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‘Tis The Season!

Posted by on Dec 11, 2018 in Property Management | 0 comments

‘Tis The Season!

‘Tis the season to deck the halls!  The Christmas season is upon us! Homes, stores and offices are decking their halls with boughs of holly, ornaments, lights and poinsettias. During this joyous season, property maintenance often takes a back seat to property décor. Here are 10 quick and easy, holiday and winter tips from your property management expert! • For condo residents, before putting up your Christmas decorations, check with your property manager and/or condominium board first for rules about outdoor decorations • Consider...

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WAHM! Bam! Thank you ma’am!

Posted by on Oct 31, 2018 in Property Management | 0 comments

WAHM! Bam! Thank you ma’am!

Seven years ago, I was sitting at my desk at a full-time office job, daydreaming about finding a more balanced life. A life where I could be more present for school and family activities, participate in volunteer opportunities, explore hobbies and interests while continuing to work in a career that I loved. That daydream became reality when I opened Masterkey Management Ltd. and became a work-at-home-mom (WAHM).  Becoming a WAHM is a lifestyle change, and like Dean Martin’s song ‘Wham! Bam! Thank You Ma’am!’, it could leave you quite...

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Simone Says: Plumbing Tips for the Novice

Posted by on Aug 31, 2018 in Property Management | 0 comments

Simone Says: Plumbing Tips for the Novice

Whether you are a homeowner or a tenant, at some point you will be faced with a plumbing problem.  Even if you call your plumber to handle repairs, it’s worthwhile (and empowering!) to learn a little about the plumbing in your house.  We spoke with plumber, Simone Smith (#girlpower!), of David Hayward Plumbing Service (DHPS) for tips on plumbing fixes anyone can do on their own and avoid a service call. Improving Low Water Pressure Low water pressure is usually most obvious at your sink faucet.  The first thing to check is if the low...

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Perfectly Pleasing Palettes

Posted by on Jul 3, 2018 in Property Management | 0 comments

Perfectly Pleasing Palettes

One of the simplest, most cost-effective improvements a homeowner can make to their home is to paint. Whether you choose to paint the exterior of your house or give your rooms an update, that will translate into value for your home.  It’s also one of the easiest things not-so-handy homeowners can do themselves without having to call in the pros.  Aside from the paint itself — and maybe a weekend of your time — the investment is minimal: A set of paint rollers and brushes for the walls and trim, drop cloths to keep your floors and...

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Shut Up, Pipe Down!

Posted by on Apr 30, 2018 in Property Management | 0 comments

Shut Up, Pipe Down!

So you are ready to take charge of your home, roll up your sleeves and get to work.  Awesome! Before you start pulling out your tool box and conquering those projects, I have some advice for you; Shut up and pipe down!  Wait, what?? Many homeowners and tenants do not know how to shut off the water to their residence or an individual fixture to prevent major leaks and property damage in an emergency.  When you purchase or move into a new home, you should make yourself familiar with the shut off valves and practice opening and closing them so...

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Decluttering Your Home This Spring

Posted by on Mar 22, 2018 in Property Management | 0 comments

Decluttering Your Home This Spring

So you’re life is into full swing in 2018; you’ve committed to eat healthier, exercise, start a new course, change jobs, start writing that book, improve your child’s grades, remove those toxic people from your life and save more money. Phew, I’m exhausted already! As women, we grasped 2018 as an opportunity to reset, regroup and recharge.  We planned for the next twelve months with the aim of achieving peace and order for our mind, body and spirit. But what about our homes? Okay, I know what you’re thinking! You have enough on your...

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Keep Warm And Safe This Winter

Posted by on Dec 13, 2017 in Property Management | 0 comments

Keep Warm And Safe This Winter

December, January and February are the deadliest months for home fires, according to the National Fire Protection Association (NFPA). And, heating equipment is the second leading cause of home fires and home fire deaths. That’s why it’s important for you and your loved ones to take extra precautions during the winter. Thinking of buying a space heater? The NFPA recommends that you make sure it carries the mark of an independent testing laboratory. Install it according to the manufacturer’s instructions or have it professionally...

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Beyond Repair – How Maintenance Improves Home Value

Posted by on Nov 1, 2016 in Property Management | 0 comments

Beyond Repair – How Maintenance Improves Home Value

Whether your property is an investment vehicle or ‘home-sweet-home’, as a property owner your ultimate desire is for your property value to increase over time.  In order to maximize your property value, repairs and maintenance are key. “Repairs and maintenance” is often used as a general term for any work that is required at a property, but it can actually be broken down into categories. The first category is emergency repair work, which occurs as a reactive response when something goes wrong.  An example would be a blocked pipe or a...

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Local Farmers’ Markets Benefit Communities

Posted by on Dec 7, 2015 in Property Management | 0 comments

Local Farmers’ Markets Benefit Communities

Our community is fortunate to have a local farmers’ market. If you haven’t shopped there before, consider the many advantages of patronizing our local merchants. Visiting the local farmers’ market has certainly become an anticipated weekly event at our home. Farmers’ markets have gained popularity in the last few years as more and more consumers have come to enjoy the very fresh, locally grown produce, baked goods, juices, eggs, dairy products, poultry and meats they offer. Farmers’ markets provide other benefits as well—to...

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Buyer Beware: Home Inspections

Posted by on Nov 26, 2015 in Property Management | 0 comments

Buyer Beware: Home Inspections

A home is typically the most expensive purchase a person will ever make. Because of this, as much as you may like that property you recently found, it’s critical to get it inspected before finalizing the deal. An inspection gives you an idea of the home’s physical condition, including the plumbing and electrical systems, the roof, attic space, walls, ceilings, floors, windows, doors, foundation, basement, tank and structural components.   A home inspection addresses what needs to be repaired now and what might need to be repaired in...

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