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Everything You Need to Know About Your Home's FlooringThe flooring that a homeowner selects for their house will have an affect on their home's comfort, style and functionality. Some types of flooring require a lot of maintenance, others require very little. Some flooring can last for centuries, other types will only last a few years. Homeowners who are trying to make their decision should be aware of all the differences in the different types of flooring, so they can choose the type of flooring that works best for them.

Carpeting

Carpeting has the benefit of being soft and relatively warm. It also comes in a range of colours, so it can match just about any interior decor. For seniors and homeowners with small children, carpeting is often a preferred flooring material because it provides padding

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How to Have an Organized RelocationMoving is a logistically difficult thing to do. Between packing, de-cluttering and setting up with movers, it can seem like there's just too much to do at once. Staying organized and starting early can help prevent problems. These tips can help new home buyers stay organized during their relocation.

One Year to Six Months Before Moving: De-Clutter

Clutter makes moving more time consuming, overwhelming and expensive. Home buyers who know they want to purchase a home and move in the next year or two should start the de-cluttering process as early as possible. Starting one year in advance enables the home buyer to de-clutter seasonal items as they are used throughout the year.

Four Months Before Moving: Start Packing

Packing is another

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Improvements can help sell a home quicker. Some also have a high ROIIt is a common belief in real estate that often a home will be sold based on its bathrooms and kitchen. That, however, doesn't mean these are the smartest areas to make major investments in. This is especially true if someone selling their home is looking to get the best return on investment (ROI). In fact, investing a large amount of money in a kitchen or bath may help sell the home quicker but it is likely not going to pay off in terms of ROI. A list of the home improvement projects that offer an attractive return on investment may contain some surprises. What are these areas sellers should consider when focusing on ROI?

The Entry Door

A new steel or designer entry door can pay off in multiple ways. A brand new door makes a great first

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New Construction: A Buying GuideNew construction homes are a good choice for a lot of people, because they can offer value and quality beyond what might be able to be found in homes that were built some time ago. The styles and preferences change over the years, and that affects the way homes are constructed, the kinds of features they have, the size of the rooms, and much more. With that in mind, it is important to understand what new construction has to offer, and the kinds of things a home buyer should look into before they choose a new construction home. With the right options, a new construction home can be an excellent choice.

For informational purposes only. Always consult with a licensed real estate professional before proceeding with any real estate transaction.

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LMI Guide: What You Need to KnowWhen it comes to getting a mortgage, there are a lot of things to consider. One of those is how much of a down payment should be offered, or how much of one is actually needed. Fortunately for buyers who have not saved up a lot of money, there are some options for lower down payments. These generally include LMI, or Lender's Mortgage Insurance. This helps reduce the risk for the lender and protect their interest in the property when they loan money to the buyer. But what kinds of things should buyers know about LMI? Here are some of the biggest considerations all buyers want to look at where LMI is concerned.

For informational purposes only. Always consult with a licensed mortgage professional before proceeding with any real estate transaction.

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Why You Need to Review Your Home WarrantyCanadian homeowners may give little thought to their home warranty but should know more, especially when buying a new home. There are some differences between a home warranty and home insurance policy, with specific timelines applying to coverage.

Learn more about Canadian home warranties today to ensure your home is covered when anything happens to it.

For informational purposes only. Always consult with a licensed mortgage professional before proceeding with any real estate transaction.

The Fundamentals of Home Warranties

Home warranties are not alike and are known to vary. There are a number of home warranty programs available, such as single New Home Warranty Programs, mono-provincial warranty programs and third-party warranties.

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Downsizing In A Hurry: Tips and TricksThere's nothing more frustrating than downsizing at the last minute. Getting rid of old possessions can be time consuming as well as emotionally draining. Many people who downsize from a large home into a smaller home will take months or years to make their downsizing complete. People who need to downsize in a matter of weeks may find themselves facing a difficult challenge. These tips will help people purchasing new homes who need to get rid of their extra possessions in a hurry.

Set Goals and a Schedule

The first step in any downsizing, whether it's being done in a hurry or not, is to make a plan and set a schedule. Downsizing is best done room by room. Homeowners who need to downsize in a rush can set a schedule to go through each room a

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3 Hidden Hazards Lurking in Canadian HomesLives may be at risk when Canadian homeowners fail to monitor and attend to potential dangers within home. From smoke to carbon monoxide to other hidden dangers, how can occupants reduce potential home hazards? Learn about common hidden dangers found in residences today.

Fire In the Home: Where There Is Smoke…

A smoke alarm may be installed but not be operating as intended. Know that monthly testing is suggested for smoke alarms and that batteries need to be replaced not once, but twice a year. A properly functioning smoke alarm can provide early detection of a possible fire. Protect household members by installing and maintaining smoke alarms as fires in a home can lead to serious burns, injuries and worse.

In case of a fire, all

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Tips for Moving to a New Home With Less StressBuying a new home is a major event in one's life, and packing up the old abode and transporting everything and everyone to the new dwelling can also be a majorly stressful event. However, with a little bit of strategic planning moving day need not cause mayhem. Here are four easy ways to ease moving into a new home.

1. Make a Moving Plan

Nothing simplifies the moving experience like having a solid and realistic plan. Create a countdown list beginning with the number of days or weeks until the big day, and start outlining goals to reach by set dates. Be realistic when setting target dates to reduce self-induced stress. Keep in mind the distance of the move, as the plans will likely be different for those moving across town versus those making

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Solid Foundation Repair Options for HomesAre the signs of foundation problems becoming undeniable within the exteriors and exteriors of the home? While the most common issues often begin subtly, foundation cracks and shifts caused by soil settlement or sudden natural forces can lead to major home structural issues without proper resolution. Fortunately, there are several modern home foundation fixes that can restore the dwelling's integrity.

Minor cracks caused by shrinkage can generally be repaired with masonry sealants and patches while vertically moving foundations will generally require slab jacking or push pier/piling procedures. However, the best solution will be determined by geographic location, soil quality and the specific condition of the slab itself. Read on to learn more

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