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TOP TEN SPRING THINGS TO DO!

  1. Ski Mount Washington Alpine Resort
  2. Try caving at Horne Lake Caves
  3. Go scuba diving to see Pacific octopus, wolf eels and seals
  4. Walk or drive the Comox Valley Heritage Experience Tour
  5. Book a kayak or canoe trip to neighbouring islands
  6. Go birdwatching at several estuaries
  7. Check out live music, concerts, and theatre performances
  8. Taste farm-to-table specialties at Dine Around the Comox Valley
  9. Hit the links at one of the year-round golf courses
  10. Hike Nymph Falls Nature Park.

Nordic or alpine ski in spring conditions, scuba dive in search of octopus and wolf eels, cave at Horne Lake, bird watch in the Courtenay Estuary, sample farm-to-table cuisine during Dine Around Comox Valley, take part in the annual Snow to Surf Adventure Relay Race, catch the classic Victoria Day Parade in Cumberland, witness the spectacular herring run at Point Holmes, and indulge a love of seafood at the annual BC Seafood Festival, the largest seafood celebration in western Canada.

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CINDY’S TIP OF THE WEEK

 

1 Paint!
Dollar for dollar, a fresh coat of paint gives you more bang for your decorating buck than anything else. Even if your current palette is relatively new, any scuffs or wear marks will channel an unkempt vibe. And an unusual colour choice – even if the height of fashion – may limit your home’s appeal. So, break out that roller and slap on a couple coats of crowd-pleasing warm white or sand paint.

2 Improve the lighting!
Replace any dated light fixtures ASAP. How can you tell if it has to go? If it’s over 15 years old and looks it – it should probably go. “Retro” is not something most homebuyers are looking for. You don’t need to break the bank, just head to Home Depot or Canadian Tire.

3 De-clutter!
Take the collectibles off the mantel, put the mismatched armchair into storage (or better yet, donate it) and pare your closets down to what you’re actually wearing this season, packing away the rest. Ideally, all this extra stuff would head to charity (if in good, saleable condition), the garbage dump, or into storage. The more you store onsite, the more cluttered and smaller your home appears.
 

4 Give dated bathrooms a facelift!
A nice bath helps sell a house but, don’t invest in a total renovation. Renos are costly, and you won’t recoup your costs unless you find your exact décor doppelganger. Bring an out-of-date bath up to speed with gleaming white walls whether via a fresh coat of white bath and kitchen paint or ceramic tile and new lighting (Home Depot excels at affordable, stylish bathroom vanity lighting). Buy neutral new shower curtains, a simple new bath mat and vanity set, and have fresh flowers in the room during showings.

5 Take down curtains!
Dated window treatments need to come down, pronto (if it’s over 10 years old, get rid of it). If privacy isn’t an issue, just leave the windows bare to maximize natural light and make the room’s dimensions seem more generous. Otherwise, buy basic-issue cotton or linen drapes from Linens ‘N Things or another well-priced retailer. Always tie drapes back during viewings and open houses.

6 Put up mirrors!
Make small rooms appear bigger and dark rooms seem brighter by adding an attractive wall mirror. A boxlike dining room will benefit from a leaning floor mirror (HomeSense, Winners, or Home Depot often has great deals) and an entranceway more welcoming with a console mirror.

7 Update porch hardware!
Increase your home’s curb appeal by updating the hardware on your front porch. Buy a doorknocker or bell, mailbox, kick plate, doorknob and lockset in a set or in complementary styles. Brushed nickel is a neutral finish that will never date, while oil-rubbed bronze is another favourite.

8 And the porch light!
Update your porch light to coordinate with the new hardware, if needed. They don’t have to be an exact match or even come from the same period, but the finishes and styles should look pleasing together.

9 Spiff up the front yard!
Refresh your front yard according to the season. In spring, summer and fall, trim back dead plants and foliage and plant attractive annuals or perennials in flowerbeds. In winter, keep the walkway shoveled and cut back any tree or shrub branches damaged by heavy snowfall. A pair of planters flanking the front door and filled with seasonal arrangements instantly conveys pride of ownership.

10 Tend the backyard!
Simple fix-it’s will make the most of your existing yard layout. Replace any damaged boards on your deck or fence, and apply a fresh coat of paint, or stain and sealant if the finish needs it. Weed and groom your garden and add some perennials for colour when in-season. If kids’ toys are taking over the space, put some in storage. Think “tidy,” “update” and “refresh”: never do anything costly or major like adding a swimming pool or pond, which may put off potential buyers.

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TOP TEN WINTER THINGS TO DO!

To discover the glory of a Comox Valley winter, try some of these options for winter fun:

  1. Ride the slopes at Mount Washington on skis or snowboard – Open Now!
  2. Remember to Après! Fantastic music line-ups Jan 17-Feb 10 for ticketed and free events including: Retro Rock Revival, the Whiskeydicks, Time Well Wasted, Tom Lavin & the Powder Blues, Cellos Extraordinaire, Almost Alan with Centerpiece and more
  3. Check out over 55 miles of pristine cross-country trails at Mount Washington’s Raven Lodge
  4. Treat yourself to a rejuvenating spa treatment
  5. Tour the festive window displays in the Downtown shopping areas
  6. Browse local art galleries and gift shops
  7. Check out one of our eight museums
  8. Visit the indoor Comox Valley Farmers’ Market and sample local produce
  9. Challenge yourself on one of the year-round golf courses
  10. Experience spectacular scuba diving in one of the world’s cleanest marine environments

Current Month

2018 FALL COLOURING CONTEST

2ND ANNUAL FALL COLOURING CONTEST!!!

SEPTEMBER 20 TO OCTOBER 11, 2018

CLICK HERE TO PRINT A COPY 

HAVE FUN AND GOOD LUCK!!!

 

SPRING COLOURING CONTEST

SPRING COLOURING CONTEST!!

CLICK HERE TO PRINT YOUR COPY AND JOIN THE FUN!

       CONTEST RUNS FROM MARCH 8-28, 2018. 

PRIZE WILL BE AWARDED MARCH 29, 2018.

BRING YOUR COLOURED COPY TO REMAX, 2230 CLIFFE AVE.

 

Come support YANA!

The Annual Driftwood Mall Christmas Tree silent auction.

100% of the proceeds go to YANA

Come check out the trees and place your bid!

So proud to be part of such an amazing community.

The Comox valley....we LOVE to call it home! 

MOVEMBER!

FALL COLOURING CONTEST

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2018 Quest for Excellence

RE/MAX of Western Canada has renewed the Quest for Excellence bursary program. This year we are once again offering (16) $1,000 bursaries for a total of $16,000 to grade 12 students.    

 

This program was established by RE/MAX of Western Canada to recognize the success and ongoing pursuits of Western Canadian students in regards to leadership and community contribution initiatives. Students can enter online at www.remax.ca.

 

2018 Quest for Excellence program is open for submissions from September 11, 2017 until midnight March 12, 2018. Only online entries will be accepted.    

Tips to Beat the Heat!

Summer is here! We crave the warm summer weather in the winter but when it arrives, we are willing to try anything to beat the heat. If planting new shade trees or installing central A/C is not in your budget this year, don’t fret. By running a quick search online, you can find an abundance of creative ways to stay cool.

To help you get started, we thought we’d share a post we found when searching that covers these HEAT strategies you’ll want to remember.

H HOUSE  optimize your home to keep the heat out

E ENERGY save energy & cooling costs by minimizing heat-producing items

AAIR use airflow effectively to vent heat and bring in cool air

T — TLC take care of yourself to stay cooler

The full post can be found here and goes on to share several tips for each strategy, like:

  • When to keep house windows open and when to close them,

  • How to build a DIY A/C,

  • Replacing light bulbs,

  • Reversing ceiling fans, and

  • Ways to exercise, sleep, work, dress, eat drink and think cooler.

    Hope these tips prove useful in beating the heat…now get out and enjoy the warm weather!

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