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4 Benefits of the Tiny Home Lifestyle

What if your style is simple, environmentally-friendly and, well, smaller? Then a tiny home may be the right fit for you. Here are some of the benefits of downsizing into a tiny home. 1. Less Wasted Space The median size of a single-family home sold in 2016 was 2466 square feet. For some homeowners, the cost and time spent on the purchase and maintenance on that size of a home can be overwhelming. Tiny home living focuses on living spaces where every cabinet and piece of furniture is multifunctional and designed to be used on a daily basis. 2. Affordable Custom Home
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5 DIY Ways to Surprise Dad

Father’s Day is this Sunday, June 17. This year, get your dad something he’ll really appreciate – help tackling his home improvement to-do list. Here are a few suggestions: 1. Instead of a fancy shaving kit… … trim the yard. But don’t stop at simply mowing the grass and weeding the beds – add some class with edging. Plastic, rubber and stone edging pieces are easy to install and a simple way to smarten up the yard. 2. Instead of another watch… … rent a power washer from your local home improvement store and with just a few hours of
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Child Friendly Neighbourhoods

With children almost out of school for the summer and the warm weather arriving, it’s time to get the them outside. But what if your neighbourhood doesn’t exactly scream, child-friendly? Here are some tips on how you can make your street more desirable for children at play. Be inclusive Don’t exclude neighbours without kids from your social circle. For example, offer to have your kids help the retirees down the road with yard work. Use sign language Placing one of the popular “Drive like your kids live here” signs in your yard is a friendly reminder for neighbours to keep
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Costly Closing Mistakes

Your offer has been accepted, the building inspection passed with flying colours, now you’re on the road to the closing date! Although you have more breathing room now, the deals not done until all documents have been signed on closing. Here are some things NOT to do before that day. Debt to Income Ratio The ratio of your monthly income to your monthly debts is one of the main factors the lender considered when qualifying you. It can be tempting but don’t take out any loans for renovations you want to do on your future home. Also, don’t be tempted
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5 Decisions to Make before Buying a Home

In the market for a new home but have no idea where to start? There are several decisions you should begin to make before you even start your home search. See how your finances stand up. A financial adviser or your real estate agent also can help you crunch the numbers. Going through the mortgage pre-approval process lets you know how much lenders will allow you to borrow – plus it helps you show sellers that you have the funds to back up your offer. What do you need in your new home? How many bedrooms or bathrooms do you
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Fido Friendly Homes

If you are in the process of buying a home everyone will have their different opinions on what you should look for. But what about those who can’t speak? Just how can you tell if your four-legged family members will like their new home. Perhaps the most obvious one is go for a home with a yard! You may want to make sure it’s fenced in as well. If it’s not fenced, make sure the city by-laws allow this before you make a decision. If you just can’t seem to find a home with a proper yard in your price
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Tips Before You Leave Your Home Alone

Leaving your home during the holidays? Follow these tips to keep it safe and save a few bucks on bills while you’re gone. Put mail on hold An overstuffed mailbox or a pile of newspapers at the bottom of your driveway can be an invitation to thieves. Not only is it a sign that no one’s home, identity thieves can find all sorts of goodies while sorting through unattended mail. Put lights on a timer It makes it appear that someone is home. If you can, switch your exterior lights to the “motion-activated” setting. Unplug Your electronics will still suck
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Small Outdoor Spaces

This weekend is supposed to be a rare rain free one, so why not take this opportunity to talk about enjoying outdoor spaces? Even with the sunny weather ahead sometimes it’s not as simple as just heading to the backyard to lounge around. If you live in a condominium/apartment you probably don’t have a backyard, but that doesn’t mean you can’t transform your balcony into an outdoor oasis. Every balcony size in every building is different. If you are lucky enough to have a large sized one try adding a hammock and some pillows. You can even add curtains if you
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Hallway Hacks

Some people don’t give hallways much thought when painting and decorating. Instead, they focus on rooms. The fact is, a great looking hallway can have the same, if not more, impact than the most eye-catching family room or bedroom, especially when you need to go through the hallway to get there! Here are some painting tips that can bring a dull hallway to life: • Paint the hallway the reverse of the rooms around it. If the rooms are dark, use light colours in the hall. If the rooms feature simple colours, consider being more dramatic in your choice of
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