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Home Energy Saving Tips That Won't Leave You Shivering Or Sweating

August 20th, 2020

 

If you want to reduce your home energy costs, the easiest way is to turn the thermostat up or down. In fact, you probably won't notice a difference of 2 degrees either way — and the savings can be substantial. 

However, if you want to lower your bill even further each month, here are some additional tips that are relatively easy to implement. 

  • Plug or fix the drafts. Even in newer home ...

Need To Sell Quickly? Here's What To Do

August 12th, 2020

 

There are many reasons why you might suddenly need to sell your home. It could be an unexpected work relocation, a change in family circumstances, or simply a desire to move. 

Whatever the reason, selling quickly requires some fast action on your part. But that doesn't mean you need to get into panic mode. You can list and sell your property, quickly while still enjoying the process! 

Th ...

Fire Safety Checks You Should Do At Least Once A Year

July 28th, 2020

 

Chances are, you know that you should change the batteries in your smoke detectors at least once a year — even if you suspect the batteries are still good. 

But that isn't the only fire safety check you should do annually. Here are some other recommended tips to help keep you and your family safe. 

  • Clean your stove burners and oven regularly. Hard grease build-up can become combustible ...

Is The Psychology Of Change Holding You Back?

July 3rd, 2020

 

Why is making a big change in life often so difficult? 

According to psychologists, maintaining the "status quo" is one of the most powerful motivations we have. If things are "okay", even making a change for the better can be difficult. Our brains resist. 

You may have experienced this if you’ve thought about selling your current property and finding your next dream home. Your house may ...

"What you're thinking is what you're becoming." - Muhammad Ali

June 23rd, 2020

Cleaning Tips For Instantly Improving Curb Appeal

June 15th, 2020

 

As you may know, curb appeal refers to how your property looks from the street, where potential buyers first see it. Your home’s curb appeal can have a big impact on the sale of your property. In fact, it's not uncommon for a buyer to drive by a listing, rather than stop, because they don't like what they see. 

So, how can you improve your home's curb appeal quickly? One way is to do some ...

Finding A New Home When You're Busy, Busy, Busy!

June 11th, 2020

 

Imagine you have a major project at work, you have to deal with home schooling and you still need to deal with groceries, laundry and dinner. Whoa! That's a busy life. 

Can you still find and buy a new home with such a tight schedule? The good news is, you can. In fact, there's plenty you can do to save time. 

Consider these tips: 

  • Get specific about the home you want to buy. Think ab ...

The Psychology of Choosing House Paint

May 25th, 2020

 

Whether you're painting your home to prepare it for sale, or simply to make it more attractive for your own enjoyment, choosing the right colour is important. A colour isn't just a matter of taste, it's also, to a large extent, about the emotions it elicits. 

If you're painting your foyer, for example, you may want it to seem bright and welcoming. So, light orange tones might be appropria ...

How To Get Front-Of-The-Line Access To Desirable Homes For Sale

May 19th, 2020

 

As you've probably noticed, credit card companies regularly offer bonuses to get you to apply for their cards. For example, one such card company offers opportunities to buy tickets to concerts and other events ahead of everyone else. It's their "front of the line" service. 

When you’re searching for a new home, wouldn't it be great if you could get to the front of the line on desirable p ...

Bathroom Staging Tips From Professional Home Stagers

April 14th, 2020

 

There's a reason why there are "kitchen and bath" stores, and even design magazines devoted to these rooms. A well-staged kitchen and bathroom can make the entire home look better. So, it's no surprise that professional home stagers pay particular attention to these spaces. 

What do these pros have to say about bathrooms? 

Professional stagers advise that you start by taking a picture of ...

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