Susan Scarlett Real Estate
By: Susan Scarlett

Oshawa Bungalow Sells For 61% Over List!

Tags: Homes in Durham Region, Homes in Oshawa, House Sales in Oshawa, Oshawa Purchase Prices, Multiple Offers

It is no surprise to anyone to hear that house prices have reached an all-time high.  You hear it every day - "the house market in Durham Region is crazy!".  And it's true.  All you need to do is look at a sale that took place in Oshawa last night. The house is a bungalow, with finished basement, located in the Lakeview area.  It was built in 1960.  The prop...Read More

By: Susan Scarlett

Tips For Protecting Your Home

Tags: Home Protection,Home Security,Durham Real Estate,Oshawa Real Estate

The season is upon us again where getting together with family and friends can mean packing up and leaving town. A false sense of security can lead to heart-breaking events. Do not assume that you are immune from home invasions or unexpected accidents. It is important to take precautions in order to protect what you have worked so hard to obtain. The following is a list of actions that you can tak...Read More

By: Susan Scarlett

Older Homes - Potential Insurance Coverage Issues!

Tags: Durham Real Estate,Oshawa Real Estate,Older Homes,Home Insurance

Some insurance companies may require that certain items be tested, upgraded, and/or replaced before they will issue or renew coverage under a homeowners insurance policy. A couple of the areas that are of concern are wood-burning stoves and fuel oil tanks.   Wood-burning stoves can pose a serious fire hazard if improperly installed or used incorrectly. To mitigate any potential risk, your in...Read More

By: Susan Scarlett

Aluminum Wiring - Be Assured, Be Armed!

Tags: Durham Real Estate,Oshawa Real Estate,Home Aluminum Wiring

Aluminum wiring was used extensively in homes that were built in the 1965 to 1976 timeframe.  It was the wiring of builder-choice due to the significant savings when compared to the cost of using copper.  When a number of fires occurred in houses that were built with aluminum wiring, the public and some industries were quick to place the blame on the aluminum.   Builders embraced co...Read More

By: Susan Scarlett

Chattel Or Fixture? Which Is It?

Tags: Durham Real Estate,Oshawa Real Estate

A chattel can be best described as any movable item which is not part of the land and not permanently attached to the property/house.  Common chattels are things like furniture, washer, dryer, fridge, stove, window coverings, rugs, garden shed, lawnmower, etc.   A fixture is any item that is attached to the structure and forms part of the property.  If it’s attached by glue, ...Read More

By: Susan Scarlett

Climbing Ivy - Friend Or Foe?

Tags: Durham Real Estate,Oshawa Real Estate,Climbing Ivy Homes,Home Improvement Tips

Climbing ivy can be a beautiful enhancement to the exterior of a home.  It is very easy to grow and provides a thin layer of insulation on walls.  Heating and air conditioning costs can be slightly reduced as the ivy retains interior heat in the winter and keeps walls cooler in the summer.  As with most plants and bushes, proper maintenance is required.  Allowing your ivy to ru...Read More

By: Susan Scarlett

Saving Money On Your Mortgage

Tags: Durham Real Estate,Oshawa Real Estate,Mortgage Tips

As homeowners, we are all aware of how long it takes before we notice a dent in the principal of our mortgage.  The majority of our payment goes towards interest for the first many years.  As my husband said after our first year of paying into a mortgage: “Yippee, we might own a few of the doorknob screws now!”.  That is generally how most people feel when it comes to eq...Read More

By: Susan Scarlett

Sprucing Up the Outdoors

Tags: Oshawa Real Estate,Durham Real Estate,Outdoor Home Tips

Whether you want to give your house a great appearance just for you, or because you are moving, it is important not to focus only on the house itself, but your curb and yard, too. The exterior of your house is not only your walls, windows and roof, but the landscape that your home interacts with. Here are some easy tips that will keep your house looking well-loved and well-cared-for without having...Read More

By: Susan Scarlett

Sue's Tips for Moving

Tags: Oshawa Real Estate,Durham Real Estate,Moving tips

You’ve made the big purchase, congrats! Now it’s time to get your things in order and get ready to move. The task can be stressful and  daunting. You’ll want to make sure you work as efficiently as possible to ensure less stress. Here are some tips to lessen the burden of your big move.   Clean out your current home before you even start packing. Take the time to d...Read More

By: Susan Scarlett

How Soon Should I Start Packing?

Tags: Oshawa Real Estate,Durham Real Estate,Moving tips

If you are moving to a new house, the whole process will probably take you a few months to complete. Although everybody has different situations, there is a general timeline that everyone should follow in order to move on time and with as little stress as possible.   One of the most important steps in the moving process is the preparation. Although many people don’t think of preparati...Read More