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How to Get your Home Ready for the Summer

Tuesday Apr 11th, 2017

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When the winter season ends and the cold weather is gone until fall, it is time to get ready for summer and the hot weather. Your home also needs preparations for the heat. Many appliances, devices and systems at your home require cleaning or repairing. Photo: depositphotos. Air conditioner filter One of the most important things to take care about is the air conditioning system. Inspect your air conditioning unit, perform a test run, check the refrigerant level and replace the air... [read more]

Remodeling the Attic

Friday Apr 07th, 2017

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The attic is a space under the roof. The roof forms the two attic walls, and the gables form the other two. Many houses have an attic. However, not all the homeowners are lucky to have a house with a renovated attic. The attic often serves only as a storage for the old things and forgotten memories. Children are afraid of the attic and tell stories about the ghosts and monsters that “live” there. Photo: depositphotos. Old attic of a house In fact, the only ghost that... [read more]

Paint the Walls

Friday Mar 31st, 2017

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Interior design is important for your home. If the design is wrong, the interior looks bad and it's uncomfortable to stay inside. One of the most important things in interior design is the wall decoration. The walls make a significant part of the home space and the way they look affects the overall impression more than furniture and decorations. If you want to change the home interior, you need to start with painting and decorating the walls. Photo: depositphotos. Peeling Paint... [read more]

Deal with Your Garage

Wednesday Mar 29th, 2017

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      For some people, a garage is just a place where they put their car for the night. However, for many of us, a garage is a warehouse for not-too-much-needed things. All the stuff people don't use, but still don't want to throw away or the things they use once a year is stored in the garage. So, the garage often turns into a dump and you have to spend hours to find whatever you need. Cluttered garages are often infested with rats, mice and other pests. Photo:... [read more]

Pests: Small Enemies of Your Home

Sunday Mar 26th, 2017

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It doesn't matter how well you maintain your home, there is always a chance for the pests to appear in it. These little abominations do their best to constantly come at your home and get on your nerves. They leave behind dirt, they spoil your things, eat your food, even ruin your home appliances. How can you get rid of them? Photo: depositphotos. Home fly on table macro closeup There are several ways to deal with the pests. The easiest way is to use chemicals. You can buy many... [read more]

Container Gardening: It's Time to Go Green

Tuesday Mar 21st, 2017

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Container gardening is becoming more popular nowadays. Many people, who want to have a “green corner” in their home, grow plants in containers. Green plants produce oxygen and absorb carbon dioxide, so this is a great opportunity not only to decorate your home, but also to improve the condition of the air. In addition, green color is good for the nervous system and has a calming effect. Photo: depositphotos. View of the many pots with seedlings. How to start a сontainer... [read more]

How to Choose A Robotic Vacuum Cleaner

Friday Mar 17th, 2017

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What can be more boring and tiring than cleaning the floor in your home? Sometimes we just have to force ourselves to do it, but thanks to the robot vacuum cleaners we can suffer no more. They appeared on the market just a few years ago and already managed to gain the popularity and love of people. Robotic vacuums work without needing a human control. They have sensors that allow them to navigate in different spaces, even under the couch. Photo: depositphotos. Complex floor cleaning A... [read more]

A Good Air Conditioner for Your Home

Wednesday Mar 15th, 2017

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In summer the weather can be really hot and this often makes people feel bad and get tired or sleepy easily. A good air conditioner (AC) can save the day and keep you and your family cool during even the hottest times. Install a good weather-stripping around your window and door frames. Without it, the conditioned air will get out. And this will result in more energy consumption for your AC. It is very important to choose the right air conditioner. The cooling capacity and the size of the... [read more]

Take Care of Your Yard

Friday Mar 03rd, 2017

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Maintaining your yard can be a challenge. A lawn requires constant mowing, the pool needs cleaning, and the sidewalk should be cleaned and repaired. If you have trees and bushes in the yard, then pruning is required to keep them in a good state. Add the leaf-raking and the snow cleaning to the list. Photo: depositphotos. Young adult man, personnel cleaning the pool from leaves Your pool needs care all the year round, even in winter and even if you don't use it much. There is... [read more]

How to Keep Your Home Safe While You are Away

Wednesday Mar 01st, 2017

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When you are going on vacation or at any other time of your absence you leave your home in danger. It can be robbed, a fire can happen or there can be a natural disaster. It is important to take a range of measures that can protect your home and let you not to worry about its safety during your trip. Photo: depositphotos. Couple on a beach It's important for you to be reached easily in case of an emergency. If you are going away for a long period of time, find someone who can keep... [read more]

Alternative Energy for Your Home

Friday Feb 24th, 2017

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Alternative energy sources are considered a next step in the evolution of the energy industry. Many scientists believe that in the future humanity will be able to use only the energy derived from these kinds of sources. Some of these forms of energy, such as solar or wind energy are available for individual use. Photo: depositphotos. Solar panel on a red roof The use of solar panels can not only save your money, but also makes it possible to get a sort of the energy independence. You... [read more]

Protect Your Home From Fire

Wednesday Feb 22nd, 2017

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The fire is one of the most serious threats to the person's life, health and property. It is very important to understand the basic rules of the fire safety. Following these rules you can avoid the risk of fire, as well as help your friends and family protect their homes. Here are some tips on how to avoid a fire in your home. Photo: depositphotos. Rooftop house fire Cooking is one of the main causes of home fires and kitchen is the place where the majority of house fires starts.... [read more]

What to Do with Your Basement?

Friday Feb 17th, 2017

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What do you imagine when you hear the word "basement"? Usually people imagine a dark place filled with rubbish, cobwebs and dust. The potential of the basement is often underestimated, but what if it was a little bit more of a friendlier place? Is it possible to transform the basement into a real room, but not into a den filled with junk and spiders? Photo: depositphotos. Old staircase If you want to renovate your basement the first thing to do is to evaluate the amount of... [read more]

To Buy or to Rent: A Question Only You Can Answer

Wednesday Feb 15th, 2017

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Some people consider home ownership as a measure of success and a symbol of financial independence. Having one's own home was always a part of the “perfect life” dream. However, after the housing crisis and the rise of the prices, buying home became a challenge. Today many people changed their minds and see renting as a better choice. Photo: depositphotos. Money coins with home, Saving for buy home concept The main advantage of buying a home is that once... [read more]

Renovate Your Home Wisely

Sunday Feb 12th, 2017

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Renovation of your home is a long and complicated process. Over time, each house gets older and starts requiring a lot of work, so it's better to make a renovation every several years and plan it beforehand. Think about everything you want to do. Check all the weak spots that require repairs and look through the home design websites. Don't underestimate the amount of work to be done. Be prepared for anything. You also may consider hiring an experienced contractor, if you are not able or... [read more]

Seeking an Experienced Home Contractor

Friday Feb 10th, 2017

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There are many reasons for someone to make a renovation of their home: the age of the house or its condition; the owner's plans on selling the house or a simple desire of changes. Sometimes finding an experienced and reliable contractor can be a tough call. There are many offers on the market, but which one is the best suitable option for you? Photo: depositphotos. Team of architects on construction site Before you start searching for a contractor, think about the work you want to... [read more]

Can a Home be Smarter than its Owner?

Friday Feb 03rd, 2017

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Smart home was a dream of the Golden Age of Science Fiction. A home that does all the housework on it's own — what can be better than that? Thanks to the modern technologies we can now face this vision of the future. Smart home is a home equipped with special devices and appliances that allow the residents to control all the home systems remotely via PC or a smartphone. Systems of the smart home can be programmed to perform specific actions independently. Temperature control,... [read more]

Assembling a Toolbox For Your Home

Wednesday Feb 01st, 2017

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Your home is not an unbreakable system. Very often since your first day in a new home, you may experience small accidents. Your kids are able to break almost everything there is in the house and your pet can chew and crush the rest of it. Many systems of your home require maintenance and sometimes you have to do things as quickly as possible. Every homeowner has to deal with the new-manifesting problems. One of the first things you need to get into your new home is a tool kit. A set of solid... [read more]

Child-Proofing and Pet-Proofing your Home

Monday Jan 30th, 2017

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Your home is your castle, yet it can be not safe for your children and pets. The number of children and pets injured by hazards in and around the home increases each year. When you expect a baby or want to bring home a pet, make sure your home is a safe for them. The processes of preparing your home for a baby and for a pet are similar, so there are some general ideas you can follow to make your home a foolproof place. Children are often passionate about the fire. Pets can chew the wires... [read more]

A Dream of a Home

Monday Jan 30th, 2017

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Everyone has a dream home. What are your dream home features? Have you thought about what it would be like to have a personal bar or training room in your home? What about a beautiful library with high bookshelves and a quiet fireplace? Ready-for-living homes are great investments, and for some people, these homes satisfy the dream of home ownership. But creating a custom home, personalized to your specifications is a whole new level of home ownership. Imagine coming home after a hard day... [read more]

Easy Ways to Keep Your Home Clean

Monday Jan 30th, 2017

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Keeping your home clean can be time-consuming. Though you don’t have to do all the work at once, there is a multitude of things which are needed to be done. If you want to live in a clean and comfortable home, you should maintain it every day. The most important thing in home is to wash your hands. 80 percent of all infectious diseases are transmitted by contact, both direct and indirect. Washing your hands can become the critical thing to do for your own protection. Open the... [read more]

Home Insurance: a Needful Precaution

Monday Jan 30th, 2017

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Home is probably the most expensive investment a person can make. Keeping it well protected in any event is essential. The most important thing is to understand how much insurance you will need. You need to know the actual price of your home. If your home is damaged or destroyed, you need to know what it will cost to replace the damaged part of the home. A home builder or assessment company should be able to give you the truest value. You can save money bundling your homeowner’s insurance... [read more]

Millennial Choice

Monday Jan 30th, 2017

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Millennials is a generation that is now between the ages of 16 and 36. More than 60% of them are at an age to buy a home. What makes millennials so special homebuyers is that they aren’t looking for traditional floor plans. They look for high functionality and don’t want any space to be wasted. Proper dining rooms are becoming outdated as modern families are enormously busy and tremendously dynamic. The previous generations used dining rooms every day. Besides longer... [read more]

Do You Need a Mortgage Broker?

Monday Jan 30th, 2017

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Many homebuyers use the services of a mortgage broker in order to find the best terms and rates. A mortgage broker collects all the necessary documents from a borrower and gives those documents along to a mortgage lender for underwriting and approval. The mortgage funds are lent in the name of the lender, and the broker takes an origination fee from the lender as compensation for services. Working with an experienced and competent mortgage broker can help you find the... [read more]

Smart Design for Your Home

Monday Jan 30th, 2017

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Do you want your home to be an eye-catcher? Do you want your guests to wonder and envy when it comes to the interior design? The interior design of your home is a reflection of your life. There are several things that elegantly decorated rooms have in common - they generally have a unified color palette, they are tidy and uncluttered. When it comes to hanging curtains or assembly of furniture, most of us just eyeball it. But there are specific measurements and instruments for decorating... [read more]

Pre-sale Improvements: Unnecessary Upgrades

Monday Jan 30th, 2017

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If you decided to sell your home there are some things you must remember. First and primary, the home should be tidy, clean, repaired and look good. Often, major renovations are not essential, and they cost more than can be recouped in the sales price. It’s better to spend a part of the cost of renovation and get a far larger impact. Give the house a careful cleaning, a fresh coat of paint on your walls and replace exhausted floors or work surfaces. While beautiful interlocking or... [read more]

Buying a New Condo

Monday Jan 30th, 2017

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Are you ready to live in a condo? Sometimes living in a small space can be challenging, but if you get used to this kind of life, you can enjoy every moment of it. Condo is an available type of real estate. This means not only that it is cheap. One of the main advantages of condominium complexes is the infrastructure that surrounds the complex. You won’t face problems with transport, because condos are often built in well-developed areas. Condo can provide you with everything you... [read more]

Not So Important Things For a Homebuyer

Monday Jan 30th, 2017

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Choosing a home that needs a little work can save you money. It may also give you a little more time to make a decision, when the market is moving quickly, as it is right now. Painting your home is pretty much the least expensive improvement you can make. And it has the largest return on investment of any improvement you can make. There are homes sit on the market, simply because they are of some horrible color and all it would take is a new paint job. Just because a home is dark brown, or... [read more]

Rise of a Home Price

Monday Jan 30th, 2017

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Nothing seems to stop the Canadian housing market. House prices continue to increase; demand is rising, and residential construction activity is also growing. With home prices in Toronto, Vancouver and their surrounding areas, increasing enormously, many first-time buyers are being forced to either move out of the city or reconsider their home ownership dreams. To afford a home, Canadians are going to need either to increase their income, or to decrease their housing budget (and... [read more]

Moving with Children

Monday Jan 30th, 2017

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So, everything is finally settled. You have chosen the new home, and have made the down payment. Now you are ready to move into your new home and here comes the most difficult part – planning the move and telling your kids. Moving to the new home can be a challenging experience for you, but it is even more challenging for your family. It doesn’t matter if you are moving to another country or just around the block, children and teenagers usually don’t like the very idea of... [read more]

A Good Home is a Well-Maintained Home

Monday Jan 30th, 2017

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Owning a home is a serious responsibility, but regular maintenance allows you avoid major problems. Check up on your exterior, appliances, heating and cooling, plumbing, security, and electrical systems on a regular basis. This routine can prevent failures, save your money and keep your home in a good state. Photo: depositphotos. Home Air Filter Replacement Check and, if needed, clean or change all the filters in your home once in a few months. Heating, ventilation and air... [read more]

Buying Your First Home

Monday Jan 30th, 2017

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Are you a first-time home buyer? Everything is a surprise when you experience it for the first time. Your first home is the initial step into a whole new world of property. There are some questions to answer about the home you want. Photo: depositphotos. New Home on road sign Think about your lifestyle. It's essential to review all the characteristics of each location. You need to understand what your goals are and how the possession of real estate corresponds with those... [read more]

Mortgage: a Wise Choice to Make

Monday Jan 30th, 2017

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After years of hard work and renting, you finally decided to buy your own place. It's a significant step in your life. You saved enough money for a proper down payment, looked though the real estate market and found a nice place. You think it is the time to make an offer, but there is still much work to do. Seems strange, but many people spend more time researching their new smart phone than their mortgage. Let's go through several tips that can help you with your future... [read more]

Major Types of Houses

Monday Jan 30th, 2017

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In Canadian real estate there are three major types of ownership: freehold, co-operative and condominium. Each of them has its own advantages and disadvantages. The owner of each type is responsible for maintaining the property and following the bylaws.             Photo: depositphotos. Modern condominium, apartment with white and lot of glass Condominium is a form of property that can be applied to almost any type of housing. To be an... [read more]

Small Space Solutions

Sunday Jan 08th, 2017

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Downsized housing is becoming more and more popular among Canada’s young buyers — an unavoidable development in a financial climate defined by static income growth and rising costs. Small condominium units are practically suitable for the taste of the millennial generation which usually spends more time outside the home. The emergence of small condos is a market response to the needs of young Canadians. This is the way to deliver efficient spaces at an affordable... [read more]

Top Reasons To Invest In Real Estate Now

Monday Dec 19th, 2016

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Today we can witness the fast and strong growth of Canada’s housing market. The prices of property in Canada’s major cities rose almost by 12% during 2016. Despite the effort of the central bank, the house prices still rise. And this trend remains stable. So, if you want to buy a house, it's better to do it now. The price of real estate continues to increase every year, therefore acquiring real estate is a quite safe long-term investments one can make. Canadian cities represent... [read more]

Top Reasons Why You Need a Real Estate Agent. Part 1

Friday Dec 16th, 2016

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Everyone who ever tried to buy or sell property, thought about the dilemma of choosing a Realtor or making everything by himself. Most of you think that there is no reason to pay someone for the job that you can do by yourself, isn’t it? But even if the real estate purchase seems to be easy, it not. Below is a list of top reasons why you should never buy or sell your home without a real estate professional. 1. Authenticity of information In the era of new technologies, we tend to... [read more]

Top Reasons Why You Need a Real Estate Agent. Part 2

Friday Dec 16th, 2016

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6. Pricing Expertise Real estate agent is a professional, who can easily set a price on a home the very minute he walks through the door. Realtors pose the required experience, and they can select proper comparable and do accurate adjustments, guide sellers and buyers through all the important issues of comparative market analyses and the significant pricing principles. If they have a lot of experience in a market, they are also up to speed on how well a neighborhood holds its... [read more]

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