April 19, 2018

Does Your Home Need a Tune-Up?

Just like you take a car for regular tune ups to ensure it continues to run smoothly, your home also needs some special attention. There’s a lot more to keeping up a house than cutting the grass and clearing snow from the driveway. Ensuring your home “looks” good and is in proper working order, not only makes it more attractive and comfortable, but it can also increase the market value of the property. Homeowners who plan to move within a few years are often reluctant to invest time and money […]
April 19, 2018

How to Host a Successful Yard Sale

If your annual spring cleaning ritual has produced a mountain of unused and unwanted items, you may want to think twice before you simply toss them out. How about a yard sale to turn some of that “junk” into someone else’s “treasure?” Each weekend in spring and summer you’ll find yard sales popping up in neighbourhoods everywhere. And, where there are yard sales, there are yard sale “junkies.” For many people, scouring yard sales for a bargain on a Saturday morning is an art. Why not take advantage of that […]
April 19, 2018

How to Match the Home You Buy

How to match the home you buy to your pocketbook So, you’ve decided to take the big leap and purchase your first home. Most of us have a “dream home” tucked away at the back of our minds — complete with six bedrooms, two fireplaces and a panoramic view. Before setting off to view properties you likely can’t afford, step back and take a reality check. Your “dream home” can easily become a nightmare when most of your money goes to pay the mortgage and there’s little left over for […]
April 19, 2018

Home Owners Primer

New homeowners often find there’s more to keeping up a house than cutting the grass and clearing snow from the driveway. Tools To start with, a new homeowner needs to have on hand a ‘basic tool kit’. A number of basic tools are a must C a metal hammer, screwdrivers with a variety of heads, a small saw, electric drill, adjustable wrench, pliers and measuring stick. Sandpaper and an assortment of screws and nails are also very handy. These tools will help with simple repairs such as securing loose tiles, […]
April 19, 2018

Creating More Closet Space

For most people the ideal closet is the size of a room with ample space to hang clothing, lots of shelves to tuck and stash away things — a place where you can walk around and assess all your personal belongings. In reality, most people’s closets fall well short of this ideal. And few of us stop to consider the full potential of the closets we do have — tiny as they may be. To understand their true potential, take a good objective look inside the closets you already have […]
April 19, 2018

Arranging your Mortgage

Arranging your mortgage doesn’t have to be a baffling experience Buying a home today is an extremely attractive proposition. Interest rates are at their lowest in decades and the housing market is full of homes to suit just about any budget or family requirement. Still, you’ll inevitably have to deal with financing and this will mean taking on a mortgage. Sorting through the numerous mortgage options available to today’s home buyers can be intimidating for everyone from first-time purchasers to long-time owners. The rules seem to change constantly and there’s […]
April 19, 2018

Selecting and Working with a REALTOR®

Buying or selling a home in today’s market requires a lot of work and a lot of knowledge about sales and real estate.  It’s one of the largest purchases or biggest business transactions many of us will ever make.  It doesn’t pay to depend on blind luck. Whether you are a buyer or a seller, there are distinct advantages to using a REALTOR®.  A REALTOR®, is a licensed real estate professional who is a member of a local real estate board, as well as the Canadian Real Estate Association (CREA) […]
April 18, 2018

Electrical Safety Around the Home

To most of us, electricity is simply flicking a switch or turning a dial to light up a room, cook supper or get instant entertainment.  We take it for granted — that is, until there’s a power failure and we have to scramble to find flashlights, candles and matches in the dark. Making your home safe and comfortable takes a deeper understanding.  Let’s start by remembering that the electricity we receive in our homes is part of a powerful, intricate system made up of power lines and generators.  It generally […]
April 19, 2018

Windows – Repair or Replace?

In ancient times, windows were as common as doors in dwellings. But they were merely holes in a wall used to control the amount of light and air that entered a home. Appearance and style were not a consideration. We’ve come a long way since then. Today, windows in most homes combine science and technologies that increase energy efficiency and actually reduce heating and air conditioning costs. Modern windows not only beautify the appearance of a home, they bring sunlight in during winter, while preventing the warmth created from escaping […]