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April 2015 - Posts

3 Simple Décor Updates to Get Your Home Ready to Sell
Starting a new life in a new home is an exciting milestone for families and couples. However, for many home buyers, this ray of excitement comes with a cloud of stress to make the necessary updates so that your home is in tip top shape and ready to sell. Before knocking down walls and... Read More...
Top Tools for Spring Cleaning
The snow has finally melted and warmer weather has arrived. The trouble is, all that brilliant sunshine has a way of highlighting the mess that's been hiding under the snow for all these months. Suddenly your spring cleaning “to-do” list is looking longer than ever Read More...
How to get your home ready quickly when selling
A scheduled 'open house' is an ideal way to show a home in its best condition. Sometimes however, prospective buyers offer little notice before requesting a visit, says Patricia Verge, president of the Ontario Real Estate Association (OREA). “Sellers need to be prepared to welcome potential buyers at any time, sometimes even at mealtime.” Read More...
Inquire before you Hire
Hiring a tradesperson is a difficult decision for many Ontario families. Tradespeople provide specialized skills and expertise on subjects that many of us have no knowledge. This lack of knowledge leaves Ontario homeowners vulnerable to being duped by dishonest individuals claiming to be certified tradespeople. Read More...
Things to seriously consider while home hunting
When it comes to finding just the right home, it's important for prospective buyers to have far more than just a good feeling before putting an offer on the table. Read More...
Five signs your home insulation is not working
Some insulations can lose performance over time, sustain damage or simply no longer meet updated building codes. It's an issue that can be costly, because if your home's insulation isn't doing its job, you could be wasting money and resources. Read More...
How to make your renovation a successful, positive experience
In Canada, renovation spending has more than doubled since the late 1990s to reach nearly $65 billion last year alone. Often the investment a homeowner makes is substantial both, financially and emotionally. The stakes are high. That's why it's imperative that the job is done well from start to finish. There are a number of steps a homeowner can take to ensure a positive experience and a successful outcome, including... Read More...
Create a real estate team before buying a home
Buying or selling property is a complex process, but it's not a lonely one. Real estate experts estimate that a person could speak to as many as 14 different professionals during the process. Read More...
Home maintenance tips for first-time buyers
Purchasing a home for the first time is an experience no one forgets – so don't let yourself get overwhelmed. With so much to consider beyond the mortgage payments, inspections, and the property taxes, many first-time buyers overlook important maintenance tasks that should also be done right away for energy efficiency and to save money in the long run. Read More...