cold one.

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What Impacts Will The New Marijuana Laws In Canada Have On Real Estate?

Image result for marijuana laws and real estate Cannabis has been legal in Canada for just over three months now. Even before Bill C-45, The Cannabis Act became law, many homeowners and real estate agents expressed concerns about the impact it would have on their home value. In fact, in a recent survey by Zoocasa, most Canadians polled felt that growing and using marijuana in a home will lower the value of the property. While each province and territory have developed their own policies regarding growing and using pot in public and private places, many questions and concerns still remain in about the impacts of cannabis in the real estate industry. To date, people are now legally allowed to use marijuana in their own homes. Restrictions about public usage varies from province and territory. While most regions have set restrictive guidelines on where people can smoke pot in public, Manitoba and Saskatchewan are currently the only two provinces that do not allow consumption of cannabis in any public area. Landlords and rental companies are also setting strict guidelines with many banning any use or plant cultivation in their rental units completely. Since Bill C-45 became law, the majority of home buyers, sellers, realty agents, landlords believe that marijuana will have a negative impact on the housing market. The main issues questioned included:

Pot Usage

 

 

While it is too soon to tell how cannabis usage will affect your property value, early surveys have shown that the majority of Canadians believe using pot in the comfort of your own home will adversely affect the home’s value. Of the Canadians asked, 64% felt smoking marijuana in your home would lower the total value while only 21% felt that home usage would not affect the realty valuation. The remaining people polled were neutral. The numbers differed slightly among those renting property. Forty-six percent of renters felt that marijuana use in the home would decrease its value while 33% felt that pot usage would not affect the rental property valuation in Canada.

Growing Marijuana Plants

Under the new law, Canadians can grow up to four plants in their home in most provinces and territories. When Canadians were asked whether or not they felt growing cannabis plants would affect the resale value of their property, the results depended greatly on the age of the person surveyed. Millennials were more lenient with their views. Only 38% felt growing plants inside the property would reduce its value. Baby boomers and Gen-X populations had far different views. Fifty-eight percent of the Generation X population and 59% of the boomers felt that home plant growth would lower their property value. Over half of the people surveyed (52%) would not consider buying a home if they knew pot plants had been cultivated in the property. Many potential home buyers are considered about the short and long term issues they will face buying a home that has been used to produce cannabis. Buying a home that has been used as a grow op can be costly to repair.

Insurance Coverage

Since Marijuana became legal in Canada, many insurance companies have added exclusion clauses in their policies to protect themselves from the cost of covering damage caused by using and growing marijuana. The smoke and odour from pot use can linger in homes and furnishings and cause health problems for new owners. Cleaning the interior of the place to eliminate the residue is pricey and not covered by house insurance. Growing plants in homes is also very risky. People who cultivate cannabis in their home are 24% more likely to have a house fire. There is also a greater chance the property will have electrical damage, moisture build-up, and mould issues. Growers are also at a higher risk of being burglarized. Most insurance companies are refusing to cover the costs of these damages if they are caused by pot usage. Before you buy or selling a home or condo, it is important to check with your insurance company and real estate agent first before you finalize the deal to make sure you are covered if damages occur to your home.

Cannabis Stores and Home Values

While it varies from territory to territory, all provinces are allowing pot shops to open in their cities. Despite the provincial and federal governments acceptance of marijuana stores, most Canadians surveyed expressed concerns about having a dispensary in their neighbourhood. Most felt that opening a pot shop in their community would lower their property values. Of the 1300 plus people surveyed, 42% felt that having a cannabis shop in their area would negatively impact their property’s value while 48% said having a dispensary in a neighbourhood would discourage them from purchasing a home. Now that Cannabis is legal in Canada, many political parties, industry leaders, and private sector consumers are left to deal with the impact that this new law will have on their personal and professional development. The real estate market is just one area seeing the adversity from this new law. Although Bill C-45 is still a relatively new law, many Canadians believe that the production, cultivation, and commercial sale of Marijuana will have a negative impacts on buying, selling, and renting residential properties. Home owners and real estate agents have many questions and concerns about the short and long term affects that cannabis legalization will have on the housing market. If you are considering buying or selling your home, it is important to talk to your real estate agent first about the Cannabis Act and how it will affect your property value.  

Reasons to Buy or Sell Real Estate in Winter

Now that the holidays are over, it is time to think ahead to the upcoming months. Many people are already planning on buying or selling a house in the new year. But while most realty prospects are looking ahead to the warmer, spring season to start their home shopping, winter should not be excluded from their house hunting plans. snow on house Like most industries, the real estate market goes through its peaks and lulls throughout the year. Spring and summer are unquestionably the busiest times. The majority of homeowners start listing their houses after the snow melts while cabin fevered shoppers are eager to get out and start looking for their next real estate investment. The best buy times are not always during the peak seasons. In fact, winter is a great, often overlooked time of year to think about buying or selling a house. For those seriously considering buying or selling property, there are many benefits to looking for your home during the winter months including:

Less Competition

cart racing There are far less competition right now, increasing your chances of getting the home you really want.  Fewer homeowners are selling a house during the cold time of year and equally fewer people are actively looking to buy a home. This is great for both buyers and sellers. Sellers do not have work as hard to make their home stand out among the other listings. Sellers have a better chance of getting their dream home without the worry of being outbid or overspending in a bidding war.

Realtors Work Harder for Their Clients

for sale sign Because the market typically slows during the cold time of year, real estate agents have a lot more time to spend with each client. Regardless whether their clients are buying or selling a house In the winter, your agent will work much harder to get you what you want. Realtors want the property sale just as much as the client so they will go the extra mile to see that your home is sold. Agents also put more effort into finding the right home for the eager buyer.

Competitive Pricing

value and price Right now it is a buyers market. Homes do not sell as quickly during the slow, colder season, so house hunters have a lot more negotiating power. They can offer a lower sold house price that meets their budget.  With fewer listings and clients actively looking, sellers must offer a fair and competitive price if they want to sell their home.

Serious Buyers and Sellers

moving day Summer is usually viewed as the best time to buy or sell a house because there are a lot more people on the market. However, despite the volume, many are window shoppers; they are more curious to see what is available and less interested in actually bidding on a property. Equally, there are plenty of homeowners that like test the waters to see if they can get a good offer on their property. During the winter season, both buyers and sellers are more serious in their intent.  Buyers list their property because they genuinely want or have to sell their home. Sellers want to buy home and look at listings with the intent of putting a bid on the property if it meets their needs.

Less Yard Work

digging in dirt During the growing season, homeowners must spend a considerable amount of time and money tending to the landscape and exterior of their homes to make them look as attractive as possible for potential buyers. However, at this time of year, the blanket of snow hides all the ground underneath so property owners have far less outdoor work to worry about.

Rising Interest Rates

raising interest rate The Bank of Canada(BoC) announced last year that they would be steadily raising interest rates to bring them to a more neutral range over the next couple of years. During the last 15 months, the rates have increased five consecutive times and the BoC has stated that they will continue to climb in the foreseeable future.  It is expected that the rates will increase anywhere between 2.50% to 3.50%.  While these numbers might not sound high, when it comes to buying real estate, the higher rates can easily add hundreds, even thousands of dollars more to your home’s price. For already indebted homeowners, these rate hikes will affect make it more difficult to buy a home and pay a mortgage. The rising interest rates will also have an effect on sold house prices. Some sellers could lose money on their investment well they sell their house. Knowing that the rates are only going to increase, now is the best time to buy a house. Securing a mortgage will only get harder as we head into the busier real estate season.

Regulations are Tightening

tight regulations To protect debt riddled Canadians from overspending on their real estate, provincial and federal government bodies have developed legislation to protect candidates when buying or selling property. These polices have made it more difficult for some home shoppers to buy their first home.  Buyers must now have more of a down payment saved before they can apply for a mortgage. Cautious banking institutes are also taking more precautions and establishing stricter guidelines for approving home loans. It is becoming more difficult for new home buyers to save enough money and get a mortgage. As the year progresses, it will become even more difficult to purchase property, especially for first time buyers.  Listing prices are often higher during the peak season and, with more people looking, there is less room to negotiate. Many house shoppers will not have the savings to put down on their dream home when the market is at its busiest. Buying or selling a house is never an easy, or quick process. Because it is one the biggest investments you will ever make, lot of planning, preparation, time, and saving must go into your venture. In the next few months, there will be a lot of for sale signs popping up as the industry gets ready for their busy spring and summer seasons. But for serious real estate investors, winter is one of the best buy times that is often overlooked. This slower, colder season offers greater opportunities to get the house you want at a price you can afford.

CAUTION: Safety Tips for Realtors

Realtors are one of the most vulnerable professionals. Agents work long hours, often well into the dark evening hours and are alone with strangers in vacant properties on a regular basis. While there are no stats on how many real estate agents are assaulted or killed every year in Canada, what is known is that violence against realty specialists is on the rise. As a real estate agent, you must incorporate strategies into your daily duties to ensure that you are safe in every environment. Whether it is meeting with a potential seller, showing buyers listed properties, or advertising your services, your personal safety must always be considered. Here are some of the most effective safety tips you should use while doing your job.

Meet Potential Clients in Public Places

Realtor Safety Tips: Meet in Public Places Your first meeting with any new client should always be in a public place. Invite them to your office for the initial consultation. If you have a home office, schedule your meeting at a popular coffee shop in a central area. For your own personal safety as well as the wellbeing of your family, never invite someone to your home.

Keep Files On Every Client

As part of your ongoing safety measures, it is important to create a hard file on every client. If something happens, the information you collect will make it easier to identify the person. Your records should include a personal information sheet that each client fills out during their initial consultation. There are many forms you can download online or you can create your own. It should also include copies of their government issued photo ID. Once you no longer need the clientele’s personal data, it is important to destroy the documents to keep their privacy safe.

Book Daytime Showings

Realtor Safety Tips: Daytime Bookings Although it is not always feasible, try to book most of your showings during the day. It is easier to see when the sun is out. If you must book after sunset, take extra safety precautions to make sure the entire home and area is well lit and all curtains are open before showing the home.

Follow the Ten Second Rule

As soon as you arrive for a scheduled appointment, use the ten second rule to assess the area for any safety issues. Spend ten seconds while sitting in your car to look at the home, the yard, fencing, garage, street, and neighbourhood. Once you step out of your car, take another ten seconds to look around to see who is in the area and take pictures if you feel you need to.  As you are approaching the property, use the same time span to look for issues in and around the property such as animals, people, and household hazards. When you first enter the building, spend your time looking for anything that could be a safety concern.

Follow Your Instincts ALWAYS

In many reported situations of violence against a realtor, the agent stated that they instinctively felt uncomfortable around their client before their meeting. These silent signals should never be ignored. If your gut feeling is telling you that the situation is not safe, follow your instincts ALWAYS. You have the right to cancel a scheduled appointment.

Vehicle Safety

As a regular practice, never share a vehicle with a client.  Arrive at the destination in separate vehicles, even if you will be showing the clientele multiple listings.  Park your vehicle in well lit areas on the street or somewhere where you cannot be blocked from leaving. While in the car, your doors should be locked at all times so no one can get into your vehicle. Keep your keys on you and easily accessible so you can quickly get to them if you need to.

Let Others Know Where You Are

When showing listings, as a safety precaution, someone should always know your whereabouts. Before going to any appointment make sure you let someone know where you are, who you are with, and what time your meeting is scheduled to begin and end. You can  give your schedule to a friend, family member, or colleague.

Use a Safe Word

Having a safe word is also important. Safe words are code that that are designed to alert your contacts that you danger without directly saying so in front of your client. For example, saying phrases like “I need the blue file”, I forgot my red jacket”, or “can you get my silver travel mug” are examples of safety phrases.

Stay Safe With Your Phone

Your cell phone is a great tool to help you stay safe. Most personal handheld devices have an emergency contact setup on the lock screen that you can access quickly if needed.  There are also different apps available to help realtors stay safe in isolated situations. PROtect is one app that is designed for real estate agents. This user-friendly application protects you by letting your designed circle of contacts know when you are in situations where your safety might be jeopardized. Once you have uploaded your contacts, you can set a timer for each appointment or preschedule your calendar meetings in the program. Once the timer goes off, you can notify your contacts that you are safe. If they do not hear from you, they will know something is wrong. The app also has a special help button feature where you can bypass the timer to alert your circle that you need immediate assistance. There are other apps available to help protect you from dangerous situations including Autumn Alert, Musketeer Safe, Gethomesafe, iWitness, Roar, and Feelsafe. Most are free and available on all apple and smart phone devices. Finding the right system for you will help ensure your safety during potential hazardous appointments.

Let The Client Lead

Stay safe when a client shows up to view a place by letting them lead the way. Walk behind them when touring a place and guide them to different areas using hand gestures. Never go into an area where you will be blocked in or cannot see properly. Clients can look at attics, lofts, and basements on their own.

Staying Safe During Open Houses

Open houses are popular events when selling a home. However, real estate agents have less control of who walks into the premises during the scheduled event. During the open house ask another realtor, your assistant, a friend, or family member to stay at the property with you. Having a buddy system will protect you from potentially dangerous moments. Prior to the showing, make sure the owner removes all potential hazards including sharp objects, personals photos and documents, pharmaceuticals, money, jewelry, technology, and other personal valuables. This will not only protect your client but the realtors from danger as well. After the open house or showing, always check all rooms and areas of the place first to make sure no one is still on the premises.

Take A Self Defense Course

Sometimes, despite all the precautions you take, there might be times when your safety and wellbeing are still at risk. Taking a self defense course can help you defend yourself until you can escape the situation. Many martial arts organizations, community centers and local schools hold self defense training programs.

Protect Yourself Online

Criminals use the internet frequently to find their victims. As real estate agents, you are at risk for identity theft, online scams, and letting would be predators know your whereabouts. Always use care when posting your own personal data and scheduled showings online. Some agents do not use their image on their promotional materials or website. Protect all your passwords, PINs, login information and personal accounts privately secured so they are not easily accessible to would be hackers. Because online scams are becoming more prevalent, it is important to stay on top of the latest online assaults. Equifax and other secure financial tracking companies offer services to protect your financial data and identity from fraud and theft.

Use Other Personal Safety Devices

There are different safety devices you can use to help protect yourself from harm. Whistles are simple and effective tools that can alert people in your immediate area that something is wrong. Body and dash cameras are becoming more common tools used by real estate professionals to ensure their wellbeing. A NIMB ring is another great accessory for realtors. This attractive piece of technologically designed jewelry has a panic button that can quickly alert first responders that you need immediate help and where you are. Having this or other stay safe tools will help protect you while you are on the job. As real estate agents, you face many unique hazards in your profession. To protect yourself from the increasing criminal activity, it is important to incorporate practices and tools into your daily duties so you can stay safe at all times and in every situation. 

How to Save on Your Energy Bill This Winter

How To Save on Your Energy Bill This Winter With the cost of living rising higher than the average pay rate, today’s budget-conscious homeowners are always looking for ways to save money on their energy bill. This time of year is especially more expensive because the cold temperatures force tenants to run their heating appliances. Getting a pricey utility bill is never pleasant, but during the holiday season, the additional expense adds to the mounting expenses and seasonal stress. There are some things about winter that we cannot control. Colder temperatures and shorter daylight hours are part of the season. But they do not have to over burden our household electricity usage. There are many ways to save money on your bills each month.  Developing these efficient energy conservation habits in your home can save you hundreds of dollars every year.

Setting Your Energy Efficient Thermostat

Save this Winter: Thermostat Energy efficient thermostats use less power and can be programmed to control your homes heating more efficiently than traditional setters. How you set you buildings temperature is also important. Many people still believe that lowering the ‘stats temperature when they go to bed or leave their home will save money but that simply is not true. If your structure’s interior cools down too much, the heating system will have use more energy to rewarm the place when you turn the temperature up later. Keeping a steady room condition will put less strain on your furnace.

Turning Out The Lights

The days are shorter during the winter season which means we spend more time in the dark. Keeping every room in the house lit is unnecessary and a real money waster. To lower your electricity bill, only turn on the lights you need and  get into the habit of turning off lamps when leaving a room. LED light bulbs also help you to save money because these eco-friendly bulbs require less power to run.

Use A Timer When Plugging In Your Car

When it is too cold outside, your vehicle needs to be plugged in to keep the block heater warm. But they do not need to be plugged in all night. By using a timer on your outside outlet, you can control the amount of power used to warm your auto without wasted electricity.  This will quickly save you money because you will be using less power for shorter time periods while still protecting your auto’s engine from freezing.

Seal Air Leaks

If you have not already found them, winter is a sure fire way to find all those unwanted leaks or small cracks around your windows and doors. These opening allow the heat to escape and cold air to get inside. Drafts will cool down your home very quickly, forcing your furnace to work harder to keep the temperature at your desired setting. Every unwanted household leak forces you to spend more to heat your home. Now that it is cold, go through all your rooms to look for the  drafty areas. Caulk all openings to create an air tight seal so the warmth stays in your place.

Use Energy Efficient Appliances

Appliances have different ratings depending on the amount of electricity needed to run the product. The less power needed to run the device, the higher their energy conservation ranking. Buying appliances with a high energy efficiency ranking will use a lot less power throughout your daily routines and lower your electric and heating bill.

Keep Vents Clear

Vents are required to keep unwanted air flowing out of the house but, if poorly maintained, they can also be an opening for cold air to rush into your place. Dryer vents are particularly vulnerable because they are lower to the ground and more prone to ice and snow blockages. Check your vents to make sure they are not cracked, frozen open, or blocked by the outside elements. Clear snow and ice to keep the ventilations from breaking and replace any damaged ones during the warmer weather months so unwanted cold air does not get into your home and overwork your furnace.

Replace Furnace Filters

Dirty filters force your furnace to work harder during the cold season. Before winter arrives, check and replace all filters so your heating appliances are working at their optimal best. During the colder months, check the filters monthly to make sure they are clean and have extras in your home so you can easily replace worn filters.

Insulate Everything

Everything has to work harder when it is cold. Water tanks, furnaces, automobiles, and even interior appliances feel the strain of the dropping temperatures. Good insulation will keep your home, pipes, and appliances at a comfortable temp so they can function efficiently. Energy conservation insulation in your walls, and attic will help retain the heat inside your home. Wrapping your pipes with insulation tubing will protect them from rupturing from frozen water trapped inside. Basement, attached garages, and other attached rooms should be insulated to prevent cold air from leaking into your home. Wrapping your water tank in an insulated covering will use less electricity to warm the water and save you money.

Holiday Displays

The holidays are a popular time to decorate the interior and exterior of your home. While the festive light displays look beautiful, they add considerable strain your home’s electricity. If you like to put the pretty lights on your house, you can save money by using LED lights for both inside and outside decorations, and limit the time you light the displays by setting them on a timer. Even turning the lights off a few minutes earlier each night will add up to big savings at the end of the month.

Open the Curtains

When the sun is shining, let it in. The temperatures might be cold outside but the warm sun will still heat the interior of your home naturally so your furnace will not run as frequently to keep your place cozy. Today, homeowners are becoming savvy with energy conservation by finding effective money saving tips in their home. Winter is especially challenging because the colder, snowier season forces property owners to use more electricity to keep their place and appliances warm and in good working condition. Developing effective energy conservation habits to save electricity will help lower your utility bills this winter and keep your hard earned money in your pocket.

Winter Decorating Tips for Your Home

Once the holidays are over and the decorations put away, the inside and outside of your home, and neighbourhood can look very empty and dreary. With a blanket of snow covering the ground and the vibrant colours of the festive decor tucked away, it is easy to feel like your home’s décor is missing something. The end of the festive season does not mean that you cannot add a touch of winter magic to your home. Placing seasonal décor in your space is a highly popular and cost effective way to change the look of your area while celebrating the current time of year or special occasion.  Adding winter decorations to the inside and outside your property can create a warm, cozy and inviting look while filling the void left by a busy December month. The winter season is the time of year when rich, dark colours are trending in fashion and furnishings. Adding these bold hues to your environment creates a beautiful contrast against the white background. There are many ways that you can brighten your house by adding seasonal tones to your home’s décor.

Evergreen Boughs

Winter Decorating Tips: Evergreen Boughs Evergreen trees and shrubs are beautiful, hearty plants that are commonly used to add natural decor to rooms during the winter months. The rich green shade of the textured foliage easily compliments any living space by giving areas a naturally vibrant and earthy look. Place evergreen garlands along your mantel, cabinet tops, and doorway frames to create a naturally attractive accessory to your home décor ideas and entranceway.

Wreaths

Wreaths are no longer used only at Christmas time to decorate your home. Today, they come in many styles to commemorate any season or holiday. Once the yuletide rings are put away, you can add a beautiful wintery themed wreath to entranceway or interior wall to fill the empty space. There are plenty of premade ones that you can purchase at your local home décor store, or for the creative DIY tenant, you can create your own personalized ring using natural green boughs, pinecones, white flowers, straw, twigs, or burlap. With a little imagination and time, the options for designing your own indoor and outdoor house decorating idea with homemade wreaths is endless.

Vintage Winter Sports Gear

Winter Decorating Tips: Vintage Winter Sports Gear One of the most popular and attractive winter decorations used to enhance an entranceway is antique sports equipment. Vintage skates, skis, or snowshoes can be hung on the exterior of your door as a beautiful, wintery accent piece. Aged wooden sleds can be propped up on your porch or front step to give your space a playful, natural, and attractive winter decoration.

White Accents

One of the most trending looks in winter decorations is white accent pieces displayed against a dark backdrop. Placing white dishes, vases, figurines, and other ornamental trinkets on a dark green, blue, or red cabinet creates a beautiful, contemporary focal piece for your room. The stark contrast in the colouring is not only elegant, but the ivory fixtures easily compliment any colour scheme or display casing.

Throw Pillows and Blankets

Winter Decorating Tips: Blankets and Pillows
As the thermostat dips, extra blankets are used to keep warm while sleeping or relaxing in your living space. Placing plush blankets and throw pillows onto your furniture creates a naturally cozy and warm look to your room while giving the space additional colour and texture. To add a more personal touch to your home décor ideas, you can make your own pillows by repurposing your favourite old sweater or shirt to make a comfortable, decorative cushion for your chairs, sofa, or bedroom furniture.

Faux Fur

When we think of the cold, we think of wrapping up in a soft, plush, thick cozy wraps. Faux fur linens in rich browns and other bold winter colours add texture to your living space while creating a perfectly natural seasonal look to your home décor. With beautiful faux fur accents, you can add seasonal style and comfort while keeping you warm on a cold, winter night. 

Wintery Signs

Winter Decorating Tips: Wintery Signs Once your holiday displays are stowed away, fill your empty wall spaces with winter signs. Signage is a popular decorative idea for any season or room; there are many fabulous winter decoration portraits that you can show case in your hallway, living area, kitchen or dining area. To give your space a real wintery touch, set up a hot chocolate station on an accent table. Set out white or snowflake designed mugs and cannisters, a hot chocolate maker, and place a hot chocolate sign above the cabinet. Not only will this fill an empty area in your place but it will add a great seasonal display to your home.

Outdoor Lighting

While the Christmas lights might be considered inappropriate in January, that does not mean you have to completely remove all lighting from the exterior of your property. Clear twinkle lights add a beautiful, elegant touch to your place while illuminating your area. The clear lighting strands are a great home décor idea that can be used anytime of the year on your eves, trees, home edgings, porch, and patio.

Mirrors

Winter Decorating Tips: Mirrors Mirrors  are another popular house decorating idea that not only fills in an interior void, but also adds a little sparkle to your room. Mirrored wall hangings are versatile accessories that compliment any room. come in different shapes, sizes, and frames to compliment any room.

Winter flowers

Winter flowers are a great way to add vibrant, seasonal colour to every room. Set heather, pansies, winter aconites, or other floral arrangements to your accent tables in your entranceway, halls, or living room in stylish vases or glassware to brighten the area. Place floral arrangements on your dining room table or mantel as a centerpiece to give your furnishing beautiful, naturally rich hues. January is a difficult month for most homeowners. After the holiday decorations are put away and the cold, snowy season settles in for the next couple of months, homes and surrounding areas quickly look empty and dreary without the festive, bright displays. Winter decorations can easily fill the void to the inside and outside of your home by adding beautiful seasonal colours and textures to your existing house decorating ideas.