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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 …

It’s Still Not Too Late to Winterize Your Home


  For most of Canada, snow, ice and freezing cold temperatures are imminent. Is your home prepared? Failing to properly winterize your home can cost you big bucks in service calls and repairs. Here are some winter tasks you should consider. Find — and seal — leaks: Air leakage in your home can lead to …

How to build a backyard ice rink


A backyard ice rink is not only a favourite Canadian tradition it is also a great way to enjoy the wonderful winter weather with family and friends. Ice rink building traditionally begins on Boxing Day and is a great family project, making you and your kids proud to skate on an ice rink you all …

New Mandatory Form Protects Tenants and Landlords


Ontario is introducing a new, simple standard lease that will be mandatory for private residential leases signed on or after April 30, 2018, including tenancies in single and semi-detached houses, apartment buildings, rented condominiums and secondary units (such as basement apartments). Currently there is no standardized form for rental agreements between landlords and tenants in Ontario. The …

What’s On in Toronto This September


If you think the city is jam-packed with events only in the summer, think again. As the temperatures cool and the leaves begin changing their beautiful colours, there’s no shortage of activities to help you usher in the fall. Ready to see some stars? Set your sights on this year’s Toronto International Film Festivalfrom Sept. 6 …

What’s On in Toronto This August


orontonians get spoiled in August. Every patio has come to life, there’s a new festival popping up every week and there are so many outdoor events planned that it almost feels impossible to choose where to go. To help, here are four events worth checking out. Have a sweet tooth? Then you don’t want to …

Toronto Is the Future Home of Tim’s Headquarters


Canada’s favourite coffee chain is moving its headquarters from the suburbs to downtown Hogtown. The company announced earlier this year that it will be relocating from Oakville to a 6,000-square-metre space in the Exchange Tower, right in the heart of the city’s financial district. Timmy’s isn’t the first company to make the move from the …

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