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Weeks Leading Up to Moving Day Tips and Etiquette

Organize and label all boxes

It takes plenty of preparation and planning to make a move as smooth as possible. There are things you have to plan ahead of time such as booking elevators if you live in an apartment or condo building, decide whether to recruit family and/or friends to help or hire movers, gather boxes (lots of it) and other packing materials, just to name a few. Here are a few tips and etiquette on moving:

– Make sure to change your address on all things important – driver’s license, health card, credit cards, insurance, phone/cable/internet, etc. Write these down as you may forget!

– If you are living in an apartment or condo building, make sure to book the elevators well in advance in both the building you’re moving out of and into. Property management will give you a block of time where an elevator is all yours for those few hours. Some buildings have elevators specific for moving and a service area where you may not disturb or inconvenience other tenants.

– Figure out how you’re moving your belongings from Point A to Point B. If none of your nice friends have a truck or van to use, you may have to rent one. Book these early in advance to eliminate the risk of actually not having one to use or (over paying) for a vehicle that’s too little (more trips) or too big (not necessary). Moving during the week between office hours are the best times as people are at work and will avoid traffic.

– If you prefer to hire professional movers, do your research beforehand. Referrals from friends/family are usually reliable, but also do an extensive research online and narrow it down to your top 3. Ask for an estimate of how much your move will cost while providing ALL details – show them everything that has to be moved and information about the new house that may complicate the move (awkward stairs, turns, etc). Don’t be afraid to negotiate!

– Anything you can pack and label ahead of time will save you time on moving day. You could even make use of your luggage/suitcase if you have! Stay organized by keeping items together specific to the room. Again, label EVERYTHING; it’s extra helpful when the label is visible to see, like the top corner of the box. You shouldn’t find a box of pots and pans in the bathroom, right? This also aides your helpers by putting boxes in their designated rooms.

– Pack a “Survival Box”. This includes items that you will need on the first day and night such as linens, blankets & pillow, toiletries, emergency kit, PJs, children’s necessities, etc. If you are moving with children, leave them with a family member or someone you trust. If that’s not an option, keep them entertained with some toys, portable DVD/iPads… whatever works.

– The Survival Box and a tool box should be packed last. These are tools that you may need to assemble furniture or fix things last minute. You want these boxes first out, first in in a place that’s easy to locate.

– Take advantage of the opportunity to give empty rooms a quick sweep, mop and/or vaccum! It’s only courteous towards the new home owners. Think about how you’d like to see your new home. Moving is already a stressful activity, you wouldn’t want to clean up after someone else’s mess before moving in, would you?

– Moving and lifting things can be tiring. Make sure to show gratitude towards your help by providing beverages and a light lunch or snack which will keep them refreshed and energized!

Keeping all your belongings organized is the key to a successful, little to no stress move. Through all the hard work that you and your volunteers go throughout the day, remember to keep your calm and be polite. Attitude does not resolve anything, it only makes matters worse because at the end of the day, everyone is tired and concerned if your items have been carefully relocated without any damage. So, keep calm and move on!

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Luxurious North York Penthouse: 5508 Yonge St Unit PH01 MLS#C2483669

5508 Yonge St Ph01

This luxurious North York penthouse suite is located in a prime location – Yonge and Finch.  PH01 is a one bedroom, one bath plus den unit that provides plenty of space.  Take advantage of 735 sq ft including a 90 sq ft balcony with amazing South East views from anywhere within the suite.  The kitchen features gorgeous stained cabinetry with stainless steel appliances.  There is also tons of parking for your visitors and is only a couple minutes away from Finch station.  The unit includes 1 parking and 1 locker.

5508 Yonge has many great amenities close by that it feels like you’re living downtown!  There are restaurants, shops, grocery stores, banks, theatres, schools and so much more.  The Pulse Condominiums (5500 & 5508 Yonge St) by The Pemberton Group are fairly new condos that are only 3 years old.  The amenities included are guest suites, theatre, party and card rooms, gym, virtual golf and billiards room.  There are plenty of great ways to entertain indoors!

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Construction has started for B. Streets Condos

B. Streets Condo in the Annex

B. Streets Condos is a new condo and townhouse project by Lindvest Properties located at Bloor and Bathurst Streets in Toronto’s Annex neighbourhood.  A beautiful “cube”-like exterior occupies 4-storeys diverting its elongated appearance while providing contemporary design.  B. Streets Condos embodies a 9-storey residential complex on top of the retail level.  The main floor provides a generous walk-way and retail stores that can be of convenience to pedestrians and residents.  Other amenities include a concierge, internet lounge, party room, theatre room, outdoor patio with bar when you feel like having friends over; a fitness centre, yoga studio and hobby room to relieve some stress.  The Bloor Cinema and many of the city’s best amenities can also be found around the area!
General suite finishes include stainless steel and energy efficient appliances, composite quartz counter tops with a choice of subway style backsplash, wide plank flooring, 9-foot ceilings and balconies.  Clients will have 195 suites to choose from, professionally designed by Cecconi Simone Inc., in which every single unit has a unique design from the last.

Suite types include a Studio, 1, 2 or 3 Bedroom, 1 or 2 Bedroom + Den, 2-storey Penthouse Lofts and Townhouses.  The current price for available units start from the mid 200,000’s to the mid 900,000’s ranging from 1,043 to 1,264 sq feet.  B. Streets Condos occupancy date is scheduled for April 2014.

With Lindvest Properties’ B. Streets Condos winning the highest number of awards for a project at the 32nd BILD Awards, this condominium will sure attract new residents while residents who currently live in the area already know what they’re NOT missing!

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Prime Location in Mississauga: 25 Kingsbridge Garden Circle #1016 L5R4B1

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25 Kingsbridge Garden Cirlce Unit 1016

25 and 35 Kingsbridge Garden Circle in Missisauga are known as “The Skymark” condos built by Tridel. They are award winning, 5-star condos located at Hurontario Street and Eglinton Avenue.

Unit 1016 (MLS# W2463584) is a stunning, model suite like unit that has a South East exposure with an open concept layout with large rooms. It is a 2-bedroom featuring laminate flooring throughout, high quality granite & marble flooring in the kitchen and bathrooms, amazing decor and design in the kitchen with granite counter tops and crown moulding. The king size master has a 4-pc en suite and a large walk in closet. It is a must see!

Skymark 2 has approximately 30,000 sq ft of recreational activities that include an in-house spa, sauna, indoor pool, gym, tennis/squash, billiards, bowling, virtual golf, putting green, library, party room, outdoor patio, conference room and more!

If that’s not enough, all the amenities of downtown Mississauga are conveniently close by. Square One Shopping Centre, YMCA, Living Arts Centre and Famous Players Coliseum Theatre are just across the street. There’s all that and more with over a hundred parks and trails, schools, libraries and community centres!  Highways 403, 407, 401 and QEW are easy to access, as well as the GO train station.

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256 Doris Avenue 260 Doris Avenue Condos – Sister Buildings Imperial I & II

***New Kirby Chan listing at 260 Doris Avenue, see photos and prices here.

At 256 Doris Ave and 260 Doris Ave in North York, you will find sister buildings Imperial I & II developed by The Conservatory Group. Doris Avenue is off of Yonge Street, just North of Sheppard. The Highway 401, TTC subway, restaurants, grocery stores (including a 24hr Metro), theatres and shops are easily accessed, providing plenty of things to do close to home!

There are three schools minutes away from the Imperial buildings, these include McKee Primary School, Bayview Middle School and Earl Haig Secondary School.

Imperial I (256 Doris Ave) was completed in 1998 having 20 floors and 90 units, while Imperial II (260 Doris) was completed a year later with 16 floors and 146 units. Prices in the building range from $215,000 to $400,000. The building is well managed with reasonable leases that are also available. All the suites feature a balcony or terrace to overlook the Toronto skyline.

Amenities that are included in the complex are 24hr concierge, fitness centre with sauna, hot tub & change rooms; recreation room, party rooms, game room, guest suites, storage lockers, underground parking and visitor parking.

 

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Water Softener Deal

Got a great Water Softener deal for my clients. I was recently shopping for a Water Softener and a Water Filtration System. After looking at over 10 companies, I found a great deal from Water Work Company.

I had them install the Chlor-A-Soft water softener and 5-stage Reverse Osmosis System in two of my homes.

The Chlor-A-Soft came out to $1100 including HST and installation.
The 5-stage Reverse Osmosis System came out to $300 including HST and installation. Prices are accurate as of November 29, 2010

Contact Peter Cameron @ 1-877-829-4191  www.waterworkcompany.com

Let him know Kirby Chan referred you for this great deal and great service.

Are you thinking of Buying or Selling a home and would like to discuss your options?
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Kirby Chan
Sales Representative
416-305-8008
Web : http://www.KirbyChan.com
Email : Info@KirbyChan.com

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17 Church Street, North York, On

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So you want to live in Summerhill?

In my next few blogs I will be introducing the neighbourhoods surrounding my Forest Hill Real Estate offices, ending with Forest Hill as the last featured neighbourhood. Today we’ll be looking at Summerhill, just south-west of Forest Hill.

Summerhill is located at Yonge Street and south of St. Clair Avenue. It is one of the premier neighbourhoods in Toronto to live in. It’s so close to downtown Toronto but still retains its original charm.

If you are planning to explore the neighbourhood, I suggest going for lunch on the weekend. You can park on the street at Balmoral Avenue or Farnham Avenue. My favourite restaurant in the area is Terroni – Traditional Southern Italian Food located at 1 Balmoral Avenue. Try the Pizza or Pasta, you can’t go wrong here.

After lunch, work off the great food by walking south along Yonge Street and browse the various furniture  stores. You can also stroll over to the LCBO, which was originally the North Toronto Railway Station.

As of October 1st:

Hillsboro

Rowhouses in the area start at $750,000.

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farnham

Detached 3-storey Dwelling starts at $850,000 and goes up to $2,700,000.

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chicora-triplex

Triplex starts at $940,000.

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balmoral

15-year old, over 3300 sq.ft. starts at $1,290,000

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Rosehill

Condos at Rosehill Avenue starts at $480,000.

Condos at 1 Balmoral Avenue starts at $1,100,000.

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Are you thinking of Buying or Selling a home and would like to discuss your options?
Contact Me, Just Click Here
or call me directly at (416) 305-8008.

Kirby Chan
Sales Representative
416-305-8008
Web : http://www.KirbyChan.com
Email : Info@KirbyChan.com

___________________
Keller Williams Real Estate Service
17 Church Street, North York, On

Free Real Estate Reports for Buyers and Sellers
Find Out What Your Home is Worth
5 Tips to Higher Sale Prices
Search Homes “For Sale” Using Map Search

It’s Easy To Contact Me, Just Click Here

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