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Steps to avoid electrical hazards and fire in your home

(NC) – Most homeowners take conscientious steps to avoid fire hazards. Be sure to add electrical considerations to your list. With reports that 'electrical distribution equipment' is the ignition source for 8% of residential fires in this country, the Electrical Safety Foundation International – Canada (ESFI-C) is encouraging homeowners to watch for and address electrical hazards. Electrical ....

Cut indoor allergens in your home

(NC) -- They're all around us. They're even in the air we breathe every day. Indoor allergens like dust mites, pet dander and mold are miniscule menaces that are known to easily aggravate current and pre-existing asthma symptoms. In fact, indoor allergens are more closely associated with asthma than outdoor allergens like trees, weeds and grasses. This is because indoor allergens are in the air y ....

Homeowners are warned of door-to-door dangers

(NC) -- Be on guard when answering the door, especially if you're home more often during the holidays. Door-to-door salespeople are aware that homeowners are more likely to be taking time off from work during this time. “Door-to-door salespeople may look for new ways to take advantage,” says John Macdonald, president and C.E.O. of EnerCare Inc., a leading provider of energy efficient product ....

Home Security: Top Ten Tips for Your New Home

(NC) – Moving to a different neighbourhood is an exciting adventure, but it's also a stressful time as we check off, one by one, all of the tasks necessary to turn a new house into a home. Be sure to add security measures to your list say advisers in this field. Police investigations show that many intruders actually have a key. Always assume that several other people probably have a key t ....

Canada's Housing Market Booms

Financial experts and gurus based all over the world have come to agree on a unanimous basis that Canada provides one of the finest living opportunities across the world. If truth be told, Canada, with the passage of time, has managed to become the most highly sought after destination for real estate investors across the world. The best part about the Canadian real estate market is that it is cont ....

Toronto Tourism: Renting Apartments in Toronto

The city of Toronto is an important cultural, business and tourism center in Canada and North America. People from different parts of the world visit the city on a regular basis. Even many Canadians from other parts of the country visit Toronto quite frequently. Usually, people travelling to the city would stay in hotels and motels. However, many travelers now prefer staying in apartments when the ....

Need Design Inspiration? Look to your favourite hotel

(NC) -- How many times have you checked into a hotel and been impressed by the decor? Hotels spend millions of dollars to get that perfect look and feel - one that can appeal to travellers with various design aesthetics. So, if you're looking to reinvigorate your home with a fresh new look, your favourite hotel can be one of the best sources of inspiration. The hotel experts at Choice Hotels ....

Gardening: Five lawn tips to make others green with envy

(NC) -- Every block has one: the impeccably manicured, abundantly plush, flawlessly green lawn. It's the envy of everyone on the street, but this year, it can be yours. “Anyone can have a great looking lawn if they apply the right tools, practices and materials,” says Scott Ride of Husqvarna, a company known as the world's largest producer of outdoor power products. “These tips from t ....

Home Renovations: Six simple steps to a sensational shower

(NC) -- You do it every day – and sometimes more than once a day – but how often do you actually think about your shower routine? Does it live up to its potential? You do deserve the pampering, so with the following six simple steps, your shower escape can become sensational and safe – and all of it with only a minimal investment: Step 1: Start the Shower When turning on ....

Home renovation is often better than relocation

(NC) -- If the volatile real estate market has you frazzled and scared to make a move, a home renovation project may be just the right answer. With house prices on the rise, finishing a basement is the latest trend towards building even more equity in the home. A finished basement can offer a little extra room to give a growing family space to breathe – and with so many uses, a renovated b ....

Choosing the ideal spa and hot tub

(NC) -- Every year, more people are turning to spas and hot tubs as a way to relax, unwind and relieve their aches and pains. One of the reasons they are so popular is that they can be enjoyed year round - indoors or outdoors – allowing you to make the most of your leisure time regardless of the weather. Spas and hot tubs are available in preformed acrylic or thermoplastic spa shell d ....

Turn your home from bland to grand -- colour trends

(NC) -- Looking to add a pop of colour to basic home décor…or transform tired-looking elements in your home? You don't have to buy something new to incorporate the latest style and colour trends into your home. All you need is a little spray paint and inspiration from the colour and design experts at Krylon. “The Krylon colour trends for 2014 are based on the curious, optimistic attitud ....

Splash your rooms with colour and patterns

Are you all about neutrals when it comes to home décor? Style icon and award-winning fashion designer, Isaac Mizrahi, encourages home owners to get inspired by their surroundings. “Let the blooming flowers of spring inspire you to incorporate pattern and colour into your home,” he suggests. “Don't be afraid to take a risk, you might love the result. For example, I love mixing prints, ....

Lawn fertilizing tips from the pros

(NC) -- Choosing a lawn fertilizer shouldn't be difficult, but many people wonder what to buy and when to apply it for a great result. The Canadian Fertilizer Institute says they make it their business to know fertilizer and offer us the following tips for application and to keep our green space healthy: • Read the bag. The three numbers listed (like 10-0-5) indicate the ratio of thre ....

Spotlight the floor in your décor

(NC) -- Think about the first thing you notice when stepping into a room. Do you glance at the floor like most of us? This would make the floor in any décor imperative to that first impression. While keeping up with the trends can be expensive, there are new and emerging ideas that can help homeowners make meaningful changes without breaking the bank. Armed with ideas and the right tools, a ....

How much is my stuff worth?

(NC) -- Most of us might be surprised to learn the actual value of our accumulated belongings—and this could leave us vulnerable in the event of loss, theft or damage. Taking a home inventory is a major first step. “You probably have a rough idea of how much your home is worth, as well as how much you have saved,” says Ryan Michel, spokesperson for Allstate Insurance Company of Canada. ....

Inspect your home for damage

(NC) -- Annual spring cleaning is routine throughout the house – and now with the frequency of weather extremes, we are also advised to inspect for damage. Weight from heavy snow and ice, for example, can have an effect on the slope of your yard or the effectiveness of your outdoor pipes and drains. “Many of us are thankful when spring weather finally arrives, but we shouldn't forget th ....

Tackle your attic for energy savings

(NC) -- Start at the top, if you're looking to reduce your heating and cooling costs—and the top is in your attic. “If your home is more than 30 years old, chances are your attic insulation could use some bolstering,” says Carlo Racioppo, a broker at Royal LePage Realty Plus in Mississauga, Ontario. “On any list of energy upgrades, tackling the attic first allows you to start the work ....
 

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