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It takes an award-winning team— like the South Island Home Team —to ensure you get the best real estate service possible on Southern Vancouver Island. Together, with their diversity of skill sets, they have built a reputation as one of the most sought-after realty teams in the region. Their integrity and dedication to their customers have earned them numerous accolades. Meet your local, award-winning real estate team.

A lot of people dread moving houses because it’s such an emotional, stressful experience. Whether you’re moving cities or simply heading to a new place in town, it’s still a tough job. While it can be an ordeal, there are ways you can make it less painful.

A great strategy to combat the stress is to pack non-essential items gradually, and in advance, so that you don’t find yourself packing in a rush the day of your move. Leave packing everyday items closer to moving day. Making a moving day itinerary will help you can keep track of items and where you want them placed in your new home.

Moving is physically exhausting at the best of times. Hauling heavy boxes and furniture in and out of a truck isn’t something you may want to take on any time soon. One of the best ways around this is to hire a moving company to take care of the heavy lifting.

For over 15 years, I lived in the same neighbourhood as the HCP. In fact, I drove past the centre whenever I took Quayle Road over to West Saanich. Yet it wasn’t until I met Deborah Donahue, the GM for the gardens that I realized how much I had missed by not slowing down to experience everything on offer. This is a local gem, hiding in plain sight!

HCP inspires a natural learning environment to connect people—including children—with plants and nature. Their innovative education programs increase awareness of the importance and fragility of our natural environment and the importance of plants to a sustainable world. Youth Programs, college and community education classes are offered.

The Barking Dog Studio in Sooke has new owners!This summer, Raymond and Bernadette Kube moved to Sooke from North Vancouver with their two children, Madison and Mason and fur babies Yoda and Leia. The last few years, Bernadette had been doing a lot of work for a client who had sold her home in North Vancouver and moved to Sidney to start an Air B&B. Her experience of island life was in stark contrast to their own lack luster pace of life on the mainland. It wasn’t long before they had decided to take advantage of the market and sell their tiny townhouse in North Vancouver for a new family adventure on Vancouver Island.

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