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Newest Kleinburg Exclusive Listing: 175 Donhill Cres.

by Claire Franceschetti


Please enjoy my latest Kleinburg Listing. This beautiful, mature property is only being offered Exclusively. If you would like to see it, please give me a call!

And remember, just like these sellers, if I sell you home, I will move your for Free! Please check out the Move for Free tab for more details.


Thanks for Supporting the Duffield Devils!

by Claire Franceschetti

As some of you know, the Franceschetti's are a hockey family through and through. Along with our family history, we have 3 kids in rep and house league hockey. My husband, Claudio, coaches for the Duffield Devils, and our daughter is a goalie for the Atom North York Storm girl's league.

I continue to sponsor our teams, but it's an expensive sport, and the teams run fundraisers throughout the year to defray some of the costs. Most recently, the 2005 Duffield Devils ran a draw for 15 sets of Maple Leaf tickets. The draw happened last night, and it was exciting for the kids who gathered in the change room before practice.

Here is the draw video tape, so that everyone knows that it was "official"! How cute to see Sergio, one of our biggest fans, draw the winning ticket! Thanks to those who purchased a raffle ticket. Your support is most appreciated!

Improve Your Home's Air Quality

by Claire Franceschetti

It might surprise you to hear that the air inside your home is often dirtier than the air outside. That’s because indoor air is made up of outdoor air plus all the pollutants and allergens generated from cleaning products, pets, dust, smoke, and so on. Fortunately, you can improve indoor air quality in ways that do not cost a small fortune.


Get the Dust Out

Dust – a major irritant – includes lint, bacteria, pollen, plant and mold spores, pet dander, etc. You can reduce dust particles in the air in a number of ways. Here are three:

1. Clean or replace the furnace filter every three months.  Most homeowners do not keep up with this task. Thick-media filters, such as the five- and six-inch pleated type, last longer than regular filters and filter better too. Of course they are more expensive.

2. We all create an invisible dust cloud just walking through our homes. While a high quality furnace filter will reduce dust, frequent cleaning and vacuuming is also necessary, but only if your vacuum cleaner is up to the task.

3. A poor-quality vacuum cleaner can also create dust clouds. Before you give up on vacuuming, however, two solutions can address this problem: either install a central vacuum system with the canister-air discharge piped outside the house, or purchase a high-quality, portable vacuum cleaner with a HEPA filtration system. HEPA stands for High Efficiency Particulate Air filter. Whichever solution you choose, both will effectively decrease the amount of dust that spews into the air when you vacuum.

Control of Humidity

High humidity levels in your home can significantly contribute to mold and dust mite growth. Dust mites, however, are a fact of life; you cannot eliminate them entirely. But you can decrease their numbers. Dust mites thrive in humidity levels above 50%. Ensuring the humidity in your home is not higher than 50% will diminish dust mite growth. Here are a few ways to address humidity.

1. Buy an inexpensive hygrometer to measure the indoor humidity

2. Ensure that your clothes dryer vents to the outside

3. Bathroom and kitchen fans should direct shower, bath and cooking moisture outside

4. Fix basement leaks and deal with condensation issues

5. Air conditioning systems and dehumidifiers can also remove moisture from the air. Keep in mind that dehumidifiers use a great deal of electricity and don’t provide any cooling. Make sure you deal with obvious sources of moisture first.

More Efficient Air Exchange

Some homes just need more ventilation. Heat-recovery ventilators, or energy-recovery ventilators are both effective ventilation devices. Some do-it-yourself systems exist out there but we strongly suggest an expert consultation. Choosing the right system involves careful consideration of your home and your specific situation. Lifebreath has a good website that can provide more information on a variety of systems:

Improving air quality in the home is a goal that is easily attainable. Start with the little fixes and then undertake the more complex remedies as needed. You don’t have to spend a lot of money to improve the air you breathe.

Re/Max Supports Sick Kids:Video

by Claire Franceschetti

I have been touched personally by the amazing work done by the men and women of the Sick Kids Hospital Network. I am forever grateful to Sick Kids for helping my son through a terrible sickness when he was only 3 weeks old. It was a miracle that he made it.

When I joined Re/Max, I was thrilled about the opportunity to support Sick Kids: I have supported this organization on every home sale since I began at Re/Max, and I continue to contribute a portion of every home commission.

Together, Re/Max has just reached the $10 Million mark. I'll continue to support this Sick Kids charity for as long as I'm selling homes!

Painting Canada: Free Open House to Kleinburg Residents

by Claire Franceschetti

It doesn't get any better than this: Free Open House to see Painting Canada at the McMichael Gallery on Tuesday Dec 4, 2012 from 7-9:30 pm.  Painting Canada is a world famous show featuring the works of the Group of Seven. Many of the pieces in this collection have never been on public display, and once the show ends, they will go back into private collections:

This opportunity has never happened in the Gallery's history! It's time to come and see what's happening at the McMichael. I'll be there, and I hope you will come out too!

Winter is coming to Vaughan. Is your home ready?

by Claire Franceschetti

One of the great joys of living in Canada is the change of seasons. Autumn's colors and crispness will soon give way to winter's first snowfall. While people react differently to seasonal changes, all homes react much the same way: climate change is hard on homes and the freeze/thaw cycles can cause damage.
I believe prevention is the key to a safe and comfortable season. Here are the top areas of focus and suggestions to get you through the winter months:

Roof - Just like your car, an annual roof tune-ups is really important. Fall is the perfect time for your roofer to address any small issues before they become big ones. The roof suffers the brunt of winter weather abuse. Correcting damaged shingles, loose flashings and torn valleys can prevent water damage from leaks and avoid expensive repairs. Tree limbs overhanging and touching the roof should be cut back, and missing mortar or loose bricks on chimneys should be repaired.

One of my favorite roofers is Boston Roofing:



Eavestroughs - Free-flowing, leak-free gutters and downspouts help to get roof water away from the house and keep it out of the basement. If eavestroughs can't control the rain or melting snow, or if downspouts don't carry water at least six feet away from the home, the ground next to your home will get soaked. Saturated ground usually means a leaky basement.



Catch Basins - I had water in my basement about a year ago because of this very issue. The catch basin at the bottom of my basement walk out was clogged, and we had a heavy rain that couldn't drain away. Since that "swimming pool in the basement issue" I make sure that the catch basin is clear. If you have them, keep the catch basins clear on your driveway, garage and yard. If you want to go the extra mile, it's also a great idea to clear any storm grates in the street in front of your house so all that rain and melting snow can get into the storm sewers.

Windows, Doors and Walls - Check your windows and doors for any wood in need of paint, and any joints that need re-caulking. The corners of sills are a common weak point. Check the caulking at pipes, vents and other wall penetrations as part of regular maintenance.
Furnace- One of the most over-looked and taken for granted systems in our homes is the furnace. But just one episode of a furnace break-down in winter will emphasize the importance of taking care of your furnace, especially in the winter. I would suggest an annual  If you haven't yet, schedule a heating system maintenance call, even if your system is relatively new.

Kleinburg Home Invasion is a Shock to Community

by Claire Franceschetti

I can't tell you how many emails and calls I got on Monday about the early morning home invasion on Kleinburg's sleepy Treelawn Blvd. As police released information, it became clear that one of our own community members was violently attacked in his home. While the details remain confidential, this crime as shaken the the neighborhood's feeling of security. A Kleinburg family has lost a sense of safety in their own home.

As I do most Monday mornings, I was enjoying my coffee with some of my local girlfriends, when two York Regional Police Officers strolled into Starbucks. Call it a quiet community, but the cops don't frequent our local coffee shop very often. While they picked up their coffee, they told us that they were helping out in the investigation. 


Here are a few things that they mentioned we can do to help keep our community a safe place to live and raise a family:

  • Observe the unusual. If it looks out of place, take notice. Jot down license plates of out of place vehicles and note their comings and goings.
  • If someone looks like they are lingering in a car for an usual length of time, call and report it. The police will often drop by and ask what the "lingerer" is doing around our neighborhood.
  • Get to know your neighbors so that we can keep each other safe.
  • Consider a home alarm system that incorporates video footage.


The police have asked for us to review our home camera systems for any exterior footage that might have captured images of the assailants. I hope, more than anything, that they are able to find our neighbors attackers and bring them to justice.

Emily Carr SS in Vaughan is Home to Rezonance! Check 'Em Out!!!

by Claire Franceschetti


If you haven't already seen my other post about Rezonance, you have to check it out! This local acapella group at Emily Carr Secondary School in Woodbridge is amazing! Here's another one of their clips that makes me think they have huge potential! They will be performing it live in the near future...Stay tuned!



Kleinburg Pumpkins ROCKED this Year!

by Claire Franceschetti

Despite the rain, the kids and pumpkins were out this year! We only got about 30 total kids, which is much lower than last year's 120 head count.

Unfortunately, due to Sandy the Hurricane, the rain never let up and we ended up with umbrellas all around.

During our neighborhood tour, I took pictures of the creative pumpkins.

I won't tell you which one is mine, but let's just say, I sell houses better than I carve pumpkins. (Must have missed that class!!!)


Check these ones out! Which is your favorite?









Will Hurricane Sandy Soak Your Home?

by Claire Franceschetti

Every news station is covering it: Hurricane Sandy is a force to be reckoned with. New York has closed its subway, bridges and even the stock exchange!


Hurricane Sandy

While we might not have to deal with the brunt of the storm like our neighbors to the south, residents of Southern Ontario should prepare for record rainfall this week. With such high levels of precipitation, homeowners can help prevent water damage to their homes. 


Here are a few simple precautions to focus on:

Gutters - Ensure all gutters and downspouts are in good condition and discharge rain water at least six feet away from the house. Gutters are prone to leakage of the joints and seams. Missing end caps and poor connections to downspouts are other common sources of leakage. Homeowners should ensure that both gutters and downspouts are clear of debris especially with all the leaves that have fallen in recent weeks. For more information click here.


Grading - Remember, no foundation wall system is completely waterproof. Ensure all grading is sloped to direct water away from the house and foundation. Also, weeping tiles should be in place to funnel the water away from the house.




Window Wells - If you have window wells make sure they are clear of debris and in good condition. They are a common source of basement water leakage.



Sump Pumps-Check your pump motor with every change of season. Inspect the power source for wiring condition, and test the on/off mechanism to ensure that it clicks on when the float is elevated.


Sources indicate that more than 90% of homes will leak at some point - Make sure it's not your house this week!

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Claire Franceschetti
Right At Home Realty Inc.
190 Marycroft Ave.
Vaughan ON L4L5Y2
Direct: 416-918-6325
Office: 416-391-3232
Fax: Fax: 416-987-8001