May Agenda: What to do in Kelowna

Well, yet again another month has come and gone. That only means we need to get another monthly agenda ready for you! May is one of our favorite months, the sun is shining, grass is green and were just one step closer to the summer! If you are looking for some great activities to do in Kelowna this May, look no further! The team at Quincy Vrecko and Associates have come up with a list of three great activities happening this May!

Spring Okanagan Wine Fest

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Head over to the Spring Okanagan Wine Fest

What better way to start off our May agenda that some good Okanagan wine? From May 2nd – 13th, the Spring Okanagan Wine Fest is happening in Kelowna. There are plenty of different events happening daily to satisfy your wine cravings. If you are looking to participate in some (or all), of these great wine activities, head over to their website to book your tickets. It even falls on Mother’s day weekend so if you are still looking for that great Mothers day gift, you’re welcome…

Kelowna Farmers’ and Crafters’ Outdoor Market

Ah, what better way to spend some time outdoors than at the Kelowna Farmers’ and Crafters’ Outdoor Market? This great market supports local farmers and crafters from Kelowna and surrounding cities. The food is great, the produce is fresh and the crafts are so unique! Our team members love this market and love supporting locals! The outdoor market is from 8:00-1:00PM on Wednesdays and Saturdays! Come out, support local Kelowna residents and enjoy!!

group of guys cheering to a good event

Enjoy the Beer Festival

Great Okanagan Beer Festival

Ah, the annual Great Okanagan Beer Festival. This three-day event features great craft breweries! If you are looking for a new favorite beer this summer, this is your chance! Starting May 10th and going till May 12th, cheers to the best beer and ciders that BC has to offer! The main event is happening on the Saturday at Waterfront Park in downtown Kelowna where there will be up to 60 craft breweries pouring over 100 beers and ciders! Come and try some of the best beer and cider BC has to offer! For ticket information, please click here.

Well, there you have it! Another month and another agenda for you to enjoy. If you are looking to relocate to our beautiful city to enjoy all that Kelowna has to offer, contact the team at Quincy Vrecko and Associates. Our team is knowledgeable in the real estate market and have helped people relocate to Kelowna. Kelowna is home to beautiful wineries, stunning waterfront homes and great local events. If you want to make this city your home, call our team at Quincy Vrecko and Associates 1-778-760-2860!

3 Things to Ask before hiring a Kelowna Landscaper

Welcome back to our series “3 things to ask”. If you missed our last blog on “3 things to ask before hiring your Kelowna home stager” click here! Our new series features 3 great questions you should ask before hiring a certain company to perform services on your Kelowna home. Like we stated in our last blog, hiring a company for your Kelowna home can add value, depending on what job they are doing and if it is done right. This week we are featuring 3 things to ask before hiring a Kelowna landscaper. With the weather starting to heat up and the summer on it’s way, it’s time to get that front and back lawn in order and looking fresh!

1. How long will this job take?

Kelowna home owner chatting with Kelowna landscaper for outdoor job

How long will your landscaping job take?

Depending on what job you have in mind, one thing you should ask is how long it will take. Different Kelowna landscaping companies have different size teams that can perform duties. If you want the job done before placing your Kelowna home up for sale, it’s important to contact each company and see how long they estimate the project will take.

2. Are you a full service company?

Kelowna landscaping companies specialize in different parts of the job. There are companies who just do lawn maintenance, yet some Kelowna landscapers will do everything from lawn maintenance to projects of all sizes. Before hiring your Kelowna landscaper, check and see what they offer to ensure that it matches up with whatever project you have in mind! You do not want to hire them and then later on find out that you wasted time as they won’t do the full job!

calculating landscaping fees for Kelowna home

Are there any hidden fees?

3. Are there any hidden fees?

When you get a quote from a Kelowna landscaper, ensure that there are no hidden fees. The last thing you want is for the job to be done and then get a larger bill that you expected. If you have an idea of what it will cost, it will help for budgeting purposes. If they can’t quote you down to the penny, an estimate is always appreciated. Figure out what it will cost from beginning to end.

There you have it! 3 things to ask before hiring a Kelowna landscaper. If you are looking for a great Kelowna landscaper for your Kelowna home, contact the team at Quincy Vrecko and Associates. Our team of Kelowna real estate agents work with some of the top landscapers located in Kelowna who we can recommend will do a great job! Call us today to get in contact with a great Kelowna landscaper!! Call 1-778-760-2860!

Spring Cleaning 2.0 for your Kelowna Home

As promised in our previous Spring Cleaning blog, were following up with Spring Cleaning 2.0! In this blog, we are going to feature cleaning tips for your garage, kids playrooms, office and lastly the basement. If you want to see our blog featuring the bathrooms, bedrooms, kitchen and family room, click here. Check below for our handy Spring cleaning checklist for your Kelowna home! As stated in our previous blog, it’s time to crank the tunes, open the windows and enjoy this new season ahead!


  1. Declutter!! Take out things you haven’t used or move things to your attic, if applicable
  2. Store things away that you do not need for the summer time such as Christmas trees, large winter jackets and outdoor winter equipment
  3. Organize kids toys in baskets for easy access
  4.  If applicable, sweep the ground and wipe down any cupbaords
  5. Move your vehicle inside the garage and enjoy the sight of having a clean garage

Kids Playrooms

  1. Donate old toys that are not being used
  2. Mop/Vacuum flooring
  3. Place similar toys in bins together (i.e. place books in one bin, musical toys in another)
  4. Wipe down walls and windows
  5. Fix any holes in the walls or chipped paint


  1. Declutter all paperwork and bills! Throw out what you don’t need!
  2. Mop/Vacuum flooring
  3. Wipe down all surfaces and windows
  4. Keep what you need within arms length and get rid of everything else, file away or throw away!
  5. Clean up your desktop computer, this means cleaning your desktop background, filing systems on your computer and emails


  1. Get rid of old furniture that is taking up precious space
  2. Sort through all boxes that are still taped from moving (we know you have some)
  3. Vacuum/Mop Flooring
  4. Wash windows and walls
  5. Replace any burnt-out light bulbs

Well there you have it, our last Spring cleaning checklist for your Kelowna home. With warm weather not far away, it’s time to get ready for this new season. If you are looking to relocate the Kelowna, contact the team at Quincy Vrecko and Associates. Our knowledgeable real estate agents would love to assist you with your move to Kelowna and find you a Kelowna home. Call 1-778-760-2860 to speak with one of our Kelowna real estate agents today!

April Agenda: What to do in Kelowna

April is just around the corner, or just on the other side of the weekend I guess you could say. With a new month coming up, that only means it’s time to get another agenda on the way! What are the top activities happening in and around Kelowna this upcoming April? Check out our new April Agenda of what to do in Kelowna! Don’t forget to check back every month to see new agendas from the team at Quincy Vrecko and Associates!

Hike and Yoga in Kelowna

lady sitting on lawn doing yoga

Hike & Yoga

If your goal this year was to get outside more and enjoy our trails in Kelowna, well this is perfect for you then. Every Sunday from 9-11AM, The Amplified Collective provides outdoor yoga classes and guided hikes throughout Kelowna and surrounding areas. This great weekly event is only $5 and you get to explore so many different hiking trails in Kelowna. Each week, the hike route changes so follow them on Facebook to find out where they are going this Sunday!

2nd Annual BC Bacon & Cider Fest

Back by popular demand is the 2nd annual BC Bacon and Cider Fest. On April 27th at 6:00PM head down to the Laurel Packing House on Ellis Street in Downtown Kelowna for a fabulous evening featuring BC’s own ciders paired with bacon-inspired dishes from the Okanagan College Culinary Arts students. Bacon and BC ciders? What more could you ask for!!

food truck serving three ladies sandwiches

Spring Party & Food Truck Fest

Spring Party & Food Truck Fest 2018

It’s time for a Spring Party! On Friday April 6th from 3:00-8:30PM head to the Lions Community Hall for a great Spring Party & Food Truck Fest. Enjoy an evening full of entertainment, Spring shopping and food trucks! There is also a WestJet Trip Raffle, so if you have your eyes set on a vacation, now’s your chance! Admission is free but check out their website for a list of donations to bring for the Kelowna Women’s Shelter. Give back and enjoy this fun event.

Well, there you have it, your April agenda! If you are looking to relocate to Kelowna to enjoy these great events, contact the team at Quincy Vrecko and Associates. Our dedicated real estate agents have years of real estate experience helping people buy Kelowna real estate. Our team of real estate agents can help you find your next home. All you have to do is call, leave the rest to us. Call 1-778-760-2860 today!

Easter Weekend Activities in Kelowna

With Easter coming up this weekend, there are quite a few events happening in Kelowna. If you are searching for the best Easter weekend activities happening this weekend, look no further. The team at Quincy Vrecko and Associates have put together a handy list of the top three Easter weekend activities happening in Kelowna from March 30th-April 2nd.

2018 Easter Pancake Breakfast

pancakes designed like Easter bunnies

Pancake Breakfast for Easter Weekend

Back for the 15th year is the Victory Life Annual Easter Pancake Breakfast held at the Parkinson Rec Centre. Enjoy this free event with the whole family on March 30th to kick off the weekend. Everything is FREE! Enjoy pancakes, easter egg hunts, games and even prizes! Check out the Victory Life’s website for more information. Volunteer if you can!

Easter at Big White

If you are looking for a full weekend packed full of activities, head up to Big White for Easter weekend. Big White always throws a big celebration for Easter and this year is no different! They will be serving an Easter breakfast in Happy Valley with guest appearance from the Easter Bunny, and who could forget their annual Easter Egg hunt through the Village. Activities are in place for the whole weekend, check out their website for a full list of fun activities happening at Big White!

girl holding basket full of Easter eggs

Kelowna Hyundai Annual Easter Egg Hunt

Kelowna Hyundai Annual Easter Egg Hunt

Lastly, on March 31st, head down to Kelowna Hyundai on Harvey for their annual Easter egg hunt. This family friendly event is packed with fun activities from 10:00AM-1:00PM. Don’t forget to bring your own basket and a donation of a non-perishable food item for the Kelowna Food Bank. Bring the whole family and enjoy your Saturday in Kelowna.

Well, there you have it! A full list of great Easter weekend activities happening in and around our beautiful city of Kelowna. If you are looking for a full list of all activities happening in Kelowna this weekend, head over to Tourism Kelowna’s website. They feature local events happening all year round. From the team at Quincy Vrecko and Associates, we hope you all have a great Easter weekend!

3 Things to consider when looking to purchase your First Kelowna Home

It’s time! All the dreams and goals have come down to this moment and it is time to purchase your first Kelowna home. All of your Pinterest boards of home decor, room ideas and kitchen goals are all about to come out on the table. It’s time to get down to business. It’s easy to get off track when you are purchasing your first home. So the team at Quincy Vrecko and Associates have put together a list of 3 things to consider when you are looking to purchase your first Kelowna home.

Is it the right time?

home with buyers market keychain

Is it the right time to buy?

The first thing to consider is, is this the right time to buy? The market can shift back and forth from a sellers market to a buyers market. The question is, what is the real estate market doing when you are ready to purchase real estate? That’s a great question for your Kelowna realtor. As soon as you are ready to start the home buying process, chat with a Kelowna realtor to figure out when the best time to purchase!

What do you need and what do you want?

Next up, figuring out your needs from your wants. This is important to do before starting your home buying process to avoid disappointment and over-paying. Sit down, and write down the top 5 things that are most important to you and that you need in order to purchase the Kelowna home. Things such as bedroom count, bathroom count, size and location. These are just a few main things to consider when making your list. Then make a list of your wants. Things such as colour of kitchen cabinets or type of flooring. Think of these things as something you could change in the future. Separating your needs from your wants will make it a lot easier when it comes down to searching for Kelowna homes.

young man with money floating in air around

Are you financially ready to purchase a Kelowna home?

Are you financially ready?

Lastly, but probably the most important is… are you financially ready for this big step? A home purchase will likely be one of the biggest purchases you make in your lifetime. Don’t make the mistake of going through the whole home searching process to find out later that you are not qualified to purchase a home. The best thing to do before even looking into a Kelowna realtor, is getting pre-approved. Go in, talk to a mortgage broker and see what you are qualified to buy. Then, find the perfect home in that price range.

If you are looking to purchase your first Kelowna home, you need a great Kelowna real estate team who will work for you to find you exactly what you need! Get in contact with one of our knowledgeable real estate agents who are dedicated to helping you find the perfect first home. We have dedicated buyer’s agents who have years of experience helping first time home buyers. All you have to do is pick up the phone, leave the rest to us. Call 1-778-760-2860 to begin your first home search today!

Spring Cleaning Checklist for your Kelowna Home

Hello Spring! Oh how we have missed you. You know what we haven’t missed? Spring cleaning… We all know it’s coming! So, the team at Quincy Vrecko and Associates have put together a handy Spring cleaning checklist for your Kelowna home to hopefully help you get through this time. Regardless, crank the tunes, open the windows and enjoy this new season ahead!


  1. Vacuum the floors and wipe down the walls in the bathrooms
  2. Go through your bath towels and discard any old or ripped ones
  3. Scrub the tub and shower
  4. Wash interior and exterior windows
  5. Go through the cupboards, empty out and wipe down then discard old makeup, shampoo or other empty bottles.


  1. Go through dresser and closet and get rid of clothes you did not wear
  2. Wash all linens and clean your mattress
  3. Wash all mirrors and clean interior and exterior windows
  4. Thoroughly dust each surface, including lamp shades and furniture
  5. Declutter!! Check out our blog on how to declutter your home.


  1. Clean out the refrigerator and freezer (yes, this includes the deep freezer)
  2. Clean all appliance surfaces
  3. Mop floors
  4. Wipe down the cupboards, inside and out
  5. Get rid of tupperware that are missing lids or are cracked

Family Room

  1. Dust all furniture and lamp shades
  2. Clean sofa and loveseat
  3. Wipe down all electronics
  4. Clean carpets/mop floors
  5. Clean walls and baseboards

There you have it, a checklist for four main parts of your Kelowna home. If you are interested in seeing a checklist for your garage, kids playrooms, office, and basement check back in a few weeks for a blog featuring those four rooms!

If you are looking to list your Kelowna home, contact the team at Quincy Vrecko and Associates. On top of giving you expert advice on the real estate market in Kelowna, our dedicated agents have years of experience buying and selling Kelowna real estate. All you have to do is pick up the phone to start the process today! Call 1-778-760-2860 today!

3 Things to ask before hiring your Kelowna Home Stager

Welcome to our new series, “3 things to ask…” where we are going to layout 3 different things to ask before hiring a company for your Kelowna home. First up, Kelowna home stagers. What should you look for? What should you ask? Hiring someone to do work on your Kelowna home can increase the value, if done properly. That’s why we are here to help! What are the top 3 things you should ask before hiring a Kelowna home stager? Let’s take a look!

  1. Take a look at their portfolio – ask for a few photos of their previous work. Be sure to ask for before and after photos. Do you like their work? Would you pay to have them stage your home? You’ll have a good idea after viewing their portfolio. Ensure that these photos are not just “inspiration” photos, but actual photos of their work.
  2. Preferred Vendors List – do they like to work with a certain group of vendors? A lot of home stagers will work closely with other Kelowna companies such as painters and window cleaners. They have worked with these companies in the past and know that together, they make a great team. Do you see anyone on the list you know you’ve had a bad experience with? Check it out before you make your decision. As for painters and window cleaners, we will be featuring them in our new series, check back for 3 things to ask them!
  3. Their pricing – what do they charge and what is included? Have a Kelowna home stager come by your home to do a consultation, most stagers do this for free. They will come by your Kelowna home and let you know of what they think needs to be either fixed or worked on. Then they can come up with a preliminary budget for your review. Some of the things on the list, you may be able to tackle on your own. Leave the large projects for the Kelowna home stager – they are the professional!

If you are looking for a home stager, then contact the team at Quincy Vrecko and Associates. We work with some of the top stagers in town that do an amazing job on our Kelowna home listings. Our team of dedicated real estate professionals want to ensure you hire the best team for your Kelowna home. Contact our agents today and we can get you in touch with some of the best Kelowna Home Stagers. Call 1-778-760-2860!

Lake Country: What to do + Where to go

Lake Country is a city just north of Kelowna and south of Vernon. It is home to approximately 13,000 and is no shortage of great things to do. Lake Country has amazing views of Lake Okanagan, home to beautiful wineries and great restaurants. If you are looking to try a few new things to do, head up to Lake Country to give these places a try.

Drink Here → Gray Monk Winery

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Drink here!

If you are craving some of the delicious Okanagan wine look no further. Check out Gray Monk Winery located in Lake Country.  The Heiss family moved to the Okanagan in 1972 and that’s where their story begins. This award-winning winery is known for having amazing local wines that have won awards year after year. We can’t even pick a favorite, there are so many great choices at this local winery.

Eat Here → The Jammery

If you have lived in the Okanagan for over a minute, odds are you have heard of the ever popular restaurant, The Jammery. They offer breakfast and lunch options and a wide variety of amazing jams to purchase. Some of their food items were featured on Canada’s You Gotta Eat Here tv show. Stop by, enjoy some amazing food and grab some jams to bring home.  

kangaroo in a field at Kangaroo creek farm

Go here!

Go Here → The Kangaroo Creek Farm

Now, although this isn’t open for the season yet, we couldn’t write a blog about Lake Country without throwing this one in. Keep this one in mind for next month on opening day. If you love animals, this is the spot for you. There are things to do for all ages including feeding kangaroos and holding baby joeys! This spot tends to get very busy over the summer months and are packed full of visitors from all over. March 17th is opening day, head to the Kangaroo Creek Farm and bring the family, this is something you do not want to miss out on!

Well, there you have it! Lake Country is home to great restaurants, amazing award-winning wineries and fun excursions. If you are looking to make Lake Country your home, contact the team at Quincy Vrecko and Associates. Our knowledgeable team of real estate agents are ready to assist you with your next Lake Country home purchase. Our team of dedicated agents are knowledgeable on what the real estate market is doing in Lake Country. We can’t wait to help you find your next home! Call 1-778-760-2860 today!  

Last Minute Valentine’s Day Gifts under $100

Uh oh, you forgot! It’s Valentine’s Day and you have nothing planned or a gift ready to go? Fear not, the team at Quincy Vrecko and Associates know how hard it can be to find things for your loved ones last minute that’s why we have created this list of the top three last minute Valentine’s Day gift ideas under $100. They won’t even know you forgot it was today…

Valentine’s Day Gift Idea under $25.00

couple exchanging gifts

Valentine’s Day gift idea under $25.00

If you are looking to spend under $25.00 on a Valentine’s Day Gift, we’ve got the perfect one for you! Show your significant other you love them by gifting them with some coffee and a new mug! Head to your local coffee shop or a coffee shop your significant other tends to spend their mornings at. Purchase a nice mug, and inside the mug place a gift card for the coffee shop, add some chocolate and some nice wrapping paper and voila! You have a gift under $25 for Valentine’s Day!

Valentine’s Day Gift Idea under $50.00

We’re moving on up! A great gift idea for that special someone under $50.00 is a gift basket full of their favorite things. Our favorite things to put in a gift basket are, gift cards to restaurants and clothing stores, favorite snacks, a bottle of their favorite Okanagan wine or a new book! Whatever your significant other loves, put it in the gift basket! There are endless possibilities as to what you could add. Have fun with it and they won’t even know you forgot…

Google home mini

Valentine’s Day gift under $100.00

Valentine’s Day Gift Idea under $100.00

Last but not least is the final gift idea! If you are looking to spend under $100.00 on a Valentine’s Day gift for your significant other, try a new gadget! It is always fun to get a new toy and this one is fun for the whole household. One of our favourite gadgets are the new Google Home Minis. It can play music, tell you jokes and the list goes on!! Most electronic stores carry the Google Home Mini and they come in a few different colours.

There you have it! A few gift ideas for you. They won’t know you forgot and we won’t tell. From the team at Quincy Vrecko and Associates, we want to wish everyone a Happy Valentine’s Day. We hope you all have an amazing day with your significant others, friends and family.