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How to Install Laminate Floors

What do I need to know to install my own laminate floor? I want to save money and do the work myself, but need to make sure I understand the basics. A: Installing a laminate floor is easier than it looks and doing the work will save you money, but there are things you need to understand before you decide if DIY is for you. The first has to do with wall clearances. Although laminate flooring doesn’t ...

Wondering How to Decrease Your Power Bill?

Did you know that you can do several things yourself to keep your power bill down?  Here's some helpful hints! 1)  Ensure the condenser coils on your fridge are good and clean!  These are found on the back or under side of your fridge and is what the fridge uses to transfer heat out of the fridge. These coils naturally collect dust, dirt and pet fur, and can become coated quite quickly ...

Renovations Know How

Renovation mistakes to avoid Further to the recommendations about making sure you do your homework and prep work, hiring the right contractor for your project and knowing your own limitations in terms of when to do-it-yourself and when to hire a contractor, this week we will look at the importance of setting a budget and planning the demolition before you start — two very important considerations. ...

Location, Location, Location!!

Relocating our clients and customers to their dream home is not the only thing we do.  We practice what we preach... we have moved for a better location!  Just recently the owners of Century 21 Trident Realty Ltd. decided to purchase a new home for our agents and administration staff, and WOW... what a GREAT location!  Makes the stresses of moving very worth it in the end!  We ...

No More Closed Doors

Doors to closets make it so easy to do a quick tidy around the house when unexpected - or expected guests pop over.  But for me our main closet in our foyer has really bugged me for the past year.  See, we have a banister that everyone - including me - likes to hang their coats, purse, book bag on instead of opening the closet door and putting the items in there.  On a hanger.  ...

6 home improvements that take less than an hour:

1.  Freshen up an old room with paint. Pick a bold paint color, then use it to paint just one accent wall in a room.  Covering only one wall will cost less and won't take as much time as painting the whole room. 2.  Switch out your faucet. Tired of your old taps?  You can easily install a new faucet.  Before you begin the job, turn off your water supply.  Then unscrew ...

Replacing Windows

While working at an Open House recently I was asked the age of the windows. When I mentioned that I thought they were the same age as the house the gentleman replied, “Oh, well, those will all have to be changed then.” This remark surprised me a bit. I was always led to believe that windows didn’t need to be replaced unless there was a problem with them. The age mattered little ...

Smart renovations always pay off!

With the popularity of home improvement television most homeowners have visions of granite countertops and hardwood floors in mind when prioritizing renovation projects. SO lets talk about what priorities should be and why. According to some experts, you should be thinking about a sound structure first. Since the outside of your house provides protection from the elements, it stands to reason this ...

Bang on! New homes in Canada offer endless possibilities

Bang on!: New homes in Canada offer endless possibilities   A concrete counter top is just one example of how, in a new home, the owners can have things custom made to suit their tastes. (Free Press file photo) Today’s homeowners want their living spaces to be different from their neighbours. They want them to be inviting and comfortable, custom fit to their lifestyle ...

How to stay on top of your business

  Water shortage:   We used to need a hand pump to get water. You pumped away, put some effort into the exercise and water magically appeared from the spout. It must have been an amazing invention when it first arrived. Part of that exercise was to make sure that you kept the pump primed. Users learned very quickly that they had to keep putting a little water back in the well to ensure ...
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