Vancouver Island Real Estate News from Rudi & Trish Widdershoven December 2015   

Hi Paul,

Merry Christmas & Happy New Year!

Each snowflake is one of a kind, unique in the whole world.  So too, is each of our clients & friends we have in our lives.  We want to thank you all or your continued support, business and friendship.
This is one of our favorite times of year!  The anticipation, the excitement and the mystery, along with the fun of choosing the right way to bring happiness to someone special and the joy of giving, in whatever manner decided.  This, in addition to spending time with family and dear friends, plus thoughts of those who cannot be with us, are very much part of our festive season.
The Holiday Season is a great time to remember, to be thankful and a time to reflect or the past year & the year to come.  Therefore in the spirit of Christmas, we are, on your behalf, supporting a number of local charities that will bring cheer and happiness to those less fortunate in our community.
We especially found it interesing and rewarding to make "backpacks for the homeless" partly at the request of the grandkids who helped us to deliver them, 2 we delivered personally and both random recipients were extremely grateful and the rest through a local charity, "Manna Society for the Homeless".  It truly made us realize just how fortunate we are!  When you try and put the essentials of life into a backback for someone who doesnt have a roof over their heads.
2015 has been a great year for us, we had a number of family gatherings and experiences (Abbottsford Air Show was certainly a hit), business was fantastic – thank you for your support, we had a relaxing holiday in the Caribbean and the entire family (11) got together a week early for Christmas at our home.  Trish & I will be in New Brunswick for Christmas with my folks who will be turning 85 & 90 at that time.
From our home to yours we wish that this Holiday Season brings Peace, Joy & Happiness to your home!  May 2016 bring to you and yours, everything that you hope, wish and dream.

Merry Christmas,
Rudi & Trish W.

In this issue...
Safely On the Road Again 
The holiday season is a busy time of year, especially on the roads!

There’s so much running around to do during this time of year.  Whether you're out shopping or visiting friends and family, here are a few tips to help keep you safe while you’re out on the road:

  1. Wipe the Slate Clean - Replace your wipers if they're not working properly as they’re critical to your safety, especially at night.

  2. Air On the Side of Caution - Check your tire pressure regularly but do it before driving too far as it changes when the tires warm up.  Don't forget the spare!

  3. Fill 'er Up - Check fluid levels including steering, brakes, transmission and oil.  Refill your windshield wiper fluid frequently and keep extra on hand for emergencies.

  4. Be Prepared - Make sure your car contains a cell phone, first aid kit, blanket, energy bars, water, candles, flashlight, safety flares and some basic tools.

  5. App Happy - Smartphone apps are proving to be valuable travel companions.  There are also personal driving assistance features that include collision warning and headway monitoring.

Now that the roads are filling up with holiday traffic, one of the best safety tips you can follow is to take your time and be aware of other drivers who may be distracted.  Properly preparing your car (and yourself) for the winter means you’ll not only be safer but you’ll also enjoy peace of mind.

House Hunting Beyond the Wow Factor 
Don’t wait until you move in to discover your home's a money pit!

Buyer’s remorse is an awful feeling but it can be absolutely devastating when it’s a huge purchase like a house.  To avoid this from happening, it’s important to not let your heart rule decision making process.

Ensuring the home of your dreams comes without hidden structural issues and problems is key to a successful purchase.  Getting a home inspection is important but you’ll still want to be aware of the following areas:

  1. Rotting Roof - Roof leaks can be very difficult to spot.  If possible, inspect the celling area of the attic as it will be much easier to identify water stains.

  2. Water Damage - Check window seals and stains on ceilings.  If possible plan a visit just after or during a rain storm so you can really investigate the home.

  3. Deferred Maintenance - Routine home maintenance that has been put off can be a red flag.  If certain issues aren’t caught early on, they can result in costly repairs.

  4. Basement Woes - An inspection of the basement will help you determine the age of the HVAC, plumbing and electrical systems and how well they’ve been maintained.  Also, be on the alert for musty smells.

  5. Cracking Up - Check hard surface flooring for large cracks and also focus around windows and corners.  Go outside and examine the size and proximity of trees as roots can cause big problems.

Buying a home can sometimes be stressful so check your emotions at the door and do your due diligence in order to avoid ugly surprises after you’re all moved in.  It’s also important to budget for any unexpected home expenses that might come up post-purchase.  If you ever have any questions, please don’t hesitate to get in touch!

Naturally Fighting the Common Cold 
It’s that time of year when cold and flu viruses spread like wildfire!

There may not be a cure for the common cold but there are certain steps you can take to reduce your chances of catching one.  Here are a few natural remedies to keep in mind:

  1. Sour Puss - A tsp of apple cider vinegar in ½ cup of water will help keep a cold at bay.

  2. Powerful Pepper - A cup of hot water with a ¼ tsp of cayenne pepper will help soothe a sore throat.

  3. Cold Cry - Onions have been used for centuries to ward off and relieve cold symptoms.  Cut up and boil an onion to make tea.  Adding a little lemon juice will help the taste.

Hopefully the nasty viruses will pass you by this season but it’s always good to be familiar with as many remedies as possible to help snuff out the sniffles.  Here’s to your health this holiday season!

Thought for the Season! 

I've learned from experience that the greater part of our happiness or misery depends on our dispostions and not on our circumstances.

Martha Washington – 1731-1802, Former First Lady of the United States

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