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Tips for Going Green at Home

The price of energy is going up and our natural resource reserve is dwindling. We have gathered some really helpful energy saving tips that we’d like our tenants to know, going green isn’t just good karma, it’s a great way to save money!

It is a fact that as much as 10% of home electricity is wasted through appliances, outdated sockets and fixtures. We’re doing our part to ensure tenants have an energy efficient base; from light bulbs to energy star rated appliances we are dedicated to a more sustainable future.

Tip #1: Use less, conserve more

Unplug items that are not in use such as, cell phone chargers, hair dryer or occasional appliances. It is estimated that a plugged in appliance consumes anywhere from 2 to 20 watts of energy. Turn off heating or cooling systems when you aren’t home or if they are enabled with a timer system, set it up, it is absolutely worth it!

Tip #2 Canadians know cold

Wash clothes in cold water, this is becoming a well known fact that cold water cleans clothes just as effectively as hot and uses a fraction of the energy while saving you money. We also suggest hanging certain clothes to dry or using the sensor dry function on your dryer which shuts off once it senses clothes are dry. Both of these will help save money, extend the life of your clothes, all while being energy efficient.

Tip #3 re-use, re-purpose, recycle

This one is a no-brainer, recycle! Most major cities offer a recycling program with incentives to returns your empty beverage containers, compost your food waste and recycle cardboard and glass products. If you’re getting rid of personal items, furniture or electronics we recommend selling them online or donating them to avoid these items hitting the landfill.

recycling-bins

Tip #4 H2O

If we really think about conserving water, we must think about where we are most wasteful with water. 99% of the time its in the bathroom, whether the shower, the sink or the toilet. Simple things can be done to reduce the amount of water waste such as, turning off the faucet while brushing your teeth, reduce shower time and report any leaky faucet or fixture to your building manager. We’ve done our part by installing low-flow toilets and showerheads that reduce the amount of water used without reducing water pressure. Surprisingly, washing dishes by hand is incredibly inefficient, use your energy start rated dishwashers for a better, more sustainable clean.

New Site Is Launched

We are very excited to announce the launch of our new site! With our rental portfolio constantly expanding we new we had to create an accessible and informative site that would not only showcase our properties but also that was focused around our residents experience, from start to finish.

Features of the new site include:
• State-of-the-art management software, which allows building managers and residents to have easy access to the tools necessary to check account balances, schedule maintenance requests and more.

• We’ve added a waitlist feature, just incase you see a property you love but it is currently occupied, give us your details and we’ll contact you once the property becomes available.

• The online application form makes it easy to request a showing and someone from our dedicated team will contact you within 24 hours.

Or if your not sure what your looking for, we can help you find it! For updates on properties, company news and more follow us here: https://www.facebook.com/conceptpropertygroup

13 Moving Tips to Make Moving Day Fast & Efficient

Our List of Tips for Moving out and Moving in

Moving day is always an exciting day. You’re finally moving into the place you’ve been thinking about and preparing for. Unfortunately the thought of moving usually leaves people feeling stressed out and overwhelmed. However, it doesn’t have to!

We’d like to help make your move a little less stressful and with a few of the most effective tips we’ve gathered over the years, we’ve made the process of moving day into a science!

Start Early

There is nothing worse than finding yourself with a ton of packing and cleaning to do with no time to do it. Our recommendation: Spread the work out. Begin cleaning the room or area in your house you use the least and then with the area of most traffic last, such as your kitchen. Give yourself one task every weekend leading up to your move in date in order to make this feel more manageable. Alternatively, hire a professional cleaning company to come in and give the place a really good once over, sure it’s an expense but worth it if you’re not up to the task or your timeframe is limited.

moving-checklist

Make To Do Lists

Ah, the sacred To-Do list. If your not a list-maker, it’s time to discover the power a list holds! There is a lot to be done, and move day can be a whirlwind of activity, making it easy to miss something or get disorganized. Start with a general list of things to do, then get more detailed, including dates to get certain things done.

Make Rental Reservations

If you need to rent any equipment or a truck, it’s a good idea to reserve your rentals as soon as you know your move date. Moving trucks can get booked up very quickly, especially on the weekend at the end of the month. A general rule of thumb – a 16 foot 1-ton cube van can hold the contents of a 1-2 bedroom home (no appliances) and a 20+ foot 3-ton truck can hold up to a 3 bedroom home. Plan if you will need to make more than one trip.

Notify Change of Address

With subscriptions and mail forwarding, you can notify your change of address along with a date for the change to start, all of which can usually be completed online.

Organize Utilities

Make a list of the companies that you will need to contact, and make sure you have account numbers handy when you call them or go online. Notify your utility companies of your move date and when you need to have the old address turned off and the new address turned on. Set up an appointment for your cable connection early, as they usually book up quick.

Utility Meter on Outside of House

Gather Packing Materials

We suggest renting your moving boxes; this is a relatively inexpensive option and once your done with your boxes you don’t have to worry about how to dispose of them or where to store them. Plus its good incentive to fully unpack your home! You can also consider going to a department store and ask if you can come by to take shipping boxes and packing material. They may even offer to set aside materials for you, ultimately, your helping them out!

Enlist Help

As soon as you know your move in date, ask family and friends to commit to helping you, if you wait to long to ask people they tend to be ‘busy’ that day- enlist early!

Purge

We consider this to be the hardest stage but the results are worth it! Purging requires multiple steps and a fair amount of time; first thing to do is sort. Make 3 piles, things you haven’t used within a year, keepsakes and currently using. Once you’ve made your piles, go through them again, ask yourself, do I really need 7 laundry baskets? Do I really want to keep that old camping tent? It’s a process…

Once you’ve efficiently went through your stuff, pack away keepsakes in a labeled box and donate any unwanted items or sell them online.

Clean

New home, fresh start, dirty items. You don’t want to move dirty things into your nice new home. Consider washing or taking the following things to a cleaner: curtains, rugs, bedskirts, tablecloths, cushion and couch slip covers, bedspreads/comforters, and pillows. If you are required to have your carpets professionally cleaned, ask to include your mattresses or fabric sofas, a little steam clean goes a long way.

cleanhouse

Start Packing

We know what you’re thinking, there’s still plenty of time! But if you can get some packing started, it will help you a lot as your move date looms closer and closer. Pack the items that you don’t expect to use until after you move. Out of season clothing, fancy china, and seasonal/holiday wares are usual items to pack early. Don’t forget to label your boxes. Keep aside a box of necessities such as toilet paper, towels, sheets and anything else you will immediately need.

A Week Ahead Pack Everything but Daily Essentials

You can start packing things as the date gets closer based on what you will use before the move date. For example, you can pack up most of your kitchen a week or so before your move date, but keep out one or two sets of dishes out that you can use and clean. Wait to grocery shop until you move into your new place. No point in packing up a bunch of canned goods. Plan out a couple of sets of clothing and pack the rest up. In the last few days you should have everything packed except for your daily essentials. Being fully packed and organized a couple days before the move will greatly reduce your overall stress.

Kids and Pets

Arrange to have children and pets taken care of on move day. Hire a babysitter or leave your children with family for the whole day. Put your pets in carriers and keep them out of the way during the move. This will allow you to focus entirely on the move and will give you one less thing to worry about.

Get Going Early on Move Day

Pick up your moving truck as early as possible if you’re renting one. Be sure that you will be able to easily park the truck at your place before you pick it up. Have everything is completely packed and organized before your help arrives. This will not only help you keep your friends, but it will make your move much quicker and smoother. Load large objects (furniture) into the truck first. Make sure you use boxes to fill in any empty space between furniture, and load boxes on top. You can use sheets, towels and blankets to minimize rubbing and scratching.

When unloading, try your best to organize things as they come off the truck, guiding which rooms to take furniture and boxes. Do not start unpacking with friends and family still there. Just get everything off the truck as quickly as possible, then take all those wonderful friends and family members out to a fantastic dinner to formally thank them for all their hard work. They deserve it!

Once your in, the hardest part is over. Relax and enjoy your new place.