Posts Tagged“home”

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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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Moving into a new home in a new neighborhood can be stressful. Humans don’t like the unknown. New environments put us a little on edge until we settle in. Fortunately for us modern day homo sapiens, we can now scope out a new neighborhood before making the migration. Researching neighborhoods can help decrease the stress of moving. If you have kids involve them in the process as well. They can stress out about a move even more than adults if it means leaving their friends and school behind. While you’re comparing neighborhoods look out for these six characteristics. Crime Statistics…

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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…

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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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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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Ideally you wouldn’t have to do this in the first place. By laying quality sand and soil at the beginning before laying lawn down will hopefully avoid this process altogether. But if you want to improve your lawn and soil, then continue reading. A healthy lawn requires healthy soil, but it’s often difficult with an already established lawn in place. This is where top-dressing comes in. Top dressing can help with: Uneven terrain caused during the cooler seasons by freezing and thawing, run-off, tunnelling insects and bugs, and soil settling over longer periods of time. Nutrient deficiencies caused by leaching,…