Wood Accent Maintenance Tips

From that rustic barn-accented table to that vintage dresser that’s your prized antique find – you put a lot of time and money into finding the perfect pieces to bring character and style to your Ottawa condo. So it’s important to take care of them – especially when it involves wooden materials. When it comes to solid wood, in order to get the most out of it, you need to perform some frequent tasks in order to maintain it and keep it from warping or cracking. Here’s what to do:

Dust Everyday

Dust may seem harmless, but to your wooden furniture it’s can be its nemesis. Dust can work its way into those crevices, dry out the surface, and even cause scratches. So pick a day once a week to give it a quick dusting.

Use the Right Cleaning Product

Depending on the type of wood and finish you have, it’s important to use a cleaning product that’s designed for that particular surface. Don’t just use your regular run-of-the-mill product. Go to your local home décor supply store and look for one that will match your wooden surface. Ask for assistance if you’re unsure.

Protect the Surface

When you have guests or family over, get them in the habit of always using a coaster or mat for their drinks or plates. These are the most common items that can deface your precious furniture and leave scratches all over it in no time. So be prepared and always have a set of coasters in sight.

Keep Out of Direct Sunlight

Just like any painting, you should try to keep your wooden accents out of direct sunlight. Over time the sun can cause exposed areas to fade quite significantly. If relocating a piece isn’t practical, try to use curtains that can block out or filter those rays from beaming in.

Stay on Top of Humidity

You know those days when it’s so humid out you just have to stick your head in the freezer to cool off – think of your wood! It suffers too. Humidity – just like dust – is also an enemy to any wooden features. It can easily cause it to warp and buckle. So try to always keep the humidity in your home between 40 and 45 percent. You can use a dehumidifier to help.

Your wooden furniture has to endure a lot each and everyday – from those water marks, and spills, to dust and humidity. These simple things can wreak havoc on your furniture. Just follow these simple maintenance tips to avoid excessive wear and tear and get the most out of them.

The Qualicum Woods Crossing team is proud to provide expert advice about Ottawa condo living. If you have any questions, don’t hesitate to reach out to us at 613-693-0808.

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.

5 New Year’s Resolutions For Condo Owners

Looking for a New Year’s resolution for your condo? Let’s take a moment to review five New Year’s resolutions you can use to improve the quality and care of your Qualicum Woods condo going forward into 2016.

Balcony Use & Care

Apartment and condo owners often ignore their balcony. Don’t let another year go by without taking a look at your balcony. Do any structural work like fixing railing and cracks. Have a professional come over and diagnose any problems that they may see. This will give you a good idea of what needs to change and what may be a problem in the future. Remember, anything you fix now will cost far less than if you let it get worse.

 

Steam Clean Carpets

Condo carpets are another aspect of condo care that goes ignored. For your New Year’s resolution, consider renting a carpet steam cleaner. A steam cleaner will dig deep in the carpet fibres and suck up dirt and dust that a regular household vacuum cannot reach. This is an especially good idea if you own a condo unit as an investment property and want to give it a quick refresh.

 

Consider Replacing Appliances

Replacing appliances in a condo can be a huge hassle. Many condos are located above the first floor, making it a real challenge to move appliances in or out. Fortunately when you buy new appliances most vendors will pick up the old appliance. Now is the time to shop for energy-efficient models to save you money on utilities. Added bonus, energy-efficient appliances are better for the environment. If you rent out your condo, brand new appliances will also help attract desirable tenants.

 

Re-Evaluate Appeal

Do you rent your condo out to people? What is the appeal of your condo and how do you market it? Every year expectations change. Make sure you are marketing your condo the right way now and into the future. See what other people are doing, the kind of people they are targeting, and their success. Re-evaluating the appeal of your condo is a great way to get better tenants and even charge more then you were before.

 

Plan Out Next Year

What are your goals and aspirations for 2016? For example if you hope to travel, there are small changes you can make to your condo that contribute to this goal. For example, switching to LED lightbulbs can save hundreds of dollars yearly, savings that you can put toward your vacation fund. Or if you plan to host a holiday dinner next year, now is the perfect time to shop for decorations at a massive discount.