PODS: An Innovative Moving Solution.

From time to time on this Blog, I like to highlight some valuable services that I have personally experienced and consider quite useful. As my licensed assistant, Natalie Chapman, is an Accredited Staging Professional (ASP), we often provide staging advice to our clients. A common challenge in preparing a home for market is the need to pare down the owner’s belongings. One of the fantastic tools that my team likes to use are PODS, or Portable On Demand Storage for many of my clients.

PODS will drop off the correct sized POD — 7’, 12’ or 16’ — to the initial site of your move and then wait for you to tell them when it is convenient to have it picked up. You pack the POD, although packing services are available, and then put your own lock on it. A simple phone call will arrange pick up of the packed POD. You can have it delivered to the new location immediately or store the POD until it is convenient to take delivery of the POD and its contents. Should you be selling your current home with a layover period before possession of your new home, this service is for you. Access to your POD can be arranged while in storage with 24 hour notice. This truly unique answer to the problem of clutter in homes is fantastically flexible and cost effective.

While Staging is much more than simply de-cluttering, it is an important part of the process. PODS can make storage and de-cluttering a simple process. You can obtain a quote from their website www.pods.com or call 1-866-229-4120. All of my clients are eligible for a discount on PODS which I am more than happy to pass along. Good luck and Happy De-Cluttering!


Is It Too Late To Maximize The Home Renovation Tax Credit (HRTC)?

I imagine with the time of year, you’ve been likely more focused on gift giving than receiving.  I wanted to take a moment to ensure you are well aware of the gift the Federal Government has wrapped up for Canadian homeowners.  Keep in mind that unlike the Holidays which have come and gone with considerable speed, there are still two months left to take advantage of the Home Renovation Tax Credit (HRTC).  You may have heard mention and not taken a good look into the HRTC.  Please review the details below as you may be eligible for a tax credit.

Here is how the HRTC works:

-A non-refundable tax credit on eligible expenditures for work performed or goods acquired after January 27, 2009 and before February 1, 2010.
-Based on 15% of eligible expenditures greater than $1,000 but less than $10,000.
-Maximum “non-refundable” tax credit: $10,000 – $1,000 = $9,000 x 15% = $1,350.
-All of the eligible expenditures must be supported by receipts, so be sure to hold on to them.
-Here is a brief list of eligible expenditures under the HRTC: Renovating a Kitchen, Bathroom or Basement, Windows & Doors, Carpets & Flooring, Upgrading your wiring from 100 to 200 amp service, Painting Interior/Exterior Walls, Re-shingling a Roof, New Driveway, New Furnace or Air Conditioner, Installing a Permanent Pool or Hot Tub, New Fence, New Deck, Additions and more.
-All associated costs of installation, equipment rentals, permits, professional services and incidental expenses also count towards the HRTC calculation.
-Ineligible Expenditures include but are not limited to: Purchasing tools, Cleaning carpets, Financing Costs, House Cleaning and Maintenance Contracts.
* Subject to Parliamentary approval
As this “gift” from the Federal Government is a limited time offer, 2009/early 2010 is a great time to take advantage of the Home Renovation Tax Credit while simultaneously increasing the value of your home and doing your part to help jumpstart the Canadian Economy. I would be happy to discuss any work you might be considering at your convenience. Be sure to confirm the eligibility of your expenditure at www.cra-arc.gc.ca/hrtc  or by calling 1-877-959-1272.  These types of gifts do not come along everyday, so be sure to see if you might benefit from the HRTC.  Thanks for checking in!


And thanks for stopping by our blog!  We are really excited about having a forum to connect with others who share our passion: Residential Real Estate!  We hope to provide you with all of the information and advice that you could want about the Burlington, Oakville and West Mississauga real estate markets.  And you may find some advice as well.

Who Are We?  Ryan & Natalie.  More specifically?

Ryan Davison, Salesperson with Re/Max Realty Enterprises Inc; Brokerage: Ryan decided to leave his role as a Regional Vice-President in investment sales to follow his passion in real estate in 2007 and has never looked back!  And, he’s got the awards to prove it.  In his first year, Ryan earned a spot in  the Re/Max President’s Club.   In 2009, he joined the ranks of the Re/Max 100% Club.  For fun?  Ryan enjoys boating, fishing and football.

Natalie Chapman, Licensed Assistant to Ryan Davison; ASP : Natalie joined Re/Max Realty Enterprises in 2005 and spearheads print, digital and online marketing for Ryan Davison and davisonhomes.ca.  Very excited about the prospect of building a network via the 905 West Word blog, Natalie will be collaborating with Ryan on both content and creativity.  For fun? Natalie enjoys running, writing and reading.