Moving To Waterloo? My Top 5 Reasons To Move Here

Are you thinking of moving to Waterloo Ontario?

I have put together my top 5 reasons why you should move to Waterloo Ontario. 



Reason:

1. Location - One of the things I don't like is doing a lot of driving when you need to do tasks or want to go out at night. I live in the North end of Waterloo and I find everything I need on a daily basis is within a 10-15 minute drive from my house. It's nice being so close to everything you need.

2. Food - Do you love food? I do and I love the fact that Waterloo has every kind of restaurant you could hope for. I personally like Ethiopian food and it can be hard to find in some towns. We have several (yes they are in Kitchener but they are very close).

3. Events - There is always something going on in Waterloo. I will be doing another video/blog post all about the events that happen year-round. But just to give you a few... We have Oktoberfest, Winterloo, Bestival, Night Market, Vegfest, Lumen Lite... the list goes on.

4.  Nature - Do you like to do activities outdoors? I love to walk along the river. There are so many great trails in and around Waterloo you will be busy checking them all out. 

5. Towns around Waterloo - There are always things to do here in Waterloo, but if you want to have a day trip on the weekend there are a lot of towns within a 30-45 minute drive. You can get out and explore other towns restaurants, events, and trails.


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If you have never heard of Radon, you might want to read this blog. 



Radon what is it?

When uranium in soil breaks down it creates a radioactive gas called Radon. The problem is it is invisible, odourless and tasteless. The danger is when the levels of radon get too high and in some basements, the radon can accumulate to high levels.


What is a high level?

In Canada, Health Canada says the level should be below 200 Becquerels per cubic metre (200 Bq/m3). The world health organization says it should be below 100 Becquerels per cubic metre (100 Bq/m3). The lower the better. 


Why should I be worried?

Radon can cause lung cancer. In Canada, it is the number 2 cause (number one if you aren't a smoker or around secondhand smoke) of lung cancer. The radon (radioactive) particles get caught in your lung tissue and when they break down they can cause damage to your lung and can turn into cancer.


How do I know what my level is?

You can get radon testers, either a test kit or buy an electronic tester. You will want to test the rate over the long term. The government says if your rate is between 200-600  Bq/m3 you should have it fixed over the next two years and if it is over 600 Bq/m3 you should have it fixed within the year.


How do I go about fixing the issue?

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If you want to know more about radon or hear about my story (I had radon on my house) please feel free to call or email me. 

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This is my Winter Maintenance Checklist


Before winter hits, there are a few things you need to do around the house before it gets too cold.

Here is my list of maintenance that you might want to do as well. 

1 - Turn off the faucets/Taps on the outside of the house. The water in the taps on the outside of the house can freeze and cause the pipe to break. This would cause a big leak and definitely not what you want to be dealing with when it's -10 degrees outside.

2 - Weather stripping around doors and windows. Checking and replacing the worn-out weather stripping will save you energy and keep your house warm during the winter. 

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5 - Change the furnace filter. This is very important to do before you start using your furnace for the winter. You want a clean filter so the furnace gets enough air to it and to help the air quality in your home. 

6 - Clean coils on your fridge - The coils at the back of your fridge get very dusty throughout the year and taking a vacuum to it will help the fridge work more efficiently. 

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