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KEEPING WARM

Wednesday Nov 14th, 2018

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5 Benefits of Insulating Your Home Did you know that roughly half the money you spend heating your home goes to waste because of poor insulation? Proper insulation will ensure your home is a comfortable temperature throughout, which will help to lower your energy bill. Updating your insulation this fall will also result in a happier and healthier home for your entire family. Stay cozy and comfortable this fall by updating your home’s insulation before winter arrives. What is... [read more]

LIGHT UP

Tuesday Nov 06th, 2018

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Lighting Updates That Will Lower Your Power Bill   If there’s one thing most Canadians can relate to, it’s the seemingly endless energy bills that come with the rise and fall of seasonal temperatures. Some of our monthly utility costs, however, have nothing to do with the weather. In fact, lighting alone typically accounts for one-third of your monthly energy bill. So before you decide to move to another country, try out these lighting updates that will not only lower your... [read more]

DON'T GET FLOORED

Monday Oct 29th, 2018

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6 Flooring Options For Any Budget If you’ve ever considered redoing your floors, you probably realized pretty quickly that it wouldn’t be cheap. It can cost thousands of dollars to resurface even small rooms with hardwood or high-quality stone and tile. Luckily enough, in the last five years, many new and relatively inexpensive materials have come to market. With enough research, you can find budget-friendly alternatives for all your favourite materials. To make your life... [read more]

SHUT THE FRONT DOOR

Wednesday Oct 24th, 2018

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5 Signs It’s Time to Replace Your Front Door There’s a difference between wanting a new front door and needing one. Installing a new front door is a great way to increase your curb appeal and your home’s value, especially if you’re getting ready to sell. Aside from aesthetic reasons, there are many practical reasons homeowners across Canada will be updating their front doors this fall. With the cool autumn air blowing in, now is the perfect time to ensure your... [read more]

SEE CLEARLY

Tuesday Oct 16th, 2018

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5 Signs It’s Time to Replace Your Windows   Sometimes it’s obvious you need to replace your windows. If a baseball comes flying through your front window and lands on your carpet, you know you’ll need to replace it sooner rather than later. Other times our windows can be broken or need repairs but because there are no obvious signs, we have no idea they need to be replaced. Read through these 5 signs to find out if it’s time to replace your windows. 1. Your... [read more]

THE RIGHT FIREPLACE

Friday Oct 12th, 2018

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Tis The Season To Get The Fireplace You Want And Need     As we descend into the short days of winter, thoughts turn to creating cozy spaces in the home. The Danish call it Hygge. Hygge cannot be translated as a word, rather it is a feeling. It’s the feeling you get when you spend a winter evening at a friends place, laughing, eating, drinking in a cozy atmosphere by the fireplace, with a few candles. Feeling loved and nurtured, protected. Happily cozy. A big part of... [read more]

SELLING WITH TENANTS

Monday Oct 01st, 2018

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Trying to Sell a Home with Tenants Still Living Inside? These 3 Tips Will Make Your Life Easier   Are you thinking about selling a home that you have rented out for some additional revenue? If so, you're likely trying to discern how to best inform the current tenants and conduct the sales process in a way that works well for all of the parties involved. In today's blog post we'll explore how to sell your home while you're renting it out to tenants and share three tips... [read more]

BRRRR IT'S COLD INSIDE

Friday Sep 28th, 2018

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Why You Shouldn’t DIY Insulation There are many benefits to good home insulation. It will lower your heating and air conditioning costs, minimize temperature fluctuations, prevent mould growth, buffer outside noise and reduce your home’s environmental impact. Although you may be tempted to DIY, hiring an insulation professional will pay off in how they assess your home upfront and then install the best solution. Signs that you may have insulation problems will vary by... [read more]

COLOURS THAT SELL

Friday Sep 21st, 2018

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The Best Paint Colours For Selling Your Home If you’re in the process of selling your home, you’re probably busy with projects that will make your home more appealing to potential buyers. While a new coat of paint is a great way to freshen things up, you need to be smart in your colour choices. The wrong colour in a particular room can actually cause your home to sell for less. Take a look at the best paint colours for selling your home and which ones you should... [read more]

MOVING ON UP

Wednesday Sep 12th, 2018

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How To Make Moving Easier Moving is all at once an exciting and hectic time. While you’re excited about a fresh start in a new place, you have to somehow manage to live your day to day life while packing it all up. If you’re lucky enough to be getting ready to move, then you’ll want to read these moving tips that will make packing up your home easier leading up to and on the big day. How To Make Moving Easier 1 month before If you haven’t already... [read more]

NEED A PRO?

Thursday Sep 06th, 2018

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When to Hire a General Contractor If you’re planning a major home renovation, you’ve probably heard the term General Contractor come up. You may be curious as to what a general contractor does and if you really need to hire one. Before you begin your next project, take some time to read through this article to find out why and when you should hire a general contractor. It may end up saving you a lot of stress, time and money. What is a General Contractor? Most simply... [read more]

DON'T GET ZAPPED

Friday Aug 31st, 2018

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Common Electrical Hazards You Probably Don’t Know About You don’t need to be an expert electrician to keep your home safe from electrical hazards. Learning how to spot a potential electrical hazard is the best way to prevent an accident or major fire from happening in your home. Read through this list to find out the most common electrical hazards you probably don’t know about and how to prevent them. 1. Old or Outdated Wiring Old or outdated wiring can pose a... [read more]

PLUMBING MISTAKES

Wednesday Aug 22nd, 2018

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Common Mistakes That Ruin Your Plumbing   The ease of modern day plumbing is something we can take for granted until something goes wrong. The good news is that many of the common problems we experience are largely preventable. To ensure your plumbing continues to work smoothly, avoid these common mistakes that can end up ruining your plumbing and costing you time and money. 1. Your Toilet is Not a Trash Can This is something many of us are guilty of. How many times have you... [read more]

STUMPED

Thursday Aug 16th, 2018

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Removing Tree Stumps If you have an unsightly tree stump in your yard that’s getting in the way, you’ve probably thought about having it removed. While you can always hire a professional to take care of it for you, for those who want to give it a shot on their own, we’ve found 5 ways to remove tree stumps. 1. Burn the Stump For this method, you will be creating a small fire to burn the stump out of the ground. This is a relatively easy method that requires some... [read more]

LIGHTS OUT

Tuesday Aug 07th, 2018

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How to Best Prepare Your Home For a Blackout   You never know when a blackout may happen. You’re minding your own business, going about your day and then suddenly, you’re in the dark. Don’t panic: while a blackout may cause fear, there’s no need to be worried if you’re properly prepared. Take the time now to get your home ready for a blackout while there’s still light to see what you’re doing. Prevention and Pruning Blackouts can happen... [read more]

PEST CONTROL

Thursday Aug 02nd, 2018

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Protecting Your Home from Raccoons Raccoons are smarter than the average pest, and their little hands can make a lot of mess for us humans. Whether they’re making your house their home or helping themselves to your garbage for dinner, one thing’s for sure, they’ve got to go. Follow these tips to ensure your home doesn’t look too inviting to a family of raccoons and learn how to prevent them from doing any further damage. Signs You’ve Got... [read more]

LEAFY SOLUTIONS

Wednesday Jul 25th, 2018

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The 5 Best Trees for Canadian Backyards Trees are an important part of our environment. They provide us with shade, privacy, and beauty, and are a great addition to any backyard. Besides the aesthetic value they provide, trees also contribute to our health and the health of our planet. If you’re thinking about adding some to your property, take a look at the 5 best trees for Canadian backyards. Things to Consider Before Planting Adding trees to your backyard requires more... [read more]

BYE BYE BUGS

Monday Jul 23rd, 2018

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Plants that Repel Insects Plants that Repel Insects If there’s one thing that can quickly turn a pleasant afternoon spent in the backyard into one that has you running for the indoors, it’s an influx of insects buzzing around and biting at you. Take back your outdoor space and try adding these plants that repel insects. As an added bonus you won’t need to cover yourself in bug-spray or douse your lawn in harsh chemicals. Herbs: Basil Who doesn’t love a... [read more]

LANDLORD AND TENANT

Thursday Jul 12th, 2018

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New rules for landlords and tenants   What does this mean for renters in Ontario?   Landlords in Ontario will have to provide their tenants with a new 13-page residential tenancy agreement and standardized lease that has been set out in strict terms by the Ontario Government. No longer will each residential tenancy agreement look completely different than the next. One of the many benefits is that sneaky clauses (like no pets – unless condo rules prohibit) are not... [read more]

UNLOCK

Thursday Jun 28th, 2018

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Guide to Choosing the Right Door Handle There’s more to choosing the right door handle than just going to the hardware store and picking one out. Not only will you be choosing the style of door handle, you’ll also need to pick out an appropriate lock set and additional items as required. Whether you’re shopping for a front or interior door, there are three main things to consider: look, feel and cost. We’ll go over the most common types of door handles and how... [read more]

ROCK ON

Wednesday Jun 20th, 2018

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Landscaping with Rocks If you haven’t considered using rocks in your landscaping before, this article may change your mind. Rocks add organic and textural elements to your landscape and are also durable and low-maintenance. If you’re looking for something to help tie everything together or hide problem spots, landscaping with rocks might be exactly what you’re looking for. Ways to Incorporate Rocks into Your Landscaping Anchor Plant Beds This home already has... [read more]

BBQ SEASON

Wednesday Jun 13th, 2018

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Summer BBQ Tips For any experienced grill master, the summertime is less about relaxation and more about flexing one’s skills and honing one’s craft. But for the uninitiated, “grill culture” can feel like a really exclusive club with a list of rules and rituals dating back to the paleolithic era. Whatever your level of grilling experience is, we’ve put together a list of tips and suggestions for you to take advantage of the short but savory grilling season.... [read more]

IN THE GUTTER

Thursday Jun 07th, 2018

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How to Clean Gutters & Eavestroughs like a Pro   Clean gutters and eavestroughs are necessary to maintaining a well-functioning home. While cleaning them is one of the least fun tasks associated with homeownership, failing to keep yours clear can result in a number of problems. Save yourself the headache and costs that come with these issues by taking the time now to learn how to properly clean your gutters and eavestroughs like a pro. While your gutters and eavestroughs are... [read more]

GET OFF THE FENCE

Tuesday May 29th, 2018

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Finding the Right Fence Style for Your Yard There are many reasons you build a fence. Sometimes it’s for separation or privacy from your neighbours, sometimes it’s to hide an unsightly view with a nicer one. No matter what your reason for installing a new fence is, there’s one major decision you have to make: what style of fence is right for your yard? Take a look at these popular fence styles to help you narrow down your final choice. Functional When you’re... [read more]

KEEP COOL

Thursday May 24th, 2018

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10 Easy but Critical Air Conditioning Maintenance Tips Not only does a bit of air conditioning maintenance lower the chances of your AC unit breaking down unexpectedly during a summer heatwave, but it can also extend the life of your unit and reduce your power bill by maximizing efficiency. If you’re not sure where to get started, simply follow the ten easy-breezy air conditioning maintenance tips listed below. 10 Air Conditioning Maintenance Tips to Try This Spring For... [read more]

EASY CARE

Thursday May 17th, 2018

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The 10 Easiest to Maintain Landscaping Ideas Seeing your home at the end of a long day should be one of the most comforting experiences you have, and nothing can spoil this more than a lawn in desperate need of care. Whether you’ve never put any effort into your home’s landscaping or it once looked magazine-ready but has gradually become unsightly over the years, many homeowners simply don’t have the time, patience or finances to devote to lawn care — and... [read more]

HOT AND COLD

Monday May 14th, 2018

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How to Fix Uneven Temperatures in Your Home Hey, is this thing on? Your thermostat, that is. Anyone who’s ever had trouble heating up their house in January or struggled to cool it down in July knows the misery of dealing with uneven temperatures at home. Whether the basement is freezing, your kitchen is always too warm, or there never seems to be enough airflow upstairs, you shouldn’t have to settle for uneven temperatures in the comfort of your own home. So, today,... [read more]

WELCOME HOME

Thursday May 03rd, 2018

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6 Ways to Update Your Entryway It is official, Spring has sprung and that means it is time to give your home a fresh and colourful look. Start by clearing out all of your winter belongings from your main entryway, getting rid of old and unused items, and from there you can get into the fun part. These 6 effortless Spring updates for your entryway are bound to brighten your home, as well as your mood. Indoor: Lamps Whether you lack natural light in your entryway, or you are... [read more]

ALL DECKED OUT

Wednesday Apr 25th, 2018

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5 Things to Consider Before Building an Outdoor Deck Summer is just around the corner and soon enough our dreams of spending our spare time lounging outside will become a reality. Outdoor decks are truly the best way to bring your living space outdoors and are the perfect addition to any home, big or small. Although it may not seem like it, a lot of planning goes into building a deck. Here are a few things to consider before you start your project. Look Into Laws and... [read more]

GOOD RIDDANCE

Friday Apr 20th, 2018

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9 Unnecessary Things No One Needs at Home Anymore Do you ever look around your home and think, “surely I don’t need all of these things.” If this thought has never crossed your mind, it’s likely your home is full of countless items it no longer needs. Now that Spring is officially here, it’s time to start your Spring cleaning. Go through our list of these 9 unnecessary things no one needs at home anymore and get rid of those items that are just taking up... [read more]

FIND A STUD

Wednesday Apr 11th, 2018

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How to Hang Heavy Objects on Drywall If you’re in the process of decorating your home, chances are you’re going to be hanging things on your wall. Some items are easy to put up with a simple nail like a small picture frame, but if you’re putting up solid oak floating shelves to display your inherited porcelain, you better make sure you’re hanging things properly. Most walls in your home are probably made of drywall, which unfortunately are not designed to... [read more]

MOULD FREE

Wednesday Mar 28th, 2018

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How to Prevent Mould Build-Up In Your Bathroom Mould is a type of fungus that thrives on and grows in damp environments and spreads through the release of spores which travel through the air. When it lands in a moist place, it will grow. Outdoors, mould is not really a problem — but when it’s indoors, it’s really only great if it’s found on cheese rinds (and is edible). Your bathroom is a common place for mould and mildew to build-up and spread because of the... [read more]

GET YOUR ZZZZ'S

Tuesday Mar 20th, 2018

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How to Design Your Bedroom For a Better Sleep Despite what you may think, your bedroom design has a huge effect on the quality of sleep that you are getting. Many tend to ignore and overlook their bedroom decor because of the fact that it is a private space designated for themselves, yet that should be the very reason to give it attention in the first place. It should be a space conducive to relaxation, a place that you want to escape to at the end of the day and feel at peace. The truth... [read more]

DING DONG

Wednesday Mar 14th, 2018

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How to Fix a Broken Doorbell The doorbell is a small but significant part of a house: it notifies you when guests are outside, when your Amazon package has finally arrived, and let’s not forget how it signals those surprise visits from the in-laws. However, if it stops working properly, and knocking isn’t loud enough to get someone’s attention, it’s time to get out your toolbox and fix it with a relatively simple DIY project. Make sure you have a screwdriver,... [read more]

MUSCLE FLEX

Tuesday Mar 06th, 2018

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How to Build the Perfect Home Gym Having a home gym can be such a convenience, but it also means there are no excuses for why you cannot make time to go to the gym everyday. Setting up your own home gym is really not all that difficult. Take a look at this step by step guide on how to create the perfect space for you and your family. Pick a Space When deciding on where to build your home gym, open and underused rooms such as your spare bedroom, basement, or garage are the best... [read more]

BURST PIPES

Tuesday Feb 27th, 2018

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Burst Pipes Have you ever filled up a water bottle and placed it in the freezer overnight, only to find that it broke through the plastic the next day? Water has a unique ability to expand when it turns into ice, which is literally very cool for a science experiment, but a cause for concern when it comes to making sure the pipes in your home don’t burst in Canadian winters. We may be able to endure freezing temperatures year after year (even if we hate winter), but our pipes may have... [read more]

FIRST THINGS FIRST

Wednesday Feb 21st, 2018

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What to Do First: Paint or Buy Furniture? Giving your place a fresh makeover is always exciting, whether you are moving into a new home, or planning on fixing up various spaces in your current abode. It takes a lot of energy flipping through home and style magazines, scouring Pinterest boards for design inspiration, not to mention trips to every supply store imaginable, and even having consultations with professionals or knowledgeable friends. A common contested issue that sparks a... [read more]

DESIGNER HOME

Wednesday Feb 14th, 2018

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When is Hiring an Interior Designer Worth It? To hire an interior designer or not to hire an interior designer? This is a common question that many homeowners ask themselves when renovating or redecorating their home. Many have the perception that interior designers are just meant for the rich and famous, when in reality they serve a very practical purpose for everyone. Take a look at these 6 instances if you are a little confused or unsure of when hiring a designer is really worth... [read more]

WINTER RENOVATIONS

Thursday Feb 08th, 2018

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The 5 Best Winter Renovation Projects to Take On Due to the cold and snowy weather, most people tend to disregard the winter months when they think of home renovation. Despite this, the winter can be a great time to tackle these projects as it is easier to find a contractor to hire than it would be during any other time of the year. Don’t be intimidated by the weather as there are so many indoor winter renovation projects that can be done that can make a huge impact on your home... [read more]

HOME COZY HOME

Wednesday Jan 31st, 2018

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6 Ways to Keep Your Home Warm and Cozy This Winter To say that this winter has been a cold one would be an understatement. There is no doubt that the weather the last few weeks has lead you to question why on earth you live in a place where it gets to -30 degrees celsius, because I know I have. Although we cannot do anything about the weather, we can ensure that our homes stay cozy amidst all of the snow and slush. Here are some easy tips. Add Some Area Rugs It has been said... [read more]

SNOW MORE SHOVELLING

Thursday Jan 25th, 2018

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What to Look for in a Snow Removal Company Living in Canada means we’re lucky enough to have 4 distinct seasons that show us all the beauties of nature. It also means we spend half of the year freezing and shovelling ourselves out of several feet of snow. If you’ve had enough of waking up early to dig yourself out of snow banks, then it’s time to call in a professional to deal with your snow removal. Here’s what to look for in a company before you... [read more]

FIRE IT UP!

Tuesday Jan 16th, 2018

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6 Creative Ways to Decorate Your Fireplace Mantel Fireplaces are a great addition to any room, not only for their practical use, but also for their ability to add character and appeal. As they tend to be the focal point of the room, it is important that one knows how to decorate them in order to prevent an eye sore within the room. Take a look at this list of 6 items to decorate your fireplace mantel at home.   Art This is probably one of the first things that comes to mind... [read more]

READY FOR WINTER

Wednesday Jan 10th, 2018

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9 Essential Steps to Winterize Your Home It is official, the cold weather is finally here which means it is time to winterize your home in order to protect it for the next few chilly months to come. These few preventive measures will go a long way in saving you money on your energy bills, keeping your home warm, and ensuring that your property is safe.   1. Clean your gutters and downspouts   If your gutters have not been cleaned before winter, the water will not drain... [read more]

LET'S PARTY LIKE IT'S 2018

Wednesday Jan 03rd, 2018

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Small Space Party Planning This time of year means packed schedules full of seeing family and friends at different occasions. With all the hustle and bustle going on, it’s likely you will be hosting something at your home this holiday season. While we all don’t have ample space for entertaining in our homes, it’s still possible to throw a festive and fun shin dig that doesn’t cramp everyone’s style. Plan The Right Party A bachelor apartment is not be... [read more]

HOUSE VS CONDO RENO

Wednesday Dec 20th, 2017

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The Differences of House and Condo Renovation Regardless of the size of your space, owning a roof over your head involves a fair share of maintenance and upkeep. Some people enjoy condo living, while others prefer a house with a backyard. And, when you are planning to renovate your property, houses and condos play by different rules. Read on to discover what to keep in mind before you start your next project! Permits & Approvals If you own a house and want to renovate, you... [read more]

A COZY NOOK

Tuesday Dec 12th, 2017

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How to Build the Perfect, Cozy Reading Nook Life moves fast, and sometimes it is hard to find time to slow down and take time for yourself. By creating a cozy reading nook in your home, your own personal paradise, we guarantee you will be more inclined to take that much needed time to unwind after a long day, and flip through your favorite book. Find a Quiet Spot The perfect reading spot can be just about anywhere in your house; a corner in your living room, a window seat in your... [read more]

LAZY DOES IT

Wednesday Dec 06th, 2017

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A Lazy Person’s Guide to a Clean Home For some, keeping a clean home is a joy in itself. For others, it’s a job best left to an hour before company comes over. If you find yourself in the latter group then odds are you’re just a little bit lazy when it comes to housework. Fear not, even the laziest people can have a clean home, all you need to do is follow these 5 tips. 1. One task a day Cleaning your entire home in one go is an overwhelming task whether... [read more]

HOME PROBLEMS

Tuesday Nov 28th, 2017

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Home Warning Signs That Could Lead to Big Problems Picture this: You’re having a big dinner party for some very important people and you want the evening to be perfect. An hour before the guests are set to arrive, you can’t help but notice an unpleasant odour coming from the basement. You open the door leading down to your basement only to discover a foot of water and the source of that smell. If only you had seen the warning signs that your pipes were about to burst before... [read more]

RENO VALUE

Tuesday Nov 21st, 2017

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10 Easy Renos To Increase Your Home’s Value Before Selling   Many homeowners can attest to the fact that, once you buy a piece of property, the hard part is not quite over yet. While it still is exciting and fun to decorate, organize and plan for the future, homes require a lot of work and upkeep. Even if you don’t plan on making another move for a long time, here are some easy renovations that can help increase the value when you do decide to sell. 1) If you paint... [read more]

DAYLIGHT SAVINGS

Tuesday Nov 14th, 2017

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Daylight Savings Lighting Solutions Even though Daylight Savings happens around the same time every year, we always seem to be caught off guard by it. More than just changing the clocks, Daylight Savings can have a strong effect on our daily lives. While the extra hour of sleep is something almost everyone can benefit from, it’s a lot to trade for the decrease in sunlight we see each day. If you’re looking for ways to brighten up your home, try these Daylight Savings... [read more]

CLEAN FRIDGE

Tuesday Nov 07th, 2017

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How To Deep Clean Your Fridge The general cleanliness of your fridge can be up kept with the wipe of a damp cloth weekly. At least twice a year it’s a good idea to give it a major cleaning — a complete refrigerator refresh. Set aside some time, gather your cleaning supplies, grab yourself a cooler (not for beer, unfortunately) and get down to it. How to deep clean your fridge in 4 easy steps:   1. Take everything out. When we say everything, we mean everything,... [read more]

DECOR CHANGES

Wednesday Nov 01st, 2017

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6 Small Decorating Changes That Make A Big Impact At Home Is your home in major need of an update, but your budget is saying otherwise? Look past the temptation of doing a costly full home renovation, and instead make little updates that can truly go a long way. Here are a few ideas to get you started. Change Your Doorknobs The doorknobs both inside and outside of your home are used quite frequently so changing them up can be a significant change. They also have the ability to add a... [read more]

ROOM TO SPARE

Wednesday Oct 25th, 2017

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6 Functional Ways To Repurpose Your Spare Bedroom Empty nesters rejoice! With those kids now off at college you now have a new spare bedroom that you may now wonder, what do I with this new found space? Having a spare bedroom is quite the luxury but if not repurposed, it can quickly become a useless junk closet. Check out 6 of best ideas we have come up with to help you figure out what to do with this room. Guest Bedroom An obvious first choice is a guest room. If your child will... [read more]

HOUSE PLANTS

Tuesday Oct 17th, 2017

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How Often Should You Water Your Plants? Is your green thumb failing you when it comes to houseplants? It’s probably the water! Here’s a master list of how often you should water the most common houseplants to get you started. Peace Lily Water: Once a week As its name suggests, this plant is low maintenance, pretty and actually contributes to your general well-being because of its air-purifying qualities. The key to having this plant bloom its stunning white flowers?... [read more]

BASEMENT TENANT

Tuesday Oct 10th, 2017

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7 Ways To Better Coexist With Your Basement Tenants   With real estate prices at an all time high, it is becoming more and more common for homeowners to rent out the basement in order to help pay their mortgages. Despite the financial benefit to this, the tenant-landlord relationship is notorious for being a complicated one, leaving many potential landlords asking themselves, is it even worth it? Take a look at these 7 tips to see how you can better coexist with your basement... [read more]

HERB GARDEN

Tuesday Oct 03rd, 2017

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Planning The Perfect Kitchen Herb Garden As the days are growing shorter and the weather is starting to cool down, gardening season is coming to a close…or so you thought. Planting an indoor herb garden in the kitchen is the perfect way to enjoy fresh herbs all winter long, while also brightening up your dark home with some lush greenery. Research proves that gardening is beneficial to your health as it lowers the risk of heart disease and diabetes, strengthens your bones,... [read more]

CLEAN HOUSE

Wednesday Sep 27th, 2017

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How To Get The Most Out Of Your House Cleaning Company Everyone wants a clean, comfortable living space, but there are better ways to spend your spare time than dusting and mopping. It’s no wonder so many people hire a house cleaning company to handle their dirty work! Between managing work, family time, and maintaining a social life, housework is bound to fall off the radar on occasion. We’ve all been there. That said, time is money. So, if you choose to hire a house... [read more]

PRIORITIZE YOUR RENOVATION

Tuesday Sep 19th, 2017

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How To Prioritize Your House Renovation Wish List When it comes to renovations, there’s always something that could use an update. Even if you’ve already renovated your home from top to bottom, by the time you finish your final room the first one may already be starting to look a little too old fashioned for your liking. If you’ve got a real fixer-upper on your hands, prioritizing your renovation to-do list is even more daunting. Whether it’s the orange... [read more]

COTTAGE CLOSING CHECKLIST

Tuesday Sep 12th, 2017

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Cottage Closing Checklist Once again summer has come and gone and now it’s time to head up to the cottage for one final weekend of fun. While you’re up there soaking up as much summer as you can, it’s important to prepare your cottage (or cabin, depending where you’re from) for the coming cooler months. Take some extra time now to properly close your cottage, your future self will thank you! Kitchen Cupboards & Fridge Remove all food from kitchen... [read more]

HELPING YOUR CONTRACTOR

Tuesday Sep 05th, 2017

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How To Help Your Contractor We’ve all been in situations where someone who is trying to help is actually making things more difficult. You know they’re just trying to be nice, but it’s hard to tell them to stop. Have you ever stopped to think that this is exactly what your contractor is going through while you’re trying to “help” them drill holes or put up drywall? We hate to admit it, but sometimes you’re doing more harm to your home than you... [read more]

LOOK UP, WAY UP

Tuesday Aug 29th, 2017

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7 Ways To Upgrade Your Boring Ceiling The ceiling tends to be a part of a home that is overlooked and underappreciated as many do not know what to do with it. We are here to show you that things are looking up! Skylights Skylights are the perfect way to bring the outdoors inside. Adding one to your home is not only a stylistic move, but also a practical and environmental one. A 2014 study proved that by adding vented skylights to your home, you will save on energy costs when... [read more]

GOOD NEIGHBOURS

Tuesday Aug 22nd, 2017

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How To Be A Good Neighbour During A Reno Undertaking any kind of home renovation is a daunting task. While you’re focused on the disarray inside your home, your neighbours are focused on the activity outside and how it’s going to affect them. Keeping the peace in the neighbourhood is up to you, and while it may seem like an even bigger task than the reno, it’s worth the extra effort. Follow these steps to ensure your reno goes as smoothly as possible. 4 Steps To... [read more]

BACKSPLASH TRENDS

Tuesday Aug 15th, 2017

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6 Backsplash Ideas That Aren’t Tile Tile seems to be the conventional choice when it comes to kitchen backsplashes (especially subway tile). It looks great and is very practical, but so are many other materials. Bored of the whole tile trend? Keep reading to see some stylish alternatives. Wood Adding a wooden backsplash gives the kitchen a rustic and comfy feeling like none other. Some paint the wood, some refinish it, and some leave it as is, but regardless it is a... [read more]

CHOOSING PAINT COLOURS

Wednesday Aug 09th, 2017

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Choosing Practical Paint Colours Giving a room a fresh coat of paint is an easy and cost-effective way to totally transform the space. If you’re thinking of trying a new colour for your walls, there are a couple things to consider before you can sit back and enjoy the new space. Once you find the right company for the job (trust us, you may think you’re up to repainting your entire living room, but after one wall you’ll have wished you hired someone from the start),... [read more]

CLEAN YOUR GRILL

Tuesday Aug 01st, 2017

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How To Clean A Grill With Everyday Household Items One of the joys of barbecuing is how simple its components are. All you need are a flame, grill and some meat or vegetables, and you’re all set for the perfect summer meal. To ensure your food tastes its best, it’s important to regularly clean your barbecue grill so that food debris from past cookouts don’t affect your meal. Sure, you may brush the grill to get rid of large leftovers when you’re done for the... [read more]

Paint Colour Trends

Tuesday Jul 25th, 2017

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6 Eye-Catching Exterior Paint Trends For 2017 First impressions are everything, and your exterior paint colour can really set the tone for what the rest of the house is going to look like. By updating your home’s exterior, you can create undeniable curb appeal that lasts for years to come. There is no doubt that painting your entire home’s exterior is intimidating and that is why we are here to help you make the right decision. A few things to keep in mind before... [read more]

SALT WATER VS CHLORINE POOLS

Monday Jul 17th, 2017

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Salt Water Pools vs. Chlorine Pools Benefits If you’re reading this article, then you’re probably thinking about switching your chlorine pool to a salt water pool. Salt water pools have gained popularity because of the idea that they don’t contain chlorine. Maybe you or a family member is allergic to chlorine, or you’ve been hearing about the benefits of a salt water pool and are ready to make the change. Before you switch over to salt, we’ve got some... [read more]

CONCRETE IDEAS

Wednesday Jul 12th, 2017

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The Best Ways To Incorporate Concrete In Your Home Gone are the days where concrete was reserved for drab, industrial spaces. Now it is a huge trend and is being introduced in many creative ways throughout the home. Not only does concrete look great, but it is also extremely durable, versatile, and affordable, so how could you go wrong? Kitchen Countertops This is one of the most popular ways that people are bringing concrete into their homes as it is a material that wears... [read more]

STAY OR GO?

Tuesday Jul 04th, 2017

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Should You Stay In The House Or Move Out During A Major Renovation? The plans and budgets are set, the materials and appliances have been ordered, and the required permits are in place.  D-Day (or Demolition Day) is fast approaching.  What should you do to prepare for the huge disruption it will cause? This article will cover major renovations where you’ve decided to move out for a while to give your reno crew some much-needed breathing room. Should I Stay or Should... [read more]

WALL PAPER TRENDS

Wednesday Jun 28th, 2017

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The Latest Wallpaper Trends There has been talk of wallpaper making a comeback within the last few years, and I think we can now confidently say it is back and better than ever. What was once a longtime design taboo is now the go-to home decor trend to use as a way to dramatically transform any room. Wallpaper used to be infamously known as a struggle to install and remove, but thanks to recent technology that is no longer the case. Faux Brick Exposed brick walls are a... [read more]

SALT VS CHLORINE

Tuesday Jun 20th, 2017

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Salt Water Pools vs. Chlorine Pools Benefits If you’re reading this article, then you’re probably thinking about switching your chlorine pool to a salt water pool. Salt water pools have gained popularity because of the idea that they don’t contain chlorine. Maybe you or a family member is allergic to chlorine, or you’ve been hearing about the benefits of a salt water pool and are ready to make the change. Before you switch over to salt, we’ve got some... [read more]

DESIGN TRENDS TO AVOID

Wednesday Jun 14th, 2017

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When decorating a home, style is definitely a top priority. Despite that, there are many trendy interior features that look great in photos, but in reality are a real pain in the behind. Take a look at this list to see the fads that are better left on the blogs, than in your home. Stainless Steel Countertops   Although this surface tends to give off an industrial and carefree vibe, it is really quite the opposite. Not only is stainless steel very expensive to install, but it is also... [read more]

OLDER HOMES

Tuesday Jun 06th, 2017

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Why Older Homes Need A Designated Substance Survey Before Renovating Anyone who has lived through a renovation can attest to the amount of fine dust created during demolition.  In older homes, especially those built before 1980, there is a chance that dust may contain hazardous substances like asbestos, which can threaten the health of your family and the contractors who are working there.   Most homeowners, and even some contractors, are unaware of the potential liability... [read more]

PET FRIENDLY BACKYARDS

Tuesday May 30th, 2017

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Building An Inspiring Dog Or Cat Run Pets thrive in outdoor living environments just as we do. What better way to show we care – and also protect the investment we make in our landscaping – than by creating a pet-friendly outdoor living space. A run will ensure that your backyard does not become a pet washroom and yet will allow you to give your pets the fresh air, exercise and safety they need, without having to fence in your backyard. Also, enclosing cats in a run is a... [read more]

GET READY FOR SUMMER !

Wednesday May 24th, 2017

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How To Remove, Clean & Store A Swimming Pool Cover There’s nothing that signals the beginning of summer quite like opening up your pool. Before you can take your first dip, however, there’s an important first step: removing your swimming pool cover. With high-quality pool covers pricing ranging anywhere from $800 to $1,400, you’re going to want to make sure that you remove and care for yours properly. In this tutorial, we’ll go over how to remove your swimming... [read more]

THE WORD FOR RELAX

Wednesday May 17th, 2017

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What Word Do You Use For A Country Weekend Summer House? A long weekend is the perfect time to get away to the cottage — if that’s what you call a “house in the country where people go on summer weekends.” When Charles Boberg from McGill University conducted a nationwide study from 1999-2005 asking 1,800 Canadians to list the term they use to define that very phrase, there was a clear difference in what word respondents used based on where they live in the... [read more]

PAINTING YOUR HOME

Wednesday May 10th, 2017

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When & How To Paint Your House Exterior There’s something about a new season that calls for change. Whether that’s switching up the decor in your house or a new haircut, there’s no denying change is good. If you’re looking to make a big change to your home, why not give it a new coat of paint? Painting your home a fresh new colour is a great way to add value and curb appeal. Painting is also inexpensive compared completely redoing the siding and also helps... [read more]

KID FRIENDLY BACKYARDS

Tuesday May 02nd, 2017

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Play With Creating A Fun, Kid-Friendly Backyard Backyard season is coming up and what better to keep your kids enjoying the splendid outdoors than a backyard made for kid fun. You don’t need a lot of space, and in many cases, you don’t need a lot of money to make a super fun backyard. Playsets The classic backyard playset still works great to keep little ones outside and having fun in the backyard. If you do have some extra cash to create an extra-special playset, your... [read more]

ELECTRIFIED QUESTIONS

Wednesday Apr 26th, 2017

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Shining a Light on Home Electrical Wiring To most homeowners, electrical wiring is a mystery. Wiring is ‘out of sight, out of mind’ – hidden behind walls, light switches and receptacles throughout your home. When something goes wrong, most are a bit intimidated, which is a good thing, since amateur wiring can be a safety hazard and even cause a fire. Get the lowdown on the basics a homeowner needs to know and why they should not DIY their own electrical... [read more]

REIMAGINING THE GARAGE

Wednesday Apr 19th, 2017

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Reorganizing And Reimagining Your Garage It’s the time of year when we start to think of shining the light on all corners of our home. Spring brings the opportunity to renew and refresh, to organize and cultivate. Often ignored, garages tend to be that place where we put stuff that we don’t want in the house. And sometimes we put our cars in the garage as well. If well organized, the garage can become a practical, tidy and clean environment in which to store and organize... [read more]

HAPPY EARTH DAY

Wednesday Apr 19th, 2017

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Eco-Friendly Apartment & Condo Living   If you’re looking to go green in your apartment or condo, you might find it more difficult than your friends living in houses. While they can add solar panels to their roofs and grow their own vegetables in backyard gardens, you might feel like there are fewer options for your smaller space. Fear not, size doesn’t matter when it comes to going green and there are many things apartment and condo dwellers can do to reduce their... [read more]

PICK A SIDE

Sunday Apr 16th, 2017

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Pick a Side — Siding Options for Your Home Is it time to give your home exterior a refresh? If so, new siding is an easy way to totally transform the look of your home without moving. Deciding on new siding for your home involves more than picking a colour and finding what looks good. While personal style will always sway your choice, key factors such as durability, environmental impact, and upkeep should be considered before you give the go ahead. I’ve looked at the 5 most... [read more]

GETTING READY FOR SUMMER

Tuesday Apr 04th, 2017

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  Big Impact Outdoors   To create a feeling of a large spacious areas in a small yard, consider creating distinct garden areas or focal points. You might think that keeping a small yard open and loosely planned would make your garden appear bigger. In fact, the opposite is true.  Vertical gardening in a small yard is a valuable way to gain space with the addition of a trellis to better define the area,or pot hangers.   Some ideas to help you when... [read more]

DOOR COLOURS

Tuesday Mar 28th, 2017

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Door Colours And Their Meaning Colour is a powerful visual tool for expressing a wide range of emotions and impressions. As such, the colour and design of your front door deserves careful consideration. If you’ve been thinking of painting your front door, here’s the meaning of different coloured doors, and what the colour might project about your personality. Red Door A red door traditionally conveys a home that is welcoming and warm for both strangers and family.... [read more]

SPRING CLEANING

Tuesday Mar 21st, 2017

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Spring Cleaning Checklist March 20th marks the first official day of spring, which means you’ve got to get ready for spring cleaning. It’s always good to be prepared, so this year instead of scrambling once the first sight of spring is here, start booking your spring time jobs now. Closet & Storage Solutions: The first place to start spring cleaning: your closet. An easy first step that’s sure to make a big impact. Put away those heavy and bulky winter... [read more]

Interior Doors

Wednesday Mar 15th, 2017

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Interior Doors Interior doors serve numerous functions and can also be a strong design statement in your home. The type of door you choose will often be dictated by the space and budget you have. Even the smallest budget can still inject style into a space, so let’s explore the options. Flush Doors   Flush doors come in two versions –  hollow or solid construction. When closed, a flush door of solid construction keeps more noise out of a room than one with a... [read more]

Home Security

Sunday Mar 12th, 2017

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Hone Safety With March Break here, the security of your home is at an all-time high. Breaks ins are common around times when many families will be taking time off to enjoy sunnier destinations. Your home’s security should always be a top priority, so we’ve put together some easy tips to make sure your home is protected whether you’re away on vacation or just out for the day. Alarm systems: For those in houses, this is often the first step towards a more secure... [read more]

Spring Flooding

Wednesday Mar 01st, 2017

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Basement Waterproofing to Protect Your Home With Spring just around the corner and spring showers in the forecast, we should give some thought to basement flooding. Effective basement waterproofing is essential for the health of your home and your family. Without it, rainwater and/or sewage can wreak havoc in two very different ways: 1) A flood is an emergency that must be fixed ASAP as it can cause immediate property damage to fixtures and furniture, or even a fire caused by an... [read more]

Bathroom reno Q&A

Friday Feb 24th, 2017

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Bathroom Reno Q&A Thinking of starting a bathroom renovation? There’s a lot more to consider than just what kind of tile and sink to pick out. 1. What should homeowners know or consider before starting their bathroom renovation? Initially, you should assess if you really “know your style.”  Make sure you get an idea and awareness of the style that you like. Look for various ideas and pictures online and then share them with your renovator. If more than... [read more]

New Fireplace?

Tuesday Feb 14th, 2017

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Tis The Season To Get The Fireplace You Want And Need   As we descend into the short days of winter, thoughts turn to creating cozy spaces in the home. The Danish call it Hygge. Hygge cannot be translated as a word, rather it is a feeling. It’s the feeling you get when you spend a winter evening at a friends place, laughing, eating, drinking in a cozy atmosphere by the fireplace, with a few candles. Feeling loved and nurtured, protected. Happily cozy. A big part of Hygge... [read more]

Kitchen Rennovations

Thursday Feb 09th, 2017

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Kitchen Renovation Checklist – Planning The Reno Ah, the joys of a kitchen renovation! The truth is, most of us plan the kitchen of our dreams for years. If you’re lucky enough to be building your dream kitchen or even if it’s not quite your dream, but pretty great anyway, you’ll want to use my handy checklist to help keep your renovation in order. Breaking your planning up into two phases is not a bad idea. Phase 1 is generally the planning part of your... [read more]

Get Cookin'

Wednesday Feb 01st, 2017

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Get Cookin’ with the Best Stove for Your Home If you’re in the process of designing your dream kitchen or just looking to update your current one, then you’ve probably been thinking alot about what kind of stove to invest in. When it comes to choosing the right stove for you, there are 3 main factors to consider: What you’re used to, what hook up is currently in your kitchen and what type/how much cooking you like to do. To aid you in your research, I’ve broken... [read more]

Choosing the right backsplash

Friday Jan 27th, 2017

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4 Things to Consider When Choosing Your New Backsplash Kitchen backsplashes are definitely having a moment and are now a key design feature of any modern kitchen. With so many choices out there, how do you choose the best option for your needs, and most importantly – your desires? Take into consideration the following when making a decision about what kind of backsplash to go with. 1. Budget Your budget will very much determine the kind of backsplash you can afford. If you are... [read more]

New Year New Resolutions

Tuesday Jan 17th, 2017

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New Year, New Home – Resolutions for 2017 Every new year starts the same, we wake up on January 1st and make ambitious resolutions and promise we’ll actually stick to them this year (not like last year!). This year instead of making personal goals, like going to the gym 5 days a week and feeling bad when you don’t keep them, try making resolutions for your home. We’ve put together a list of 7 attainable home resolutions you can achieve this year and feel good about... [read more]

Do it Yourself Move

Thursday Jan 12th, 2017

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Do-It-Yourself Moving Tips As you can probably imagine, there’s more to moving than simply renting a van and asking some friends to help you. So, if you are going to forgo hiring a professional mover here are some DIY tips worth considering; Be sure to rent a van that is large enough. According to moveinside.com, you will need a 20 ft. van to haul the furnishings of an average home with 2-3 bedrooms. Be careful when informally ‘hiring’ someone. You might think that... [read more]

Home Heating

Tuesday Dec 13th, 2016

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Home Heating Systems – Which is Best for You? Winter has arrived!  … is your home heating system up to the task? When selecting an appropriate home heating system, either for a new home or as a replacement, it helps to have a basic understanding of the different types of systems, their efficiency ratings and long-term costs (installation plus annual operating costs). If your existing system is over 20 years old, you may be spending a lot to keep it running –... [read more]

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