David  Gharat

David Gharat


Real Estate Bay Realty Brokerage

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David  Gharat

David Gharat


Real Estate Bay Realty Brokerage

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Your Home, Your Investment: Preparing your home for summer vacation!

Your Home, Your Investment: Preparing your home for summer vacation!

It’s summertime and you may be planning to get away to the cottage, the beach, or across the country to visit family and friends.  If you are planning to be away longer than 3-4 days, you will want to take specific steps to prepare and protect your home while your away.  There are several checklists available on the topic.  Here is the one we use for preparing and protecting your home room by room.


Home Monitoring: Ask a trusted neighbor or friend to check on your house every 3 days.  Investigate installing a security system to monitor your home more closely.

Social Media: Do not communicate beyond a trusted group that you will be away.  Avoid posting photos on social media while you are away.

Pets: Arrange for care of pets, if necessary.

Home Insurance: Review your home insurance policy to make sure you comply with insurance company requirements.

Yard and Driveway:

Flowers: Arrange to have summer annuals watered daily.

Lawn: Arrange to have the lawn mowed if away longer than 2 weeks.

Flood Lights: Install motion-censored floodlights outside your home.

Windows: Close and lock all windows.

Vehicles: Leave vehicles parked as normal, be it in the driveway or in the garage, if possible.


Additional key: Have an extra key made for a trusted neighbor or friend.

Mail: Ask a trusted neighbor or friend to collect your mail if you have an outdoor mailbox.

Newspaper: Discontinue the newspaper while you are away.

Air Conditioning: Set temperature 4-5 degrees Celsius higher than normal to save electricity.

Living Room and Bedrooms:

Lamps: Turn on one indoor lamp near a window during the evening hours using a timer or a web application.

Electronics: Unplug all small electronics while you are away to save electricity. 


Perishables: Remove all perishables from your refrigerator that will go bad before your return.

Garbage: Remove all garbage from your inside home.  Ask a trusted neighbor or friend to put out on Garbage Day.

Recycling: Remove all recycling from inside your home. Ask a trusted neighbor or friend to put out on Recycling Day.

Compost: Remove all compost from inside your home.  Ask a trusted neighbor or friend to put out on Recycling Day.

Dishwasher: Run and empty the dishwasher.  Leave the dishwasher open while you are away.

Basement/Laundry Room:

Laundry:  Wash and dry laundry. Make sure last-minute dirty items are dry.

Water:  Shut off the water supply if away longer than 2 weeks.  Adjust hot water heater setting to vacation setting, if possible 

Relax and enjoy your summer vacation!

David Gharat

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David Gharat

 Broker - D.Y.G Homes Toronto 

Seniors Real Estate Specialist - Canada

REALTORS® with the SRES® designation are specifically trained to serve the needs and interests of real estate buyers and sellers age 50+.
SRES® Designees join an elite group of real estate professionals serving the 60+ market

SRES® is the only “seniors real estate” designation recognized by NAR. 

Welcome to DYG HOMES Real Estate! We are dedicated to providing exceptional service and expert guidance for all your real estate needs

With a passion for helping clients navigate the dynamic real estate market, we bring a wealth of knowledge and experience to every transaction. Whether you're a first-time homebuyer, an experienced investor, or looking to sell your property, we are here to assist you every step of the way.

Our commitment to client satisfaction is unwavering. We take the time to understand your unique goals and tailor our approach to meet your specific needs. We believe in open and honest communication, ensuring you stay informed and empowered throughout the process.

Backed by the latest industry tools and market insights, we stay ahead of trends and leverage our expertise to deliver results. From conducting comprehensive property searches to negotiating favorable deals, we work tirelessly to secure the best outcomes for our clients.

As a Seniors Real Estate Specialist (SRES), David is specially trained to cater to the needs and interests of clients aged 60+ who are looking to retire, relocate, downsize, upsize, or invest.

The clients David serves include:

1. Age 60+ Retirees: Seniors who are selling their homes to relocate or downsize.

2. New and Experienced Buyers: Individuals who are looking to buy properties or invest in real estate.

3. First Time Home Buyers: Individuals who are purchasing their first home.

4. Resale Condos: Specializing in the sale of condominiums in the market.

5. Residential Houses: Assisting clients with buying or selling residential houses.

6. Finance/Mortgage Referrals: Providing referrals to financial and mortgage services.

7. Relocation Referrals: Assisting clients with relocation services.

8. Rental/Lease: Helping clients with rental and lease agreements.

9. Referrals to Property Management: Offering referrals to property management services for duplexes, triplexes, and fourplexes.

We invite you to give us a call to arrange a viewing of a specific property or to have a friendly chat about your real estate needs.

With our dedication and personalized approach, we look forward to assisting you in achieving your real estate goals.

*case by case basis




David is a member of the following professional Real Estate Organizations


TREB (past) Government Relations Committee Member

TREB (past) Consumer Relations Committee Member

TREB-Toronto Real Estate Board
NAR-National Association of Realtors 

RECO-The Real Estate Council of Ontario
OREA-Ontario Real Estate Association
CREA-Canadian Real Estate Association




Designation: SRES

Education: Broker - SRES Seniors Real Estate Specialist Canada

Specialty: Buy & Sell Houses-Condos, Pre-Construction Condos, Investments Rental, Leasing, Property Management, Mortgage Referrals

Experience: Since 2013

Awards: 100% Club Award Winner-Executive Club Award

Area Covered: Toronto, East York, North York, Markham, Scarborough, Pickering, Ajax, Mississauga

Languages Spoken: English