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Our Step by Step Guide to Relocating to Durham Region
Community & Lifestyle


Relocating to Durham Region

Packing up your current life and moving to a new location can be a challenge, but it also opens up a new world full of opportunity and excitement! Durham Region is one of the best locations in Ontario for taking the next steps in your life, so to help you feel more even comfortable with your new surroundings, here is our step by step guide to relocating to the area.

Don’t Fret About Education

With a wide selection of public and private elementary as well as secondary schools, the Durham Region is guaranteed to provide your children with an education that will prepare them for life and guide them towards a successful adulthood. The Durham District School Board is committed to ensuring that each and every one of their schools is dedicated to fuelling a passion for learning, and providing your children with a prestigious and prosperous education. If public school is not what you are looking for, there are also more than 30 private schools in Durham Region to choose from, each offering a carefully selected curriculum to ensure your child’s future is successful.

Enjoy a Variety of Shopping Options

Covering Whitby, Ajax, Oshawa, and all areas in between, the Durham Region has a fantastic selection of places to shop. With 7 significant malls and many local shops, you will find everything you need from furniture to luxury clothing items. If you are looking to move to the Durham Region, the Oshawa Centre, Pickering Town Centre, Scarborough Town Centre, and Whitby Shores Smart Centre are only some of the many options, offering everything you need to make your shopping simple and efficient!

Stay in Shape

Relocating to Durham Region

Durham Region is home to more than 50 different fitness facilities, with everything from crossfit classes to boxing gyms. With a variety of both municipally-run facilities and franchised companies, it is easy to stay in shape in the region! Spend some time enjoying classes or working on your muscles at one of the many Goodlife Fitness Locations, or beat your winter blues by getting in shape by swimming at the Oshawa Community Centre. If you are searching for a more budget friendly gym, try Planet Fitness or Fit4Less. Regardless of how you choose to stay in shape, Durham Region is the perfect location with a variety of options.

Indulge Your Taste Buds

Relocating to Durham Region

Dining out is a fun and exciting experience for you and your family.! It can be a special treat when you gather everyone together to enjoy a delectable lunch or dinner; and in Durham Region, it is easy to please everyone with of all the options to choose from! Whether you choose something like Italian Pastas from Ciao Amici in Oshawa, sit down for a fancy 5 star experience at A Tavola Bistro in Whitby, or opt for traditional fast food, like Smoke’s Poutinerie in Oshawa,  your family will find something to delight your taste buds in the Durham Region!

Keep Yourself Entertained

Relocating to Durham Region

Friday night planning is easy and fun in the Durham Region because there is such a variety of activities. With multiple movie theatres like Cineplex Odeon in Oshawa and Landmark Cinemas in Whitby, you can see all of the newest movies on a huge screen with recliner seats! If you are feeling more adventurous, try axe throwing or climbing high in the trees at Treetop Eco Adventure Park in Oshawa. There are also many museums like the Canadian Automotive Museum, The Robert McLaughlin Gallery, and the Oshawa Sports Hall of Fame if you are searching for a more educational evening. Overall, the Durham Region is perfect for spending your down time!

The Durham Region is home to over 50 prestigious schools, hundreds of restaurants and shopping options, as well as a wide selection of fun and exciting activities to keep your weekends busy. Using this step by step guide will make your transition to the area simple, and you’ll quickly find your new life here fun and exciting! For more information about the Durham Region, visit the Falconcrest Homes Blog.

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Our Favourite Places for Thanksgiving Shopping in Whitby
Community & Lifestyle

Thanksgiving Shopping in Whitby

Not far from the busy rush of Toronto is the smaller, quainter community of Whitby. The charming downtown area and variety of shopping options make it the perfect spot for you to enjoy the fall colours while checking items off your list and avoiding the busy crowds of the city. If you are searching for some shopping inspiration, these are some of our favourite places for Thanksgiving shopping in Whitby.

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To Do’s: Your Fall Home Checklist
Savvy Owner

Fall Home Checklist

Fall is the time to prepare for the upcoming school year and immerse yourself in the daily routines that shape your year. With summer coming to a close and the cooler fall air in the atmosphere, adapting your life for the upcoming season ahead of time will make the transition smoother. Make your fall preparations easier with this handy fall home checklist.

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6 Ways to Make Your School Lunch Prep Easier
Community & Lifestyle

Make Your School Lunch Prep Easier

The lazy atmosphere of those long, hot days of summer are almost over and the anticipation for the start of a new school year is in the air. Start your busy year off on the right foot and prepare ahead of time for school lunches with these 6 ways to make school lunch prep easier.

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Kitchen Backsplash: Mosaic Tile Vs. Natural Stone
Design & Decor

Mosaic Tile Vs. Natural Stone

The elegance and design of your kitchen is achieved through a combination of many factors, including how well your backsplash compliments the interior decor of the room. Though there are many different choices for backsplash, two of the current trending styles are mosaic tile and natural stone. Before you make your choice, ensure that you are informed about the benefits as well as the disadvantages of each. Here is some information on mosaic tile vs. natural stone backsplashes.

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5 Ways to Incorporate Colour Into Your Bathroom
Design & Decor

Incorporate Colour Into Your Bathroom

The bathroom is the room in the house that is often overlooked when it comes to adding colour, but colour is the perfect way to refresh the room and make it look newer. To help add new life to your room, here are 5 ways to incorporate colour into your bathroom.  

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Your Winter Home Checklist
Home Improvement

Winter Home Checklist

The beauty and serenity that come with winter weather are just around the corner, and your family should embrace and enjoy the snow, instead of worrying about your home. To avert your attention from the tasks that need to be completed and to get a head start on your winter home preparation, allowing you to appreciate the cold season, here is a helpful winter checklist for your home.

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Our Favourite Places to Throw a Father’s Day Picnic in Vaughan
Community & Lifestyle

Places to Throw a Father’s Day Picnic in Vaughan

Celebrate Dad this year by taking him into the great outdoors to enjoy family, sunshine, and good food. June 18th is National Picnic Day, as well as Father’s Day, so it is a perfect opportunity to participate in both occasions at the same time! Here are some of our favourite places to throw a Father’s Day picnic in Vaughan.

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Asphalt or Interlock: Which is Better for Your Driveway?
Home Improvement

 Asphalt or Interlock is Better for Your Driveway?

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New Home Warranty: What is Covered, and What is Not
Savvy Buyer

When purchasing a new home, a “New Home Warranty” is an option that must be offered to the purchaser to help cover malfunctions or damage in the first few years of owning the home. Under the New Home Warranty Act in Ontario, there are legal specifications for what must  be covered. Here is a detailed explanation of what the warranty will cover, and what it will not.

About New Home Warranties

In Ontario, the majority of new homes are given new home warranties. The main company that manages these new home warranties is Tarion. This company is dedicated to serving the public interest by “promoting fairness and building confidence in the new home buying experience.” Tarion offers information on one, two, and seven year warranties, as well as ensuring that the laws for new builds are followed, so the consumer is protected. Under the New Home Warranties Act of Ontario, the builder is required to guarantee to the purchaser that the home has been built by officially registered professionals and is free from defects in construction, is suitable for living, and it is built in accordance with the regulations of the Ontario Building Code. Under these regulations, there are certain defects that are covered under a new home warranty,and some that are not.

New Home Warranty

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