Closing day is an exciting time. After all, you're moving into your new home! However, it can be stressful as well. The last thing you need is to be confronted with something you don't understand. So here is a quick list of common “closing day” terms. Disbursements. This is the allocation of fu [Read More...]
Do you have a renovation project in mind – and wonder how much value it will add to your home? Remodeling Magazine recently did a study of renovation projects, comparing costs to added value. Here are some of the results: Replacing a main entry door has a return on investment of over 95%. After a [Read More...]
Usually when you list your home, you would prefer to sell it quickly. It's like being the first one served at a crowded ice cream parlour. It's satisfying.
However, sometimes there's more to it than that. There may be a truly urgent reason why you need to find a buyer for your property as soon as p [Read More...]
If you're thinking of shopping for a new home, one of the first considerations is price range. You want to know what you can reasonably afford. How do you figure that out? First of all, you need to determine the initial out-of-pocket costs you will need to cover. There are often more costs associate [Read More...]
You probably don't think buying a lighting fixture for a room is all that complicated. It isn't. However, it does require you to consider which types of lighting you may need. According to the Lighting Association, there are three types: General lighting. By far the most common, this is the type of [Read More...]
Sometimes we don't have much choice about selling our home and buying another. Circumstances, such as a job relocation, may have made that choice for us. However, most often the decision to move is discretionary. Sometimes people move simply because they think it's a good idea. They feel that "now" [Read More...]
Have you ever driven up to a restaurant and your first impression was disappointing? Perhaps the windows looked dark and gloomy, the façade was worn and unattractive or for some other reason it just didn't look like a tempting place to eat.
It could still be a fantastic restaurant - a real gem. Bu [Read More...]
"Staging" your home is all about making the space in your home as appealing as possible to buyers. You may already know the basics, such as eliminating clutter. Here are some other tips that are less well known yet very effective: Chandeliers. Surprisingly, these are one of the simplest ways to [Read More...]
The first known use of stairs was in ancient Egypt during the building of the pyramids. Chances are, some workers back then tripped and fell on them. Some 3,000 years later, injuries on stairs are still a big problem.
According to the Centre for Occupational Health & Safety, the insurance cost of i [Read More...]
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Imagine you're viewing a potential new home. You walk in the front door and are instantly impressed. You explore the property room by room and like what you see.
Then there's something you notice that's not quite right. An odour. You realize that it's likely cat da [Read More...]