Lifestyle

Renting During COVID-19: Finding a Roommate

The COVID-19 situation is fluid, evolving daily and pushing us to make adjustments in our lives as we prepare for the next phase of re-opening and adapting to new lifestyles. Many are rethinking their living situations, and that can often mean finding a new roommate to share your home. In terms of student housing in particular, many uncertainties remain; as quarantine began, some students left empty rooms behind to return home ...

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Tips for Moving During the COVID-19 Pandemic

Despite the B.C. Health Authority’s loosening of some COVID-19 quarantine restrictions, it is definitely not business as usual for most business sectors in the province including the real estate and rental markets. For the foreseeable future, finding a place to rent will be a very different exercise than it was a few months ago. Thankfully, in terms of payments, many provinces, alongside our federal government are offering some relief to ...

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5 Ways to Generate Property Management Leads

In these exceptional times, exceptional approaches are needed to grow and sustain businesses. Thankfully the digital transformation, spurred on by the pandemic, is proving unstoppable. Undoubtedly, the digital initiatives undertaken today will have a lasting impact on the way we conduct business now and in the future. For property managers, digital lead generation is key. Below we outline 5 simple ways to generate leads that are contact-free and proven. 1. Develop ...

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Roommate Living – Keeping it Real feat. Happy Roommates

The rental reality for many people – young and old – is that roommates are necessary to pay the rent.  To help outline the pros and cons of shared accommodation and to provide some helpful tips, we've collaborated with a new company called Happy Roommates, dedicated to finding the right, shared accommodation for their clients. Pros of Roommates 1. Save on rent and utilities. Rent and bills will be split, reducing monthly ...

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Renter Spotlight: Laura Valenzuela from Brazil

Renter Spotlight Laura Valenzuela and her husband are a Brazilian couple who have recently relocated to Canada. Laura is working downtown while her husband attends Langara College. They secured the rental of an unfurnished suite in Marpole's W1 complex while still living in Brazil. The Marpole location, located right by the Canada Line, is convenient for both of them; Laura is downtown in 20 minutes and her husband can get to ...

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Setting Up Utilities

Moving is always a chore. And it isn’t just limited to transporting your stuff from A to B; it also requires some scheduling and logistical planning to ensure you have heat, electricity, cable and, of course, WiFi when you move in. Here is a step-by-step guide to help you set up utilities: How do I set up utilities? To set up utilities, visit the provider’s webpage to log in or open an account. ...

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Winter Is Coming: How To Save On Your Utility Bills

According to BC Hydro, winter energy habits (heating, lighting etc.) can result in average winter electricity bills that are 66% higher than the rest of the year. With this in mind, here are some energy saving tips to help you control your energy costs through the winter, and throughout the year. Thermostat Given that heating costs rise about 5% for every degree above 20°C consider setting it to: 16°C when you're ...

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Decorating on a Budget

Fall is officially here and the itch to redecorate and revamp the home is strong. While redecorating the home can get quite expensive, we're here to show you some ways where you can redecorate your home - house or apartment - without breaking the bank. Here are 7 simple decorating ideas: Rearrange the furniture As simple as it sounds, re-envisioning a space can make a huge difference. In your main living room, ...

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Student Scoop – Unofficial Student Guide To Langara University ft. Graciella Llagas

Welcome to the Langara edition of our Student Scoop series - a collection of insider student tips to UBC, SFU, Langara, Emily Carr and more. We tap into the nuts and bolts of student life interviewing student leaders to uncover secret campus corners, best coffee spots, where to satisfy your late night cravings, and the lowdown on campus and off campus living. Read on for more Langara tips. Today, we checked ...

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Student Scoop – Unofficial Student Guide To Emily Carr University of Art & Design ft. Chris Su-Zhou

Welcome to the Emily Carr edition of our Student Scoop series - a collection of insider student tips to UBC, SFU, Langara, Emily Carr and more. We tap into the nuts and bolts of student life interviewing student leaders to uncover secret campus corners, best coffee spots, where to satisfy your late night cravings, and the lowdown on campus and off campus living. Read on for more Emily Carr tips. Today, ...

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