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Ten years ago, the notion of trying to live off-grid evoked pictures of long-haired eco-warriors leading an anti-establishment nomadic lifestyle, or perhaps of suburban social misfits like Tom and Barbara from TV’s “The Good Life” attempting to farm pigs and make their own shoes to the consternation and bewilderment of their middle class neighbours. It was certainly not something that your average middle-class, middle-aged family would realistically consider as a way of life. Today, though, the world is a different place. Political instability is rife on a global scale and property prices are going through the roof as quickly as…

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Your house is more than your home if you own. For the average American, a home is the biggest investment they’ll ever make. Unfortunately, the 2008 recession showed just how closely people’s wealth is tied to their home. Buyers have learned that value is something that should at the top of the wish list. But how do you know if a home is a good value? Working with a real estate agent is a good first step. They can use information on recent sales to determine if a home is priced well. There are also several home value indicators you…

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Homes, like all properties, lose their shine with time and it is important to constantly make improvements to keep your home a comfortable and pleasant place to live in. We spend more time in our homes than almost anywhere else, and the condition of our living environment has a pronounced effect on the way we feel about life. However, many of us lead busy lives, which makes it easy to ignore maintenance tasks in our homes and it can be difficult to find the time to make the necessary improvements. To keep your home in tip-top shape, you need to…

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Do you ever walk through the rooms in your house and feel like something is off? You can’t quite put your finger on it, but something just isn’t working. You rearrange the throw pillows on the couch, cut flowers from your garden and arrange them beautifully in a new vase on the coffee table. You stand back to look at your handiwork, and…nothing. No change. It’s not right, what else can it be? You’ve already rearranged the furniture three different times in the last few weeks and have played with the idea of repainting the walls. Then it hits you:…

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When selecting a high-end air-conditioning system for their homes, homeowners have a choice between central air and ductless units. A quick call to an air conditioning installation specialist can supply you with facts you need to assist you with the decision making. In the meantime, here is a description and comparison of the two types of units. Ductless systems have indoor and outdoor components, but they aren’t built to be used with duct systems or furnaces. Outdoor units are usually mounted on outside walls. Depending on the heating and cooling needs of a home, more than one complete system may…

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Your dining table or the desk in your home office has seen better days; it was never a luxury purchase to begin with, it’s been with you through thick and thin, and it’s definitely showing signs of its age. You’ve hauled it with you every time you’ve upgraded your home or condo, but now it’s finally time to upgrade your furniture, too. If you’re ready to bring dignity and beauty into your home furnishings, you can’t do better than buying solid wood. Modern wood craftsmen in Toronto have a special level of skill and dedication that goes back generations and…

air conditioning

The price of a good air conditioning installation can be a little confronting at first, but the choice to replace an older existing air conditioning unit is a very smart move. Older air conditioners often need more repairs, costing you more in the long run. Older units also utilise older technology, meaning they are less efficient which ends up bumping up that electricity bill compared to more innovative air conditioner products out today. We’ll touch on key factors that you need to consider before contacting your nearest specialist air conditioning installers. Correct Unit Size        When it comes to size and capacity…

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Moving to a new city can be a very exciting moment in your life, full of new beginnings, new friends, new things to do and see. However, from a logistics standpoint, it can be a bit complicated – it isn’t an easy matter to pop over to the new place to remind yourself about whether the lift will accommodate your king-size bed, and you will have to be organised in order make sure that everything arrives as it should and on schedule. Hiring a reliable and affordable company for removals, car transport or haulage is one way to take some…

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Every once in awhile you may feel the urge to redecorate or renovate the house. Most commonly, home repairs are done when something is damaged or you feel like the house needs some tidying up. But there’s another reason to renovate – selling the house faster. If you want to make the house easier to sell here’s what you need to focus on: Fresh slick of paint Let’s start with the easiest way to update the house and prep it for a sale – painting. You want to pick the colors quickly and start doing the work yourself. A freshly…

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Moving to a new home can be a very stressful experience for all sorts of reasons. For starters, there’s a lot of paperwork involved and an abundance of fees that aren’t related to the actual purchase of the property. In addition, the process of actually looking for a home can be a time-consuming endeavour, and that’s not even taking into consideration the amount of tasks that are involved when it comes to moving day. Homeowners need to make sure their old property is spotless in order for it to be prepared for the next tenants. But perhaps the most stressful…