Archives for Home Maintenance

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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Showing Your Home? Here are 6 Tips to Keep It Tidy

Keeping your home looking like a furniture showroom for showings isn’t an easy task. Here are a few tips to keep your house ready while you’re still living in it. 1. Attack the clutter Begin with a major decluttering. Throw out, recycle or give away things you don’t use. This will not only make your home more appealing to prospective buyers, but will also free up space for you to neatly store things when it’s time to tidy up for a showing. 2. Rent storage space Keeping things neat is easier when you have less things. An off-site storage unit
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2018 Cottage Trends

As 2018 cottage and cabin season is quickly approaching, it’s time to turn our heads toward what recreational property trends buyers and renters want this summer. With this list of must-haves, you’ll be armed with the knowledge of what vacationers want and why. Solar The idea of sun-powered houses becoming mainstream is no longer such a far off fantasy. More and more people are jumping on the solar-powered recreational property trend. The cost may seem high upfront but will pay off in the long run. Outside Dining The ability to cook meals outside is a massive bonus for a recreational
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The Value of Curb Appeal

According to the weather forecast spring will finally arrive this weekend! It’s time to get outside and focus on your outdoor space. If you are looking for ideas to add curb appeal to your home, and also add some value – consider these landscaping tips! Keeping Up First of all, to add value to your home any landscaping and improvements need to fit in with the aesthetics of the surrounding neighbourhood. Keep it Simple Large, overflowing flower beds can look beautiful but if you are planning to sell, some buyers may only see too much effort and upkeep. Go for
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3 Ways to Stand out in the Spring Market

We recently asked our RE/MAX Influencers—a panel consisting of RE/MAX Sales Associates from throughout Canada—for their top tips of how sellers can stand out during the busy spring market. 1 – Clean up Outside Pressure washing your driveway, sweeping your front walkway and picking up winter debris such as twigs and branches are incredibly important steps to take to make your property look its best once the snow has cleared. It’s important to wash windows and frames on the outside of your house and touch up exterior doors and trim with paint if necessary. Roof gutters and siding should also
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2018 Home Seller Resolutions

Last week on my blog I talked about resolutions you should make (and keep) if you are planning to buy in 2018. This blog can be found here https://thehouse4u.ca/2018-home-buying-goals/. But what should you do if you are planning to sell in 2018? Regardless of season or market conditions, remember that you only have one chance to make a good first impression. Before listing your home, commit to these five New Year’s Resolutions to help ensure the quickest sale for the highest price. Mark Your Calendar Set your listing date well in advance to help you anticipate, plan and prepare to
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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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Get Winter Ready!

As much as we don’t want to admit it, the temperatures are cooling and winter is on its way. The snowy season doesn’t have to be as much of a hassle if you are prepared. Just like your car, you have to get your home winter ready, which can save you money and major headaches in the long run. 1. To prevent ice dams – ridges of roof ice that prevent melted snow from draining – ensure attic vents are free from debris. Poor soffit ventilation can damage shingles and cause mold inside your home. 2. If you are keeping
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