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10 Fall Cleanup Tips

Here's what can be done in the fall to make spring lawn and garden care as painless as possible: Clean Out Debris Fallen leaves and weeds are the perfect place for pests to settle in for the winter. Clear out flower beds to keep them away. Pay special attention to rose beds, if you have them, as their foliage can foster disease over the winter. Beware Rogue Branches Trim up any large or out-of-place tree branches that may cause trouble during the winter. You don’t want any branches breaking and falling during the snowfall and ice storms we’re bound to see again this winter. Clean...

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Maintain Your Appliances

It is a certainty that your household appliances will not outlive the lifespan of your home. Sooner or later, they will need to be replaced. You can, however, extend their longevity and prevent premature replacement costs with regular maintenance. Proper care and maintenance can make a difference in the life span of your home appliances. Well maintained appliances can save you money in the long run, not only in replacement costs but also in energy costs. Dishwasher – Average Lifespan: 13 years Your dishwasher may have a filter located near the bottom or under the lower spray arm which...

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Eco-Friendly Renos

Regardless of the time of year, many of us spend time pondering all of those tasks (large and small) we’ve been meaning to get to around the house. From replacing kitchen appliances, to installing new lighting, to renovating an entire room or floor, there’s never a bad time to tackle these projects. Don’t wait until the dust has settled before you consider the environmental impact of your choices. Act now to make your next renovation environmentally friendly. Start Small You certainly can’t solve the world’s energy crisis with one renovation. Nor can you be expected to paint a house...

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Insurance or Survey?

Written By Lorne Shuman Since the inception of title insurance, we are seeing far fewer surveys in real estate transactions.  The reason for this is simple.  When title insurance was introduced into the Canadian marketplace in the mid 1990s, it was first offered to lenders as an economical way to simplify refinance transactions by eliminating the lender's requirement that the borrower provide an up to date survey of the property.  Fast forward to today and it is commonplace for real estate purchase transactions to close without the buyer obtaining a survey of the property.  This...

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Quick and Painless Bathroom Updates

Refresh your space in less than a weekend with these 11 tips: 1. Add Some Wow – Add some glam to your powder room with affordable new features, such as a dramatic mirror or glass and chrome accent shelves. 2. Boost Cabinet Efficiency – Add pull-out shelves to deep cabinets to keep necessities in order and viewable. Equipping cabinet interiors with these sliding surfaces helps you avoid digging around in the dark or buying more of the things you already have on hand. 3. In a New Light – You’ll see your bathroom in a whole new light if you change out an out-dated light fixture...

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Wall To Wall Carpeting: Is It Worth It?

Wall-to-wall carpeting, with its many styles, textures, designs, and types of construction, is the most popular choice of floor covering for homes, and it enhances the look of most living spaces. Using it on stairs and in living rooms, family rooms, and bedrooms can make your home a more desirable and cozy place to live. When installed and cleaned properly, carpet will maintain its beauty and durability for many years. Although carpeting is easy to find in textures, colours, and patterns that will complement your furniture and window treatments, you need to do research before you buy and consider...

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Weather-Stripping: Stop Losing Money!

You may not have the money to remodel your home to save energy. However there is one simple thing to do, you can fix air leaks with weather-stripping and caulking. Seal up cracks between your toasty interior and windy exterior. This can greatly reduce your homes energy usage through more efficient heating and cooling. Of course, lowering energy usage saves you money and lowers your carbon footprint. What’s in it for you and the planet Many homes constantly leak their temperature-controlled air and take in outside weather even if they don’t feel drafty. With the windows and doors closed,...

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Wall and Floor Tile Trends

We’re a little more than halfway through the year and it might be time to revisit some of those New Year’s plans you made. For some, those goals might have included an interior renovation or two, as part of a desire to keep your home feeling fresh and exciting. There have been exciting developments in wall and floor tile trends this year that can add stunning, functional, and comfortable changes to your interior. Wood-Look Tiles Wood-look tiles have been around for some time now but their momentum and popularity has finally approached a fever pitch. Wood-look is a type of vinyl or porcelain...

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Hardwood Flooring Options

Hardwood—just the word evokes images of charm, richness, and classic looks. Wood floors last a lifetime and gain “character” with age. Board Widths. Select from narrow strips (less than three inches), wider planks (more than three inches), parquet squares, and—a new option—squares and rectangles. The traditional choice, strips, give the illusion of more space, while planks impart a rustic look. Wood Species. Hardwood species vary in durability, grain patterns, and colour. Oak, maple, and cherry are among the most common species due to their hardness. Exotic woods like mahogany...

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Buying or Selling a Property with Tenants

Written by Lorne Shuman Buying or selling a property that is tenanted can raise many issues and pose many challenges for a realtor and their clients.  This column will examine a number of issues that need to be considered when either buying or selling a property with tenants. From the Buyer’s perspective, it is first important to determine if the Buyer is purchasing the property with the intention of assuming the tenants in the property.  If the Buyer is buying the property as an investment, then obviously, the Buyer will want this reflected in the Agreement of Purchase and Sale. ...

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