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Handling a New Home Problem on Moving Day

Thursday Jun 15th, 2017

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Handling a New Home Problem on Moving Day Imagine buying a product from a store, taking it home, and then discovering there’s a problem with it. Disappointing, yes, but not a catastrophe. You can simply take it back for repair or exchange. But, what if it’s moving day, and you discover there’s a problem with your new home? Whoa. A house isn’t so easily returned! What are the most common problems encountered on moving day? A delay in getting... [read more]

The Magic of Decorative Moulding

Thursday Apr 27th, 2017

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The Magic of Decorative Moulding Decorative moulding is one of the most eye-catching ways to upgrade a room. You’re probably accustomed to seeing standard baseboard moulding installed where your floor meets the wall. But, there are many other types. For example: Crown moulding for ceilings. Panel moulding for a southern colonial look. Chair rail moulding, which is very distinctive on walls. Apron moulding for window sills.... [read more]

How Long Will Your Home Appliances Last

Friday Mar 31st, 2017

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How Long Will Your Home Appliances Last? If you’re paying a lot of money for a new washing machine, wouldn’t it be nice to know how long you should expect it to last? There is, of course, no exact formula for figuring that out. Every brand and unit is different. There are however, some broad estimates. According to an article in Consumer Reports, a washer and dryer will hum along just fine for about 10 years, with a likelihood of needing a repair during the last two... [read more]

Important Things to “Fix Up” before Selling

Wednesday Mar 01st, 2017

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Important Things to “Fix Up” before Selling When you’re preparing your home for sale, it’s not unusual to need to fix up a few things around the property. After all, you want your home to look its best to buyers, so that you get good offers, quickly. What do you need to fix? Here are three categories that will help you create and prioritize your list. 1. Anything that squeaks or creaks. Is there something in your home that makes a noise it... [read more]

Making an Offer in a Competitive Market

Wednesday Feb 01st, 2017

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Making an Offer in a Competitive Market Imagine finding a home you love, making an offer, and then finding out there are other competing offers on the table. Ouch. If you’re looking for a property in a competitive market, it is likely that there will be multiple offers. Even just one can create the risk that you’ll lose the home. So how do you make sure your offer is enticing enough to win over the buyer? Here are some ideas: Don’t make a low-ball... [read more]

How to Cut Your Electricity Bill in Half

Wednesday Feb 01st, 2017

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How to Cut Your Electricity Bill in Half You don’t have to freeze in the winter or start reading by candlelight to reduce your electricity bill. There are many simple ways to use less power with little, if any, impact on your lifestyle. A good place to start is with your electronics. According to the David Suzuki Foundation, “Any gizmo that has a clock, digital timer, remote control or standby mode is sucking energy when it's not being used (it's called... [read more]

Will an Open House Help Sell your Home?

Monday Jan 30th, 2017

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Will an Open House Help Sell your Home?   You’ve probably seen signs around the area for Open Houses. You may have even attended a few. These are open invitations for potential buyers to drop by on a certain day and time, to check out the property and get more information.   When you’re listing your home for sale, you might wonder whether you’ll need to have an Open House.   To answer that question, you’ll need to consider the pros and... [read more]

What Does a Property Surveyor Do?

Monday Jan 30th, 2017

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What Does a Property Surveyor Do?   Property Surveyors, sometimes referred to as land Surveyors, play a vital role in the real estate world. They are the professionals who determine or confirm the exact boundaries of a property.    Will you need to deal with a Property Surveyor when selling your home?    You might.    Sometimes the mortgage lender will ask for a land survey, especially if your property is older and hasn’t changed... [read more]

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