• How to help your pet feel at home in a new apartment

    Jan 15, 2019

    Moving can be a stressful experience for people and their pets. Timbercreek Communities wants to help you make the transition a smooth one for your furry family members. Here are some tips for how to help your pet feel at home in a new apartment.


    Same Old Routine

    Consistency is key when helping your pal cope with big change. Make sure you keep as many of their old routines intact as possible. This means everything from their feeding schedule, location of food dishes and litter box, walks, playtime and cuddling schedule. You may want to add in a few extra cuddle sessions, just to keep them from feeling anxious.

    Pack Their Bags, Too

    Moving is difficult enough, so it may be tempting to toss your best friend's stuff and buy them a brand new bed and new toys once you get to the new place. With so much change going on all around them, your pet may crave their comfy old stuff (and the aroma of the old place) more than the excitement of new things. Too much change can be confusing and stressful. Having some of their familiar stuff around can make them feel more comfortable in the new space.

    Plan For Your Pet

    Every pet has their own personality and will deal with the big change of moving differently. Some pets may love all the new things they have to explore. Others won’t feel like they’re on solid ground. They will look to you for support. This may mean they need to be around you more, or it could mean they would prefer the confined space of their crate, or even a leftover moving box. Make sure they have a safe spot, away from precarious packed and stacked boxes and suitcases. Particularly sensitive pets may be better off staying at a familiar friend’s place until you’ve unpacked and things have settled down a bit.

    Get Help

    If your pet is having trouble adjusting, it doesn’t mean they are badly behaved or that the situation won’t work. They may need more time to explore and settle in before they feel comfortable. If unwanted behaviour persists, give them more love, and seek assistance from a professional trainer or a veterinarian. Getting down on the floor with them to play can help get your familiar scent down on their level and spread it around the house quickly.

    Moving can be tricky for everyone. With a little planning, patience and a lot of love, you can help make their transition to a new home a smooth one.

    To find your home with Timbercreek Communities in Canada, please visit our website.

  • 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.

  • All About Lagom

    May 16, 2017

    Some of the best design trends come from Scandinavia. 2016 was the year of Hygge (pronounced “hue-guh”) a Danish concept which had us hanging string lights and embracing firelight, knit slippers and hot drinks, dip dyed tassels and gold garlands all in the name of feeling cosy. Hygge is really more of a mood than an actual style motif, and it’s easy to love and make your own. While we think hygge is wonderful, as we roll into 2017 this comfort-seeking style is being replaced by another trend known as Lagom. Similarly tongue-twisting (the la is pronounced “bar”, and gom sounds like “prom”), Lagom is all about monochrome and minimalism. The look involves stark contrast, an abundance of white, and elegant simplicity. Already taking over Pinterest and instagram, you’ve probably encountered examples of Lagom online. To help you get on trend, Timbercreek Communities presents Lagom, the philosophy of stylish simplicity taking the design world by storm.

    iStock-620740620IKEA’s Live Lagom Collection

    A simple Swedish philosophy for everyday life, Lagom means ‘just the right amount’. According to IKEA, “It’s based on the idea that we can strike a healthy balance with the world around us without having to make extreme changes, and without denying ourselves anything. With LAGOM in mind, we think you can live a more sustainable, healthy and cost-conscious life at home, without any dramatic upheaval.” More than an effort to sell, IKEA’s Live LAGOM project is an active community aiming to help save energy and water, reduce waste and promote a healthy lifestyle. Check out more here.

    Lagom Magazine

    A style mag founded in 2014 by Bristol-based husband-and-wife team Elliot and Samantha Stocks, Lagom “is a celebration of innovation and creativity — a lifestyle magazine showcasing those who achieve a sense of balance between work and play.” Exhibiting the Lagom philosophy, the magazine prides itself on a grounded, humble aesthetic, showcasing three distinct areas: Spaces & Places, Craft & Create, and Escape & Recharge. Check out Lagom magazine’s website for more info on Lagom and style inspiration.

    Lagom and Minimalism

    According to Wikipedia, Lagom, “is said to describe the basis of the Swedish national psyche, one of consensus and equality (where) it is still widely considered ideal to be modest and avoid extremes.” Lagom is embodied by the value of "just enough".  It can be compared to the "less is more" western idiom, and stands in contrast to the value of "more is better". It is viewed favorably as a sustainable alternative to the hoarding extremes of consumerism.” If you enjoy the concept and want to bring it into your life and home, minimalism is a good place to start. To create a Lagom inspired space, look for well designed and functional pieces and keep your rooms sparse -- do not overcrowd them with furniture and knick knacks. Less is infinitely more.

    Read more on Hygge here, and Lagom here.

    We could all benefit from embracing a philosophy like Lagom. We hope this guide to Lagom inspires you to redefine your space and embrace simplicity.

    For more information on Timbercreek Communities across Canada, please visit our website.

  • 10 Moving Tips to Make Your Life Simpler

    Sep 26, 2016

    Moving into a new home or apartment this year? Plan a faster, easier move into your new space with these amazing moving tips from the apartment-living experts at Timbercreek Communities,

    Moving Tips

    1. Change Your Address

    This is an easy step number one. Two weeks before the big day, contact the postal service to change your address to your new location.

    2. Pack An Overnight Bag

    As you begin the time consuming job of packing up all the items you have accumulated, set aside your favourite everyday essentials. Put these items into a backpack so you know exactly where they are when you unload all your possessions into the new space. You’ll thank yourself later.

    3. Take A Pic

    Before you invest too much time into packing, stop and snap a picture of your most complicated electronics set up. This is an easy way to remember which cord goes where without taking up any precious brain space.

    4. Donate What You Don’t Need

    Isn’t it amazing how quickly stuff magically accumulates? Consider donating gently-used items you no longer use or want to a local charity. If you’re truly serious about making a change, check out Marie Kondo’s best selling book, The Life-Changing Magic of Tidying Up. This is a great how-to guide for life-changing decluttering. Some charities will even pick up your unwanted items from your home. Do your research to see what local charities near you accept physical donations.

    5. Next Level Labels

    It's always a good idea to label your moving boxes. Make your move as smooth as possible by adding a second line that indicates which room the box should be placed in. This will save time and hassle when it's time to unpack in your new space.

    6. Invest In Clear, Plastic Bins

    Labeling your boxes by room means they’ll probably end up in the right place-- fingers crossed. Even with excellent labels it can still be challenging to find the towels, bed sheets or eating utensils you need quickly after a move. Pack these items in clear plastic bins so you can spot them easier on moving day.

    7. Go Vertical

    For fragile items like plates, pack them vertically, just like old-fashioned records. They’re less likely to break this way.

    8. Vacuum-Seal Your Clothing

    Reduce volume by vacuum sealing clothing, particularly clothes that are out-of-season. After your move, these compact bags will be easy to store in the closet until the seasons change.

    9. Hire A Sitter

    If you are moving within the same city and have little ones and/or pets at home, simplify your life significantly by arranging a babysitter for moving day.

    10. Pack Up Before Help Arrives

    Friends and family can be amazingly helpful during a move. Be respectful of their time and energy by packing up all your possessions before their arrival. Your aunt and neighbor are probably not going to know where and how you want your possessions packed. Save their assistance for the actual moving of boxes and furniture.

    Moving doesn’t have to be stressful. Timbercreek Communities wishes you good luck as you transition into a new home.

    For more information about
    Timbercreek Communities apartments, located in dozens of cities across Canada, visit our website today.

  • Living With Roomies: Survival Guide

    Sep 21, 2016

    Roommates can be your new best friends or the bane of your existence. At one point or another, we all have to deal with them. Learn how you can avoid awkward confrontations and unfortunate situations in your apartment with our Living with Roomies: Survival Guide put together by the apartment experts at Timbercreek Communities.


    Look For Red Flags

    Searching for roomies isn’t easy, especially if you’re new to the city. As the hunt drags on, you may be tempted to jump into whatever setup you find first. Be sure to look for red flags before you make your choice. Meet your potential roommate(s) over coffee to get a feel for how you interact. Ask important questions, and trust your instincts. If you don’t like the person all that much after chatting, there’s a good chance you won’t get along when you’re sharing a living room.

    Put Everything In Writing

    When you become roommates with a stranger, it’s a good idea to put everything in writing with a roommate agreement. How you split the rent, which spaces are shared spaces and whether or not overnight guests are welcome are all details to put into writing to prevent arguments in the future.

    Talk About Money Before

    The big ‘M’ conversation should happen before anything and everything else. Everyone needs to agree, and then put into writing, the exact dollars and cents they’re responsible for. Pro tip? Decide in advance how each person is paying and who is responsible to deliver the payment to management every month.

    Declare Some House Rules

    House rules are a great idea. They’ll keep you sane and prevent you and your roomies from driving each other crazy. Grab some pizza, pull out a notepad and have each person declare their own boundaries and guidelines upfront. Get crafty and turn your rules into decor.

    Prepare To Compromise

    Even if you do everything by the book, no roommate situation is perfect. When something comes up, take a deep breath, relax and prepare to compromise to find a solution that works for everyone.

    Good luck as you get settled with your new roomies! For excellent apartments in Canada’s finest cities nationwide, check out Timbercreek Communities today. 

  • Why 20 Somethings Should Live In An Apartment Community

    Sep 14, 2016

    Whether you are starting, or returning to school this fall - or you are finished school and are starting a new phase of your life, a rental community makes a lot of sense for 20 somethings. Here’s why we think apartment communities are ideal for young people.

    Girl looking on balcony

    No Maintenance

    You have enough on your mind (school, starting your career etc.) without having to devote extra time and attention to household maintenance. When you choose to live in an apartment community, you never have to stop what you are doing to make time to shovel snow, or mow the lawn. Renting an apartment also means no additional maintenance fees, as opposed to life in a condominium. If there is a problem with the plumbing or an appliance stops working, it’s not your problem to solve. All you would need to do is send a message to your property manager, or make a phone call. You also don’t have to worry about upkeep on the exterior of the building you call home.  All you need to be concerned with is keeping up with the life you are building within your apartment and beyond its walls.

    Increased Safety

    Let’s face it, 20 somethings go out late and come home even later. Coming home late at night on your own can be scary. An amazing benefit of living in a rental community is increased safety. Unlike a house (where there is only a single door or window preventing potential intruders from entering) an apartment offers several secure layers of entry. There is the front door of the building and fire doors before you arrive at your apartment door. Many Timbercreek rental communities, such as Avenue Apartments (137 University Avenue, less than 1km from the University of Waterloo) also offer controlled lobby access. Having several neighbours around you in your apartment community also increases your safety. Your fellow residents may also be returning home late at night, and may even watch out for strangers trying to enter your apartment.

    Extra Amenities

    Most 20 somethings have a busy schedule. You may be scrambling to fit essential things into your day like laundry and workouts. The more you have close to home, the better. When you live in a Timbercreek rental community, you have access to extra amenities that make life easier and more comfortable. A great feature of many apartment buildings is on-site laundry. Packing up your dirty clothes for a trip to the nearest laundromat is a time waster and a hastle. If you drive, it is a huge bonus to have access to on-site parking. Staying active is easy as your apartment building will often feature a free fitness facility -- even swimming pools are accessible to you at many Timbercreek properties including The Dorchester (1231 Richmond Street, London - 0.6 km to Western).


    Many 20 somethings find themselves in debt due to tuition fees and student loans. A big benefit of renting a Timbercreek apartment (instead of renting part or all of a home) is the money that you’ll save. Rent is usually much lower in an apartment and you can expect to save on heating costs. Heating and cooling a controlled space costs less because apartment buildings retain heat from other apartments, so your winter heating bills will be much less high than they would be in a house.


    When you live in a Timbercreek rental community your building will be accessible. You will find ramps at entrances and exits, elevators instead of stairs to climb, and one-level floor plans which make life easier for anyone with physical challenges to come and go, independently.


    Perhaps the most important reason why living in an apartment community is great for 20 somethings is the community aspect. When you live in a house, you may have a roommate and see a next-door neighbour or two, from time to time. In a rental community, you have next door neighbours, across the hall neighbours, laundry room neighbours, and gym neighbours (many of them in your age range). Making friends in an apartment community can be easy, you just need to smile and be polite to the neighbours you cross paths with.

    Convenience, affordability, accessibility and community are hallmarks of apartment communities -- making them a great choice for a 20 something. For more information on Timbercreek rental communities in London and Waterloo, please visit our website.

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