Moving Checklist

Moving Checklist Use this handy checklist to plan and organize your moving activities. Print this page and post it on your fridge for easy reference. Remember to save your receipts. Some moving expenses may be tax deductible.  One month before Start a moving expense book. Ask for references from at least two moving companies and get written estimates. Feel free to call me for references to companies my clients have used in the past. Make sure the movers know all the items which are to be included. Do not include jewellery or other small valuables. Ask for a copy of the mover’s insurance and compare it with your existing coverage. Get a written commitment from the moving company that specifies the date of the move and arrival. Contact the provincial health authorities for the province you are moving out of and the one you are moving into. If moving within the same province notify them of your change of address. Resign from any clubs or organizations that are not active in your new community. Cancel newspaper and magazine subscriptions or change address. Contact your bank to arrange the transfer of accounts and loans if required. Order cheques with new address. Register your change of address with the post office, and obtain a supply of change of address cards. Begin mailing your change of address cards. Keep a list of cards sent. Don’t forget to notify all credit card companies. Gather all important documents including your pets’. Two weeks before Clean out club and school lockers. Arrange for the change over of utilities. Take measurements of the new house. Make a floor plan and decide where everything will go. Don’t guess. Book freight elevator if you are moving out of an apartment. Start packing. Number and mark contents of boxes. Keep an inventory list and make two copies for each box. Keep one with your inventory list and put the other inside each box. Seal boxes. Return all borrowed items and collect what you’ve loaned. One week before List all of the items you want to take with you personally. Include all valuable items which should not be entrusted to movers. Dismantle and/or fasten anything that requires it. Prepare a list of everything else that is left. Confirm the booking for the freight elevator. Confirm the booking for the moving company. Defrost and air-dry the deep freezer. Two days before The last day to pack! Double check location of valuables and important papers. If you are taking the appliances, remember to disconnect, defrost, and air-dry the fridge and freezer. Do your last laundry. Disconnect and drain the washing machine if you are taking it with you. Protect delicate furniture with...

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Knob and Tube Wiring

   The majority of homes in Downtown Windsor were built prior to 1940.  As a result most still have knob and tube wiring. Knob and Tube  was an original form of wiring and was used from 1880 to the 1930s. As existing Knob and Tube (K& T) wiring gets older, insurance companies may deny coverage due to a perception of increased risk.  Several companies will not write new homeowners policies at all unless all K&T wiring is replaced, or an electrician certifies that the wiring is in good condition. Also, many institutional lenders are unwilling to finance a home with limited ampacity (current carrying capacity) service (which, as noted above, often goes hand-in-hand with K&T wiring), unless the electrical service is upgraded. It is usually easily seen in unfinished basements by the Cermamic knobs and tubes used.  Knob and tube wiring was eventually displaced from interior wiring systems because of the high cost of installation compared with use of power cables, which combined both power conductors of a circuit in one run (and which later included grounding conductors). Many home owners have removed visible knob and tube from their basements, as some insurance companies felt the old exposed wiring was unsafe.  However removal of knob and tube from within walls and ceilings throughout a house is often not completed do to its expense. As well some insureace companies only require removal of exposed wiring.   I have seen some home owners run steel armoured BX conduit outside of walls to replace knob and tube. While this may provide a ground, it is  unattractive.         Another way of recognising the potential presence of knob and tube wiring in a home is two prog plug receptacles.  As knob and tube never had grounds, older plug receptacles had only 2 sockets without a ground. 2 prong plug (receptacle) Two prong outlets are rather inconvenient as grounded plugs to not fit into them. In additon two prong plugs can create a safety hazard. The third prong on a plug is designed to give a fault path in the event the hot wire, or device that is connected to should short out. The absence of a ground path can lead to a electrical shock. For example a metal light fixture could become energized on its exterior, and the lack of grounding will not allow the breaker to trip. The problem is that you cant  necessarily just replace them with a three prong plug.  If the wiring system is not bonded to ground, then that would be an illegal fix. A three prong plug tester will show “open ground”.  In fact it is a good thing you can do yourself. Go around and check every...

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Sign Up For Email Alerts

If you are looking for a property in Windsor and Essex County, it is essential to get up to date information the minute it becomes available.  Realtors have better access to Multiple Listing Information and can email customers properties based on their search criteria. Searches can be done based on a wide variety of factors. Typical Searches are based on the the Type of Dwelling, Location and Price. If you would like to receive up to the minute listing updates based on your criteria. Please contact me....

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Search Listings

This page provides property search links. Click Here the below links for 1. Our Listings Search Page 2. Multiple Listing Service        

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Agency Relationships Explained

Agency Relationships Explained When you deal with a REALTOR, you can expect not only strict adherence to provincial laws, but also adherence to a Code of Ethics and Standards of Business Practice. The Code and Standards are very important to you, because it assures you will receive the highest level of service, honesty and integrity. One provision of the Standards requires REALTORS to seek written acknowledgment from vendors and purchasers of disclosure of the agency relationship A REALTOR will be pleased to discuss his or her agency relationship and responsibilities with you. If you need clarification about the types of agency relationship available, ask the REALTOR to explain your alternatives. WHAT IS AN AGENCY RELATIONSHIP? An agency relationship is created where one person, known as the principal, asks another person, known as the agent, to act for and on the behalf of the principal. The principal will define the nature and extent of the agency relationship; in other words, what the agent is being asked to do. In real estate transactions, agency relationships are created when vendors or purchasers ask REALTORS to act on their behalf in real estate transactions. CONSEQUENCES OF AGENCY RELATIONSHIP As a matter of law, an agent who represents a principal owes that principal the highest duty of “utmost good faith”; the agent must represent the principal’s best interests at all times. The agent owes his principal a duty of confidentiality regarding information about the principal. AGENCY IN REAL ESTATE TRANSACTIONS In most cases, there are two parties in a real estate transaction; a vendor who owns a property and who wants to sell it, and a purchaser who wants to buy a property. The job of REALTORS is to bring together willing vendors and willing purchasers in successful real estate transactions. WINDSOR ESSEX COUNTY ASSOCIATION OF REALTORS The Windsor Essex County Association of Realtors (WECAR) is an association of REALTORS. WECAR operates an MLS System; this System is a mechanism whereby vendors, through their agent (known as a Listing Broker), can make known the fact to other REALTORS that a particular property is for sale. By placing a property on the MLS System, the Listing Broker (agent of the vendor) lets it be known to every other REALTOR that they can be a “Co-operating Broker”. AGENCY RELATIONSHIP BETWEEN VENDOR AND LISTING BROKER As noted, a vendor usually engages a REALTOR to act on its behalf in the sale of a property; this REALTOR is known as the Listing Broker. The vendor and the Listing Broker will enter into an MLS Listing Agreement whereby the agency of the Listing Broker is confirmed, and the vendor agrees to compensate the Listing Broker for its efforts. This...

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Willistead

Willistead Manor was built in 1906 for Edward Chandler Walker, the second son of Hiram Walker, founder of the world-renowned distillery. Willistead is the creation of Albert Kahn, a noted Detroit architect of the day. Kahn built three buildings on the 15-acre estate: the manor house, the coach house and the gatehouse. Designed in the 16th century Tudor-Jacobean style of an English Manor House, the main building was begun in 1904. No expense was spared in the materials or labour used. The exterior of gray limestone, quarried in Amherstburg, was hand cut at the Willistead work site by Scottish stonemasons specifically imported for the...

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