Tips for Renovating and Remodeling Your Condo – Shawn Gandhi

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Depending on the age of your home or the features it had when you bought it, you will probably want to update the condo’s appearance at some point. Before you run out and start ordering materials for your renovation project, it is important to ensure you follow a specific set of steps. Otherwise, you might yourself in trouble with your condo association and have to spend even more money to redo areas of your home to ensure they satisfy your board’s rules and regulations.

Step 1: Review Your Condo’s Rules and Regulations

Even though you might think the interior of your home is yours to do with as you please, you would be surprised by how many people mistakenly make renovation, only to discover later, they violated their association’s rules and regulations. Certain elements within your unit could actually be considered common elements.

While you are reviewing the rules and regulations, it does not hurt to make a list of questions for any areas you are not clear about or need further clarification, and submit these in writing to your association. Having written communications will protect you later, should there be a dispute about your renovation/remodeling project.

Step 2: Draw Up Your Plan

Once you have determined what renovations you are allowed to make, the next step is to draw up the plan. You could create the plan yourself or retain the services of an interior designer or contractor, who specializes in condo renovation and remodeling projects. Once you have your plan completed, it is always in your best interests to submit it, along with a written explanation of the work to be completed, to your condo association, even if you do not need their approval.

In some cases, even if you do not need permission to make alterations, your association could however, require they be given access to make inspections at some point. By providing them with the plans and written details, it ensures everyone is protected and will let you know whether inspections are going to be necessary.

Step 3: Be a Good Neighbour

It does not hurt to let your neighbours know you will be doing remodeling/renovation work, especially if there will be excessive noise. Most associations have specific work hours you must follow. If you are using a contractor to do the work, make sure they know what days and times they are allowed to work.

Furthermore, if your project requires hauling in a large amount of materials, talk to your onsite maintenance staff and get permission to use freight elevators, if your building has them. You will also want to find out where materials can be unloaded and take the time to secure parking for your contractor, if necessary. In addition, provide onsite security, door people, and other staff a list of who will be coming and going from your condo during the project.

By taking the time to properly prepare for your condo remodeling or renovation project, you will avoid costly mistakes and violating your association’s rules and regulations.

If you are in the market for a new condo in Square One Mississauga or other location within the GTA, please feel free to contact experienced condo realtor, Shawn Gandhi at 905.795.1900 today!

Mississauga Welcomes Provincial Legislation to Impose Ban on Door-to-Door Sales

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The City of Mississauga is pleased the Province of Ontario has taken an important step to protect consumers by introducing new rules for home inspections, door-to-door sales and payday loans.

Last spring, Mississauga City Council unanimously passed a motion brought forward by Ward 2 Councillor Karen Ras. The motion called on the Province to impose a ban on door-to-door sales activities in the home services sector.

The motion also urged other municipalities to join Mississauga in calling on the Province to protect consumers. Since Mississauga passed the motion, more than 25 municipalities, from Thunder Bay to Toronto also passed similar resolutions.

“As a Council, we want to inform and protect Mississauga homeowners and ensure they know their rights when it comes to door-to-door sales. Too often we hear stories of people who have experienced unsolicited, aggressive and misleading sales tactics at their door,” said Ward 2 Councillor Karen Ras. “We look forward to the details regarding the regulations to ensure they are focused on dealing with the problem consumers are facing: unsolicited door-to-door sales activities.”

The proposed new rules are part of the government’s Putting Consumers First Act, and are aimed at protecting consumers in transactions with common household and financial services.

How to Remodel Your Condo Flooring on a Budget – Shawn Gandhi

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Buying a condo is a big deal, especially if it is your first condo. Second to buying your first condo is making it feel like your home. As you well know, how much you pay for your new condo will impact the work and budget you’ll need to put into remodeling your new place. When funds are limited, it’s best to take remodels slowly so that you don’t go housebroke. It’s also important to think about making updates that will make your condo feel unique to you AND add value in the event that you plan to sell in the future.

One upgrade that will always add value – whether it is a condo or a house – is new flooring. Traditionally, hardwood flooring helps homes sell faster and for more money. Likewise, hardwood flooring tends to come with a slightly higher price tag if you go the route of solid hardwood. And, that price increases if the wood you’re looking at is of a more exotic type or comes in a trending look and/or color. Fortunately, there are also many other flooring options for budget-conscious renovators to consider. For some ideas on wood-look flooring, check out the variety of vinyl flooring options.

In order to find the best flooring choice for you, follow these five steps:

Step 1: Research Your Options

flooringThere’s more to new flooring than simply hardwood. When you’re replacing your flooring on a budget there are lots of options to choose from, including engineered wood, tile, laminate, luxury vinyl plank flooring, and more. Luxury vinyl plank flooring has grown in popularity due to its realistic wood look, texture, and easy-on-the-wallet price tag. In addition to price, you also need to know the pros and cons of each type of flooring you’re considering. For example, vinyl plank flooring compared to wood flooring and most laminates is water resistant and easier to maintain.

Step 2: Determine Your Installation Preference

Flooring has advanced to the point where DIY-friendly options are now widely available for homeowners, which helps reduce costs by removing the need for professional installation teams. DIY flooring options, such as Click-Lock vinyl offered by GoHaus, do not need to be adhered to the subfloor and lock into place with an interlocking mechanism around each vinyl plank.

Step 3: Sample Your Favorites

Once you’ve done your research on companies and materials, you need to do your due diligence and get samples of the flooring you think is best for your condo. Samples are the single best way to know for sure if you can live with (and walk on) the flooring for years to come.

Step 4: Understand Your True Cost

This step is most important in staying within budget and is often overlooked by first-time renovators who are then surprised by all the extra costs that creep in during the project. True cost applies not only to the cost of the product, but also includes items such as shipping & handling, installation tools & materials, and professional installation (if you go that route). All of these costs totaled add up is the true cost per square foot of a remodeling project such as flooring. This is the cost you use when you shop and compare various flooring solutions.

Step 5: Verify Your Supplier’s Reliability

Once you’ve gone through these four steps and narrowed down your flooring choice, there is one more step before it’s time to place your order. Use your online tools to verify that the supplier you picked is reliable and will stand behind their product for years to come.

Preconstruction Condos versus Existing Units – Shawn Gandhi

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When you are shopping for a new condo in Mississauga, you will be presented with two general options: Invest in a preconstruction condo or buy an existing home. Both of these options have their advantages and disadvantages. It is important to carefully weigh these in order to determine which purchasing decision will be best for your particular situation.

Pros: Preconstruction Condos

There are several new condo construction projects either under way or getting ready to break ground. The main benefit of considering a unit that has not yet been built is it gives you more flexibility in choosing from a variety of floor plans, interior design and décor options, and other features that best reflect your own personal tastes. Plus, everything will be brand new once the unit is finally built and you close on the sale.

Pros: Existing Condos

With already-built condos, the main advantage is not having to wait for the unit to be built. Existing homes are also a wise choice for people who want to move into their new home now. You can shop from a variety of homes on the market, some of which are brand new units in several of the newer communities. Once you find the home you like, you can complete the purchasing and closing processes fairly quickly in most cases.

Cons: Preconstruction Condos

The main disadvantage of preconstruction units is having to wait for them to be built. In some cases, the builder has not even broken ground on the project and it may be a year or longer before your unit will be built. There is also the risk the project could be delayed past the original anticipated time frame for when your new home would be completed. However, your Mississauga real estate agent can help ensure you have protection clauses in place to protect your interests should this occur.

Cons: Existing Condos

One disadvantage of existing condos is most have already been lived in by someone else. In older units, it is even possible the unit is being sold by the second or third owner. Another drawback is related to the age of the unit and community and the amount of work required to make the home your own. Although, you could get a great bargain on the home and have the power to negotiate a lower sales prices.

As you can see, preconstruction and existing condos both have their benefits and drawbacks. Other things to consider while shopping real estate listings in Square One and throughout the GTA are:

  • How Much Home You Can Afford
  • Amenities Offered by the Condo Community
  • Convenience to Shopping, Dining, Parks, Entertainment, and Public Transport

To check out the current real estate listings for both preconstruction and existing condos, feel free to contact me, Square One real estate agent, Shawn Gandhi at 905.795.1900 today. I have an extensive knowledge of the condominium market and will do everything I can to satisfy your needs and help you find your new home!

 

 

Mississauga to Host 10 Tower Condo Project – Shawn Gandhi

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A parcel of land bought in the 1960s by Ted Rogers in farm country at the western edge of what is now downtown Mississauga is to be transformed into a 10-tower condo development hailed as a fitting tribute to the telecom pioneer who passed away in 2008.

Rogers Real Estate Development Limited, a private holding company owned by the Rogers family, along with Mississauga Mayor Bonnie Crombie on Tuesday unveiled a $1.5-billion, 15-acre, 4.3-million-square-foot project that promises more than two acres of public parkland downtown.

“Rogers has an enduring history with the City of Mississauga,” Edward Rogers said, noting that his father originally planned a radio transmitter for the site he bought for just over $170,000 a generation ago.

“We believe in the city and in the vision that was set forward in Downtown21,” he said, citing Mississauga’s strategy embracing a more pedestrian-friendly core with community squares, outdoor markets and abundant green space.

Called M City, the Rogers project is on part of the tract that was coveted because it offered wide-ranging reception to transmit signals from broadcast stations being assembled by the progenitor of Rogers Communications Inc., including Toronto radio outlet CHFI, whose transmitter is now located atop the CN Tower.

In an interview Monday, Edward Rogers said much of the land had been sold off, but the family held a long-standing ambition to develop the remaining acreage. He called M City a first foray in real-estate development that could pave the way for further projects down the road.

The project will be anchored by an iconic design, will prioritize public spaces and parkland, and offer residents the best in wireless, high-speed Internet and cable-TV technology now and into the future, he said.

Plans call for 6,000 units to be available for rent or for sale at prices ranging from around $200,000 up to $750,000. Some 700 units are envisioned for the first phase, with construction to begin in late 2017 or early 2018 and to continue in stages as units are pre-sold or rented and as the Rogers family retains ownership of the land.
While his father did not live to see the development finally take shape, his son said “it feels as though he is a part of it.”

“It’s a wonderful project,” Edward Rogers said. “It will be built to specifications that would have made Ted proud.”

According to architectural renderings, M City features will include extending existing city streets on a unique, angular plane to create a fine-grained network of blocks, enabling a pedestrian-friendly environment. Typical residential blocks will provide two-way roads with on-street parking, generous sidewalks and residential frontages.

“Rogers has put forward a bold, exciting and forward-looking vision for Mississauga’s growing, thriving and promising downtown,” Crombie said in a statement.

“These new planned developments by Rogers are consistent with the City of Mississauga’s commitment to build a livable, walkable city, home to mixed-use residential and commercial developments that are connected to an extensive public transit network.”

New York-based urban design firm Cooper Robertson was brought on board to design the framework for M City while Cooper Robertson partner Donald Clinton was the lead designer on the project.

Architects delivered a winning design that will “redefine Mississauga’s skyline with a striking, undulating tower that rotates seven typical floor plates in repetition as it rises 51 storeys,” said a press release outlining the development.

“Rogers, because they’re not builders, they’re a renowned Canadian corporate entity that doesn’t have to squeeze every penny out of this, Rogers is creating a legacy here,” said the area’s councillor, Nando Iannicca.

Rogers will partner with a construction management company and a highrise builder on the project, which Iannicca said will be a defining feature of Canada’s sixth-largest city. The towers will house privately owned condos and rentals, with a wide variety of leased commercial properties on the lower floors.

The Toronto-based holding company’s plan describes a signature tower just west of city hall and right next to the downtown loop of a future $1.3-billion LRT to be fully funded by the province. The land has sat as a vacant field for decades, while vertical development has exploded around Mississauga’s city centre.

The project is being assembled by the Rogers family independent of Toronto-based Rogers Communications, the telecom and media giant founded by Ted Roger’s father, Edward S. Rogers.

Amenities – Shawn Gandhi

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What Influences a Condo Community’s Amenities?

In the past few years with the improvements in Mississauga’s city centre, the popularity of Square One, and several new condominium communities, one has to wonder what influences what amenities each community offers potential buyers and current residents.

There are two key factors that help determine the list of amenities: the neighbourhood and buyers. When the city centre revitalization began, it created opportunities for new condo projects, restaurants, retail stores, and other businesses. With easy access to shopping, dining, entertainment, walking and biking trails and more a short distance from a condominium, these amenities were an added bonus for new buyers.

Beyond these amenities everyone gets to enjoy, buyers have influence over what they expect when they are shopping for a new condo. If a particular community does not offer specific amenities they desire, they are going to look at other properties that do. As a result, it is often beneficial for new project developments to compare what is currently being offered and take note of what amenities people are demanding.

Some developers are even offering new and innovative amenities to attract new condo owners. Amenities being offered at various condo homes and new project developments include:

  • Shared Public Spaces (Restaurants, Lounges, Shops, and Courtyards)
  • Central Green Spaces for Residents
  • Community Gardens
  • Fitness Centres
  • Children’s Play Areas
  • Resident-Only Restaurants/Bars/Lounges
  • Full Court Gymnasiums
  • Private Community Rooms for Special Events
  • Residential Libraries
  • Spas
  • Swimming Pools
  • Outdoor Grilling Areas
  • Pet Washing Facilities
  • Pet Daycares and Spas
  • Rock Climbing Walls
  • Arts and Crafts Studios
  • Kitchen Appliance Libraries
  • Music Studios
  • Resident-Only Seminars and Demonstrations

The goal of condominium developers is to get residents to enjoy their community and have access to the things they like doing without having to go far from their front doors.

Some developers, like Liberty Development Corporation, are taking things even further. This developer is building the first-ever rooftop condominium observatory as part of its Cosmos Condominiums in Vaughn. The observatory is not only the first one of its kind in the GTA and Canada, but all of North America.

What’s the Cost of Amenities for Condo Owners?

One question condo buyers have is just how much all of these wonderful amenities are going to cost them? Most people are surprised to learn only a small portion of their monthly condo fees actually go towards amenities. Amenities are discretionary costs, which means they tend to require a large upfront investment by the developer and have low upkeep and maintenance costs for residents.

Depending on the property, about 15% on average goes towards amenities. The other 85% is used for building maintenance, insurance, paying energy bills for common areas, cleaning, landscaping, setting funds aside in the condo reserve fund, and so on. Some communities even include some or all of the condo’s monthly utilities as part of the monthly fees residents pay.

To easily find out what condos in Mississauga and the GTA have the amenities you desire, please feel free to contact me, Shawn Gandhi, Square One Mississauga realtor, at 905.795.1900. I look forward to helping you find your dream condo!

 

Chef Massimo to open up shop!

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Look out Mississauga! Chef Massimo Capra and his signature ‘stache and big personality are coming our way. Chef Massimo is finally opening a restaurant called Capra’s Kitchen in his hometown of Mississauga in the former Villa La Bella space along Lakeshore Rd. in the Clarkson neighbourhood.

Chef Massimo is temporarily operating under the Villa La Bella business name with a (temporary) brunch menu that he’s developed.

You will find a number of Chef Massimo’s signature dishes such as eggs Massimo (2 eggs in a savoury tomato sauce, bacon or sausage, home fries, grilled tomato and toast) and Natale pizza (as seen in photo above has roasted squash, fontina, parmigiano, cranberries, walnuts and roasted onions). You will also find pasta, soup, salad, Panini’s, coffee based beverages and mimosa on the menu.

In the interim, Villa La Bella will continue to be open daily from 10:00 am to 4:00 pm until the renovations start which could be anytime soon. “We are under renovation alert and may shut down sooner [to start renovations] rather than later”, says Chef Massimo.

His plans are to completely renovate the space with an estimated opening date sometime in the spring under the new name Capra’s Kitchen. It will be a brand new restaurant concept with a brand new menu offering lunch, dinner and weekend brunch.

It’s a good time to pop in to try some of his signature dishes and witness the transformation from what it looks like today to what it will become.

Chef Massimo is an accomplished celebrity chef, TV personality, author and Saugaboy who has an extensive resume. Starting from the ground up, his career began when he first started toiling in kitchens in Italy. He made his way to Toronto in the early 80s and worked in a few notable fine dining establishments in the city.
In the late 90s, he opened Mistura Restaurant and Sopra Upper Lounge in Toronto. On the literary front, he is the author of One Pot Italian and co-author of Three Chefs. He has contributed to The Globe and Mail and has appeared on numerous TV shows, including Food Network’s Restaurant Makeover and Chopped Canada and City TV’s Cityline and Travel + Escapes Gourmet Escapes TV Series.

 

Daytime drunk drivers in Mississauga and Brampton a growing concern for Peel Regional Police

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Peel Regional Police are warning motorists to be on the lookout for drunk drivers not only when the sun sets, but also during daylight hours after an alarming July on Mississauga and Brampton streets.

Data obtained by The Mississauga News and The Brampton Guardian shows that from July 2-29, police charged at least 27 suspected impaired drivers — 17 in Brampton and 10 in Mississauga — while the sun was out. That’s one a day. Of those, one came at 9:15 p.m. Two were around 6:30 a.m. The rest were between 8 a.m. and 8 p.m.

In two incidents — one in the area of Thorndale Road and Martineau Road in Brampton on July 7 and another at Lakeshore Road and Helene Street in Mississauga on July 12 — the drivers are accused of having four times the legal limit of alcohol in their system.

In one incident on July 25, a man backed into a Peel cop car after being pulled over. He was later charged with impaired driving and refusing to provide a breath sample.

The 27 drivers charged face more than 30 charges. They include 10 impaired driving by alcohol charges, 17 excess blood alcohol charges, one impaired driving by drug charge and one dangerous driving charge, among others, statistics show.

“These numbers reflect that alcohol related offences and impaired driving occur 24 hours a day and this is not just an afterhours concern,” said Sgt. Josh Colley. “These numbers reinforce the need for Peel Regional Police’s continued commitment to road safety initiatives throughout the region.”

The Last Drink Program, established by Peel police in 1996 in response to fatal motor vehicle collisions involving impaired driving, sees police make every effort to determine where drivers had consumed their

“last drink” prior to being arrested for impaired driving. This data is entered into a database which is closely monitored for developing trends and then, a “top 10 list” which reflects the businesses with the most incidents recorded during a particular time frame, is used to determine the best locations to setup RIDE programs. Officers also follow-up with these businesses to educate managers and staff on detecting and reducing the chances of impaired driving.

Colley said the force’s Road Safety Services has 20 breath technician officers who are out conducting impaired driving initiatives when they’re not conducting breath tests. These include conducting seminars with a number of businesses, including restaurants, LCBO stores and Beer stores, on how to detect an impaired driver, responsible alcohol service and liability.

Despite LCBO and The Beer Store locations not being a “true last drink location,” they do represent the locations of a “significant number” of drunk driving arrests, Colley said.

If citizens notice someone driving erratically or suspect they’re impaired by drugs or alcohol, they are urged to call 9-1-1 when it’s safe to do so.

LRT will completely transform Mississauga – Shawn Gandhi

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Big skies, wide lanes, lowrise sprawl — that’s the post-’60s identity of Mississauga, burned into the GTA psyche.

But this month marked a historic step in the rapid evolution of this giant, sprawling suburb. A multibillion-dollar LRT transformation is about to begin, promising to do for Mississauga what the subway did for Toronto.

“This is truly transformational.” Adjectives are speeding out of Ed Sajecki’s mouth. The man in charge of planning and building Mississauga can’t contain his excitement, a day after council agreed on a “memorandum of understanding” with the province to build an almost 20-kilometre light rail corridor right up Hurontario St., the centre of what will soon be the country’s fifth-largest city.

“I mean, imagine what this could mean,” Sajecki says over the phone, the words flooding out of him in a stream of consciousness. “Imagine what Toronto was like without the Yonge subway and then the Bloor subway.”

For a builder like Sajecki, being handed the opportunity to transform Mississauga from that detached post-’60s identity into an interconnected city is akin to Michelangelo, commissioned to turn the Sistine Chapel’s blue ceiling into a magnificent series of frescoes.

Sajecki describes how, as a child, he began taking the subway to High Park, on his way to the lakeshore to fish and enjoy the city’s waterfront. “You didn’t need a car, you could leave it at home; the whole city became your neighbourhood.”

Just as the subway fostered incredible growth and connection between Toronto’s previously far-flung neighbourhoods, the LRT will do the same for Mississauga, Sajecki says.

Commercial and employment opportunities are also part of the LRT frenzy.

Already, the LRT plan has activated interest in building more than 9 million square feet of office tower space around the city centre. Without higher order transit, Sajecki explains, recent vertical downtown growth had been dominated by residential towers, as businesses felt parking to accommodate employees would be too expensive.

“Now, companies want to come here because parking at that scale won’t be needed as people can take higher order transit to work,” Sajecki says.

Residential growth will also explode. Two weeks ago council approved the construction of three more condo towers — between 35 and 50 storeys — along the downtown portion of the Hurontario-LRT corridor. They will rival the city’s iconic Marilyn Monroe towers just to the north.

Councillors have said property owners along the corridor are lining up with applications to build along the LRT.

The roughly $1.3 billion the province has dedicated to building the 22-stop Hurontario LRT is just a fraction of the billions Mayor Bonnie Crombie says will pour into the corridor to construct future transit, other infrastructure and unparalleled private-sector investments.

The change has already been dramatic. The population of the “city centre” in 1981 was just 259. In 2011 it was 24,000. It’s estimated to be about 40,000 now, and with the LRT that figure could easily double in less than two decades.

“The LRT is a game-changer,” Crombie says. “The LRT will be the north-south spine of a regionally integrated rapid transit network. It is truly transformational, and it is already shaping how our city will grow for decades to come.”

Crombie says the LRT corridor, within two decades, will accommodate more than 100,000 new residents and workers.

The $1.3 billion worth of building permits issued in 2015, she says, represents a 10 per cent increase from the previous year.

“Residential permit values — primarily condominium and townhouse projects — showed the greatest gains, going up over 35 per cent from 2014 to 2015,” when the province gave the LRT the green light.

Crombie and her council colleagues have promised that the glittering new tower developments will not push away people who can’t afford the high-end transformation.

“We are committed to planning for mixed-use zoning for a truly diverse range of accommodation, businesses, commercial, retail and arts-cultural spaces along Hurontario.

“Connecting people is about ensuring no one is left behind. The LRT will usher in new and accessible developments. When it does, council will have a plan requiring a minimum number of affordable housing units in future buildings along its route.”

There is even a plan for the city’s own central park along the northern half of the LRT corridor.

Susan Burt, Mississauga’s director of strategic community initiatives, says the LRT will be a catalyst for creating arts and cultural spaces, and fostering social interactions that have been antithetical to the type of isolating development prevalent in North America for far too long: big-box, shopping mall, subdivision planning.

“It’s really about neighbourhood development,” Burt says. “When people go to catch higher order transit, the LRT or the GO trains that will be directly connected, we want them to walk. We want their experience to be way more than waiting for a bus at a shelter.”

Burt says major terminals along the LRT route will feature shops, restaurants, cafes and services, with green space, public art and other cultural programming nearby.

“We want the creation of vibrant, walkable public realms,” she says.

Even Mississauga’s often maligned downtown identity, shaped by the outsized imprint of the Square One shopping mall — a quintessential, car-dominated destination from an era that idealized the sprawling suburban dream — is being transformed.

“The Exchange area — outside the southwest part of the mall — will turn the mall inside out,” Burt says. Call it a mall reclamation. Square One will still stand, but construction has already begun to turn part of its Disney World-sized parking lot into a vibrant, pedestrian-friendly series of dense, walkable city blocks lined with galleries, outdoor patios, boutiques, cafes and restaurants.

The rising Exchange district could become an example of “new urbanism,” the reclamation of spaces to serve human connectivity after generations of displacement following the rise of the automobile.

“The LRT will loop around the Exchange area, the civic centre, the Living Arts Centre (Mississauga’s main arts and culture venue) and Sheridan College,” Burt says.

Not long ago there were no outdoor patios or cafes in the area. Burt says there are now 25, as more are added every year with the boom that has already begun. “Jamie Oliver’s restaurant (opened in the mall in June) with its outdoor patio, and we are continuing to develop that Exchange district. The LRT really is a game-changer.”

Sajecki and Burt say it will stitch together Mississauga’s residential neighbourhoods, connect people directly to the city’s health-care precincts and immediately get people out of their cars.

“You will be able to get to the lakeshore in 10 to 15 minutes, with direct connectivity to east-west transit corridors,” Sajecki says. The city’s expansive lakefront, he adds, will become a model for accessible development, driven by the LRT, which will connect to an east-west higher-order transit corridor along the city’s waterfront.

“This is a truly transformational time for Mississauga,” he repeats. “Taking a traditional suburb and turning it into a much more connected, walkable, accessible, vibrant city where people today want to be.”

KEY STOPS ALONG THE LRT ROUTE

Port Credit GO: The most southern LRT stop will connect with the Lakeshore West GO line and an east-west higher order transit corridor that will be built along the city’s lakeshore, where large-scale development is planned.

Cooksville GO: The Cooksville GO LRT stop will connect the LRT with the Milton GO train line. A major terminal will feature shops, restaurants, cafes and other development, part of a plan to energize the Dundas-Hurontario area.

Exchange: The Exchange stop is part of the LRT’s downtown loop, where part of the massive Square One Shopping Centre (dating to 1973) parking lot is being converted to dense city blocks with boutiques, cafes, restaurants and patios.

Eglinton: This stop on the LRT will be the gateway to a mixed commercial-residential area. Plans are to anchor this area with Mississauga’s own 200-acre central park on the current Britannia Farm lands along the LRT.

Courtneypark: This stop will take workers into one of Mississauga’s key employment areas. Future plans might link the LRT with east-west higher order transit, possibly connecting to Pearson airport.

Moving Into Your New Condo – Shawn Gandhi

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Tips for Preparing to Move into Your New Condo

Before closing on your new condo with assistance from your Mississauga real estate agent, and taking possession of the unit, there are several things you can do in advanced to make moving into your new home easier and faster. Once you have a firm closing date, use this to start making arrangements and plans for your upcoming moving day.

  1. Find out where you can park a moving truck. Depending on where the condo is located, there can be specific loading/unloading zones where moving trucks are allowed to park. Speak to your realtor or condo association to find out any special requirements.
  2. Purchase packing materials, boxes, padding, and so on. You will want a wide range of all different sizes boxes, bubble wrap, padding, packing tape, and a set of markets.
  3. Start packing. Go ahead and start packing up anything you are not using at the moment, or any items you can do without for a short period of time.
  4. Label all boxes as you pack. Remember to label your boxes with a summary of the contents and the room where they will go in your new condo.
  5. Obtain quotes for moving services. While some people may opt for a DIY move, it is often easier and faster to use an actual moving service and let them worry about all of the heavy lifting. Plus, some companies offer full service options, where they will provide assistance with packing and unpacking boxes.
  6. Notify utilities to schedule shut off/transfer of services. Whether you are transferring or shutting off your utilities, it is best to schedule these at least two to three weeks in advance, to ensure your request will be completed when desired.
  7. Put in a change of address notification with the post office. On the day you close and the condo is officially yours, stop by the post office afterwards and change you address.
  8. Update your driver license, vehicle registration, and insurance. Anytime you move, you need to update your address on your driver license, auto insurance, and vehicle registration.

If you have some flexibility with your moving schedule, schedule your moving day for a day or two after your closing. While you will be excited and want to move in right away, giving yourself this leeway allows you time to clean your condo before you move in. Even though the unit may have been cleaned by the former owner or builder prior to your move in, it might not be cleaned to your preferences.

For further assistance in finding the perfect condominium, please feel free to contact Square One Mississauga real estate agent, Shawn Gandhi today by calling 905.795.1900.