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Is It Time To Re-Shingle Your Roof?

March 11th, 2020

 

No matter what you think of snakes, you must agree that they have a unique way of dealing with worn-out skin. When the time comes, they simply shed it — like an old jacket — revealing a fresh new skin underneath. 

Your home's roof doesn't have that advantage! So, when the shingles wear out or become damaged, you need to have them replaced. 

Unfortunately, it's not always easy to determin ...

Dealing With Stress When Selling Your Home

March 2nd, 2020

 

Let's face it. Planning events, even exciting ones like an overseas vacation, can be stressful. So, it's not surprising that some homeowners — even those thrilled about moving — can slip into "worry mode" when putting their property up for sale. 

Unfortunately, this anxiety can make the process of selling an unpleasant experience. Who wants that? So here are some things you can do to redu ...

Getting A DIY Renovation Done On Time And On Budget

February 27th, 2020

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Two of the biggest stressors for DIYers are projects that cost too much or take too long. Unfortunately, there’s no sure way to guarantee that one or the other (or both) won’t happen. But there is a lot you can do to minimize the probability. 

When budgeting, a big mistake DIYers make is not considering the little things. For example, you might budget for drywall panels but neglect to inc ...

What If Your Ideal Home Isn't Available?

February 11th, 2020

 

Imagine you're looking for a new home. You have a list of all the features you want, just like you would have a grocery shopping list. However, when you explore the homes currently on the market, none meets all your criteria. 

What do you do? You have a few good options. 

First, you can take a second look at your list. Does your new home need every single feature on it? Are there one or ...

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Beyond Boxes: Packing Materials You May Need For Your Move

January 8th, 2020

 

As you can probably guess, when you're preparing to move, you'll need boxes and tape — and, perhaps some bubble-wrap or old newspapers to use as protective wrapping for delicate items. 

But that may not be all you need. Take a look at this list and see if you'll want any of these on hand while you’re packing or on moving day. 

  • Colour markers for labelling boxes. (Tip: Colour coding box ...

6 Affordable Ways To Boost Your Home's Curb Appeal

January 3rd, 2020

 

When buyers come to see your home, the first thing they notice is how your property looks from the curb. That first impression is powerful and lingering. If buyers don't like what they see, it can influence how they judge the rest of your property, regardless of how great it looks on the inside. 

You definitely want to do whatever you can to boost curb appeal. Here are six affordable idea ...

Buying Extra Storage For Your Electronic Records

December 10th, 2019

 

There are many storage options for your household items. For example, receipts and other paper records can be stored in a file box. Seasonal items, such as winter clothing, can be put in the basement. You can even rent a local storage unit to help with decluttering.

But what about stuff that exists electronically? These days, many important records -- vacation pictures, tax receipts, home ...

What To Fix Up In Your Home Before You Sell

December 3rd, 2019

 

If you have a home that is overdue for a renovation, you might be worried that it will be difficult to sell as a "fixer-upper". In fact, you might delay listing your property for that reason.

The good news is, you don’t need to fix up everything in your home to prepare it for sale. You can be selective and choose only those projects that are most likely to help your home show well and sel ...

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