A Fall to Remember in Your Ottawa Condo

If you’re lucky enough to move into your new Ottawa condo during the fall, there’s no better time to host a housewarming party than now. With those warm colours, that fresh cool breeze, and pumpkins galore, this season, you have the perfect ingredients to get creative. So rally up your family and friends, and use these entertaining ideas to make this a fall to remember.


Get Festive

The fall time is all about being festive and embracing everything that’s colourful, warm, and fresh. So focus on key areas, such as your entranceway, to place creative fun, yet tasteful potted arrangements that bring out the true beauty of the fall harvest season.

Start thinking of potted mums, purple decorative cabbage and kale, and of course – pumpkins. If you want to take your arrangements to the next level, think about adding in a few bundles of hay to really create that fresh, autumn harvest décor.


Tasty Fall Apps

Of course, when family and friends do arrive, it’s always good to have a few great fall appetizers on hand. So start thinking about those fresh harvest root vegetables. Some of our favourites include: Roasted Red Pepper Tapenade, Eggplant Ratatouille, Fully-Loaded Sweet Potatoes, and of course, Roasted Spiced Pumpkin Seeds. We love browsing Pinterest to find new recipe inventions that tickle the taste buds and the creative spirit.


Baked Harvest Goods

Apple pie, pumpkin pie, strawberry rhubarb pie – all the goodness of fall wrapped up into the most delicious aromas and tasty goods. Nothing embodies the sweetness of fall more than warm, freshly baked pies. If you’re looking to take that autumn flavour to whole new level (while making your new condo smell like bakers’ heaven), add some baked harvest goods to the menu.


Fun and Games

Of course, where would any party be without some fun and games? No matter if it’s an adults-only get-together or if there will be children present, we all love to get a little silly now and then. You can set up a simple makeshift game of Bobbing for Apples, throw down a few games of Apple-to-Apples, or even a rowdy game of Headbands. These are great, inclusive games that will get everyone joining in.

Moving into your new Ottawa condo in the fall is the best time of year for hosting the family and friends for some celebratory fun. So get festive this season by embracing what fall has to offer.

A Quick Guide to Settling Into Your New Condo

Settling into a new condo in Ottawa can be exciting. You are starting a new chapter in your life, and with your new property purchase and investment, things can be really looking up. Nevertheless, purchasing real estate and moving can be stressful life events, even though they are also positive and exciting. Stress can make it easier to overlook or forget about key details that are important, so here is a quick guide to settling into your new Qualicum Woods condo!


Make necessary transfers

Are you going to be living in the condo exclusively, or dividing your time between the condo and another residence? Get your mail forwarded, or contact the post office to find out what you need to do to divide your mail between the two locations. Contact local utilities to get your electricity, water, and other amenities turned on. Nothing is worse than trying to settle into a home with no utilities.


Prepare for a chaotic move

You’ve closed on your Ottawa condo, and now you’re moving. Gather up receipts, and other important documents, including paperwork from realtors, utilities, the post office, and tax records. Place all of these in a centralized location, such as a labeled envelope or file folder, so that you do not misplace or accidentally discard anything that you will need later. Bonus tip: take photos of important documents and use cloud storage for easy access no matter where you are.


Plan your move

Do you need a mover, or will you just rent a truck? It’s up to you, but you’ll want to plan ahead and make arrangements for your things getting to the condo. If you’re keeping two residences, you may want to consider buying new furniture for the condo, but if you’re moving your things, it’s important to plan ahead.


Do a final walkthrough

Check everything in your new condo before you start moving things in. Check light fixtures, outlets, appliances, locks, and keys, to make sure that everything is in good working order. If you find that things are out of order or missing, check with the management of the condo or the realtor you have been working with in closing the deal.


Get to Know the Community

When you purchase a new Qualicum Woods condo, you are getting more than a home – you are becoming part of a community. Take the time to familiarize yourself with the amenities like the fitness centre and gym. Tour around the beautiful walking paths and natural space with the Dharma Pond and Zen Falls. Meet and greet with neighbours!


Decorate your space

Now that you’ve taken care of the business end of documentation, transfers, and inspections, you’ve reached the fun part – personalizing your condo! You can research websites, magazines, and even visit neighbors for ideas, but settling into your new condo by decorating and personalizing your home is one of the fastest, most fun ways to feel at home and settled in your new home. Once you decorate, the reality of your new condo will really begin to settle in.

For more advice about settling into your Ottawa condo at Qualicum Woods Crossing, we’re happy to help! Get in touch at 613.693.0808.

Holiday Decorating Tips for Your Ottawa Condo

If you want to make your condo a more festive place this holiday season, you’ll appreciate our holiday decorating tips for your condo in Ottawa. Since condos are typically smaller than houses, space should be optimized in order to create the perfect party atmosphere.

Whether you’re planning dinner parties or lots of “chill time” with family and friends, you’ll find that decorating your condo with care is the secret of making everyone feel jubilant and comfortable.

Without further ado, let’s look at some wonderful holiday decorating tips for your Qualicum Woods Crossing condo:

How to Deck the Halls

Of course, you will want to add holiday decorations. However, you should scale these decorations in order to suit the dimensions of your space. For example, if your home is compact, and you are planning on a Christmas tree you should consider a smaller size that doesn’t eat up tons of floor space.

As well, be aware that wall decorations may make your home look smaller. If you’re shopping for decorations, go for smaller shapes and sizes in order to keep your home looking as spacious as possible. Decorating to the scale of your space will be one of the keys to getting a tasteful and appealing look.

Open Up Space for Entertaining

Most people entertain at least once during the winter holiday season. If you’re planning a holiday bash, count up your guests and then think about seating. Everyone will need somewhere to sit while they have a cocktail and chat. As well, if you’ll be serving dinner, you may need to create a dining area that includes rented or borrowed tables, as your current dining setup may not be adequate. Even folding-style tables will look elegant when they are covered in festive tablecloths and adorned with bowls of fresh flowers.

Some people convert their living rooms into dining rooms and this is one practical option to consider. By storing extra furniture in a bedroom or storage locker, you’ll open up space in your living room and give guests a place to mingle.

Use Aromatherapy to Create Ambience

Scented candles and/or holiday-themed room air fresheners will allow you to create a festive ambience instantly. Candles may be fire hazards, so be sure to be careful where they are placed. Essential oil diffusers will disperse scents without hazards, as will air freshener sprays. Adding a little delicious scent should help to set the mood – however, you may wish to inquire if any of your guests have allergies before you use this tip.

Now that you know three ways to decorate your condo for the holidays, you’ll be ready to deck the halls and to welcome guests to a truly inviting space. Without the right decorations and layout, your condo may not provide the comfort, space and visual appeal that you would like.

If you’re on a budget, make your own decorations or find budget decorations. Borrow folding tables from friends and hit up the dollar store. It’s always wise to live within your means during this expensive time of the year. Staying on budget will ensure that you aren’t stressing about cash when you should be feeling merry and bright.

We wish you a warm and happy holiday season at Qualicum Woods Crossing!