Beautiful Home

Articles on decoration, improvements and taking care of the house and garden

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 …

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 …

Are Renos Worth the Effort for Resale?


At some point during the chaos of every renovation, one question is asked: “Is it worth it?” Is it worth the upheaval? Is it worth the cost? Most important, is it worth the effort when it comes time to sell? The answer: It depends. It depends on what you choose to renovate. Are you planning …

‘Is It Done Yet?’ How to Renovate With Kids


Spring home improvements can be stressful, especially when you’re living in the middle of it. Add children to the mix, and the tension increases. But you don’t need to take a vacation while your home is being remodeled – even if walls are coming down. Here are some tips on how to continue to live …

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