• 5 Apartment Decorating Ideas for Summer

    Jul 06, 2017

    Summer is finally here and it’s time to get your apartment into shape for the season. Timbercreek Communities has some simple and beautiful apartment decorating ideas for summer. Let’s let the sun shine in!

    Lighten Up

    Think of your apartment as a summer rental and see it in a whole new light. Pull back the curtains and let the light in. Replace heavy curtains with something light, sheer and breezy.  In fact, stow away anything that makes your space feel heavy or dark. This includes thick throw rugs that may be cozy in winter but feel hot and oppressive during the summer months. It’s summer - let your floors go naked!

    Bring the Beach Home

    You may not be able to spend every summer day at the beach, but you can give your Timbercreek home a beachy feel by displaying sea shells in a small pail or by planting small succulents in a larger shell.

    DSC_6083_4_5_6_7Set a Summer Table

    Add a splash of summer colour to your table by setting out some colourful flatware. Mix and match bright tropical, floral or nautical-themed dishes and towels with your everyday plates and bowls for a fun and seasonal setting. For a simple summer centrepiece, fill a bowl with fresh, bright fruits - like oranges and lemons.

    Flower Power

    One of the easiest and most effective ways to add some colour and elevate the mood of any room in your home is with flowers. Fresh cut or potted flowers add a simple summertime feeling and have been proven to enhance positive emotions!

    Seasonal Slipcovers

    It may not be practical to have a separate set of furniture for summer and winter, but you can make if feel like you do. You can instantly change the look and feel of your living room by slipping on some striped or colourful summertime slipcovers.

    Summer can feel short lived. Timbercreek hopes these simple apartment decorating ideas help you make the most of the season and keep the summer feeling going for as long it can. To find your home with Timbercreek Communities please visit our website.

  • The Importance Of Tenant Contents Insurance

    Jul 05, 2017
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    Tenant contents insurance is an often overlooked necessity. The Toronto Star claims “contents insurance is something most renters don’t put too high on their list of priorities.” The Insurance Bureau of Canada says that as of 2011 only half of all renters had it. Many renters don’t bother to get it because it amounts to an extra bill. Timbercreek understands the importance of tenant contents insurance, and hopes you’ll take these factors into consideration when it comes to protecting yourself and your belongings.

    It Protects Your Stuff

    One of the main reasons to get tenant contents insurance is it helps you to replace your things if they are damaged or destroyed in your home. While mementos and collectible items may be irreplaceable, most other things we have are. Most people think that their belongings aren’t worth insuring but that’s usually not the case. Imagine coming home after work or a party to find all your clothes gone, bed and sheets no longer there, even dishes, cutlery, spare towels, shoes, gym stuff, laptop, the works?  That’s a big bill to cover. While the likelihood that it would all disappear or be destroyed at once is small, that’s exactly what fires and floods do, robberies too.

    Landlords Have A Right To Ask For It

    Barrie-based paralegal April Stewart says contents insurance isn’t required under Ontario’s Residential Tenancies Act. However, landlords do have the right to insist on seeing proof of insurance prior to accepting a tenant or a sublet. This law is almost motivation enough to get it.  Having insurance works in your favour when you are looking for a new place in a competitive market like Toronto or Vancouver. Learn more here.

    You Could Be Liable

    If a fire starts in your apartment through a fault of your own, you could be liable for damage to your apartment, and any others that might be affected.  While it’s the law for landlords to provide smoke alarms for tenants, and have varying levels of general house insurance, that doesn’t mean it’ll cover you if something happens. Consider too that if a fire starts in your apartment that isn’t your fault, but you don’t have your smoke alarm on, active, powered up, etc., then you might be held responsible even though the fire was caused by a purely mechanical or age related problem in your home.

    You probably didn’t know that if someone hurts themselves inside your home, there’s a chance you could be held responsible. While friends wouldn’t (likely) sue for tripping on the carpet, some random person at a party, the internet guy, a neighbour who needs something, a student, or a friend of a friend might. While chances are slim, depending on your lifestyle and frequency of entertaining, being covered for this eventuality is a plus.

    Living Expenses Coverage

    Many contents insurance plans have a provision for extra living expenses (like hotels, rent, food, etc.) in the event of a fire or accident that forces you out of your home. Typically you will get up to 20 percent of the contents amount if there is a fire and if you have to leave the building. Having to find a place to stay in the aftermath is not fun -- another reason to consider contents insurance.  Read more here.

    Timbercreek hopes this article gives you some valuable insight into tenant contents insurance for renters. For a generally small fee you can protect yourself and your belongings, and have some piece of mind. For more information about Timbercreek Communities in your city, please visit our website.

  • Meatless Meals You Can Grill This Summer!

    Jul 04, 2017

    iStock-538168264Summertime is officially grilling season. Not everything you grill has to have grazed on grass or been grain fed. Timbercreek Communities wants to share some recipes for meatless meals you can grill this summer!

    Grilled Eggplant and Roasted Red Pepper Sandwich with Halloumi

    These delicious Grilled Eggplant, Roasted Red Pepper and Halloumi Sandwiches are a tasty way to enjoy some summer produce while you fire up the grill! Halloumi is a firm Greek cheese (from Cypress) that can stand up to the grill. This is one serious grilled cheese you'll never forget.

    Grilled Tofu Tacos with Avocado Cream

    Looking for a great gluten-free vegan meal to throw on the grill this summer? Try these Tofu Tacos! The tofu is marinated with chipotle and paprika for a smokey, summertime flavour that pairs perfectly with a tangy red cabbage simple-slaw and a cooling, avocado cream with lime. If you really want to go all-out, you can make your own corn tortillas (it’s easy!).

    Seitan Negimaki

    These Seitan (pronounced: say-tan) Negimaki are beautifully grilled vegan teriyaki rolls stuffed with vibrant scallions marinated in a simple (and simply delicious) hoisin and mirin marinade. They are juicy and delicious -- the perfect blend of savoury and sweet. You’ll never miss the meat!

    Grilled Portobello and Peach Burger

    You may never have thought to put them together, but you’ll be glad you did when you try this Grilled Portobello and Peach Burger. The texture and flavour are amazing. The combination of beefy herb-marinated portobellos and sweet peaches is perfect -- especially when combined with creamy guacamole and sweet potato fries.

    Cilantro-Lime Marinated Veggie Kabobs with Barley Kale Salad

    If you want a versatile grilled veggie meal and you’re not really into following recipes, then these Cilantro-Lime Marinated Veggie Kabobs with Barley Kale Salad are for you. This is a rough recipe, a guide. Simply use whatever veggies you have on hand and add some cheese if you’re in the mood (try feta, goat, or a little queso fresco). The non-recipe comes together quickly and the skewered veggies are fun to toss on the grill.

    Timbercreek hopes these grillable vegetarian recipes make you want to fire up the grill. These meatless meals are tasty, easy to make and filling! To find your home with Timbercreek Communities across Canada, please visit our website.

  • Canada's 150 Celebrations

    Jun 21, 2017

    150 years ago, Canada became a Nation. 2017 marks a major milestone in our country’s history. And while celebrations have been under way since January, this summer is when the real parties will kick off. You don’t need to go far to find something happening -- almost every city in the country has put together a range of events to celebrate. From appreciating Canada’s vast natural landscape, to music and the arts, there’s something for everyone. Check out these great ways to celebrate our country’s 150th from Timbercreek.

    shutterstock_108091436Go to a National Park

    Parks Canada has stepped up to help ring in our 150th by offering free admission to National Parks across the country.  From BC to Newfoundland, our Nation’s vast landscape is free to explore for one year only. Check out the Parks Canada website for availability and regulations as the Discovery Pass covers park entrance, but not all fees like camping and guided tours. Learn more here.

    Get Active

    Challenge yourself with the ParticipACTION 150 Play List. It was created from the results of over 465,000 votes from people across Canada and includes 150 physical activities that make us uniquely Canadian. The Play List is a challenge to Canadians in communities, schools, workplaces, and even abroad to see how many different activities they can complete in 2017. Learn more here.

    The Maritimes

    Confederation happened in three stages starting in 1864. While it was initiated by the potential union of New Brunswick, Nova Scotia and PEI, those provinces actually waited to join the rest of Canada until the third leaders’ meeting in 1867. As such the maritimes has a rich past and important role in the country’s history.  The east coast is also just a sensational part of the country, both in terms of natural beauty and cultural heritage. From New Brunswick’s flowerpot rocks to the Bay of Fundy, Halifax, and PEI’s red sand beaches, there’s a lot to do and see.  And, like across the rest of the country, there are no shortage of events and celebrations to make the most of our 150th in the Maritimes. Learn more here.

    Stay In Town

    There are fun activities to enjoy right in your own hometown this year if you want to celebrate Canada’s 150th close to home. Check out your city’s website for events and ideas. Most cities coast to coast are offering a wealth of spectacles all year long.

    Get out, enjoy and celebrate the great white north for its 150th!

    For more information about Timbercreek Communities in your city, please visit our website.  

  • The Style Guide for Men

    Jun 20, 2017

    iStock-543360184Some people say that clothes make the man. We wouldn't go that far, but taking a little interest in your personal style can certainly have an impact on how others see you and boost your self confidence. It can be difficult to know where to start, so Timbercreek Communities has put together a style guide for men. Try it on for size!

    Streamline

    Most people have a tendency to hang on to old clothing items “just in case” they'll need them later. You won’t. If you haven’t worn it during the past year, chances are you won’t wear it this year either. Do some late season spring closet cleaning and throw out or give away anything you haven’t worn in over a year. It will de-clutter your closet and free up space for the new or old items that you actually wear.

    Step Into Some Colour

    Fact: there are more shoe colours than brown and black. So go ahead guys, have a little fun with colour! If you are uncertain about what colour shoes to wear with what colour pants, this handy reference chart takes the guess work and memorization out of the equation.

    Gym Shoes Are For The Gym

    Speaking of shoes, remember this: gym shoes are for the gym. Sure they’re more comfortable but nothing dresses you down more quickly than trudging around town in gym shoes. Invest in a comfortable walking shoe. Your feet and your fashion sense will thank you.

    Scope Out A Fashion Show

    If you’re looking for some guidance to step up your style, you don’t need to fly to New York, Paris or Milan to attend a fashion show. Flip through a slideshow of images from a men’s fashion show online, or browse some street style photos. You might just be inspired by the latest trends.

    Clean Your Wallet Out Regularly

    A big, bulky wallet is bad for your back, uncomfortable to sit on, and cumbersome to carry around. It can can also throw off the lines of your clothing. Just as you do with your closet, make sure you clean out your wallet regularly and lose anything you don’t use. You’ll feel a little a lighter and more streamlined.

    Timbercreek hopes this style guide for men helps you look and feel your best. To help find your home with Timbercreek Communities, please visit our website.

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