Get your home ready for winter living with these 7 must-do steps.

Winter's coming, and with it, plunging temperatures and shorter days that make you want to curl up and relax, warm and cosy by the fire. As the coldness looms and you prepare to pump the heat, it's important to protect your home from potential damage and address heat and energy leaks. These seven simple tasks will help you stay warm, safe and energy-conscious this winter. 

1 Prepare your hearth for fire 

Before getting chestnuts ready for the roasting, get your fireplace set for the fire. Grab a flashlight and look inside for build-up, bird's nests or obvious cracks. From the outside, check for broken bricks and crumbling mortar. Ensure that your damper opens and closes and seals tightly. Clean out the ashes and remember that in addition  to these steps, you should have your chimney professionally cleaned every other year (more often if you burn a lot of fires). Stock up on wood and kindling, and you're...

OPEN HOUSE Sunday, November 25th from 3-5PM

12180 Mellis Drive, East Cambie 


living room Mellis

Please come with any questions you may have. As always please do not hesitate to give me a call at 604.644.1044 if I can answer any questions before the open house, or if you would like to book a private showing.  In the meantime you can take a virtual tour of this gorgeous family home in East Cambie.

Alisa Sakamoto

RE/MAX Westcoast - Steveston Real Estate


OPEN HOUSE Saturday, November 24th from 2pm -4:00pm 

  6233 London Road, unit #318, Steveston South

This is the perfect opportunity to check out this fabulous condo for sale in beautiful Steveston South.

London Station

Please come with any questions you may have. As always please do not hesitate to give me a call at 604.644.1044 if I can answer any questions before the open house, or if you would like to book a private showing.  In the meantime you can take a virtual tour of this Steveston South Condos for sale.

Alisa Sakamoto

RE/MAX Westcoast - Steveston Real Estate


I just finished uploading this Townhouse for sale, 4 8391 WILLIAMS Road, Richmond, British Columbia 

Southarm Gardens

HST INCLUDED! A collection of 15 two and three level luxury townhomes offering the active lifestyle you crave, adjacent to a community centre, pool, parks and numerous sport venues. This quality townhome features a free-flowing layout, quartz and granite counter top finishes, and ground floor space for you to customize as you wish. Conveniently located just across the street from South Arm community centre and park and both Hugh McRoberts Secondary and Whiteside Elementary. Broadmoor shopping centre and all its amenities are less than half a block West. Showhome open Mon-Thurs 2-5pm and Sat & Sun 12-5.



Congratulations Cheryl!

Southpointe Cove Eating Area

JUST SOLD November 7th!  #39 12351 No 2 Road, Richmond

At Southpointe Cove, you can live the village life you have always wanted in the luxury you deserve.  Revel in Steveston's rich tapestry of life with its sparkling waterfront vistas, rolling farmland and picturesque mountains.  The South Arm of the Fraser River is one of the most beautiful places in BC.  This gorgeous townhome is built by Westmark Development Group and is covered by National Home Warranty.  Southpointe Cove's 3 bedroom homes are built to meet your needs as families grow and lifestyles change.  Modern architectural design, meticulous attention to detail, and lush landscaping all help to make this your perfect home for years to come.

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I just finished uploading this Condo for sale, 318 6233 LONDON Road, Richmond, British Columbia

London station: reinforced concrete & steel construction. Luxury finishing include 9' ceilings, 2 large balconies, granite countertops throughout, undermount kitchen sinks, glass back splash, quality stainless steel appliances including wine fridge, huge kitchen with overheight cabinets, designer light fixtures, natural bamboo wood flooring, indulgent bathrooms with soaker tub, beautiful west exposure with partial marina views.


Fall is the perfect time to get your home ready for the coming winter, which can be the most gruelling season for your home. During winter months, it’s important to follow routine maintenance procedures, by checking your home carefully for any problems that may arise and taking corrective action as soon as possible.


  • Check fireplace and chimney; service or clean if needed
  • Clean range hood filter
  • Clean leaves out of eavestroughs
  • Check roofing and flashing for signs of wear or damage
  • Close outside hose connection
  • Close windows, skylights
  • Check weather-stripping around doors and windows
  • Clean and reactivate heat recovery ventilator, if it was turned off
  • Winterize landscaping
  • Test space heating system
  • Close vents to crawl spaces
  • Test your smoke alarms; change the batteries at least once a year


  • Clean or replace furnace filter
  • Check/clean heat recovery ventilator; wash or replace filter
  • Clean humidifier and turn it on if needed
  • Check exhaust fans
  • Ensure that air intake, exhausts and meters are clear of snow
  • Clean range hood filter
  • Check basement floor drain
  • Do safety checks: fire escape routes; fire extinguishers; door and window locks
  • Ensure gas valve is clear of ice and snow


  • Dust or vacuum electric baseboards
  • Vacuum ducts behind warm air and return air grilles
  • Test plumbing shut-off valves to ensure they’re working
  • Test pressure relief valve on hot water tank; drain water from tank
  • Check and, if needed, oil door hinges
  • Lubricate garage door motor, chain, etc
  • Check attic for signs of moisture in summer or fall
  • Check septic system; clean if needed (usually about every three years)

Every Two to Five Years

  • Check and repair driveway cracks
  • Check and repair the chimney cap and the caulking between the cap and chimney, re-caulk as necessary
  • Refinish wood surfaces, including window frames and doors

For other great home maintenance tips,


News Release
Housing market sees slight changes in October
Vancouver, B.C. – November 2, 2012 – The Greater Vancouver housing market saw a slight
increase in the number of home sales, a slight reduction in the number of listings, and a slight
decrease in home prices in October compared to the summer months. With those changes, the
sales-to-active-listings ratio increased to 11 per cent in October from 8 per cent in September.
The Real Estate Board of Greater Vancouver (REBGV) reported 1,931 residential property sales 
of detached, attached and apartment properties on the region’s Multiple Listing Service® 
(MLS®) in October, a 16.7 per cent decline compared to the 2,317 sales in October 2011 and a
27.4 per cent increase compared to the 1,516 home sales in September 2012.
October sales were 28.5 per cent below the 10-year October sales average of 2,700.
“Buyer demand increased slightly in October compared to the...
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