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Command hooks are as ubiquitous as they are handy. But don't get it twisted: the stock you see in the aisles at Target is only a small taste of what the entire line has to offer. In addition to those adhesive hanging hooks, Command has several highly specific applications of their removable technology.

 

They're just the perfect thing for tidying up some messy corner of your home. From simple spray bottle holders to a full-blown smartphone charging station, read ahead for ten highly specific Command hook solutions that are every bit as unique as they are renter-friendly.

1. Spray bottle holders

Looking for an easy way to score some extra cabinet space? Command Spray Bottle Hangers attach directly to your wall to keep your bulky cleaning spray within arm's reach without taking up an inch of cabinet space.


2. Cord Bundlers

Great for corralling extra long cords, Command Cord Bundlers can be used on the wall or on the back of appliances (like mixers and blenders) to keep pesky–and not to mention, unattractive, cords organized and out of plain sight.

 

3. Broom Gripper

Why waste valuable storage closet space storing mops and brooms when you can hang them up instead? Mount a Command Broom Gripper or two to the inside of your storage closet door (or on a nearby wall) and hang up your brooms and mops in style while freeing up some floor space.

4. Bathroom Wall & Cabinet Organizer

Showers come in all shapes and sizes, and often, without enough storage space. Thankfully, Command created a rust-resistant satin nickel bathroom organizer—complete with a removable storage bin—that sticks to all kinds of tricky surfaces (including glass, mirror, and shower tile) for stashing your personal care products and beauty supplies.


 

5. Smart Phone Station

Believe it or not, Command's Smart Phone Station is quite the multi-tasker. Not only does this clear cutie instantly create a stylish wall-mounted charging hub for your smartphone, you can install one near your entryway, so you won't waste any precious time searching for your phone on the way out the door.


6. Under Sink Cabinet Caddy

Desperately seeking a simple way to streamline the space under your bathroom and kitchen sink? This clever under sink cabinet caddy from Command is perfect for storing dish soap, hand soap, sponges, and other sink-side accessories, and mounts nicely to paint, wood, tile, and more.

7. Hair Dryer Holder

Hair dryers: Can't live without 'em, but can't ever seem to find a smart way to store them either. Fortunately, the Command Hair Dryer Holder sticks to just about any bathroom surface you can think of—glass, mirror, tile, fiberglass, wood, and painted walls—and provides a cute place to stash your blow dryer (that won't clutter up your counter space).

 

8. Mirror Organizer

Transform your cramped front door area into a sophisticated entryway in seconds with the help of Command's Mirror Organizer. Designed with a handful of hooks (for hanging keys and lanyards) as well as a small storage ledge for stashing sunglasses, jewelry, mail, and more, this multifunctional organizer keeps your on-the-go items in check and provides a place to check your lipstick before you dash out the door.


9. Sponge Caddy

Keep your dish sponges safe—and out of the sink—with a Command Sponge Caddy. Along with drain holes (for dripping excess water out of the sponge) and a built-in tray for catching the mess, this handy storage caddy can hang anywhere from under your sink to your tile backsplash, for easy (but bacteria-free) sponge access.


 

10. Picture Hanging Kit

Searching for a renter-friendly way to forge your very own gallery wall (or at least hang up a couple pieces of art)? The Command Picture Hanging Kit can hang up seven pictures of various sizes—no hammer and nails necessary!

 by Caroline Biggs
Sep 5, 2018
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 

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When faced with grossness in the kitchen (read: the whole house has the flu, or you found a cockroach infestation under the sink, or the dog trashed the room after eating who-knows-what), it's tempting to bring out all of the big guns and throw every cleaning product you've got at the problem. But don't!

 First of all, most cleaning products are plenty effective on their own. Plus, combining them could be toxic — and in some cases lethal.

"Some people just think more product is better, but they don't think about science and safety first," says Nancy Bock of the American Cleaning Institute. "Mixing cleaning products can lead to irritated airways, respiratory problems, or burns to skin, eyes, throat, nose, and lungs. Some gases created from combined cleaning products could cause damage of the nervous system, eyes, lungs, skin, liver, kidneys, and even death."

So good rule of thumb: "Don't take any chances when it comes to safe use of products," says Bock. Don't believe us yet? Here are some tempting cleaning combos that are especially bad.

Cleaning Products You Should Never Mix

Hydrogen peroxide + vinegar

While these two chemicals can be used in succession as a cleaning duo, do not mix them together. "Combining these two creates peracetic acid or corrosive acid, an irritant that, in high concentrations, can harm the skin, eyes, throat, nose, and lungs," says Bock.

Drain cleaner + more drain cleaner

If you've got a clog, it's tempting to pour in as much drain cleaner as you can find under your sink — but beware of using one right after the other, because these super-strong formulas (they're meant to eat away those clogs!) can react very, very badly. "Combining drain cleaners can cause the release of chlorine gas and potentially lead to an explosion," says Bock.

 Bleach + ammonia

Combining bleach and ammonia releases chloramine vapors, which can cause respiratory problems and throat burns if inhaled, says Bock. Beware that many cleaning products contain either bleach or ammonia in their formulas, so the fact that you could be combining these two might not be so obvious — which is why you should never, ever mix any kind of cleaning product.

Bleach + rubbing alcohol

This combination releases chloroform, a gas notorious for being used by old-fashioned bad guys to knock out their victims. High levels of exposure can lead to damage of the nervous system, eyes, lungs, skin, liver, kidneys, and even death. "Even low levels can make you dizzy or nauseous," says Bock.

Bleach + vinegar

Same deal: This releases chlorine and chloramine vapors. These can cause a chemical burn, most likely in your lungs or eyes," says Bock.

The takeaway: Again, to be super clear, you should never mix cleaning supplies! It's that simple.

by Ayn-Monique Klahre

Jul 1, 2018

By Dana McMahan

Aug 4, 2018

In the midst of a kitchen and bath renovation in our 1890 home, I find myself uttering those four expensive words: while we're at it. Most recently it was, "while we're at it, why don't we paint our dining room?" So I asked our drywall/paint contractor to add that onto his estimate for work in two other rooms. The total for the 225-ish square foot room? $1,890. (Turns out, we won'tbe painting the dining room while we're at it.) Now, granted, that included skimming/refinishing the awful textured ceiling, and all the door, window, and baseboard trim in the room, but still, here's my point: Professional painting is not cheap.

 

But what if you're not out to transform your room, but just have some dings and marks to address? Even if you take on the labor yourself, there's still the paint, brushes, rollers, pans—not to mention all the time that goes into doing a proper paint job. It's all incentive to ignore those wall places in need of some TLC (that spot where Airbnb guests taped a sign on the wall for their bachelorette party, I'm looking at you). Until you can't walk by them one more time.

Here's some good news. There's no need for a full-on paint job. You can get by with ten bucks and literally a few minutes. Welcome to the happy world of touch-up tools. They may smack a bit of the stuff of infomercials, but they seriously do make your life easier. Check out the Shur-Line Touch-Up Painter–less than 7 bucks from Amazon.

This little gadget holds a couple ounces of paint, so, in an ideal world you'd fill it when you originally paint the room. That way, it's loaded and ready to go when you need it. But, if you can't go back in time, just fill it with some of your leftover paint. (You keep that, right? You definitely want to keep that). Worst case scenario: You get a sample size of your paint color and hope the match is exact. Regardless, it holds such a small amount that it's super easy to shake—as opposed to thoroughly stirring a gallon bucket—which is pretty crucial to getting a good match.

Much like those dishwashing wands with handles that hold your dish soap, the touch up tool dispenses paint as you apply pressure. And because this dabs/rolls on, you don't get the marks you would from touching up with a brush.

Online reviewers have a couple of extra cautions and tips for you. First, take the roller off quickly after you're done to clean and dry it. You'll also want to wash out the reservoir underneath the rollers. Lastly, to avoid drips, be sure to hold it vertically as you're using it.

So next time your Magic Eraser won't do the trick, no worries. And remember, before you do tackle an entire room paint job, plan ahead so you're prepared with your touch-up secret weapon.

 

Welcome Steve Auton!

 

We would like to welcome Steve Auton to The Bagogloo Team as one of our newest associates. Steve comes to us from RE/MAX Nova. Steve can be reached at steve@halifaxmetrohomes.com or (902)440-9831.


Welcome Will Tanner!

 

We would like to welcome Will Tanner to the team as one of our newest associates! Will is looking forward to assisting clients as part of The Bagogloo Team and he may be reached at will@halifaxmetrohomes.com or (902)430-3022.


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RETIREES AND BABY BOOMERS CAPITALIZE ON HIGH-VALUE PRINCIPAL RESIDENCES TO ENTER ACTIVE RETIREMENT AT RECREATIONAL PROPERTIES, BLURRING THE LINE BETWEEN RECREATIONAL AND RESIDENTIAL.

A recent survey of RE/MAX brokers and agents found that in 91 per cent of popular Canadian recreational property markets examined, retirees were the key factor driving activity. This includes established recreational regions such as Prince Edward County and Comox Valley. This is in stark contrast to last year’s findings, when retirees were a dominant driving force in only 55 per cent of markets examined.

The survey found that in British Columbia, Ontario and Atlantic Canada, more retirees and soon-to-be retirees are purchasing recreational properties outside of urban centres for use as retirement homes, increasingly blurring the line between recreational and residential properties.

  • Retirees are fueling demand: 91 per cent of regions surveyed reported that retirees drive demand for recreational properties
  • One in three survey respondents (33 per cent) say that they own or want to own a recreational property for investment purposes
  • Buyers are increasingly renting in urban centres such as Toronto and Vancouver while purchasing recreational properties
  • Other than affordable purchase price, waterfront rated as the most important feature to Canadians when considering spending time at a cottage or cabin, beating out reasonable maintenance costs

“Last year, we found that Baby Boomers and retirees were increasingly selling their homes in urban centres like Toronto and Vancouver,” says Elton Ash, Regional Executive Vice President, RE/MAX of Western Canada. “It’s clear that many put the equity they received from those sales into the purchase of a recreational property with the intention to retire in comfort and away from the city.”

Many of these individuals are engaging in more active forms of retirement, choosing to maintain physical fitness and emotional fulfillment by pursuing passion projects and leading lifestyles that involve farming, hiking and maintaining vineyards. This is particularly the case in regions such as South Okanagan, Wasaga Beach and Rideau Lakes.

Due to the strong US dollar, retirees in the Sylvan Lake and Lake Winnipeg regions are selling their snowbird properties south of the border and purchasing recreational homes for use as retirement properties as well.

In a separate survey conducted by Leger, six in 10 Canadians (58 per cent) enjoy recreational properties as places where they can relax and spend time with friends and family. However, the majority of Canadians (84 per cent) do not actually own recreational properties.

“Many Canadians want to live out the ‘Canadian Dream’ and spend time at the cottage or cabin but today, that doesn’t necessarily mean owning a recreational property outright,” says Christopher Alexander, Executive Vice President and Regional Director, RE/MAX INTEGRA Ontario-Atlantic Canada Region. “Many are choosing to rent recreational properties, often by pooling resources with friends and family, which speaks to recreational properties still being in high demand.”

In fact, one in three Canadians (33 per cent) say that they own or would want to own a recreational property for investment purposes. In Toronto specifically, the survey of RE/MAX brokers and agents found that in regions such as North Bay-Sunridge, Bancroft and the Bruce Peninsula, many owners of recreational properties actually rent their principal residences in Toronto, where they live most of the year. Using their recreational properties every so often while renting them out for the rest of the year, these individuals are renting a principal residence where they live while buying where they play.

In Leger’s survey, more than half of Canadians (54 per cent) who own a recreational property, or are considering buying one, identify savings as their source of funding. Twenty per cent would use a loan, 20 per cent would rely on home equity and only 11 per cent would rely on inheritance.

The survey also found that other than affordable purchase price, Canadians who own or would consider owning a recreational property named waterfront access (55 per cent), reasonable maintenance costs (54 per cent) and proximity to town (43 per cent) as the most important factors when purchasing. The survey of RE/MAX brokers and agents, waterfront access was considered the most in-demand amenity in most regions, overall.

 

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BRITISH COLUMBIA

The recreational property market in British Columbia is being driven primarily by retirees. Other emerging trends include couples and young entrepreneurs seeking work/life balance, and recreational property buyers cashing in on expensive urban housing markets. Across the board, the region is experiencing a seller’s market due to lack of recreational inventory. The amenities in greatest demand are beaches and skiing facilities.

THE PRAIRIES

Demand for recreational properties in the Prairies is being propelled primarily by young families, followed by young couples and retirees. Retirees are commonly seen selling their recreational properties south of the border in favour of buying closer to home, due to the strong US dollar. The most sought-after recreational amenities are boating, fishing and beaches.

ONTARIO

Ontario’s recreational property market is being buoyed by retirees who are leaving larger metropolitan cities in favour of cottage country. Emerging trends include retirees or semi-retirees buying cottages as retirement homes; couples priced out of expensive urban markets opting for the waterfront lifestyle; and buyers holding cottages as investment properties. Due to lack of demand, the region is experiencing a seller’s market. Properties in greatest demand are those offering beaches and boat facilities.

ATLANTIC REGION

Demand for recreational properties in Atlantic Canada is being driven by retirees moving away from larger cities. Other market trends include young couples and families opting for the saltwater lifestyle; retirees and semi-retirees purchasing homes for retirement; and buyers seeking recreational properties in close proximity to the inland city centres, Across the board, the region is experiencing a balanced market. In highest demand are properties with access to beaches and golfing.

Key Findings from the 2018 RE/MAX Recreational Property Omnibus Survey

1. One-quarter (24 per cent) of Canadians would consider buying a recreational property in the future.

2. Canadians cite the following reasons to own or want to own a recreational property:

  • It is where I can go and relax and spend time with friends and family = 58 per cent
  • It is a getaway home = 46%
  • I can do activities I can’t do at my permanent residence (hiking, fishing, etc.) = 46%
  • It is an investment property = 33%
  • It is a retirement home = 19%
  • Other = 4%

3. Canadians identify the following sources of down payment when considering their current recreational property or their next purchase of a recreational property:

  • Savings = 54%
  • Loan = 20%
  • Home equity = 20%
  • Inheritance = 11%
  • Other = 4%
  • I don’t know = 11%
  • I prefer not to answer = 3%

4. More than two-thirds (68 per cent) of Canadians who own or are considering owning a recreation property are willing to travel up to two hours, with 31 per cent saying they would travel two hours. Slightly less (28 per cent) are willing to travel three or more hours.

5. Canadians identify the following features as important when considering their current recreational property or their next purchase of a recreational property:

  • Affordable purchase price = 64%
  • Waterfront access = 55%
  • Reasonable maintenance costs = 53%
  • Proximity to town = 43%
  • Reasonable distance from primary residence = 37%
  • Relative seclusion = 33%
  • Land access = 30%
  • Proximity to sports/recreation = 25%
  • Accessible medical facilities = 24%
  • Nearby neighbouring properties = 15%
  • Island property = 12 per cent
  • Other = 1%
  • None, don’t mind which features my recreational property has = <1%
  • Don’t know/prefer not to answer = 3%

6. Canadians 55 and older (vs <55), who own or would consider owning a recreational property are significantly more likely to say waterfront access, reasonable maintenance costs, proximity to a town, reasonable distance from primary residence and accessible medical facilities are important.

 

 


The garden is waking up, and you're in charge! It's time to plant, prune, prepare beds, and care for your lawn.

 

Spring Gardening

Check out these great tips here at Better Homes and Gardens:

https://www.bhg.com/gardening/yard/garden-care/spring-gardening-checklist/


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Peach Salad with Grilled Basil Chicken and White Balsamic-Honey Vinaigrette

Summer is almost here and we are looking for some great recipes to share with you. This one caught our eye with the juicy peaches in the salad. Let us know if you try it!

 

Yield: About 5 servings

 Ingredients

Grilled Basil Chicken

  • 1 lb boneless skinless chicken breasts
  • 3 Tbsp olive oil , plus more for brushing grill
  • 1/3 cup slightly packed chopped fresh basil
  • 2 cloves garlic , minced
  • 1 Tbsp fresh lemon juice
  • Salt and freshly ground black pepper

Vinaigrette

  • 1/3 cup olive oil
  • 3 Tbsp white balsamic vinegar
  • 1 Tbsp honey
  • 1 tsp dijon mustard
  • Salt and freshly ground black pepper

Salad

  • 10 oz Spring Mix lettuce
  • 1 lb peaches , sliced (about 3 small)
  • 2 ears corn , husked and kernels cut from cob
  • 1/2 cup chopped pecans , toasted
  • 1/2 small red onion , sliced thin (about 3/4 cup), rinse under water to remove harsh bite
  • 4 oz Goat cheese , crumbled

 

Instructions

  1. For the chicken:
  2. In a small mixing bowl whisk together olive oil, basil, garlic, and lemon juice and season with salt and pepper (about 1/2 tsp of each). Using the back of a spoon, press basil against sides and bottom of bowl (to help extract flavor from basil). Place chicken in a resealable bag and pound thicker parts of chicken to even thickness with a meat mallet, then pour basil mixture over chicken and evenly distribute basil over chicken. Seal bag while pressing excess air out, rub marinade over chicken and transfer to refrigerator and marinate 2 - 5 hours.
  3. Preheat a grill to 425 - 450 degrees over medium high heat. Brush grill grates lightly with olive oil then place chicken on grill. Grill until cooked through, rotating once halfway through cooking, about 4 - 5 minutes per side (chicken should register 165 degrees in center of chicken on an instant read thermometer). Transfer to a cutting board and let rest 10 minutes then slice into strips or dice into cubes.
  4. For the vinaigrette:
  5. Whisk together all ingredients until well blended and season with salt and pepper to taste. Store in refrigerator until ready to use, stir again before pouring over salad.
  6. For the salad:
  7. In a large salad bowl gently toss together lettuce, peaches, corn, pecans, onions, and grilled chicken. Sprinkle goat cheese over top and drizzle with vinaigrette. Serve immediately after adding dressing.
  8. Recipe source: Cooking Classy

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When you combine an iconic brand, a global mindset, a winning culture and the world’s most productive agents, you create something special. And others are drawn to it.

After five years of constant growth, agent count at RE/MAX topped the 120,000 milestone during the first quarter of 2018.

With growth comes more yard signs, more advertising, more listings, more referrals and – most importantly – more satisfied homebuyers and sellers around the world.

It’s all a reminder that RE/MAX is the right choice for productive, experienced professionals – and for clients looking for an agent with those qualities.

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