• Install new batteries in smoke alarms & carbon monoxide detectors
  • Test & dust all detectors (testing at least once a month)
  • Replace furnace filter
  • Inspect bathroom & kitchen caulking— re-caulk as needed
  • Test kitchen & bathroom exhaust fans
  • Clean kitchen exhaust hood & filter
  • Vacuum refrigerator coils
  • Schedule air conditioning inspection
  • Check fire extinguishers (at least once a month)
  • Clean gutters, check for leaks & make sure they are attached securely
  • Clean & seal deck (if needed)
  • Check foundation for cracks & leaks
  • Check exterior paint & touch up as needed
  • Check siding & masonry for damage & schedule repairs
  • Remove storm windows & install screens
  • Replace damaged window screens
  • Inspect caulking around windows and re-caulk if cracking
  • Check roof for damage & schedule re-roofing if needed
  • Check attic for leaks, mould, moisture intrusion, fire hazards & critters
  • Get rid of surface mould
  • Schedule annual dryer exhaust cleaning & check up
  • Check water heater for leaks
  • Schedule a maintenance and/or energy efficiency inspection

How many square feet will $300,000 get you in Canada?

If you were to compare average sqft home prices. where would Toronto rank? No.5! Vancouver (BC), Richmond Hill (ON), Richmond (BC) and Burnaby (BC) are the top 4.

Richmond Hill: 367 square feet
Toronto: 520 square feet
Oakville: 568 square feet
Mississauga: 750 square feet
Hamilton: 1,008 square feet
Ottawa: 1,079 square feet

Rest of Canada
Vancouver: 339 square feet
Richmond (BC)  442 square feet
Burnaby (BC) 489 square feet
Calgary: 926 square feet
Saskatoon: 1,071 square feet
Regina: 1,167 square feet
Edmonton: 1,176 square feet
Halifax: 1,205 square feet
Montreal: 1,230 square feet
Winnipeg: 1,277 square feet
Quebec City: 1,485 square feet (oh là là)


Toronto-York Spadina Subway Extension

A lot of transit projects in Toronto are being discussed. This one is nearing completion:

Reportedly end of 2017 the University line – currently terminating at Downsview Station – will  serve further 6 stops, two of them located in the York Region. It will be the first TTC transit line to cross city borders and will run through York University into the York Region.

  • Length of Subway Extension: 8.6 km
  • Toronto Part: 6.2 km from Sheppard West Station (currently known as Downsview Station) to Pioneer Village Station
  • York Region part: 2.4 km from Pioneer Village Station to Vaughan Metropolitan Centre Station
  • Planned Service Levels Trains every 4 minutes

Six stations have been built along the extension:

  • Downsview Park – south of Sheppard Avenue West, adjacent to the Barrie GO Transit Line

  • Finch West (At the intersection of Keele Street and Finch Avenue West)
  • York University (At York Boulevard and Ian Macdonald Boulevard)
  • Pioneer Village (At North West Gate and Steeles Avenue, East of Jane Street)
  • Highway 407 (South of Highway 407 and West of Jane Street)
  • Vaughan Metropolitan Centre (At Highway 7 and Millway Avenue)