Lifestyle

Best Travel Destinations near Vancouver

As far as vacation opportunities go, the great province of British Columbia is absolutely brimming with choices. This summer, of course, given current circumstances, Vancouverites, British Columbians and out-of-province visitors alike have been enthusiastically appreciating our varied landscapes and attractions even more.  Whether you’re looking to get out of your pandemic isolation for a day of socially-distanced excursions, or hoping to enjoy a longer vacation experience, we’ve put together a list of ...

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TaxBack™’s Guide to Working from Home – Tax Expenses

liv.rent welcomes partner, TaxBack™, to our blog to provide tax-related tips and information to our readers - landlords and tenants alike. TaxBack's™ first post appropriately focuses on the tax benefits available to those working from home. This is a timely topic given that by mid-April, the COVID-19 pandemic had 3.3 million Canadians move out of their regular offices and workplaces to work from home. Though June saw that number decrease ...

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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 – 2020 Edition

Fall is officially here and, coupled with the extended time we've all spent at home, the itch to redecorate and revamp our space is strong. While redecorating the home can be costly, we're here to show you some ways where you can redecorate your home without breaking the bank. 50+ Best Home Decorating Ideas for Decorating on a Budget Refresh  Small Changes, Big Impact & Cons DIY Thrift Shopping & Cons Nature New Additions Improve Lighting Refresh One of ...

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