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August 2015 - Posts

What to ask yourself before buying a home
If you're thinking about buying some property soon, you have taken the first of many steps towards making it a reality. Read More...
Design your living space by numbers
Equations are for more than just math class. Did you know there's a proper order of operations for your home too? Whether it's arranging your couch and television for optimal viewing, or making sure towel bars are right within reach, knowing a few key numbers can help you determine the ideal place for each item in your home – creating spaces that look great and are easy-to-use. Read More...
How to avoid expensive roof repairs
Canada's harsh weather can take its toll on your home. Year after year, the wind, rain, snow, ice and blistering sun take years off your home's life. It's no wonder that the aging process is most noticeable and expensive on the area that suffers the most – your roof. Read More...
Get professional assistance when selling a home
The availability of information via the Internet makes doing just about anything by ourselves seem possible, but is it wise to take all matters into our own hands? Read More...
How to price your home just right when selling
When shopping for property, buyers pay attention to the price more than any other factor, new research from the Ontario Real Estate Association (OREA) reveals. According to 75% of Ontarians planning to buy in the next two years, price has the biggest impact on whether a buyer wants to see more of a home. Read More...
How to positively impact your community
Helping to create welcoming, safe and sustainable space in a community takes time, commitment and the passion to turn visions into reality. Whether you are a local parent, neighbour with passion or a volunteer on the school council, there are many ways to help revitalize our communities. Read More...
Get to know a little real estate language
There are many terms you'll hear real estate professionals use during your home buying process. While there are too many to list, these are a few you'll surely hear at least once:. Read More...
Style and design tips to achieve your dream kitchen
hether you're in for a complete remodel or are looking to make cosmetic updates, the latest kitchen design trends will help you create a fresh, bold and inviting space. Read More...
Get into a healthy routine for the school year ahead
New and demanding routines on those first few days back at school can be intimidating for both parents and kids alike. To assist, the Canadian Health Food Association (CHFA) offers some tips to help your little ones start off the school year feeling strong. Read More...
Designers have their say on four common decorating myths
Let's face it, as countless home decorating tips abound, one's first instinct is to take them as truths. Yet, why is it that we continue to listen to others' 'rules' when it comes time to decorate our own homes? Hunter Douglas, a leading window treatment company, asked two top designers to describe what they believe to be the most common decorating myths. Read More...
Buy your first home in Canada with confidence
Home ownership varies across the country – and this investment also varies among Chinese and South Asian newcomers. More than one-third (39%) who have lived in Canada for less than five years report they own a home or condo. Another one-third (34 per cent) plan to purchase property within the next two years, according to a Newcomer Home Ownership study conducted by RBC. Read More...
How to choose the perfect kitchen sink
If you are planning to renovate your kitchen, you've probably thought of all the changes you want to make and have big plans for every last wall you wish to paint and appliance you desire to replace. However, one of the most underrated details that can make the biggest impact in your kitchen is the sink. Since this is a feature you'll use every day for numerous chores and activities, taking the extra time to pick the perfect sink will be worth the effort. Read More...
Amp up your home entertainment system
Watching a movie together has always been a fun and simple way to spend time with your family. However, as content becomes more easily accessed online, we find ourselves glued to smaller, portable screens rather than enjoying great media content the way it was meant to be experienced – on a great TV. Read More...
How to tackle your home's stubborn stains and odors
From wall stains to washing machines, indoor stains and smells can be a challenge to tackle. Luckily, there are surprisingly simple methods to erase them for good. Here are a few tips to freshen up the most stubborn spots in your home. Read More...
Expert tips on how to select the perfect paint for your home
Life is hectic, which means your home has to go through a lot – especially its walls. They must be prepared for anything; from huge family get-togethers and kids' play dates, to days of furniture rearranging and room makeovers. According to professional contractor and host of shows such as House of Bryan, Leave it to Bryan, and Disaster DIY, a good coat of paint is the necessary starting point to help your home stand up to the wear and tear of family life this summer. Read More...
Natural gas conversion easier than you think
There are many reasons to switch to natural gas in your home. Whether you want to have on-demand access to one of the safest energy sources available, enjoy the savings that come from cooling and heating with natural gas, the just-in-time availability of hot water or embrace the convenience of using a BBQ without having the hassle of picking up new propane cylinders, there's a reason for everyone. Read More...
How to get a designer-inspired home without the designer cost
As you flip through the glossy pages of design magazines, there are countless images of expertly-designed homes that are decorated in a way that seems to flow seamlessly from room to room. This is because designers consider each room in terms of its relation to another and choose colours that work together in harmony. This is especially important given the popularity of open concept homes, though not everyone hires a designer or has a knack for design. In most cases, choosing complementary paint colours can be tricky, so most homeowners end up picking one colour for an entire floor. But if you want to bring your walls to life, consider the following when picking colours for your home... Read More...