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Sell or Stay in your Home this Spring?

Spring home selling season is here which is the most active period of the year for single home titles changing hands, and this year the outlook for home-sale growth is up. Single-family homes, townhouses, and condominiums are all expected to see stronger sales in 2014. Many homeowners now have to ask themselves: Sell or keep their homes? The answer involves everything from downsizing, to retirement, ...

Around the House Spring Chores

With winter almost behind us, it’s time to get your house and garden ready to not only face the warm weather, but also the damaging effects of the sun, wind, and rain. Choose a nice spring day to walk around the outside of your house and take inventory of what tasks need attending to before they become a major—and possibly costly repair. Don’t think of spring home maintenance as “chores”; ...

Attract buyers with an updated powder room

  If you’ve ever lived in a home without a powder room, you know all too well the hassle of keeping your family’s main bathroom in perfect order should a guest need to use it. Needless to say, a powder room is an excellent selling feature.  If you’re thinking of placing your home on the market this spring and your powder room has been a little neglected over the years, ...

Things to do in April in and Around Your Home

The wonderful thing about April is we can stop hibernating! Winter has turned the corner and has headed out of sight until the end of the year. With spring in full swing, its time to get inspired to make the most of the month! Open up the windows and let the fresh breezes flow through the house. At the end of the month when temperatures are warmer, it’s a good time to give the outside a cleaning. Another ...

If a tree falls…

If a tree falls... Just this morning we were sitting at breakfast and I looked out the back patio door. After getting past the initial shock of there still being two feet of snow on the back porch, I scanned the yard, surveying the "wreckage" after the ice and wind (and snow) of the past five months. "Sweetie," I asked, "If that huge tree falls over, are we responsible for it?" "Which huge tree?" ...

10 Things Home Buyers Hate About Your Home

10 Things Home Buyers Hate About Your Home! You’re in the market for a new home, whether you need more space or less, you must first sell your present residence. One might think that the slow housing marking would potentially have buyers pounding at your door, but this is not necessarily the case. Prices are steady at the moment and seem not to be plummeting any further. This is good for ...

Simple Ways to Make the Most of March in and Around Your Home

Open those shutters and start packing away your winter clothing—spring is just around the corner! After months of hibernating inside from the cold, it’s time to prepare your home for a new season. Here are some simple ways to start preparing your home for spring: Get the mould out: with increased time indoor and using your furniture more frequently, bacteria and moulds have been multiplying ...

Great News for Mount Hope

In November, the City of Hamilton approved a building, tax incentive and grant programme concering the Homestead Drive and Airport Road area of Mount Hope. Mount Hope is most famous for its John C. Munro International Airport and War Plane Heritage Museum(housing one of only two operating Lancaster Bombers in the World) and for anyone playing golf at the immaculately groomed Southern Pines ...

Bring more natural light into your home

  Nothing can be better than letting more natural light into your home, especially in the dark, winter months. Traditional skylights allow more daylight to filter into your home and the option to ventilate. Some even have built-in sensors that close up when it begins to rain. But what do you do if that dark room or hallway isn’t directly under a convenient roofline? Tubular skylights ...

Home Design Trends for 2014

With the New Year under way and the cold weather here, homeowners are looking for projects to do around their home to update its look. Here are some of the top trends for 2014: Kitchens—The Hub of the Home: today’s kitchens are where family and friends enjoy get-togethers over a meal. Spacious kitchen islands, better technology, and integrated offices give families space to spend time ...
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