Homes

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 ....

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 ....

Real estate: Advertorials boost home sales

Real estate agents are turning to advertorials in today’s difficult economic times. The times have changed. Advertorial columns have been reported to increase the sales of real estate properties.
Savvy real estate agents are using advertorials in order to promote sales. They are finding it as a suitable medium to give advice to both the buyers and the sellers.

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Tips to improve home comfort this winter season

(NC) -- Are you having trouble keeping the chill out of your home this winter? You're not alone. According to Natural Resources Canada, air leakage represents 25 to 40 percent of the heat loss from older homes and is a contributor to escalating heating bills. This means that outside air – including dust and allergens – can infiltrate your home and conditioned air on the inside can leak ou ....

Interior Decorating: Find comfort in collections for the bathroom

(NC) -- Just like the fixtures and furnishings they select to express their personal look, homeowners come in different styles. There's the eclectic, who like a bit of everything; the cutting edge, who find comfort in being different than everyone else, but most could be called collection fans, because they value interiors that are comfortably co-ordinated in a single style. That's why co ....

In the bathroom, white is always right

(NC) -- Interior designers have a favourite saying about the decision to go all-white in a bathroom – “At its best, it will be the most spectacular room you ever designed; at its worst it will be perfectly satisfactory.” In other words, always safe, and sometimes, out-of-this-world. What makes the difference? A lot depends on what you put into it. An all-white background will showcas ....

Interior Decorating: Take boring out of the bathroom

(NC) -- It shouldn't be so, but the bathroom is often the most neglected room in the house design-wise. It should be bright and welcoming, warm and relaxing. Is it time for you to take action? Here are some considerations: • Too often, in small bathrooms, there's just one small light shining from above, throwing more shadows than light. Changing the light fitting or bulbs to create ....

Homes: Radon gas can hurt

(NC) -- Ninety-seven per cent of Canadians don't know whether they have dangerous levels of radon in their homes, according to a recent survey by Health Canada. The Ontario Lung Association is determined to close that knowledge gap by alerting homeowners to the dangers of radon and urging them to get their homes tested. “Radon is the second leading cause of lung cancer af ....

Secret appliance can help your family save

(NC) — Households across Ontario have come to know natural gas as an affordable way to heat their homes when the temperatures dip, but there's a lesser known application for the fuel that would make any family's budget chief smile this winter. According to findings from the Ontario Natural Gas Alliance (ONGA), homes that use natural gas to power their clothes dryer can save approximately 7 ....

Planning on buying a home this year -- Avoid door-to-door scams

(NC) -- With spring still a few months away, many potential home owners will begin the New Year planning for the upcoming home buying season. As home buyers begin looking into neighbourhoods they will also be considering other factors involved in purchasing a home—including the quality of neighbourhood schools, property taxes and qualifying for a mortgage. Few home buyers, however, will t ....

Insurance tips for condo landlords

(NC) -- Owning a rental condominium is a great investment opportunity, but it comes with a unique set of responsibilities. Condos make landlords vulnerable because of the various parties involved, including tenants, condominium boards and commercial organizations, as well as the nuances of rental legislation. To protect yourself against costly repairs and other major headaches, take th ....