Good Advice

Is your dream home a former grow-op?

Before you’re sold on a home’s granite countertops and stainless steel appliances, you should know that a previous owner might have cooked up a lot more in the basement, bedrooms or even the family room. There may be some stigma attached to buying or owning a home that was formerly used as a grow-op

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Let your kitchen see the light

Is your kitchen in need of a revamp? New appliances and counter space might be high on the list, but popular trends in finish-outs and appliances are also impacting kitchen lighting choices. And a look at trending tastes indicate that kitchen design is once again trending toward the contemporary side.

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Why you should house-hunt in the rain

As the old adage goes, April showers bring May flowers…but they may also help you find your next home, too. June through October are always the best and busiest months for house hunting – the sunshine of summer and full colours of fall have everyone and their homes looking their best

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How well do you know your home?

How much do you really know about your house?

So, after a long and extensive search, you’ve finally found – and fallen in love with – your new forever home. You know that you’ve bought it from Mr. & Mrs. Ramsey, who’ve lived in the house for 22 years, but who was there before that? And before that?

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Set in stone: give your driveway some love

Whether you go with classic black or a more modern concrete or stone, a neat and presentable driveway is not only functional but also attractive to look at. A well-maintained driveway can also improve your home’s curb appeal and increase its resale value.

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Before you commit, date your prospective hood

“So what’s the neighbourhood really like?” It’s an oft-asked question from prospective homebuyers when they’re on the hunt for a new address. It’s a loaded one, taking into account their lifestyle preferences, and whether or not the area is family-friendly or suitable for first-time home buyers.

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The air in here

When we think of pollution, the thick plumes of exhaust from cars or billowing smoke from factory chimneys often come to mind. However, according to some researchers, indoor pollution is an equally dangerous and pervasive issue, one that impacts the health of thousands of North Americans every year.

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Handle moving day like a boss

So you’ve ditched renting for homeownership, or you’ve sold your condo and are moving on up to bigger digs. Once the ink on the papers has dried and the dates have been set, now you have to tackle the beast that is Moving Day. No one likes moving, but some people handle it better than…

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Keep your home critter free

There’s no doubt that summer is the big season for bugs, but what happens when temperatures drop and we start to bundle up and seek the warmth of indoors? We hate to gross you out, but some rodents and bugs have the same desire for protection against the cold

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