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June 2014 - Posts

An annual checkup for your home—and your energy use
Your doctor insists on seeing you at least once a year. But have you considered the same sort of schedule for your home's general health? After the coldest winter in the last 35 years, this spring and summer make the perfect time to go through an annual checklist of items, ensuring your home's overall energy efficiency. According to the Ontario Natural Gas Alliance, investing minimal time can translate into maximum savings on household bills. In 2013, average natural gas residential customers in Ontario saved about $500 on their bills, compared to 2008. Read More...
Is it Better to Buy a New or Resale Home?
The decision to buy a home is usually both exciting and daunting. While you may know the size or style of home you want, such as condominium or townhouse, the choice between a new or resale home is another important consideration.... Read More...
Break-in Proof Your Home
Did you know that the most common threat to our home while you are away on summer holidays is burglary? Typically burglary is a non-confrontational crime but being victimized can leave a family feeling vulnerable and violated. Patrice De Luca, V.P. of Marketing and Customer Care for Reliance Protectron Security Services says the first step in burglary prevention is gaining an understanding of who commits these crimes and why. Read More...
Quick Tips to Keep Your Property in Top Shape
Household maintenance is an essential part of being a home owner. Not only does it ensure that your internal environment stays healthy, but it is also necessary to maintain your new home warranty if you live in a house or condominium that is less than seven years old... Read More...
Make your home distasteful to pests
Warmer weather is upon us and just as people become more active during the summer months, so do pests. Insects, rodents and other creepy-crawlies are house- hunting for a place to settle down. Although pests may not have a penchant for crown molding, or a paint colour preference, there are certain characteristics they look for when evaluating real estate. Read More...
Is it hard to finish the home projects you start?
It's no secret that the DIY trend is growing in Canada. Homeowners are taking on more projects themselves, from major renovations to small repairs, interior and exterior design and crafting... Read More...
Think about your electricity needs when renovating
The Electrical Safety Foundation International Canada (ESFI-Canada) is encouraging homeowners to address electrical system needs as part of home renovating projects, big and small. This follows a national homeowner survey that indicates only 56% of 2014 renovation plans include electrical work. Electrical systems age, like other parts of your home, and require regular review and maintenance to ensure they are in good operating condition. Compounding this fact, the advancements in technology have increased electricity demands overall. Read More...
Six simple steps to an organized and sensational garage space
Move over kitchens and bathrooms, homeowners are focusing on a new part of the home: the garage. No longer just a place to park the car and lawn equipment, today's garages are getting bigger and better. Here are a few quick and easy projects to create a useful and organized garage. Read More...
A new barbecue season, another reason to think natural gas
The doorbell rings. Your guests have arrived and their stomachs are empty. It's time to fire up the grill. Coming off an unusually long winter—the coldest in 35 years—Ontarians everywhere will be looking to take advantage of great weather with family and friends. And with outdoor temperatures on the rise, so too is the sweet smell of the backyard barbecue. Read More...
Help your kids be safer online
While the Internet is a positive space for many kids and teens, and an integral part of their everyday communication, it is important to teach children about online safety. Read More...
Summer safety starts at home
With summer just around the corner, many Canadians will be spending more time outdoors enjoying the weather, but unfortunately, this can also mean more cuts, scrapes and burns. To help, Target Pharmacy has compiled a list of recommended items for your at-home first aid kit to ensure you're ready for summer safety. If you're travelling, it's also important to consider having a first aid kit in your car or at your vacation destination like cottages or campsites. Read More...
Four kitchen fixes for great compliments
No matter if you're an aspiring chef or TV dinner connoisseur, if the look of your kitchen makes you want to dine out it may be time for an upgrade. The kitchen should be the heart of your home where you entertain, hold family meetings and even pay bills. So why not take it from make-do to magnificent? Read More...
Tips for a Successful Open House
Hosting an open house is a valuable exercise in the home selling process, so it is important to do it right, says Costa Poulopoulos, president of the Ontario Real Estate Association. “Just as visitors are expected to follow certain etiquette when entering an open house, hosts of open houses have their own set of rules to follow.” Read More...
Buying Solo? Consider these house hunting essentials
The housing market remains active, with a quarter of Canadians either having recently bought a home or planning to do so within the next two years. And as a recent survey for TD found, a quarter of buyers are now doing so on their own rather than with another person, such as a partner or spouse Read More...
Give Your Bathroom the 5-Hour Makeover
Do you consider yourself a weekend warrior? If so, transform your bathroom on a budget and in a single afternoon with these fast fixer-uppers... Read More...
Do Home Renovations Right the First Time
Warm, sunny weather means the start of lots of things – including home renovation season. So whether you've just bought a new place or want to turn your house into your dream home, step #1 is to pick out fixtures and paint colours Read More...
Moving On Up - Financial tips to help you settle into your new home
Whether you're moving into your first apartment or upgrading to a new home, making your move can be both an exciting and stressful time. From packing up your things to coordinating the move, there are lots of to-do's to check off your list, including making sure that your finances are in order. Read More...