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Winterize your Quadra Island Ocean front home.

Winter on the West Coast of British Columbia brings its own unique challenges and beauty. While the region is known for its milder temperatures compared to other parts of Canada, it's essential to prepare your home for the rainy season, occasional frost, and potential storms. In this article, we'll explore practical tips and considerations to ensure your West Coast home is ready to face the winter months.

  1. Inspect Your Roof and Gutters:

    • Start by checking your roof for any missing or damaged shingles. Repair any issues to prevent leaks.

    • Clean out gutters and downspouts to ensure proper water drainage. This helps prevent water damage and ice buildup.

  2. Seal Windows and Doors:

    • Inspect window and door frames for drafts. Seal any gaps or cracks with weatherstripping to improve insulation.

    • Consider using draft stoppers at the bottom of doors to prevent cold air from entering your home.

  3. Check Heating Systems:

    • Schedule a professional inspection of your heating system to ensure it's in good working condition.

    • Replace furnace filters regularly for optimal performance and energy efficiency.

  4. Insulate Pipes:

    • Insulate exposed pipes to prevent freezing. This is crucial, especially during colder nights.

    • Disconnect and drain outdoor hoses, and shut off the exterior water supply to prevent pipe damage.

  5. Chimney Maintenance:

    • If you have a wood-burning fireplace, have the chimney cleaned and inspected before use.

    • Ensure the damper is working correctly to prevent drafts.

  6. Prepare the Garden:

    • Trim back overhanging branches to prevent them from breaking under the weight of snow or ice.

    • Clear dead vegetation and debris from gutters, flower beds, and around the foundation.

  7. Protect Outdoor Furniture:

    • Store or cover outdoor furniture to protect it from the elements.

    • Consider investing in covers for barbecues and other equipment left outside.

  8. Emergency Kit:

    • Prepare an emergency kit that includes essentials like flashlights, batteries, candles, and non-perishable food items.

    • Keep a battery-powered radio on hand for weather updates during storms.

  9. Check Carbon Monoxide and Smoke Detectors:

    • Test carbon monoxide and smoke detectors, and replace batteries if needed.

    • Consider installing a CO2 detector if you don't already have one.

  10. Landscaping and Lawn Care:

    • Trim back trees and bushes to prevent damage during winter storms.

    • Fertilize and aerate your lawn to ensure it stays healthy through the colder months.

  11. Clean and Store Summer Gear:

    • Clean and properly store summer items like patio furniture, pool equipment, and gardening tools.

    • Consider covering air conditioning units to protect them from winter weather.

  12. Prepare for Power Outages:

    • Invest in a generator or ensure you have alternative heating sources, such as a fireplace or portable heater.

    • Stock up on essentials like candles, blankets, and non-perishable food items.

  13. Check Insulation:

    • Inspect your home's insulation for any signs of wear or damage. Proper insulation helps regulate indoor temperatures.

    • Consider adding additional insulation in the attic to improve energy efficiency.

  14. Winterize Your Garden:

    • Mulch garden beds to protect plants and soil from freezing temperatures.

    • Consider planting winter-friendly vegetables and flowers suitable for the West Coast climate.

  15. Community Preparedness:

    • Stay informed about local weather forecasts and community emergency plans.

    • Connect with neighbors and create a support network in case of severe weather events.


Preparing your Quadra Island home for winter is a proactive approach to ensure comfort, safety, and the longevity of your property. By taking these steps, you'll be well-equipped to face the unique challenges that the winter season may bring to the beautiful region of British Columbia's West Coast.



When is the best time to buy Real Estate?

Many of you have heard the way-too-often overused cliché “LOCATION, LOCATION, LOCATION”.

I believe “TIMING, TIMING, TIMING” is much more important for any investment and very strongly in Real Estate.

Yes, you can find a great location but if your timing is off, then maybe you’re not getting the best deal. What constitutes a “good deal” depends on individual perception of value received. Most investors will calculate what a property is worth by the amount of money they can rent it out for and costs to run the property such as maintenance, insurance, taxes and vacancy rate.

When someone is buying a property where they want to live sometimes these basic principles go out the window. You get excited about the property and you’ll do whatever it takes to get it. I believe in the power of attraction and how important it is to dream big, but I also understand that home ownership can come with unexpected costs and as a buyer you must consider them.

Based on statistical patterns best time of the year to buy a home is in January. Typically, there are not many buyers actively looking to buy a home. I want to emphasize “typically”, because the health crisis has caused some abnormalities in the usual statistical patters. This year in January for example we saw a huge surge in sales. A lot of listings available in January are homes that didn’t sell before Christmas and the sellers might be more motivated and flexible with the price.

February onward usually sees more active listings before the spring market madness starts. The logic behind buying a home during the spring is to get possession during the summer months when kids are on summer vacation.

Spring markets are busiest, most competitive and most expensive time to buy. It’s also easier for sellers to make their home look more presentable; with curb appeal and more natural light outside some homes are just more appealing.

Prices normally peak in June and July when the demand is the most active, with lots of active listings and lots of buyers. As the school year approaches, in August and September, the number of active listings is reduced.

Into the winter months there is a higher probability of prices dropping because not many buyers are looking. In a normal year December is very slow for sales and in my opinion it’s the best time to be a buyer.

Buy a home when demand is low. If at all possible, buying a home in a “buyer’s market” is your best strategy. Prices are low and there are lots of homes for sale. 

A “seller’s market” is the opposite, where the inventory is low but the demand is high. This is the current market with multiple offers being so prevalent and the skyrocketing prices, it’s very frustrating to be a buyer.

Every person has a different situation, finances and circumstances, that’s why timing the market could proof to be a difficult task. During the most disruptive times there are people that make enough money to go to space for a few minutes while others lose everything. It’s a matter of timing and planning ahead of time.

Planning to purchase a home? I would love to help you, starting with getting you connected with a financial planner and a mortgage broker. Take your time, plan, prepare your finances and don’t allow your emotions to control you. Hire me and I’ll guide you through the process.

If you have any suggestions or feedback…or have any topics you would like me to cover, please let me know. I would love to hear from you.

Roman Krzaczek Realtor

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