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Inexpensive ways to reduce your energy bill.

(September 27, 2012)

  You could get upgraded insulation installed in all the walls of your home, or buy a new high-efficiency furnace and air conditioner. These improvements would certainly reduce your energy costs – but they each require a significant investment.


What if you don't have the budget? 

There are a lot of little things you can do to make a big difference in your heating or cooling bill. Here are just a few e... read more.

Eliminating the home selling (and buying) jitters.

(September 26, 2012)

  Selling your property and buying a new home can be a potentially intimidating experience... so much so that these jitters may even prevent some people from making a move!


It doesn't have to be that way.

A big part of the stress of selling and buying comes from not understanding the process or having unanswered questions. You might worry about how the state of the market will affect the value of you... read more.

Do You Know the Basics of Home Security?

(September 22, 2012)

  Most people feel confident about the basics of home security. For example: Keep all doors locked. Have a light on in the house while away. Never hide a key outside in an obvious place, like under the mat.


• Yet, almost a million and a half properties get burglarized in North America each year. So how can you prevent that from happening to your home? Here are a few less known home security basics:

... read more.

When is the best time to sell your home?

(September 20, 2012)

  


If you've been thinking about selling your home, you might be waiting until the "market is right". 

After all, if the local market suddenly booms, your property will likely sell for a higher price.
That may be true. However, there are other factors to consider in your decision to list.

For example, will you be buying a new home as well? If so, then the higher selling price will probably be offset by... read more.

How to decide if you should replace your windows.

(September 20, 2012)

 One of the most prominent features of any home is the windows. 


When they are well maintained they have a positive impact on the impression people (such as potential buyers) will have of your property. The opposite occurs, of course, when your windows look old and worn.

So does that mean you should replace your windows? 

That depends on a number of factors. Window replacement can be an expensive reno... read more.

Cottage Ownership

(September 12, 2012)

Here's an article I was recently asked to do for Yahoo Canada Finance by Gail Johnson.http://ca.finance.yahoo.com/blogs/insight/owning-cottage-worth-161446769.html#more-id 

Dealing With Multiple Offers.

(September 12, 2012)

You may think that having to deal with multiple offers on your home is a wonderful problem. After all, there are so many buyers clamoring to purchase your property!


The challenge, however, is picking the best offer – and that isn't always the one with the highest price.
Most offers come with conditions, such as "conditional on securing appropriate financing" or "conditional on the sale of our curre... read more.

HOW TO FIND THE RIGHT INTERIOR DESIGNER.

(September 12, 2012)

What is interior design? As the name implies, it's all about designing a living area – such as a bathroom or basement – while taking into account your needs, tastes, and budget, as well as the characteristics of the space itself.


If you've ever sketched out an idea for a renovation – to add a wall, install hardwood floors, or paint – then you've done interior design, as least at an amateur level. H... read more.

How Much Does "Potential" Cost?

(September 11, 2012)

When shopping for a new home, it's a good idea to try and see the potential of the property you're viewing. It may not be exactly what you're looking for "as is", but it may have the potential to become your dream home after some redecorating or renovating.


The challenge is, judging how much work is required. You don't want to buy a home with the expectation that it requires a $20,000 renovation, o... read more.

Simplifying Your Home Life!

(September 11, 2012)

Let's face it. Life can get complicated, complex and stressful very easily. Luckily, there are plenty of ways to simplify your life, especially at home. Here are some tips from the experts:


• Don't be ruled by the TV guide. Instead, select what you want to see and then record those shows. That way, you can watch them anytime.

• Prepare some meals in advance that can simply be heated up as needed. Th... read more.