Home Maintenance

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Team Peroff Blog - Cracks in Foundation

Cracks in the foundation of your house can be signs of a problem. This doesn’t mean that you should automatically worry if you see a few small cracks, however. Believe it or not, there are a few perfectly normal reasons why cracks can appear in your foundation. It’s important to look into the issue if you notice cracks – but hold off on assuming the worst until you determine whether there’s a problem worth worrying about.

What Causes Foundation Cracks?

There are a few different things that can cause cracks in your foundation. In some cases, the cracks are simply caused by the settling of your home over time or soil expansion if your home is built on land with a lot of clay in the soil. Other potential causes of foundation cracks include:

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If you’ve been paying any attention at all to the world of smart homes and home automation, then the fact that smart switches and smart lights exist could not have escaped your notice. But if you’re like a lot of homeowners, you may still be scratching your head trying to figure out how these devices fit into your voice assistant-powered world.

Consider this your introduction to smart plugs, switches and lights.

What Are These Devices For?

Smart plugs, switches and lights are all small players in the greater plan of home automation. For people who come home after dark or even those that leave home overnight for business on the regular, smart automated lighting can deter burglars and make it look like someone is rattling around your

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7 Items to Check Before the Big Freeze

Along with the provocative spending and lavish feasts that are hallmarks of the holiday season also comes the cold, the ice and the snow. Like those extra three helpings of stuffing at Aunt Linda’s have just derailed your diet, the coming weather is capable of causing significant damage (and swelling) to your home if you aren’t prepared.

Winterizing means a lot of different things to people in different locations. For example, in Ottawa, you really need to go full bore and ensure anything that might be holding water is emptied, heated or insulated. In Vancouver, though, you might not even realize winter has come. With that in mind, take a long look at these seven things and check them all before the first freeze comes (or do it right now if it’s

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3 Simple Secrets to Keep Your House Warm in the Winter

It’s been a busy year. It almost feels like we completely skipped over spring, summer and fall and found ourselves barreling head first into winter like a kid on an out of control snow sled. With those cold days just around the corner, now is the time to make sure all your heating equipment is safe to operate and ready to go when you need it. After all, you don’t want to learn that your furnace needs to be repaired by spending a freezing night regretting not having found out sooner.

Keeping the Home Fires Burning

There’s nothing like a toasty fire roaring in the fireplace, except maybe for forced air heating that distributes heat evenly throughout the house. Hey, old fashioned fireplaces are romantic, but they’re not the most efficient heat

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How Smart is Your Thermostat?

In the Internet Age, it seems like almost anything is possible. There are cars that can drive themselves, microwaves that you can talk to and, of course, smart thermostats. For the average homeowner, that last one might not sound all that special, but there’s really a lot of “neat” coming out of that weird little thing that hangs on your wall and controls the complicated HVAC system in your home.

But have smart thermostats lived up to the hype? Or are they really just vanity gadgets that you can use to one-up your buddies when they come over to visit?

What Can a Smart Thermostat Really Do?

There are two things every thermostat has to be exceptionally good at or it’s just not worth the effort: first, it must be able to tell what the

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Three Tips for Holiday Home Security

"Over the river and through the woods, to grandmother's house we go ..." Or maybe for your family, holidays signify a cruise to tropical destinations or a chance to hit the slopes at a ski resort.
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Wherever you're heading this holiday season, keep your home safe in your absence with these three simple tips:

1. Keep the lights on.

Pick up a few inexpensive light timers. By programming different lamps or light fixtures to come on at different times, you can create the illusion that someone is home.

2. Lock it up.

Double-check all window and door locks to confirm they're still operational and effective.

3. Be neighbourly.

Tell your neighbours about your travel plans, making sure to leave contact information so

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When you clean out your closet (or your whole house), the "donate" pile can get pretty big. But there's no need to worry about lugging everything to a donation centre. Clothesline will send a truck right to your door to pick up your gently used clothing, electronics and small household items for free. The proceeds will go to the Canadian Diabetes Association (CDA) to support its research, education and advocacy programs.

Each year, Clothesline, a national Canadian program, raises more than $10 million and diverts more than 100 million pounds of clothing and household items from landfill sites across the nation, something else donors feel good about.

The CDA started the program in 1985 as an innovative way to raise funds while making a positive

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When it comes to selling your home you need to have potential buyers at “Hello”.

You want the first impression of your home to say “Come on in! If you think this looks great, wait until you see the rest!”

The condition of the lawn and landscaping, the driveway, the garden, the windows, garage door and front door can be a deciding factor for a buyer before they even step out of their vehicle. Some buyer’s may not even get out of their vehicle if they don’t find the front of a house appealing. You could have every bell and whistle indoors, but how will they ever know?

Take an objective look at the front of your house. Stand at a distance, perhaps across the street from your home. How does it look? Take a quick snap shot. Take a good like and be

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Remember Baby-Proofing? Welcome to Age-Proofing! More and more people are choosing to stay in their homes after retirement. More and more people are choosing to live out their lives for as long as possible in their own homes. People are living longer, living healthier lives and technology and access to care has made aging at home possible. Living independently is far more desirable than moving to a retirement home.

Aging is a reality for all of us and as fit and active as we are, our physical and home comfort needs do change as we get older. If you’re nearing retirement, have recently retired or perhaps you’re continuing your career longer (lots of people are delaying retirement too!), it’s a good idea to think about some customization of your home to

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Everyone wants to improve their home with two things in mind; enjoying those improvements while living in the home and recouping the investment upon the sale of the house.

We all know that there are some improvements that are sure to yield a great return and some that won’t and they will all cost you money. Here are some relatively (RELATIVELY)  inexpensive freshen-uppers that are worth considering if you want to sell your house now or down the road. If you’ve got the budget to do more, by all means, but here are some bare-minimum ideas that will definitely go far!

  1. Kitchen – A new kitchen faucet, new door handles, and updated lighting. Consider new appliances or at least ones that match. 
  2. Bathrooms – An energy efficient toilet, new toilet
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