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How to preserve your deposit when you exit a tenancy

Posted on 18 February 2020

As a tenant, it is one of the most annoying things you can experience. You have worked hard to keep your home in one piece during the time you have lived there, only to be slapped with a huge bill at the end of the tenancy. Of course, there are all sorts of rules that govern deposits. For example, over in the UK the tenancy deposit scheme was introduced some years ago, with this effectivel ...

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4 packing tips ahead of your big house move

Posted on 18 February 2020

When we talk about major life events, most of us think about getting married or having our first baby. However, something which grabs the headlines for all the wrong reasons is moving house. It has been found that moving house is significantly more stressful than both of the above events - which tells its own story. Today's post isn't going to get into the perils of solicitors and all ...

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10 Ways You Can Easily Upgrade Your Kitchen

Posted on 26 September 2019

Getting the kitchen of your dreams without spending heavily is no day’s task.While you might have the picture of a perfect kitchen hovering around your head—or probably pinned to a Pinterest board—performing a complete revamp of your current kitchen design might be way above your budgetat the moment. According to Bankrate, the average cost of a kitchen revamp is $21,751 with top-not ...

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5 things to know when considering a home security system

Posted on 13 March 2019

(NC) Keeping your home safe is a top priority. After all, it protects your family and your belongings. A home security system is an affordable investment for your peace of mind. But with so many on the market, how do you choose the right one? Here are some factors to help your decision: Environmental protection. Look for a system that goes beyond intrusion monitoring to one tha ...

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5 tips to help keep your home safe without sacrificing your privacy

Posted on 13 March 2019

(NC) Dangers to our homes are a year-round risk, whether it’s frozen pipes bursting in the winter or an intruder sneaking in while you’re on vacation during the summer. Fortunately, there are many smart devices that can safeguard your property. Home security system. While some systems have been found to have spying cameras and data breaches, one with secure networks and devi ...

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5 tips for building a custom home

Posted on 23 February 2019

(NC) Homes can come in all shapes and sizes and everyone has their own preferences. Buying pre-construction gives you the opportunity to choose some of your finishes and features. But what if that’s not enough? If you own your own land, you might consider taking it a step further and having a custom home built that checks all the boxes on your must-have list. Before you hire a ...

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Is the crack in your basement floor covered by your new home warranty?

Posted on 22 February 2019

(NC) Like the first scratch on a new car, a crack in the concrete floor of your newly built home is not a question of if, but when. But while not pretty, most concrete floors crack because it’s the normal result of a home settling and is not a cause for concern.  What happens to new concrete floors Concrete naturally shrinks and cracks as it dries. In fact, it can take up ...

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4 helpful tips when buying a resale home

Posted on 22 February 2019

(NC) If you’re buying a resale home, the good news is that if it’s less than seven years old, it may still be under warranty. The statutory warranty for a new home lasts for seven years from the date the original buyer takes ownership – or in the case of a condo unit, takes possession. To make sure you get the full benefit of the remaining warranty, here are four helpful tips: ...

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Buying a new home? What to know about the warranty

Posted on 22 February 2019

(NC) Have you purchased a new home or condo from a registered builder? Good news – your new home comes with a warranty backstopped by Tarion, Ontario’s new home warranty provider. In case you have any issues with your home, it’s important to know what the warranty covers. Here’s everything you need to know: Deposit protection. If you put down a deposit when you signed the ...

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Don’t let ice damming damage your home

Posted on 22 February 2019

(NC) As winter winds down and the warmer weather starts melting the snow on your roof, be aware of the potential threat of ice damming, which can cause damage to both the exterior and interior of your home. What causes ice damming? An ice dam is created when rooftop snow melts during the day and then freezes again at night around the edges or eavestroughs. ...