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Spring Cleaning – Get the Kids Involved

As the warmer temperatures begin to roll in, there is no thought more prevalent than the beginning of spring cleaning. Spring is a time when all the forgotten places of winter begin to come to light, and there is nothing more refreshing than refreshing your home. A major topic these days is how to involve your kids in spring cleaning, especially in a way that is fun and engaging for them. The hope is to get your kids involved and wanting to help clean, not only to teach them the value of hard work, and the importance of cleaning up
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Design Trends to Expect in 2019

Design Trends to Expect in 2019 Out with the old and in with the new! A perfect catch phrase to summarize what trends you want to welcome into your home and which ones you ought to escort out. Do you want to expose the hardware in your bathrooms? Thinking of renovating your kitchen? Are you contemplating a new and exciting colour to paint your master bedroom? Don’t stress over it! There are a lot of great ideas floating around and we have the scoop on all of them. Let’s start with one of the most essential rooms in a house,
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Living the Minimalist Life

Living the Minimalist Life Minimalism is a trend that has really taken off in recent years, with many people trying to live with as few material goods as possible. Ultimately, minimalism is the promotion of the things we value along with the removal of objects that distract us; in other words, if you don’t use it, you don’t really need it taking up space. Many argue that these principles can help you live a more mindful authentic and happy life, in that you don’t waste time or money on things that are not truly valuable to you. A guru in
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Getting Ready to Sell Your Home in Winter: What You Need to Know

Selling your home in the winter Real Estate market may seem undesirable to some, but it has many overlooked advantages that actually make the cold dreary season a potential sellers-market!  One thing found is that winter buyers are generally more serious, which makes complete sense, as most people don’t find joy in dawning winter-wear and bracing cold icy roads and weather just to check out the real estate market on a lazy sunday. Additionally, with fewer properties listed for sale, the market is smaller, making it easy to stand out in the neighbourhood. Keeping up with yard work and weeding
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Home Renovations with a Great Return on Investment

Home Renovations with a Great Return on Investment We’ve all been there: “I love our kitchen, but what if we added an island?” or “our en suite bathroom is great, but it’s missing a little colour” or even “our basement is so spacious, I wonder what it would look like finished”. Sound familiar? If you can relate with any of the above questions (or have debated a slightly different tweak to your home) then you’re likely well-acquainted with the idea of home renovations and how they can truly revamp a living space (or two). But what if we told you
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Fall Furnace Tune-Up

Fall Furnace Tune-Up As much as we may hate to admit it, fall is here. As the days get shorter and the air gets colder, the time of year when we switch from cooling our homes to heating them is upon us. However, before you switch your furnace on and start getting your winter blankets out of storage, it is wise to perform a routine inspection and maintenance of your furnace. You don’t want something going wrong in the middle of winter when you need heat more than ever. You can spend money to have a professional come and perform
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Protecting Your Home from Critters

As the cooler weather starts to roll in, we are all thinking of cozying up indoors and unfortunately our furry friends outside are also thinking the same. Wild animals are currently looking for warm spaces to call home for the winter months and unfortunately our homes can be an attractive target. When animals get into a home, the damage can be severe and costly to fix but fortunately, with some careful planning you can ensure that you are not welcoming some unwanted guests over the winter months. Ottawa is home to many different critters but let’s take a look at
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Frolic into Fall: Fall Maintenance Tips for Homeowners

Getting ready for fall can sound like a chore. Taking care of your home is a big responsibility, however with a few simple tips and tricks, getting ready for fall can be quick and simple. The important aspect of getting ready for fall is to ensure that your home is fall and winter read, and that all the appropriate maintenance has been performed to keep your home in top shape before the snow begins to fall. There are a few major things to remember when it comes to winter. The wind blows harder during the winter than it does at
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Reverse Mortgages: What to consider when considering a reverse mortgage

Reverse Mortgages What to consider when considering a reverse mortgage… Reverse mortgages allow homeowners to use the equity in their home as a loan, it’s a  financial strategy that is getting more common. This may be in part because a large segment of Canadian Baby Boomers (born between 1946-1964) “is on strong financial footing and on a clear path to being mortgage-free, if not already.”  But what exactly is a reverse mortgage, and how does it work?  Let’s examine the concept of a reverse mortgage, and some of the benefits and downfalls. What is a reverse mortgage? A reverse mortgage is a
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Splash your way into Summer All you need to know about getting a pool  

Splash your way into Summer: All you need to know about getting a pool  The heat is on, and the sun is shining, so what time is better than now to consider getting a pool. Pools are a fabulous way to keep cool in the summer heat, and entertain friends and family for hours this summer. There are many options to consider when you’re thinking about installing a pool, and bylaws to take into account when you do your install. You want to keep in mind the different types of pools, maintenance, associated costs, and of course, bylaws surrounding necessary enclosures.
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