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Manage Fall’s Clutter and Mess with a Mudroom


September means transitions. School begins and seasons change. There are more backpacks – and dirt – in your home. So why not consider creating a mudroom to ease the transition from outside to in? Mudrooms should be located where they will be used. Usually that means at the front or back of your home, near …

Wait and Save: We Still Believe in Homeownership


Do you dream of owning a home someday? If so, you’re not alone. The desire to put down roots and invest in a home is a common one. And this dream is still strong across North America. The problem is, many can’t afford it. To many, the dream seems elusive as a result of the …

5 Ways to Boost Your Home’s OQ for Less


When getting a home ready to sell, most homeowners focus on interior upgrades and fixes. But what’s on the outside counts, too. Lawns, walkways, patios, gardens, doors, and windows all play a role in the livability of a home – and its salability as well. Thinking of selling soon? Here are five ways to boost …

Gardening Can Be a Bed of Roses: Try These Tips


Dreaming of a bed of roses or rows of tasty tomato plants is easy; the reality may feel like a nightmare, particularly to first-timers. If you’re planning on seeing whether your thumb is green this summer, note that gardeners are just as varied as gardens, and even those who grew up surrounded by high-rise buildings …

Your Backyard Shed Can Be an Oasis


Everything old really is new again — including your old backyard shed. Forget fancy sunrooms or gazebos. Your shed can be all things to all people; you just have to decide what and to whom. For example, your shed can serve as a miniature bar and lounge; add couches and a TV and it functions …

What are some new ways to update the outside areas of my property?


Ask the Agent: This Month’s Question What are some new ways to update the outside areas of my property? Adding outdoor living spaces and focusing on easy maintenance can update your backyard appeal, and you can enhance curb appeal with some inexpensive options to give your house and yard a modern look for less: Add …

I plan to list in the spring; what can I do now to prepare?


The post-holiday lull is a great time to catch up on all those projects you’ve been meaning to complete. As you know, buyers are getting more exacting about the features they want in a home. On the other hand, you may not want to spend too much money upgrading your property. You’ve heard it before, …

What can I do now to prepare for spring buying season?


Spring is the best time to sell a home. After a dark winter season, spring is a breath of fresh air – literally. Here are some tips on readying your home to prepare for the upcoming spring buying season. Conduct an early home inspection. Check inside for places where leaks, insects, and rodents can get …

Rent-to-Own: An Easy Way to Buy a Home, or a Trap?


  If you want to own a home, the rent-to-own option may seem appealing, particularly if you’re credit- or income-challenged and can’t qualify to buy a home any other way. But it’s not always as simple as it seems. In this situation, the homeowner may be having difficulty selling the home, and may decide to …

Here’s Why Homeowners Insurance Costs So Much


Do you know why your home insurance costs are high? According to a recent article in the Financial Post, there are 14 specific home features that could be driving up your rates. Such as: Swimming pools. Swimming comes with a risk of drowning, so pools come with more expensive home insurance. Your liability goes up …

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