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Showing your Home with Pets

A total of 56% of Canadian households have at least one dog or cat. While that may seem like a lot, it also means that half of Canadian households do not have pets as well. Although we love furry friends around many potential home Buyers may not. When having your home for sale, it’s always a good idea to have pets out of the home, but what can you do with them? Here are a few suggestions. Romp! A showing is the perfect excuse to take your dog for a walk around the neighbourhood, or if you are looking for
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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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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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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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2018 Home Buying Goals

If home buying is on your to-do list in 2018, there are some tasks to tackle before you hit the streets. Many New Year’s Resolutions relate to finances, and rightly so. A home is likely the biggest investment you’ll make in your lifetime, so here are a few New Year’s Resolutions that you’ll definitely want to keep. Start Saving for your Down Payment This can be the most difficult part of the home buying process. To avoid taking out a high ratio mortgage you’ll need to save at least 20%. It is important to consider how you will come up
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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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Short-Term Rentals

Today, renting a room in your house (or the entire house) via an online service, such as Airbnb, to unknown travelers is becoming quite common. Short-term rentals provide extra income for homeowners and a unique way for visitors to experience a city.   If you think you’re up to being a host of a short-term rental, here are three things to keep in mind.   Legality The rise in popularity of Airbnb and other sites hasn’t been without its controversy. There are concerns that short-term rentals don’t have to pass the same certifications and inspections of regular hotels. Some cities
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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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