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4 Ways to Improve Your Lawn Before Selling

April 5th, 2017

4 Ways to Improve Your Lawn Before Selling

Improving your lawn before selling your home can boost your curb appeal, leading to a faster sale and better offers. For homeowners who have been relaxed about their lawn maintenance practices, improving the appearance of your lawn can be a multi-step project. The following tips will help you grow grass that is trim, lush and tidy for potent ...

Eco Friendly Homes and Housing in Canada

August 16th, 2011

Eco friendly, or green homes have come a long way in just a short time. Ten years ago, the idea of an eco friendly home created images of large solar panels rising from rooftops. To many people, making a home “green” meant having to turn their lives over to mother nature. Eco friendly homes were for tree huggers, not for the everyday person.

Perception of an eco friendly home

Today, the per ...

15 Best Ways to Increase the Value of Your Home

October 6th, 2010
The value that you have in your home is the single most important reason why you own instead of rent a home. In the this recent economy of falling house values and unstable housing market statistics, every home owner should know how to put more value back into their homes. Although making home improvements is not a sure-fire way to increase the value, it will at the very least make you more c ...

Six things you think add value to your home, but don't

September 30th, 2010



Renovation projects that keep on giving

July 31st, 2008

It's a perennial question — what upgrades have the biggest payback?


From Friday's Globe and Mail

The question I'm asked most often would have to be, "What renovations give you the most bang for your buck?" And the answer hasn't changed considerably over the years — upgraded kitchens offer a huge return on investment fo ...

Keep your home in shape throughout 2008

January 23rd, 2008

Keep your home in shape throughout 2008


Sunday, January, 13, 2008

Make a list of projects you plan to complete during the year. Include big projects so you can budget ahead. Check toilets for leaks. Post important emergency info: Location of main gas valve, for instance, or contact numbers for heating and cooling service.


Organize g ...


July 4th, 2007
Contractors: Should you use a home center or an independent?

Contractors working on cabinets
GETTING IT RIGHT Who does the remodel counts as much as what you buy, and readers often preferred local independents.
Damaged goods, trampled deadlines, and unexpected expenses are some of the remodeling hassles people hope to minimize by using the two big national home center chains to screen and supervis ...

Renovation financing options

February 19th, 2007

When it comes to home improvement, sources of inspiration are limitless. The funds in your bank account, however, may not be.

Renovation financing options

Fifty-three percent of homeowners use cash to pay for renovations, according
to an RBC Royal Bank/Ipsos-Reid survey conducted last fall. For those homeowners without the necessary cash on hand, banks and financial instit ...

Return on renovation costs: How much will you get back?

February 19th, 2007

Projects that can increase -- or decrease -- the value of your home.

By Isabelle Ducas


Canadians are investing in home improvement like never before: According to an Ipsos-Reid survey, two-thirds of homeowners intend to undertake renovations this year. While most plan to spend reasonable sums, others say they'll go all out: luxurious materials, ...

Do Your Gardening Planning Right Now

February 14th, 2007

Most people don’t start thinking about landscaping and gardening projects until the daffodils are budding. However, the time when the garden is at its most dormant is the perfect to make plans for the upcoming planting season.


• Most yard chores are out of the way – there is no grass to cut and the leaves are probably raked.

• This is the slowest season for nurseries and land ...

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