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Flooring Materials That Fit Your LifestyleFlooring affects the way a home looks and how it is maintained. When a homeowner changes the type of flooring in their house, it's important to consider factors like appearance, comfort, maintenance and value. Performing research about the various types of flooring and considering lifestyle factors can help homeowners choose a type of flooring that they can enjoy for many years to come.

Carpeting: Comfortable and High Maintenance

Carpeting is plush, soft and warm. For Windsong homeowners who don't like to have cold feet, carpeting can be ideal. Because it's padded, carpeting is comfortable under foot and safer in a fall. For this reason, carpeting is often the preferred flooring material for with household members not particularly steady on

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Why Get Residential Solar PanelsMany homeowners have decided that it is time to reduce their energy costs and have turned to a clean energy source to meet their energy needs. Residential solar panels are an affordable option that many homeowners now use. The technology has advanced to a level for homeowners to produce and store enough energy to become completely self-reliant when it comes to generating sufficient energy for their home. There are many reasons why homeowners are adding residential solar panels to their home.

Canadians are in good company as this technology is widely implemented in many first-world nations. Germany, China, Japan, the United States and France are among the countries making solar energy a priority in their development of a clean energy solution.

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Which Energy Upgrades Have the Highest Returns?There's been a lot of talk about how homeowners can do their part when it comes to saving the environment, and yet not every homeowner feels equipped to get started with this popular revolution. Solar panels, energy-efficient appliances, and water-saving plumbing can all carry some very hefty price tags for owners who are watching their budget. For those who don't have a lot of capital to invest or just aren't sure how long they'll stay in their home, it's time to consider which energy efficient upgrades will net the best returns depending on the circumstances..

Start with an Audit

Committing to energy efficient upgrades may mean shelling out some cash before even getting started. While this isn't always welcome news to the budget-conscious

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Best Smart Home ImprovementsSmart technology is changing the face of real estate forever. Homes with smart technology make life more convenient for homeowners while making the home more attractive to buyers. Homeowners looking for ways to improve the value of their home can do so by upgrading their home systems with smarter, more modern, more functional pieces of technology. These tips will help homeowners as they get started with their smart home upgrade.

Get A Home Assistant

A home assistant is a machine or an app that can be used to control all the other smart systems in the home. With the home assistant, the homeowner may be able to control his or her own locks, lights, blinds, temperature and other smart components of the home.

Unfortunately, not all home

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Tips for Home StagingHome staging is a smart thing to do before putting a home on the market. On average, homeowners who stage their home are likely to sell their home for almost $1800 more than if they had not prepared their home in this way. Staging is a multi-step process that involves cleaning, de-cluttering, repainting and making the home look more inviting for buyers.

Repaint

Repainting is a smart idea if the walls of any home are scuffed, dirty, damaged or dated. It's also a good idea to repaint rooms that have been painted bold, vibrant, unusual colours. Bright shades of purple, green, blue and red are less likely to appeal to buyers than neutral colours like beige, gray, blue-gray and green-gray. Repainting a home in neutral shades can help that home

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How to Decide If a Home Repair Is A DIY or Needs a ProThe allure of a DIY job can be a powerful one. It calls to homeowners in a primal way, beckoning them to save money while bonding with their property. But DIY jobs have another side to them that may not only cost more money to complete but may be more than a homeowner can handle. Before checking YouTube for tips, use these basic criteria to decide on a strategy.

Understand All Local Regulations

Every province in Canada has their own view on just how much control a homeowner has over their property. These regulations are enforced because no homeowner lives in a bubble, and their mistakes can have a major impact on the neighborhood. For example, an underground leak can go undetected for years until it causes damage to everyone on the block.

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What You Need to Know About Homeowners InsuranceOne of the things that you'll spend a lot of time thinking about when you're purchasing a property is homeowners insurance. Homeowners insurance helps protect property owners from damage to their possessions and property in the event of an incident like a fire or break-in. Knowing what to buy, when to buy and what kind of coverage is right for you can help you through the home buying process.

Is It Mandatory?

Homeowners insurance is not required by law, but it will be required by your mortgage lender if you have to borrow money for a home. Before your lender will grant the loan, you'll need to produce proof of purchase of home insurance. Once you've made an offer on a property, start contacting homeowners insurance companies to get quotes. This

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What to Know About Closing CostsProspective Canadian homebuyers should be aware that they may pay approximately 4 percent of a home's selling price in closing costs. These costs quickly add up and a budget should be created to account for the fees and specific events that may require payment before closing on a home.

Get more information on closing costs and associated events that can easily exceed a homeowner's original budget.

Initial Cash Outlays

When homeowners want to purchase a home they will give an Offer to Purchase. At this point a deposit is required that will eventually be used as part of the full down payment of a home. The minimum percentage expected in Canada is 5 per cent. While this amount will be part of the eventual down payment, homeowners need to be

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Important Trends in Outdoor LivingA well-planned and executed outdoor living space can serve many functions for homeowners. Spaces large and small can serve as a place to entertain, dine or relax. Oftentimes, current realizations of outdoor living space designs make an outdoor living space into an extension of a home and interior design elements may be incorporated into an area for a cohesive look. On the other hand, other homeowners prefer a deliberate separateness achieved with a themed look different than what may be captured inside the home.

There are a number of trends that can be included to make for an attractive and functional outdoor living space, that much like other home improvements, may improve the value of your home! Learn more about a few current trends when

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Considerations When Deciding to Buy a Condo or Single Family Home in CanadaThose in the market to buy a dwelling in Canada for personal use or as an investment property often want to know whether a condo or a single family home is the smartest choice. While both can be comfortable and wise investments overall, here are a few things that potential buyers should consider beforehand.

Explore Current Pricing Fluctuations

Markets can rise, stay steady or suddenly fall. Many investors and homeowners may remember the period of 1990–1996 when home and condo prices in Toronto dropped annually before stabilizing. While real estate prices have primarily recovered, one must pay attention to the market conditions when buying a home or condo, as their valuations and markets typically differ.

A historical example of fluctuating

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