SELLING OUR HOME: ALAN AND MARELIZE’S EXPERIENCE

SELLING OUR HOME: ALAN AND MARELIZE’S EXPERIENCE

The Rina Team helped us sell our Oakville home and we couldn’t have been happier with the process. At every step of the way, from our initial meeting to signing the final papers and everything in between, Rina’s approach was both personal and professional.

Her staging in particular showed her expertise, creativity, and genuine care about us and our home. We felt we could really trust her to make our home look as perfect as possible to potential buyers. After seeing the photographer’s gorgeous photos of the house, we almost didn’t want to leave! What was also helpful was the professional writer Rina brought in to create detailed descriptions of each room in our home – and who seemed to know our home even better than we did! The entire team was amazing and worked together seamlessly to get our home ready to sell.

Rina was great at keeping us in the process after our home went on the market. We were always up to date on what was going on, receiving regular follow-up calls with feedback from viewings. Rina’s responses were always quick and efficient, and her tips and insight incredibly helpful.

All in all, we couldn’t have asked for a better team to handle the preparation and sale of our home. We’re already recommending the Rina Team to all our friends and family!

– Alan B. and Marelize K.

“We couldn’t have asked for a better team to handle the preparation and sale of our home.”

MARCH BREAK NEWS

MARCH BREAK NEWS

A Sobering Reality

Every day – right here in our considered affluent community of Oakville – there are parents who struggle just trying to make ends meet. Their children are often excluded from experiences and opportunities that many kids today take for granted. Statistics Canada reports that single parents and their children are in an especially vulnerable position – a staggering 1 in 5 children live in poverty.

How Can We Help?

In an effort to seek out ways our team could help, we spoke with the kind and generous folks at Kerr Street Ministries who partner with Upward Sports, a Christian sports ministry who service 46 U.S. States and Canada. Not only does Upward Sports provide programs that focus on the fundamental skills of the sport while teaching the associated virtues that the kids/athletes can use in future life situations, they also equip local churches with everything needed to run their own leagues.

Kerr Ministries shared with us that in our community alone there were over 40 kids who were unable to go to camp for March Break. We knew immediately this was it – this is where we could help. Thank you to Kerr Ministries for facilitating the opportunity for us to light a candle in these children’s lives and help make their March Break something to remember.

Gratitude and Joy

After the kids returned from a week at camp we were delighted to host a pizza party so that we could meet them. It was exhilarating for us to see the children’s appreciation and happiness evoked by just this one small act of kindness. The roar of a great big group “Thank You!” filled the room at the end of the party and filled our hearts with joy!

“FOR IT IS IN GIVING, THAT WE RECEIVE . . .” St. Francis of Assisi

KIDS HELP PHONE

KIDS HELP PHONE

On Sunday May 6th, 2018, BMO presented the “Walk so Kids Can Talk” event to celebrate Mental Health Week. It is the biggest annual fundraiser and single largest day of community action for the charity, Kids Help Phone. Last year more than 3.7 million dollars was raised and all of the money goes to insuring that Kids Help Phone can continue to provide crucial trusted counseling and support services to young people across Canada.

Since 1989, Kids Help Phone has offered kids and teens support through its non-judgmental, confidential, anonymous and free service. They have helped more than 7.1 million callers by sharing their perspectives and improving their emotional health and well-being. The majority of revenue for the Kids Help Phone comes from individuals, foundations, corporations and community fundraising.

This May 6th we were very proud to support our friend Lynn who enthusiastically participated in this years walk to raise awareness and funds so that any child in Canada who needs to talk about any problem they are dealing with – just needs to call or click, anytime 24/7/365.

Kids Help Phone has partnered with Crisis Text Line which brings a new and easy way for kids to access help directly from their cellphone without the need for a data plan, internet connection or app! Crisis Text Line is currently up and running in Manitoba and will be launched across Canada later this year.

SPRING HOME MAINTENANCE

Spring Home Maintenance Checklist

GENERAL CLEANING

A good place to start is doing general house cleaning for the home. Aim to clean all the corners that are hard to reach or have been neglected. Cleaning will involve cleaning fixture like chandeliers, fans, sink and drains in the house. Wash all the drapes, windows, carpets and rugs.

CHECK ALARMS AND FILTERS

Check the heating and cooling system to confirm all the filters are in good condition. It’s also the perfect time to check smoke and carbon monoxide alarms/detectors.

DE-CLUTTER

It is easy to accumulate things in the garage, basement and even in the closet. Take time to give away all unnecessary items and organize the home.

INSPECT THE ROOF

Inspect the roof to check for loose shingles and to see if water is accumulating on the roof.

CLEAN GUTTERS

Gutter and downspouts get clogged by debris. Clear gutters direct water from your home preventing water damage. It is imperative to unclog gutters and downspouts regularly, especially, if there are trees surrounding your home.

MAINTAIN THE LAWN AND BACKYARD

Lawns are the first thing that any visitor will see upon visiting you. Mow your lawn and trim the hedges, add some flowers and plants to spruce up the yard.

CHECK THE FOUNDATION

Check the basement wall from outside and inside to ensure there’s no water getting into your basement.

TAKE OUT THE BBQ GRILL

Spring is a time to have fun and entertain friends and family. Clean the grill and any outdoor furniture and prepare it for future use.

With winter finally on it’s way out, we’re more than ready to welcome spring! Use the checklist below to get you home ready for the warmer months, after a long winter.

FEED-UARY! IN ABBEY LANE ELEMENTARY SCHOOL!

FEED-UARY! IN ABBEY LANE ELEMENTARY SCHOOL!

Love is on top of most people’s minds on Valentine’s day, but this year we decided to express our love in a different way. We participated in this year’s Feed-uary program with Halton Food for Thought, a non-profit charity organization that serves breakfast to children. Halton Food for Thought is unique because it’s completely unexclusive, any child is welcome to a free breakfast before the school bell rings.

The entire Rina DiRisio team had the privilege of attending Abbey Lane Elementary school to help prepare, serve and clean up after the kids. What really struck us was just how many students showed up as early as 8:00 in the morning for their breakfast; a little over 100 students were in attendance. What’s even more shocking is that Halton Food for Thought services over 27,000 students per week and only 1 in 10 children arrive at school with enough food for the day—that’s a lot of hungry kids!

In the spirit of Valentine’s day we decided to make the day a little more special. We donated to all the students who attended the program a package of pencil crayons. We tied red ribbon around our donations and our favorite moment of the day was when a little girl thanked us for the crayons and that the ribbon would be perfect for her hair. The gifts were a huge success with the goal of encouraging other students to attend the program, regardless of their financial situation.

SAFETYNET CHARITY DRIVE

SAFETYNET CHARITY DRIVE

A great day with the team helping our local “Safetynet” charity which provides clothing, diapers, tutoring and music lessons to financially disadvantaged families in our community. There’s no better day than today to clean closets and help families who are struggling right here in our community. It was a bitter sweet day–It always feels good to help but there is always that sobering moment where you remember just how fortunate so many of us here in Oakville really are. It’s easy to be fooled by the lavish homes of Oakville but even in such a prosperous town there are thousands in need.

During our time at Safetynet we learned that there is a growing demand for lightly used or new furniture. With many immigrants and refugees fleeing impoverished or war-torn countries, something as simple as a bed or couch can make a genuine impact on a family’s life. The photo below shows their storage for furniture, empty.

 

HOME INSPECTIONS

HOME INSPECTIONS

Home inspections are a vital part of the home buying process. They ensure that you don’t purchase a house that ends up needing costly repairs. The following are a few things that you should know about a professional home inspection:

HOME INSPECTORS CAN’T IDENTIFY EVERY PROBLEM

A good home inspector will do a very thorough inspection of the house to make sure everything functions as it should and to make sure there isn’t any damage that requires repair. However, there are certain things an inspector will not be able to check because they cannot damage the house. For example, they won’t be able to look inside of the walls or beneath the floors for problems. Additionally, they may not be able to tell if the heating system functions properly if the inspection is being performed in the summer.

YOU SHOULD HIRE YOUR OWN HOME INSPECTOR

The seller may have a home inspector that they want you to use, but you should find your own home inspector. You’ll want to make sure that the inspector is independent of the home transaction. If you use the inspector recommended to you by the seller (or the seller’s real estate agent), you risk having a biased inspector perform a home inspection on the seller’s behalf.

YOU SHOULD ACCOMPANY THE INSPECTOR

Although the home inspector will write up a report on what they’ve found (and they will usually be very detailed in order to protect themselves against potential lawsuits), you should still be present for the actual inspection. This way, they can point out issues to you first hand and you’ll be able to ask any questions that you might have, such as whether any damage that’s been found is severe or whether it’s a cheap fix.

HOME INSPECTORS ARE NOT REGULATED IN ONTARIO

Different parts of Canada have different regulations when it comes to home inspectors; however, in Ontario, home inspectors are unregulated. This means that anybody can hire themselves out as a home inspector, which means that it’s extremely important that you do a background check on the home inspector that you decide to hire.

When hiring a professional home inspector, make sure that they have experience as a home inspector and that they have some sort of education that will inform their work. For example, a home inspector with a background in building trades, such as plumbing or residential construction, is going to know what to look for.

 

Remember, just because an inspection reveals a problem does not mean the sale will fall through. You can use your home inspection report to negotiate with the seller to get them to pay for repairs or lower the price of the home.

Rina DiRisio
B.A., SALES REPRESENTATIVE
Lifetime resident of Oakville

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