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Do you know what buying your house will really cost?
When you're house-hunting it's easy to focus on the “big” numbers like asking price and offer price. But before you sign the purchase agreement, you should take time to budget for the additional costs that come with every home purchase. Read More...
4 unexpected upgrades to increase your home's value
With home prices increasingly steadily, now is the time to invest in your home. Whether you're ready to sell now, or want to boost your home's value for the future, there are a few upgrades that can make a big impact. Read More...
Five quirky facts about Canada you may not know
With three coastlines, six time zones, 10 provinces and three territories spread out over almost 10 million square kilometres, Canada is one of the most geographically diverse nations on earth. We also have one of the most diverse populations Read More...
Simple ways to save on household expenditures
As a homeowner, there are many simple ways to reduce monthly expenditures and realize savings, and the easiest place to start is with your monthly energy bill. Here are a few changes you can make that can have a lasting impact on your wallet and the planet... Read More...
Prepare backyard furniture for endless summer fun
Whether you have a garden oasis or an activity filled pool in your back yard, outdoor living has evolved past a picnic table and a few folding chairs. Today you have the option of sunshades, privacy curtains, coffee conversation furniture, outdoor kitchens and decorative pillows. Ultimately the goal is to create a warm and inviting area where you can relax and enjoy the warmer months. Read More...
What new homeowners need to know about renovations and repairs
Attention new home owners. We know you've waited a long time to finally move into your home and make it your own. But we offer these words of advice: Hold off on doing any renovations or repairs. Since your new home is under warranty, it's your builder's responsibility to take care of any defects which you identify. What's more, renovating a new home can actually jeopardize your warranty rights. Read More...
5 landscaping tips to increase your property value
Investing in landscaping can bring some of the biggest returns for homeowners, yet too often it remains overlooked or underdone. The same care and attention we apply to interior renovations should be applied to the garden. “Curb appeal plays a huge role in selling your home and adding value to it,” says Michelle Sordi, director of marketing at Husqvarna, the world's largest producer of outdoor power products. “Enhancing your outdoor space with smart landscaping solutions is a great way to invest in your home.” Read More...
Spring cleaning for your kitchen
Spring is a great time for a fresh start, but spring cleaning is something that most people dread. That dusty refrigerator top, cluttered cabinets and an oven that smokes when you use it have been ignored long enough. It may seem like an ominous task but here are some tips to make spring cleaning a breeze: Read More...
How to clean up the house quickly for spring
Out with the old and in with the new. Sally Morse, director of creative services for leading window fashions company, Hunter Douglas, offers the following tips to give your home a blast of spring fever... Read More...
Tips from top designers to make open-plan designing easy
Increasingly, people are foregoing the traditional kind of home they grew up in – a warren of rooms separated by walls – and opting for open-plan homes featuring multi-purpose areas such as great rooms that combine the kitchen, dining room and living room. And, no surprise, decorators are devising new techniques to enhance this most livable style. Read More...
Quick and easy ways to bring order to the bath
The bathroom is one of the most used rooms in a house, which means it can also become home to a lot of clutter. But, that doesn't mean getting organized has to be difficult or even complicated. Read More...
Helpful hints to make money goals stick
While everyone sets out with the best of intentions, the truth is that making goals is easier than following through with them, especially when it comes to personal finance. But with a little preparation you can be the exception to the rule. Read More...
Protect your children from liquid laundry detergent packets
Liquid laundry detergent packets are small and often brightly coloured, and with their squishy texture, children can easily mistake them for candy. These products often contain highly concentrated cleaning products that are dangerous if ingested or if they come into contact with eyes or skin. Similar products, like dishwasher detergent packets, could pose the same risks. Read More...
Bathroom renos continue to top lists
Home renovations continue to be important investments for Canadians, According to a recent report by Scotiabank, Canadians spent over $53 billion on home improvements in 2015, and this trend is likely to continue. Read More...
Transform your home today to stay safe tomorrow
While many can only dream of the day they'll retire, for Baby Boomers, that dream is becoming a reality. But retirement doesn't necessarily mean relocating to a senior community. More and more, adults choose to “age in place,” remaining in their current home, even after retirement. Here are a few ways to add extra convenience today – and ensure a safe home in the future. Read More...
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