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KEEP THE KIDS BUSY DURING THESE TRYING TIMES

Thursday Apr 02nd, 2020

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4 Fun & Productive Family Activities The weather’s getting warmer, the sun is out longer, and the birds are chirping away. The transition from winter to spring is one of the best. Warmer weather means that you get to move from hibernating inside all winter to enjoying the nice weather outside (as long as it’s not raining). Read on to learn about activities and projects you can do with your family to keep busy during the weekends. Clean and Organize While it’s... [read more]

DING DONG

Wednesday Mar 18th, 2020

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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

Wednesday Mar 04th, 2020

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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 25th, 2020

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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]

PAINT IT UP

Wednesday Feb 19th, 2020

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5 Ways to Transform Your Home with Paint It’s really amazing what a fresh coat of paint can do for a home. With a few coats of a new colour, you can completely transform your home. Whether you’re looking to freshen up your space for a new season, get it ready to sell, or just want to experiment with a new colour, paint is an easy and inexpensive way to do just that. Take a look at our 5 favourite ways to transform your home with paint. 1. Kitchen Refresh For many... [read more]

POPCORN

Tuesday Feb 11th, 2020

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  What Is the Point of Popcorn Ceiling?   Popcorn ceilings, otherwise known as stucco ceilings, acoustic ceilings, or cottage cheese ceilings, were hugely popular in residential houses built between the 1930s and 1990s in Canada. Characterized by their textured look and feel by being stippled with a sponge, or sprayed on with a hopper gun using a special mix, these ceilings were commonly found in entrance hallways, bedrooms, and basements of homes. But, the days of the... [read more]

BATHROOM TRENDS 2020

Saturday Feb 01st, 2020

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2020 Bathroom Trends For Every Home Change is in the air as we welcome in 2020. The start of a new year is the perfect time to move forward with the bathroom renovation you’ve been thinking about for the past decade. To help you stay forward-thinking with your design, we’ve rounded up our favourite trends for 2020 that can work in any home. Use these trends as inspiration to help freshen up your powder room, ensuite or main bathroom this new year. 1. Bathroom... [read more]

EVERYTHING BUT THE KITCHEN STOVE

Wednesday Jan 29th, 2020

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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]

FIRE IT UP!

Saturday Jan 18th, 2020

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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]

KITCHEN TRENDS 2020

Saturday Jan 11th, 2020

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Kitchen Countertop Trends 2020 Countertops are an essential part of every kitchen. We use them daily for so much more than just preparing meals, so it’s fair to say our countertops see a lot of action. If you’re planning on updating your kitchen in 2020 you’ll want to know which countertops will set the trends. Here are the kitchen countertop materials you’re sure to see make a big impact this year. 1. Dark and Natural In stark contrast to the pristine white... [read more]

STAY WARM

Friday Dec 27th, 2019

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Old & Cold Window Solutions While it’s no surprise that your old windows are to blame for the draft in your home, you might be surprised by how much heat they’re losing. The average home loses between 10-35% of its heat through gaps in and around windows. Not only does this cause your home to feel cooler, it also increases the cost of heating your home. If your home has older windows that are letting the cold in and the heat out, try these cold weather window solutions to... [read more]

PARTY TIME

Monday Dec 23rd, 2019

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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

Saturday Dec 14th, 2019

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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... [read more]

A COZY NOOK

Sunday Dec 08th, 2019

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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

Monday Dec 02nd, 2019

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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]

DECORATE TOGETHER

Monday Nov 25th, 2019

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How to Compromise on Home Decor with a Partner or Roommate Whether you are moving in with a partner, friend, or roommate, there are bound to be some challenges when it comes to co-decorating your place. Chances are your vision of how you want your home to look will not directly line up with their vision, so compromise here is key. Not to worry, not all hope is lost. We are sharing a few tips on how to successfully find middle ground and create a beautiful, and functional place that both... [read more]

RENO VALUE

Monday Nov 18th, 2019

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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]

UNWANTED ELECTRONICS

Friday Nov 15th, 2019

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How to Safely Get Rid of Your Old Electronic Electronic devices like computers and televisions are among the most prized possessions we have in our homes; unfortunately, they are also the worst things that we can send to landfills. These devices contain materials that do not break down easily and chemicals that over time pollute our air and water. That’s why it’s so important to help the environment by properly disposing of these devices. Depending on the state of the... [read more]

DECOR CHANGES

Monday Nov 04th, 2019

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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]

SPOOKY HALLOWEEN

Tuesday Oct 29th, 2019

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Spooktacular Halloween Porch Decorations Designing a frightful and delightful Halloween porch doesn’t have to take an eternity; in fact, it can be assembled in a couple of hours if you’re willing to get to work. Here are 3 easy ways to pull together your Halloween porch decorations depending how much time and effort you want to spend on it. Basic   If you’re in a bit of a rush to get your porch ready for the big night, it’s best to keep it simple. A... [read more]

CLEAN FREAK

Friday Oct 25th, 2019

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5 Cleaning Projects Perfect for Fall The weather is changing, which means it’s finally time to close the windows and put away the patio furniture. As the temperature rises and falls, our homes will go through a lot. That’s why it’s important to take the time to prepare our homes for the start of a new season. These fall cleaning projects will not only prepare your home for the cooler weather but also ensure you head into a new season feeling refreshed and... [read more]

A WINDOW INTO YOUR WORLD

Friday Oct 18th, 2019

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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]

LIGHT IT UP

Thursday Oct 10th, 2019

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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]

RENO TIPS

Thursday Oct 03rd, 2019

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Reno Tips for New Homeowners You bought a fixer-upper thinking it would be easy to flip it into your dream home. Having seen more than your fair share of DIY and home renovation shows you thought, “How hard could it really be?” Now that the new home buzz is wearing off and you’re actually living in your not-so-perfect home, you’re probably having second thoughts on renovating. Don’t let buyer’s remorse set in, instead read through these tips and get... [read more]

INDOOR GARDEN

Saturday Sep 28th, 2019

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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]

SHUT THE FRONT DOOR

Monday Sep 23rd, 2019

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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 choose to update their front door. With the change in seasons approaching, now is the perfect time to ensure your doors are both energy... [read more]

COLOUR THAT SELLS

Friday Sep 13th, 2019

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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]

CLEANING UP

Friday Sep 06th, 2019

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How Much Will Your Cleaning Service Cost? Although hiring a cleaning service will save time and effort in the long run, it can be hard to find the right pro at the right price point for your home. Between full-service agencies, specialized companies, and independent contractors, there are plenty of pros to choose from. To simplify your selection process, we’ve broken down your options and how much you should expect to pay for them. One-Time Visit If, for example, you’re... [read more]

MOVING

Thursday Aug 29th, 2019

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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]

GOOD NEIGHBOURS

Thursday Aug 29th, 2019

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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]

TAKE A BACKSPLASH

Thursday Aug 15th, 2019

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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]

BATHROOM TRENDS

Sunday Aug 11th, 2019

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Bathroom Vanity Trends 2019 Now more than ever, vanity trends are becoming an important design factor in bathroom renovations. With so many styles to choose from, finding the right vanity trend for your bathroom can seem like an endless search for perfection. Whether you’re in the middle of a renovation or are just looking for some inspiration, take a look at our 5 favourite bathroom vanity trends for 2019 to make your decision process a little easier. 1. Double Sink... [read more]

KEEP WARM

Friday Jul 12th, 2019

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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

Friday Jul 12th, 2019

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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

Friday Jul 12th, 2019

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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

Friday Jul 12th, 2019

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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 doors... [read more]

SEE CLEARLY

Friday Jul 12th, 2019

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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 Jul 12th, 2019

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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

Friday Jul 12th, 2019

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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 Jul 12th, 2019

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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]

MOVING ON UP

Friday Jul 12th, 2019

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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 started,... [read more]

NEED A PRO?

Friday Jul 12th, 2019

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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 put,... [read more]

DON'T GET ZAPPED

Friday Jul 12th, 2019

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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

Friday Jul 12th, 2019

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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

Friday Jul 12th, 2019

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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

Friday Jul 12th, 2019

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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

Friday Jul 12th, 2019

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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 Raccoons Besides... [read more]

LEAFY SOLUTIONS

Friday Jul 12th, 2019

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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 than... [read more]

BYE BYE BUGS

Friday Jul 12th, 2019

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lants 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

Friday Jul 12th, 2019

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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

Friday Jul 12th, 2019

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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 to... [read more]

ROCK ON

Friday Jul 12th, 2019

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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

Friday Jul 12th, 2019

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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

Friday Jul 12th, 2019

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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

Friday Jul 12th, 2019

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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

Friday Jul 12th, 2019

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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 your... [read more]

EASY CARE

Friday Jul 12th, 2019

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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

Friday Jul 12th, 2019

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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

Friday Jul 12th, 2019

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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 just... [read more]

ALL DECKED OUT

Friday Jul 12th, 2019

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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 Jul 12th, 2019

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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

Friday Jul 12th, 2019

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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 support... [read more]

MOULD FREE

Friday Jul 12th, 2019

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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 ZZZ'S

Friday Jul 12th, 2019

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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

Friday Jul 12th, 2019

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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

Friday Jul 12th, 2019

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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

Friday Jul 12th, 2019

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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

Friday Jul 12th, 2019

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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

Friday Jul 12th, 2019

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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

Friday Jul 12th, 2019

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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 and... [read more]

HOME COZY HOME

Friday Jul 12th, 2019

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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 that... [read more]

SNOW MORE SHOVELLING

Friday Jul 12th, 2019

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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

Friday Jul 12th, 2019

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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

Friday Jul 12th, 2019

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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

Friday Jul 12th, 2019

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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 the... [read more]

SUMMER CLEAN

Thursday Jul 11th, 2019

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5 Cleaning Projects Perfect For Summer For a few glorious months every year, Canada becomes a very warm place. After being cooped up inside for most of the year, when summer finally arrives we embrace it with open arms. While we spend most of the year waiting for the heat to finally arrive, it doesn’t take much for it to feel overwhelming. To help your home feel cool and comfortable, be sure to tackle these cleaning projects. 1. Clean Carpets Our carpets see a lot of foot... [read more]

CURB APPEAL

Thursday Jul 11th, 2019

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4 Ways To Improve Your Curb Appeal Improving your curb appeal is commonly associated with selling your home. While it does add value to your home and will help you in selling, improving your curb appeal has many other benefits to keep in mind. Your home’s curb appeal sets the tone for the rest of your home. It gives passersby a glimpse into who might live inside. Whether you’re planning to sell or not, having a well-maintained home is something to take pride in. Here are four... [read more]

TREE DANGER

Thursday Jul 11th, 2019

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4 Dangers of Ignoring Tree Maintenance Just like the rest of your home, the trees on your property need to be maintained throughout the year. Regularly keeping up with maintenance will ensure you’re not caught off guard by a fallen tree branch. By taking the time to look out for broken limbs or signs of disease, you’ll avoid putting your home, family, and property at risk. Here are the top four dangers of ignoring tree maintenance. 1. Injuring People By far the worst... [read more]

BACKYARD TRENDS 2019

Thursday Jul 11th, 2019

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Backyard Trends For Summer 2019 After a long winter and a cold, wet spring, it’s safe to say we’re all hoping to spend most of the summer outdoors. In fact, we wouldn’t be surprised if you’ve spent the last six months dreaming of the perfect summer escape. For many, that space is in the comfort of their own backyard. Now that the weather is finally turning around, it’s time to bring that dream to life. Consider incorporating these 5 trends into your... [read more]

CHILL OUT

Thursday Jul 11th, 2019

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5 Ways To Keep Your Home Cool This Summer Canada is known for its frigid winters, but many tend to forget that our summers are also far from mild. After months of dreary weather, it’s hard to imagine that we will feel warm, let alone hot, ever again. This year, don’t let the hot weather take you by surprise. Take on these 5 projects and make sure that you stay comfortable and cool once the summer heat sets in. Have Your Air Conditioner Serviced The first step is a must-do... [read more]

BACKYARD PROJECTS

Thursday Jul 11th, 2019

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5 Outdoor Projects To Enhance Your Backyard As the weather begins to warm up, we Canadians get excited at the thought of spending time outdoors. It’s amazing how quickly we forget how much we once hated stepping outside in the winter. If you’re planning to spend as much time outside as possible while it’s warm, you should consider adding some outdoor updates to make the most of your space. Take a look at these five outdoor projects that will enhance your backyard. 1.... [read more]

LAWN CARE

Thursday Jul 11th, 2019

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Guide to Spring Lawn Care For many, spring brings to mind visions of melting snow, flowers in bloom, and of course, lush green grass. Now, have a look outside. Unless your grass is somehow not susceptible to cold, it’s likely that your backyard is looking more like a desert wasteland than a green wonderland. Lucky for you, we know some tips and tricks that can bring your lawn back to life in time for the outdoor season. 1. Clean Up The first step in your spring lawn care... [read more]

SPRING SHOWERS

Thursday Jul 11th, 2019

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How To Prepare For Spring Shower It’s time to give yourself and your home a pat on the back for successfully weathering the winter. It’s also time to evaluate what needs to be done around the home before spring showers are in full swing. Winter may be harsh, but the damp spring weather brings forth a new set of challenges for your home. Take these 5 waterproofing precautions before sitting back, relaxing, and enjoying the above 0 temperatures. At the end of the day, it’s... [read more]

SPRING LANDSCAPE

Thursday Jul 11th, 2019

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Spring Landscaping Checklist Spring is a season full of unpredictability. One day can be unseasonably warm and the next is back to below freezing temperatures. While you can’t depend on the weather, you can depend on the help of pros to get your landscape ready for whenever spring really decides to show up. Add these tasks to your spring landscaping checklist and get started now. Prune Shrubs and Trees Spring is the perfect time to have your shrubs and trees pruned for two... [read more]

PEACEFUL HOME

Thursday Jul 11th, 2019

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Creating A Peaceful And Rejuvenating Home Through Feng Shui Feng shui is the ancient Chinese philosophical system of harmonizing structures with the surrounding “invisible forces” that bind the universe, earth, and humanity together. This is known as qi. While embracing an ancient Chinese art might seem daunting to the average Canadian, getting started with feng shui is a fairly simple process. This ancient art can help you in times of great transition or change, as well as to... [read more]

ECO CONDO LIVING

Thursday Jul 11th, 2019

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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]

BATH TRENDS 2019

Thursday Jul 11th, 2019

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Bathroom Trends 2019 There are endless options when it comes to bathroom renovations. From simple updates like a fresh coat of paint and new hardware to a complete overhaul of your layout, there’s much to consider when renovating. If you’re thinking about renovating your powder room, ensuite, or main bathroom at all this year, you’re probably wondering what’s trending. 1. Bold Colour Choices Similar to trends we’re seeing in kitchens this year, bold colours are... [read more]

SPRING PROJECTS

Thursday Jul 11th, 2019

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8 Spring Handyman Projects The start of a new season is the perfect time to tackle all the projects you’ve been putting off. Winter is a particularly harsh season on our homes which means spring is an especially busy time for home improvement projects. If you could use some extra help checking off your endless to-do list, enlist the help of a handyman. Not only will they be able to take care of the tasks you don’t want to do, but they’ll also be able to get them done in half... [read more]

GET YOUR ZZZ'S

Thursday Jul 11th, 2019

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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 is,... [read more]

SPRING CLEANING

Thursday Jul 11th, 2019

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Spring Cleaning Checklist The countdown to spring is on! March 20th marks the first official day of spring, which means you’ve got about 3 weeks 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... [read more]

DOOR COLOURS

Thursday Jul 11th, 2019

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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. In North American... [read more]

LIGHT COLOUR

Thursday Jul 11th, 2019

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How Lighting Impacts Paint Colours Adding a fresh coat of paint is one of the easiest ways to completely transform a room. While there is much to consider when picking the perfect colour, one crucial element is often overlooked — lighting. Artificial and natural light sources can dramatically change how the paint looks in a room from hour to hour. To ensure the colour you picked ends up looking the way you want it to, read through our helpful considerations before you put colour to wall.... [read more]

BATHROOM TRENDS

Thursday Jul 11th, 2019

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Bathroom Trends 2019 There are endless options when it comes to bathroom renovations. From simple updates like a fresh coat of paint and new hardware to a complete overhaul of your layout, there’s much to consider when renovating. If you’re thinking about renovating your powder room, ensuite, or main bathroom at all this year, you’re probably wondering what’s trending. 1. Bold Colour Choices Similar to trends we’re seeing in kitchens this year, bold colours are... [read more]

HIRE A DESIGNER

Thursday Jul 11th, 2019

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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 it. 1.... [read more]

CLEAN DUCTS

Thursday Jul 11th, 2019

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4 Health Risks of Dirty Ducts There are many benefits to keeping your air ducts clean. Annual cleanings will ensure air is able to easily circulate throughout your home. This means that your HVAC unit will not need to work as hard and as a result, you will see lower energy bills. While these should be reason enough to keep your ducts clean, there is another very important reason: dirty ducts can lead to a number of health issues for you and your household. 4 Health Risks of Dirty Ducts 1.... [read more]

SNOW MORE SHOVELLING

Thursday Jul 11th, 2019

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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 hire. Communicates and... [read more]

7 QUESTION INSPECTION

Thursday Jul 11th, 2019

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7 Frequently Asked Questions About HOME Inspectors Purchasing a house is the biggest investment you will make in your lifetime, so it is important that you are fully aware of what you are putting your life savings into. Hiring a home inspector is a key part of the home buying process and can sometimes even be mandatory if your funding source so chooses. Don’t know much about how home inspections work and what to expect? We have come up with a list of 7 frequently asked questions from... [read more]

WARM UP YOUR BATHROOM

Thursday Jul 11th, 2019

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Winter Warm Ups: How to Heat Up Your Bathroom Some mornings the thought of crawling out of a warm bed and stepping into a chilly bathroom can make us hit snooze repeatedly. Wouldn’t it be great if your bathroom was toasty for you every morning? With these easy bathroom upgrades that dream can be a reality. Here’s how to heat up your bathroom this winter. Heated Towel Rack Who doesn’t love the feeling of stepping out of the shower into an already warmed towel? Talk about... [read more]

2019 KITCHEN TRENDS

Thursday Jul 11th, 2019

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Kitchen Trends 2019 Who can resist checking out the newest kitchen trends? While the hottest trends might not always match your personal taste, there’s likely something that will inspire you to try something new. Whether you’re planning to do a complete kitchen renovation and start fresh, or are just looking to add some trendy touches, here’s what you need to know about kitchen trends for 2019. Fun with Colour Say goodbye to boring all white kitchens and hello to fun colourful... [read more]

HAPPY NEW YEAR

Thursday Jul 11th, 2019

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New Year, New Home – Resolutions for 2019 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]

MOVING DAY

Thursday Jul 11th, 2019

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Tips for preparing for your move Congratulations on selling your house and getting ready for your new home! After the excitement has worn off , reality sets in; THE MOVE. Is it only 2 months left to pack all that you have collected after the last move? Not to worry. A little planning and your move should go without a hitch. First tip is to start interviewing and getting quotes from moving companies. Friends and your real estate agent are the best place to start to source names of... [read more]

KITCHEN RENO

Thursday Jul 11th, 2019

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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]

LED'S FOR THE HOLIDAYS

Thursday Jul 11th, 2019

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How To Create a Cozy Home with Lighting   With the days getting shorter, darker and colder, now is the perfect time to consider your options for creating a cozy home with lighting this winter. With daylight savings making our days shorter and darker, what are some ways homeowners can create a brighter and cozier home to help fight the winter blues? Timers are a must, they automatically adjust for daylight savings and help ensure your home is safe and lit when arriving home... [read more]

RAISE THE ROOF

Thursday Jul 11th, 2019

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Signs It’s Time to Repair Your Roof When’s the last time you took a good look at your roof? Unless you keep a ladder nearby for weekly viewings, we’re guessing it’s been a long time. While there’s no need to look at your roof regularly, it is a good idea know the warning signs that something isn’t right. Read through this list and keep these tips in mind the next time you think about checking out the roof over your head. Things to Consider Before... [read more]

Home Heating

Thursday Jul 11th, 2019

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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 – money... [read more]

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