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The Best Tools for the New HomeownerThe toolbox can be a life-saver for Prairie Springs homeowners. Even people who don't consider themselves handy can use their tools to mitigate major problems until a professional can be called in. Whether it's a leaky pipe or a malfunctioning water heater, homeowners should stock up on the following tools. Here are a few tips for mastering the art of everyday maintenance.

Spring for Quality

There's no need to buy the most expensive tools in the hardware store, but it's equally important to avoid inferior products. Homeowners who wouldn't know the first thing about a power drill may want to pick user-friendly items in the middle of the pack. Luckily, the reviews for tools today are more detailed than ever before. Owners will get a sense of the

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What You Need to Know About Different Siding OptionsWhether you've ever bought a home or not, you've no doubt noticed that homes come with different siding options. Each type of siding has different characteristics. Some types of siding can be painted, others are left exactly as is until they're removed. Siding can be water permeable or waterproof. Some types of siding are more sustainable and environmentally friendly than others.

If you're thinking about buying a home or having a home built, you should be aware of the different types of siding for your home. Knowing the different types of siding can make the experience of building a home easier, because you'll know what to expect and what kind of maintenance you'll be expected to perform on a regular basis.

Wood

Wood is the traditional siding

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How to Get High Returns on a Kitchen RemodelCanals homeowners who own a home long enough will eventually need to renovate their kitchen. The problem is that the project can be very expensive without providing a corresponding increase in resale value. This means that homeowners may spend a lot of money on parts of the project that do not feature an adequate return. Fortunately, there are a few aspects to kitchen renovations that do offer a higher return on investment. Selecting these options will help homeowners target their money to upgrades with the greatest benefit.

How to Approach Kitchen Upgrades

With kitchen renovations, the sky is the limit. People could spend half of their home's value on the kitchen, and this level of expense usually does not carry a high rate of return. The

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Thinking About Selling Your Home Without a Real Estate Professional?If you're selling your Sagewood home, you'll have to decide whether to sell your home as a for sale by owner, or FSBO. Some homeowners choose to sell their home without help from a real estate professional because real estate professionals require commission at the end of the transaction. If you're thinking about selling your home as an FSBO, here's what you need to know.

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

Pricing Is Critical

One of the most important reasons to hire a real estate professional is because real estate professionals have training that make it easier for them to price homes. Most homeowners are unable to accurately gauge the

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How To Market Your Home For SaleWhen selling a home, homeowners tend to think that all responsibilities of marketing are left to their real estate agent to handle. While this may have been true in the past, it isn’t necessarily true now. Homeowners can actually help market their home in may different ways that their real estate agent will appreciate. Here are some of the different strategies homeowners can use to help market their home.

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

Hire a Professional Photographer

In real estate, just like real life, first impressions are everything. When a buyer sees a listing for a home, within seconds they’re passing judgement and deciding if

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The Truth About Millennial Home Buyers in Today's MarketJust the mere mention of the Millennial generation is sure to spark a few eye-rolls and negative comments from those who hail from older generations. However, this massive group of young adults between the ages of 22 and 37 are making an impact on the world around them. In the real estate industry, there's lots of myths surrounding Millennial home buyers. Here's the truth:

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

Myth: Millennials Are Not Financially Ready to Purchase Homes

For years, everyone only talked about the massive debt that Millennials were in. This was the generation that got saddled with student loans, have poor credit scores and

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ow Residential Building Is Changing Due to TechnologyThe stakes of every industry have been rising in the past few decades as new technologies debut on the market. And while new residential construction has moved at a turtle pace compared to other trades, that doesn't mean it hasn't seen its fair share of gadgets and techniques. Homeowners in Canada who follow these advancements will not only have a better idea of how home buying is being affected today, but they may also be able to predict the market better both now and in the future.

Shorter Scouting Sessions

Land may have once been plentiful in this country. The wide-open spaces and lack of regulation made it easy for developers to choose and build upon sites. Today, developers have to devote weeks to find the right place to build homes. Some

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Pest Control Information for HomeownersPest infestation can cause serious problems for homeowners. Some pests can eat through wood and cause structural damage, while other pests can make the environment in the home unhealthy for humans. If a pest infestation goes on for long enough, the value of the home could go down and you might have trouble selling your home.

If you're a homeowner, there are many things you can do to prevent pest infestation. Here's what you need to know.

Know the Signs of Infestation

Pest infestation can take many forms. Recognizing the different signs of a pest infestation can help homeowners decide where to focus their pest prevention efforts. Once they know what kind of pests are in their home, they can take measures to get them out and keep them from

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How to Prepare a Home with Pets for SaleEven animal lovers may be turned off by a property that once housed multiple pets. From odors to structural damage, animals can leave permanent marks wherever they go. Selling a home can be tricky, with lots of things to consider. Selling a home with pets can be a challange, so consider the following tips to when selling a home with pets.

Get a Second Opinion

Pet owners are typically all but immune to the smells and signs of their pets, which is why they should enlist the help of someone they know before cleaning their home. Since the other person's eyes, ears, and nose are unaccustomed to the property, they're more likely to catch problem areas the seller wouldn't. A second opinion doesn't necessarily have to come from a real estate

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Top Sustainable Construction TrendsWhen looking at construction technology, sustainability has become increasingly popular. Residential new construction home buyers may be looking for homes built in ways that are more environmentally-conscious and companies are interested in using less energy, and creating healthier work environments while avoiding sick building syndrome. As sustainability has impacts on not only the environment, but on those residing or spending significant time within a building, clients are exerting more pressure on construction companies to make sustainable construction a priority. Construction companies in the know can use this to their advantage as not all have yet embraced more sustainable construction technology.

Building green is not new to the construction

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