Pre-Winter Home Checklist

Posted on 10/20

With the cooler temperatures fast approaching, it won’t be long before old man winter arrives. This is as good a time as any to prep, check and inspect whether your new home is armed for winter. Here are some tips to help you get started. Do these and you will enjoy the comfort and warmth of a well-kept home saving money and maintenance down the road.

  • Drain exterior hose bibs and outdoor hoses.
  • Check roof shingles vents and flashing.
  • Check all weather stripping and door sweeps, lubricate or replace where necessary.
  • Check doors and locks.
  • Make sure your water heater is functioning well.
  • Clean windows and check wells.
  • Inspect eaves troughs, downspouts and remove any leaves and all debris.
  • Change furnace filter and have furnace inspected and cleaned to ensure proper carbon dioxide alarms are working properly.
  • Avoid the rush and stock winter essentials like salt or ice melt, ice scrapers and shovels.
  • Keep water away from the house - add extenders to down spouts to avoid water pooling close to the house.

Doing these few chores will help maintain your home while avoiding any unexpected problems. There’s nothing worse than something malfunctioning during the cold winter months leaving you and your family at risk. You want to be sure your family is safe and warm and sleeping easy throughout the fall and winter months. Don’t hesitate to jump on this list now and avoid being 200th in line for service.


As we all navigate through these unprecedented times, please be advised that LIV Communities’ priority is ensuring the well-being of our customers, employees, trades, suppliers, as well as our communities.   As we continue to closely monitor the risks associated with COVID-19, we are taking all necessary precautions as guided by the World Health Organization (WHO), Health Canada and the US Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC).

To support the well-being of our team members, we have adjusted to remote work schedules, remote and virtual meetings, as well as implemented social distancing and enhanced cleaning measures to ensure that our environments remain as safe as possible across our organization and within communities.

We have proactively set up all employees to be able to work efficiently in a remote environment, so rest assured, your phone calls and emails will be attended to. We are communicating regularly with homeowners on an individual and departmental basis.

Please see below for department updates made the morning of Monday, March 23rd.  As always, please feel free to reach out via email at [email protected] or 289.245.1300 for any general inquiries.

Head Office:  Although we have proactively set up all employees to be able to work efficiently in a remote environment, we are currently operating with rotating, minimal staff in the office. Our Head Office doors are locked and potential visitors are asked to email [email protected] or call 289.245.1300

Sales Centres:  Our Nature’s Grand sales centre is open by appointment only beginning Sunday, May 24, 2020. Please note that there is a 2 purchaser maximum allowed to each appointment time (and no children). We are also still accepting virtual appointments via video or phone call. To book an in-person or virtual appointment, please call us at 226.922.0354 or email [email protected].

Service Department: All service is temporarily suspended.  Emergency situations must be directed to [email protected], or by contacting 905.971.0786.

Site Construction Teams: All necessary safety precautions are being taken as we mitigate with an essential and limited crew.  As information and policies are rapidly changing, our site staff is working and communicating continuously with municipalities and trades as well as our homeowners to provide the most current information. For more specific information, please contact [email protected] or 289.245.1300.

Décor Centre: As of April 27th, our Décor Studio will be available for appointments for our homeowners. The Décor Studio continues to be closed for all browsing and visitors.

The wellbeing of our clients and staff are paramount and we are taking all precautionary measures to ensure we maintain the highest possible standards surrounding health and safety. We have implemented the following increased preventative measures:

  • Up to 2 adult visitors per home who are on the Agreement of Purchase and Sale, per appointment. No children under the age of 18.
  • Plexi barriers have been installed at work stations.
  • Ample hand-sanitizer will be provided and increased frequency of disinfecting areas has been implemented.
  • Vigilant hygiene practices will be enforced during appointments.
  • Employees have also been reminded to take increased measures to reduce the risk of transmission of illness and to stay home if they are sick.

Our décor staff will also be screening clients when booking appointments, as well as prior to entry into the building. Individuals will be asked a series of health questions, as well as travel history.

If you are a homeowner with questions or concerns, please reach out to [email protected], or phone 905.304.0471.

Thank you for your understanding and wishing everyone the best of health,

The LIV Communities Team