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May 2014 - Posts

Design Your Dream Garden on a Budget
You don't have to spend hundreds of dollars on a landscape architect to add major impact to your garden this spring. Try these simple and affordable tips to get it looking beautiful in no time: Read More...
Kids Can Garden Too!
Gardening is a great activity for families to spend time together during the warm summer months. It gets children away from television and video games – and gives them some exercise while learning about nature in the great outdoors. Read More...
How to Price Your Home For Sale
Choosing the right list price for your house or condo can lead to a timely sale and maximize your investment, so real estate experts recommend a strategic approach based on “precise numbers” when picking a property's sales price. Read More...
Beautify Your Patio With Outdoor-Friendly Materials
Have you ever wondered why some products are suitable for the outdoors while others can only be kept inside? Read More...
Searching for a new home? Keep your emotions in check
Finding the perfect home for your family is one of life's great milestones. When you walk into your dream home, you immediately start picturing yourself there. But not so fast! Letting your heart take over can cloud your judgment in a process that equally needs your head. Here are a few ways to stay home smart when emotions are running high. Read More...
Young Adults See the Value in Home Ownership
The desire to own a home is alive and well among Ontario's younger generations, according to new research from the Ontario Real Estate Association (OREA). A large majority – 77% of Generation Y and 79% of Generation X – say home ownership is important to them. Are you one of them? Together, these generations include Ontarians aged 19 to 49 years of age. Read More...
Kids Still Not Cleaning Their Bedrooms?
You've threatened, cajoled – even begged your kids to tidy up. But it still seems you're the one facing the ultimatum: either ignore the mess or do it for them. Here are 7 tips for getting your kids onboard, without raising your voice or losing your mind... Read More...
Should you buy a new home before selling yours?
If you already own a home and you're looking to move, the biggest dilemma involves timing. Do you buy your new dream home first and hope to sell your old home fast, or do you sell first and hope that a great property comes up on the market quickly? Read More...
Garden Like a Pro: tips for healthy gardening habits
Developing a love of gardening can be a great way to plant the seed for a healthier lifestyle. The many benefits of a green thumb include consistent exercise, reduced stress and better mental health. In fact, a recent study conducted in Sweden found regular gardening can cut the risk of a heart attack and stroke and prolong life by as much as 30 per cent among a 60-plus age group. Read More...
New Window Shade Offers Energy-Efficent Style
The newest window dressing on the block called Solera Soft Shades from Hunter Douglas, combines a soft, sculpted look with added dimension and a unique cellular construction. Solera shades flow over the window in a cascade of soft pleats that beautifully filter light while adding drama and sophistication to a room. The cellular shape allows for increased energy efficiency and the colour continues inside each cell to give the shades added depth and richness. Read More...
Pay Less for Home Insurance
Shopping for a home can be a fun experience, but with so many associated expenses it can be stressful as well. One item that homebuyers rarely consider beforehand is the cost to insure the potential new house. Read More...
Financial Spring-Cleaning for Couples
Now that the annual financial anxiety season is over, how did you and your significant other do? Were you faced with tax bills or did you receive a refund? If you both had a less than spectacular financial year, don't be discouraged. Now is a great time to review your financial situation and resolve to make changes now to ensure you're in a better position next year. Here are some ideas that can help you both max out on the good and reduce the bad: Read More...
Keep a pet-safe yard this spring
The yard can be a wonderland for your pet, full of interesting smells, grass to roll in, bugs to chase and shady spots for naps. But if you use fertilizers, pesticides and other chemicals, it can be a potentially dangerous place pets too. Dr. Simon Starkey, a veterinarian with PetSmart Canada, gives us some important aspects to keep in mind for a safer outdoor adventure Read More...
6 tips for your best garden yet
Home owners know that the garden is an extension of the home and this year a lush lawn, perfect hedges and beautiful flower beds are all within your reach. Here from Husqvarna, a leader in outdoor power products, are six quick tips to help you lay the foundation for your best garden yet... Read More...