November 12, 2022
These days, people are more environmentally conscious. When it comes to their homes, that often starts with being more thoughtful about heating and cooling so they’re consuming less energy. With that in mind, here are some tips for making your home more eco-friendly:
1. Install a smart thermostat. Modern thermostats come with various features that help you manage heating and cooling, so you use less energy. For example, you can program a thermostat to adjust temperature during the workday and then turn on heating or cooling an hour before you get home.
2. Take advantage of non-peak times. Many utilities (electricity, water, etc.) offer price breaks at non-peak periods. For example, washing your clothes later in the evening might reduce your water bill. Ask your utility providers about available price-saving programs.
3. Buy energy-saving products. A wide range of products are available to help you lower energy consumption, from shower faucets to kitchen ranges or gas appliances! The next time you’re shopping for an appliance or fixture, ensure it has eco-friendly features.
4. Replace worn insulation. A one-inch crack in window insulation can cause your home’s HVAC system to work harder. That’s why experts advise that you check the insulation around doors and windows once a year and repair or replace it where necessary.
5. Manage passive heat. It’s no surprise that a window letting in the sun will make a room warmer. So, take advantage of this free energy source. Let sun into rooms on cool days, so your furnace doesn’t have to come on as often. Do the opposite on hot days.
I’m have lots of connections in the local home industry. If you need any advice or recommendations, give me a call!
June 20, 2022
When you buy a new home and moving day is looming, it can be tempting to consider doing the move yourself. After all, by not hiring a moving company, you’re saving money.
It is true, the DIY approach can lower your moving costs, which is money you can put towards needed fixes and upgrades to your new property. But, you’re also adding a lot of work! You’ll need to think about boxes, packing, truck rental, gas, lifting and lugging, friends who offer to help but bail last minute, and more.
So, if you’re going to move yourself, plan carefully. Ensure you have all the boxes and packing supplies (tape, bubble wrap, etc.) you need. Most importantly, put together a reliable crew who can stick with you the entire day.
In addition to family and friends, it might make sense to hire a worker for the day. If that all seems like too much work and hassle, then using a moving company is a time-saving option. Yes, you’ll pay more. But you’ll get professional movers, with a truck, who can do much of the lifting and lugging for you. That will take a lot of the stress out of moving day. And, keep in mind, you don’t need to get the moving company to do it all. You can cut costs by having them handle the heavier items, such as appliances and furniture, while you DIY-move other things, such as easier-to handle boxes.
Regardless of which option you choose, make your plans well in advance. When it comes to moving day, you’ll be glad you did! Want more tips on making buying and selling easier? Private message me or give me a call! Always happy to help!
May 11, 2020
Whether you're painting your home to prepare it for sale, or simply to make it more attractive for your own enjoyment, choosing the right colour is super important! A colour isn't just a matter of taste, it's also, to a large extent, about the emotions it elicits.
If you're painting your foyer, for example, you may want it to seem warm and welcoming. So, light, warmer tones might be appropriate as that colour is often interpreted as friendly.
In your living room, you may want to create an atmosphere of comfort and relaxation. In that case, consider shades of greens or grays as those colours communicate peacefulness and calm.
Want the rec room to look vibrant and energetic? Brighter colours communicate those emotions, possibly shades of reds.
Where do you find more information about colour psychology? There are plenty of charts available online. Just Google "colour psychology charts". They can help you select just the right colour to convey the feeling you want for a room.
Of course, if all else fails, you can't go wrong with soft beiges, or light gray/beiges especially when selling your home. Neutral colours are often interpreted as reliable and buyers are able to picture their own furniture and items in a more neutral palet.
Have questions about painting and other fix-ups that will help sell your home faster and for the best price? Give me a call!
February 24, 2020
Imagine you're looking for a new home and you have a list of all the features you want, just like you would have a grocery shopping list. However, when you explore the homes currently on the market, none are meeting all your criteria. What do you do?
You have a few good options. First, you can take a second look at your list. Does your new home need every single feature on it? Are there one or two features you can do without? For example, can you settle for a smaller kitchen assuming the property has everything else you want? Often, buying a home that's close to perfect is perfect enough.
Second, consider what features you might be able to add to a home later, by way of a renovation or other improvement. If a property doesn't have a finished basement, for example, you might be able to get that done down the road. Indeed, there are probably many features you can add later to an otherwise desirable property.
Finally, consider the current level of activity in the local real estate market. Is it likely that a lot of new homes will be coming on the market soon? If so, your perfect home may come up on the market within the next few weeks or sooner!
In that situation, make sure you arrange to get immediate alerts for newly listed homes that meet your criteria. You'll want to jump on each new opportunity before other buyers learn of the listing.
The good news is, in most cases you should be able to find and buy a great home, with most — if not all — of the features you want!
February 6, 2020
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Two of the biggest stressors for DIYers (Do it your selfers) are projects that cost too much or take too long.
Unfortunately, there’s no sure way to guarantee that one or the other (or both) won’t happen. But there is a lot you can do to minimize the probability.
When budgeting, a big mistake DIYers make is not considering the little things. For example, you might budget for drywall panels but neglect to include the cost of nails, tape and plaster or the insulation behind the drywall! It's easy to overlook these small items thinking they won't add up to much of an expense. But often they do. In fact, for many renovation projects, the little things account for up to 20% of the cost!
Another expense that is often overlooked is taxes. When you find a bathtub you like for $399, be sure to budget for what you'll actually pay out-of-pocket. Also, don't forget possible delivery expenses. A budgeting tip many experts recommend is to price everything you need and then add 10%. That gives you a buffer.
Regarding scheduling, consider whether or not you've done this type of project before. If you're laying hardwood floors for the first time, there's a learning curve. You'll likely take two or three times longer than you would if you were more experienced. Even if you have experience with the type of project you’re undertaking, it's human nature to underestimate how long it will take. So, if you feel confident you can install that sink in an hour, give yourself two. A lot of this, of course, is common sense. But if you take a common sense — rather than an optimistic — approach to budgeting and scheduling, you'll stand a much better chance of your DIY project going smoothly and costing what you planned it would cost (or closer to it!).
If you're thinking of doing a renovation, and are wondering what would be the best return on investment, contact me!
January 28, 2020
If you have a home that is overdue for a renovation, you might be worried that it will be difficult to sell as a "fixer-upper". In fact, you might delay listing your property for that reason.
The good news is, you don’t need to fix up everything in your home to prepare it for sale. You can be selective and choose only those projects that are most likely to help your home show well and sell quickly.
Here are some projects to consider:
• Repairs. Few things stand out more during a viewing than something in obvious need of repair. That includes minor issues, like a dripping bathroom faucet, as well as major concerns, such as the central air conditioning unit not working or the gas not on for a gas fireplace. Get these repairs done!
• Painting. Painting is one of the easiest and most affordable DIY projects you can do. Yet the impact it can have on your home is stunning. Some rooms are completely transformed by a fresh coat of paint.
• Kitchens & Bathrooms. Buyers love to see great looking kitchens and bathrooms. In fact, there are even magazines devoted just to those rooms! You don't necessarily need to do a major renovation of these spaces, but a makeover can be a good idea. Consider replacing sinks, countertops, and/or cabinet hardware.
• Floors. If the floors in any of your rooms have become worn and unsightly, look at options for refreshing them. Consider replacing carpeting, refinishing hardwood, and/or getting tiles professionally cleaned and polished.
• Outdoors. Sometimes you can compensate (a little) for a less-than-ideal interior by sprucing up the outdoor space. Explore ways to improve your deck or patio, walkways, and landscaping.
Even if your home is older, you can make it more attractive to buyers with any one of these projects.
Want more ideas for finding eager buyers for your home and getting the best price when you sell? Give me a call!
October 17, 2019
The REALTORS Care® Blanket Drive is coming soon!
Here's how you can help
We collect blankets and warm clothing to help the homeless, women and children in need, and persons living in supportive housing. Your donations are kept in the community where they are collected, and are given to charities that distribute them directly to those in need.
Please donate the following items for all ages:
• gently used or new blankets or sleeping bags
• warm clothing, coats
• hats, gloves, scarves
• new socks and underwear
Socks are especially important for the homeless. They're as good as gold.
Way back in 1994, some caring REALTORS® in Vancouver observed the homeless situation in the city’s eastside and said to themselves, we’ve got to do something.
They put out an appeal to their colleagues for warm blankets and coats and collected enough donations to help 3,000 of Vancouver’s homeless in the downtown core.
That single act of kindness has blossomed into one of the largest annual collections of warm clothing and blankets, helping homeless people and the working poor in every single community in the Lower Mainland.
Since then, thousands of REALTORS® from Whistler to Hope have collected enough donations to help more than 385,000 people in need. Each year, more than 75 dedicated members pick-up and deliver all the donations, and well over 100 real estate offices in the Lower Mainland act as collection depots.
The REALTORS Care® Drive now collects an astonishing amount of warm, winter items on behalf of dozens of local charities to help about 35,000 people each year.
Do you have some warm clothing and blankets to donate? Contact Leanne @ Leanne@RealtyGal.ca
October 2, 2019
You've likely heard of the term "curb appeal"...
It refers to the initial impression buyers get when they first see your property from the street. If the impression is a good one, it sets the right tone for the rest of the home viewing and can even get you more money on the sale of your home!
Here are some proven ideas and simple solutions that you can do to your home to help with the first impressions!
• Sweep the walkway leading up to the front entrance. Add a new welcome mat and a flower pot. Also, wash down the front door.
• Wash both the inside and outside of the front windows. You'll be amazed at the difference that can make.
• If possible, remove cars from the driveway. Let buyers imagine their own cars parked there!
• Mow the lawn. Lightly trim the hedges. Weed flower beds.
• Remove anything from inside window sills that may look unsightly from the outside. Try putting a couple of flowering plants there instead.
• Place any trash bins out-of-sight. For example, put them in the garage or neatly at the side of the house.
• If the entrance door hardware is old and worn, change it. New hardware can make a bigger difference than you might think.
• Make sure the outdoor lights are working, especially if you're showing your home in the evening.
• Add some flowering plants to flower beds, or buy a couple of portable potted plants and place them strategically.
• If you have a power washer, give the walkway, driveway or stair rail a quick blast!
These simple improvements may seem minor, but anything that helps buyers form a more positive first impression of your home is worth the effort!
If you would like more ideas, please feel free to contact me! I'm always here to help!
July 11, 2019
Here's a surprising statistic! Less than 30% of window replacements are the result of the old windows being worn, broken or otherwise in need of replacement.
Clearly, there are other good reasons to consider new windows! One of the most popular motivations is cosmetic. Brand new windows have a huge impact on the overall look of a home, both on the inside and the outside.
New windows can improve curb appeal — an important element when you sell a home. From the inside, new windows can dramatically improve the look of a room.
Another reason to replace windows is to address energy costs. Modern windows are packed with technologies that lower heating/cooling bills. From low-e/argon to special spacer bars to high-insulating construction, these technologies can provide savings you'll notice, especially if you're replacing very old windows.
And a third reason is window style and characteristics. Simply put, you may not like your current windows! You may want more glass and less frame to enhance your view. Maybe your windows pull up (vertical sliders) when you'd rather have them open like a door (casements). Perhaps you'd like fancy blinds in-between the panes of glass.
Replacing windows lets you get exactly the look and features you want!
Will new windows boost the resale value of your home? They might, at least a little. But there's one thing for certain: upgraded windows definitely make your home look more appealing to buyers.
May 5, 2019
Imagine driving through a desirable neighbourhood and, just as you turn a corner, you see the absolutely perfect home! Guess what? It's for sale! But, there’s a problem. Your current property isn't on the market. In fact, until this moment, you hadn’t seriously considered moving. So what do you do?
Your first step is to find out more about the listing.
*Get a description of the property.
*Find out the listing price.
*Check out the size, layout, number of bedrooms and other features.
*If it all looks good, schedule a viewing.
Chances are, you can do all that in less than a day. If you go to see the property and still love it, your next step is to determine if it fits within your budget. To do that, you'll need to quickly find out the Current Market Value of your home — what it will likely sell for — so you can determine how much money you'll have available after your outstanding mortgage and any other costs are deducted. It’s a smart idea to speak to your lender about getting a pre-approved mortgage at this point too.
Next, you'll need to make an offer on the new home. Depending on the competitiveness of the neighbourhood, and the likelihood of multiple offers, you might need to list your home first. That, along with a pre-approved mortgage, will make your offer more credible. You might end up buying the new home before your current property sells. Although that might cause some jitters, this scenario happens all the time in real estate. If you do the right things, and prepare your home properly, there's a good probability it will sell in time and that everything else regarding the two transactions will go smoothly. But, you do need to move quickly and make some fast decisions if you want to get that perfect home.
I can help. Call me!
February 8, 2019
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If you're thinking ahead to your next dream home, the road you need to take to get there may seem confusing.
Do you search for listings online? Drop by Open Houses on the weekends? Call the number on For Sale signs?
Let's me break it down! Here are the specific steps you need to take to ensure you find a home that fits your wants, needs and budget.
1. Find out how much your current property will likely sell for on today’s market.
2. Arrange for financing, so you know what you can afford.
3. Select neighbourhoods you'd love to live in. (That may involve some fun exploring!)
4. Decide on the type of home you want to buy. (For example: detached, three-bedroom, close to schools, transit etc.)
5. Prioritize the property features you want most, so you can be flexible if a feature is missing from a home listed on the market that is otherwise ideal. Your must haves vs your wants...
6. View properties on the market that closely fit your criteria, particularly new listings that may not yet be posted online. (Tip: Arrange to be immediately notified of new listings that are a good fit for you.)
7. When you find a home you want, work with a realtor to make a competitive offer designed to get the property — without overpaying.
8. Negotiate until you secure the deal. You should expect that this may involve counter-offers.
9. If the negotiation is skillfully done and all goes well, the home will be yours.
As you can see, there isn't a lot of mystery in finding your next dream home. You just need to take the steps and get the professional help you need along the way.
Looking for a real estate agent that can get you to the finish line? Call me - Leanne Drolet, Royal LePage Sterling Realty! I'd love the opportunity to help you!
February 7, 2019
Moving around the corner or even across town is relatively simple because you are likely familiar with the various neighbourhoods and you can access them anytime. If there's a listed home you want to view, you can simply contact your realtor to book a showing and go see it.
However, relocating to a different town or city, is more challenging. It may not be possible for you to make multiple visits to see homes for sale. You may also be unfamiliar with the various neighbourhoods.
So what do you do if you want to move out-of-town or need to relocate due to work?
Your first step is to get the information you need. You'll want up-to-date data on the neighbourhoods so you can pinpoint the ones that are the best fit for your needs and lifestyle. You'll also want to get a sense of the types of homes for sale in those neighbourhoods — style, size, features, listing price, etc. Your next step is to vist the town and schedule a day to view homes. This visit must be carefully planned so you only see those properties that are likely to be of interest. You don’t want to travel all that way only to end up seeing properties you wouldn't likely buy. What a waste of time!
So, if you’re relocating, you’ll need help. Give me a call. I have many Realtor contacts in other cities and can help make the relocation go smoothly for you. Let me look out for you!
January 8, 2019
For some people, the thought of listing their home for sale is very stressful! They worry about all the things they have to do — and all the things that might go wrong. It's sometimes very overwhelming... Luckily, it doesn't have to be that way. Here are some tips for making your home sale go smoothly:
Give yourself time to prepare. If you're thinking of selling six months from now, start preparing your property now. Ask for assistance! Ask family or close friends to assist if need be.
Do any necessary staging, and get it looking its best before listing your home. Avoid doing these tasks at the last minute. Set the right price.
Pricing your property too high will likely result in few, if any, buyers coming to see it. You might end up having to lower your price later, causing your home to linger even longer on the market. That's stress you don't need!
Have a flexible viewing schedule. If you make it too difficult for buyers to see your property, they might lose interest or simply choose to buy another home. Be as flexible as possible when a buyer wants to view your property. Plan get-away activities. When a buyer comes for a scheduled viewing, it's best to leave your home. Plan some fun activities for your family while the showing is happening. Think: playground, shopping, cycling, the zoo, etc.
Accept the ups and downs. Prospective buyers might say they love your home and plan to make an offer, and then we don't hear from them again! It happens! Sometimes buyers book appointments to view your home then cancel! Accept the inevitable ups and downs of selling your home.
Get help with repairs. You'll probably have things that need to be fixed around the home, like a dripping faucet that needs repair or a room that needs painting. If possible, hire a professional to do some of that work.
Finally, work with a great real estate agent. That will make the biggest difference in ensuring your move goes smoothly and stress-free.
I have many professionals that I can refer if you need help! If you're looking for a real estate agent that is willing to provide advice and recommendations if need be and have stagers, cleaners & repair people available, please call me as I'd love to help you or someone you know!
December 3, 2018
Wouldn't it be nice if you had all the time in the world to find your next dream home?
You could leisurely browse the current listings, select homes you'd like to see, schedule visits on dates that are most convenient for you, and make an offer on a property only after you've had plenty of time to consider all the alternatives. Sure, that sometimes happens, but unfortunately it's not how it typically happens...
Often, people shopping for a home are on a timeline. Sometimes a very tight timeline. So how do you find your next dream home when you don't have all the time in the world?
First, you need to develop a clear picture of the home you're looking to buy. How many bedrooms? What size of property? What type of structure (two story, back split, etc.)? Close to shopping, transit and/or schools? Then, you need to list your preferences. These might include "large kitchen" or "main floor office" or covered parking. Once you've completed that exercise, you'll have a more detailed profile of the type of property you want! That will make it easier to decide which of the listings on the market you want to see. You should also narrow down the area in which you'd like to live. If you have three or four targeted areas, and only consider listings in those areas, your home search will be much faster.
What if you don't know the neighbourhoods well? It's best to visit a few. Drive around. Explore. Get as much neighbourhood data as possible, such as demographics, recreational activities, parks, shopping, schools, etc. Then choose the neighbourhoods that fit your lifestyle.
Finally, the best way to find a new home on a tight schedule is to work with the right real estate agent — someone who, like me, is experienced in the local market. Call me anytime!
October 11, 2018
Ideally, you would like buyers to wait until they’ve viewed your whole property (including the inside) before they judge it!
However, the reality is, buyers start forming an impression of your home as soon as they see it from the curb. So, it pays to do everything you can to improve your property's "curb appeal"!
Here are some ideas:
· You can improve the impact of your landscaping by trimming hedges, removing any unsightly weeds, and cutting the grass. Planting just a few fresh flowers can make a big impact.
· If your main entrance door is old, a fresh coat of paint will make it look like new. In some cases, the effect is significant.
· Remove any items that might distract the buyer from forming a good first impression. For example, garbage cans, stored items along the side of the property, etc.
· Make sure the curtains and blinds on your front windows are open during viewings and turn all lights on, including lamps! That will make your home look more friendly and appealing.
· If your driveway has grease stains and other blemishes, consider renting a power washer and giving the driveway a thorough cleaning.
· Clean your front windows. If possible, also clean the exterior panes and vinyl if needed.
Finally, if possible, park your vehicles on the street and away from your home. Doing this will not only make your home look more inviting to buyers, it will give them a convenient place to park.
Most of these tips can be done in less than a day. Yet, they can make a big difference in your home's curb appeal. They are worth the effort! Have more questions, give me a call!
September 26, 2018
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Here's how to make the right decision:
If you need to upsize or you’re simply ready for a change, it’s tempting to consider a major renovation. After all, renovating means you don’t have to go through the process of selling your property and buying another more suitable home. You just fix up the one you’ve got!
However, you need to carefully consider the pros and cons of renovating before going this route. You don’t want to invest in a costly renovation only to end up with a home that still doesn’t meet your needs.
Say, for example, your current property doesn’t have a home office. If all the bedrooms are taken, and let's say that you decide to renovate a portion of the basement to create that office space you need. Building that new home office may seem like a simple project, but once you consider new electrical, flooring, lighting, etc., it really isn’t and it can be a big headache!
Like most renovations, it will probably cost more than you think. Plus, you’ll need to consider whether you’ll really want to work in the basement. Will it have enough light, is there a bathroom nearby? It might make more sense to find a new home with an extra bedroom that can be converted to an office space, or, better still, a dedicated home office space — with windows!
Of course, there are many circumstances in which a renovation may be the best way to go. If you don’t like your kitchen, for example, upgrading it may not only get you the kitchen you want, but also add value to your property. Basically, you need to ask yourself: "Which is more likely to get me the home I really want – a renovation or a new home?" If your answer is a new home, then there is probably a property on the market right now that would meet your needs. Supply is up, providing many homes to choose from! Let’s talk.
May 24, 2018
Buying a new pair of shoes is relatively easy. Once you find the style you like, all you need to do is try them on and see if they fit. If they do, you go to the cash register and pay.
When it comes to size, buying a new home can be trickier! Whether your intention is to upsize or downsize, figuring out the right size can be especially challenging.
Say for example, you’re downsizing from a large two or three-story home to a smaller rancher style home or condo. You don’t want to underestimate the space you need and end up in a place that feels tight. If you’re going the other way and upsizing, you don’t want to end up sinking extra money into a property that’s larger than you really need.
So how do you avoid these scenarios? One of the best ways is to start by considering your current home. Do you use all the rooms in your home regularly? Is there a bedroom that’s rarely occupied? Has the recreation room become simply a storage area? If you’re downsizing, subtracting rooms you scarcely use can give you a better idea of what you need in a new home.
Upsizing is a bit more challenging because you have to anticipate what you will need in the future. For example, if you have young children, and your place is feeling cramped, then a home with a recreation room or separate family and living rooms may be a good idea. You may also need a bigger kitchen with a spacious eating area (in addition to a separate dining room.) Think about the extra room you’ll need and how you’ll use that space.
When I work with a client, I typically sit down with them and discuss the type of home they want in detail — and, based on needs and circumstance, I make recommendations. Bottom line, I help clients find the perfect fit in a new home!
Contact me if you’d like to learn more.
April 19, 2018
For some homeowners, the process of listing, showing and selling their home can be stressful. Fortunately, there is plenty you can do to make it much less nerve-racking—and even exciting and enjoyable. Here are some ideas:
1. Make a plan. Decide when you’re going to show your property and block out these times in an agenda book or calendar if making your property available to show on short notice is not an option. That way, you and your family can plan for upcoming showings.
2. It’s important to build in flexibility when purchasing a home so you should try to be flexible with home viewing times. For example, you may plan to see homes for sale on Saturdays, but if the perfect home comes up for sale on a weeknight, give yourself room in your schedule to jump on it. Sometimes the early bird gets the worm!
3. Get stuff done early and allow time to get your home prepared to sell. Doing things last minute, such as finding a real estate lawyer or packing or getting rid of clutter, can quickly lead to stress and frustration. Whenever possible, get tasks done early. That way, you won’t have to worry about them.
4. Hire the right professionals. By far, the surest way to a stress-free move is to get the right professionals working for you: everyone from contractors to mortgage brokers to movers and packers.
By the way, a big part of what I do for clients is help make every aspect of buying, selling and moving go smoothly. I have numerous professionals that I can recommend, that past clients have used and been happy with, that may help you along the process of buying or selling a home!
Feel free to contact me to learn how I can help you achieve the maximum price for your home and get the best price when purchasing your new home!
January 3, 2018
Your neighbourhood has a lot of features that can help sell your home faster! Unfortunately, buyers don’t usually notice those features just by driving around. So, you need to make sure they get all the information they need about your neighbourhood and that's where I come in!
For example, say homes don’t go on the market often in your area. That’s an indication that the quality of life in the neighbourhood is so good that no one wants to leave! In real estate we measure the area’s “turnover rate”, and it’s handy data to have when listing your home. Demographic data can also be helpful when selling your property. If your neighbourhood has a lot of families, for example, that’s going to be appealing to buyers with kids. Even local development plans can play a role in making your home more attractive to buyers. If a new ramp to a major highway is in the works nearby, getting to work is going to be easier. That could be a big benefit to commuters.
Other types of data that can help sell your home include: • Planned local construction.
• Proposals for neighbourhood improvements. (For example, a new playground.)
• Rates at which local property values are increasing.
Any information that shows the advantages of living in your area is going to be useful when selling. By the way, this is the kind of information I put together to provide to prospective buyers when selling your home. If you have any questions, please feel free to contact me!
December 11, 2017
Hopefully, this will never happen to you. But, there are circumstances – a fire, for example – when you and your family would need to exit through a window. It pays to be prepared!
Your first step is to determine which windows are safe to use as an exit. There should be at least one on each level. The windows you select will need to provide enough space for a person to climb through (at least a 20 inch opening). Make sure everyone knows which windows are “safe exit” windows, and how to open them.
Keep in mind that windows may have screens, so ensure everyone knows how to remove those as well. For a second floor window, consider purchasing a portable escape ladder. These are compact and easily stowed in a closet or under a bed. When you need it, it hangs off the sill and expands into a ladder all the way to the ground. It’s not designed for everyday use, but it will get you and your family out!
Rehearsal is also a good idea. You want everyone to know how to get to the nearest “safe exit” window – especially in the dark.
Finally, keep your windows in a good state of repair. According to the National Fire Safety Association, windows should open easily for everyone, and should not have anything in front of them that will prevent or delay a quick exit.
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