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October 2015 - Posts

Learn how and when to use a fire extinguisher
Do you have a fire extinguisher in your home? And as importantly, do you know how to use one? What good is a fire extinguisher if you don't actually know how to use it? Unfortunately, most people don't know how to use them and are unclear about what they should actually be used for. Read More...
Storage Wars - Hibernating your outdoor tools for the season
As the weather cools and homeowners begin to begrudgingly pack away their tools and equipment from the summer, it's common for tools to get piled haphazardly and forgotten. The result of this approach is often a garage or shed that looks like an abandoned storage locker. Read More...
Keep your home safe for Halloween
Eerie sounds, spooky lights and jack-o'-lanterns aglow—extra efforts at Halloween will keep visitors coming back for both tricks and treats. However, to keep the fun going, it's important to plan your home's scary set-up with safety in mind. Read More...
Smart House: 5 Thoughtful Design Ideas To Raise Your Home's I.Q.
Do you remember the first time you met that “out of this world” family, the Jetsons? While we may not have flying cars or robot maids just yet, the idea of a “smart home” is very real. Take a step closer to this futuristic way of life with these five thoughtful additions that can go a long way in boosting the intelligence of your home. Read More...
Does your lifestyle fit a condo?
There are many appeals and attractions that draw Canadians towards the condo life. Simplicity, efficiency, security, even glamour are all features that attract people to condominiums. But before making a down payment on your castle in the sky, you may want to reflect on the life you've already built − and on your future plans – to ensure that the home that has caught your eye is truly a good fit. Read More...
Ask the right questions in a high-pressure buying situation
When your dream house is someone else's dream house too, you may be facing a bidding war. Having to make an offer on short notice is not only stressful, it can present a real risk that something important will be overlooked. Read More...
Fall weather means increased concerns about the silent killer
You may know that carbon monoxide (CO) is called the silent killer because humans cannot see, smell or taste it. But do you know what concentration this deadly gas must reach before a CO alarm sounds? Do you know if CO gas is heavier or lighter than air? Read More...
Terms to know when buying or selling a home
When it comes to real estate, there is no shortage of terminology and plenty of room for confusion. Here is a list of a few common real estate terms you'll hear at least once during your home buying and selling process... Read More...
Reds are a go for design in 2016
We've all done it. Gone down the rabbit hole of Pinterest and countless other sites, spending hours looking at beautiful homes and yearning over them all. The aftermath is that you're now inspired to redesign your own space, but don't quite know where to begin. What will the design be? What style do I choose? A good place to start is with colour. Colour is emotional and has the ability to awaken the senses. And no colour radiates passion and vitality more than red, so why not start there? Read More...
Newly built home? Think inspection before possession
When buying a resale home, many prospective buyers hire a home inspector. It's not a requirement of course, but it makes sense. Why not check under the hood before spending all that money? When buying a new home from a builder things are very different. Often there is no house to inspect. There may not even be a hole in the ground. You are buying the future. It may take weeks, months or even years before you get to step over the threshold to that new home but when you do it should be for an inspection. In fact, builders are required to do a thorough, floor-by-floor walk through with you before they hand over the keys. Read More...
Tips for painting furniture to save money and rejuvenate outdated pieces
Do you have a piece of furniture that is outdated or no longer in keeping with your decor? Maybe it is a family heirloom passed down through the years or a fabulous flea market find. If so, you might want to think twice about throwing it out. All it takes is a simple coat of paint to dramatically transform the furniture in your home. You'll be amazed by the dramatic results you get for a minimal cost. Plus, upcycling reduces waste, which is always a bonus. Make refinishing furniture a fun weekend project and give your outdated pieces a second chance at life with these simple steps Read More...
Create a Fan Favourite Entertainment Room
Your home is a space to express your personality and passion. For sports fans, this is often done by plastering the wall with team merchandise and paraphernalia. However, passion and style can absolutely go hand-in-hand. Sharon Grech, Benjamin Moore Colour & Design Expert, shares her tips for a fan favourite entertainment room. Read More...