September Home Maintenance Tips

Posted on 09/12

The temperatures are quickly dropping and with the changing weather comes a responsibility to clean, de-clutter and refurnish your home. Staying on top of your home maintenance keeps any breakage or deformation under control. This is why we have compiled the most common spots in your home that should be renewed. Just follow these guidelines to ensure your September home maintenance is spot on!

  1. Clean furnace filter
    Cleaning your furnace regularly helps avoid future breakdowns and increases air quality throughout your home. Doing so will save costs on your energy bill because without the blockage in the filter, less energy is being used for circulation.
  2. Clean range hood
    You know that big fan that hangs above your stove? That is the range hood and if it is not cleaned properly, it can make your kitchen a disaster. Soaking the filters in soapy water once in a while ensures their effectiveness to collect the grease from your cooking and keeps odour minimal.
  3. Check exterior finishes
    The warm weather can dry out and discolour any paint or exterior finishes outside your house and can eventually become a hazard if debris begins to fall off on to the ground.
  4. Check or re-do window caulking
    Window caulking keeps the warm/cold air sealed into your home. Proper maintenance ensures that all cracks and holes are blocking air from escaping.
  5. Window Frames
    Cleaning any dirt and debris in window channels and along frames will keep your windows operating properly and help minimize mould and mildew growth.
  6. Check fireplaces and chimneys
    Not cleaning out your fireplace can become seriously dangerous because of hazardous smoke from dirt, mould etc. Be sure to clean build up on the glass as well. Build up can be released into the house, or cause an explosion due to poor ventilation.
  7. Check clothes dryer vent
    Lint and lint sheets clog the clothes dryer overtime which means it will not complete a proper cycle until cleaned. Make sure you are using a proper brush with a long handle, that is meant for de-clogging lint from the vent (ask your local hardware store). Vents leading to the outside of the home should also be cleaned annually.
  8. Check bathtub caulking
    Moisture from your bathroom can create mould, which is why caulking your bathtub/shower helps eliminate leakage and water damage. This is a similar process to caulking your windows but you want to make sure the area is completely dry and the previous caulking is removed. Make sure to use waterproof caulking that is silicone or latex based.
  9. Check basement and crawl spaces
    The crawl spaces in your basement are essentially the structures that hold up areas in your house, and if damaged, it can compromise the entire foundation system. Fall is the perfect time to open basement windows and bring some fresh air into your home.

The only way to properly welcome in the cooler seasons is to prepare for what is to come. Follow these tips and make your home environment safe!

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COVID-19 UPDATE FROM LIV COMMUNITIES

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: Our Service Department has resumed services as of Monday, July 20th. Staff will be taking necessary precautions as set out by Health Canada and the Government of Ontario to ensure the safety of all employees and purchasers. Due to the temporary backlog, homeowners will be contacted in order of closing dates and by priority sequence. Your patience is greatly appreciated.

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

Site Construction Teams: Our Service Department has resumed services as of Monday, July 20th. Staff will be taking necessary precautions as set out by Health Canada and the Government of Ontario to ensure the safety of all employees and purchasers. Due to the temporary backlog, homeowners will be contacted in order of closing dates and by priority sequence. Your patience is greatly appreciated.

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