Next to your home and car, home furnishings represent the most expensive product purchases homeowners make. A mid-quality livingroom set, with sofa and two side chairs, can cost thousands of dollars. That’s why most furniture retailers offer “interest free” and “pay much later” deals to soften the blow. These are basically financing options. Say, for example, you want to purchase furniture for the rec room. The cost is $7,200. The furniture retailer may offer you a deal where you “don’t pay a cent” for six months.
An Open House is an event. And, like many events, it’s easy to get caught up in all the excitement and energy. In fact, when you visit an Open House, you might even end up rubbing elbows with other buyers who are there at the same time. It can feel like a party! In an environment like that, it’s not unusual to forget to ask important questions about the property. Here are some of the most common: • How old is the roof? • How old is the furnace, air conditioner and other HVAC equipment? • How does the price compare to similar properties in the neighbourhood?
Watch any TV cooking show, and you’ll notice that a chef’s kitchen looks
quite a bit different than what you’d find in most homes. But, that doesn’t
mean you can’t have one just like it in your home! With a little remodeling,
and splurging on some new items, you too can have a kitchen worthy of
Gordon Ramsey, Jamie Oliver, or Rachel Ray.
Chefs love counter space. So, when remodeling, plan to create as much as
possible. If you have an existing island, for example, you can replace the
Sometimes the reason for putting your home on the market is crystal clear.
For example, you might have a job relocation and need to move. Or, you
might have decided to downsize because the kids have left the nest.
However, there are many other motivations to list your home that are not as
obvious, and yet are still good reasons to make a move. Here are just a few
• You’re bored with your home and are looking for a change.
• There’s something you’ve always wanted in a home that your current
Have you ever considered renting out a room to a student or renovating your basement into a self-contained rental apartment?
You're at work when the thought hits you, "Did I lock the door when I left this morning?" You check your smartphone, see that you didn't, and click the "LOCK" button. Now your house is secure.
That's home automation for you!
But, is home automation a good idea? That depends on a number of factors.
You might naturally assume that it is most important to talk to a Realtor when you're selling or buying a home. But there are many other circumstances in which it makes sense to give us a call. Here are a few examples:
1) When you're at the "thinking about it" stage
According to a recent study, the average homeowner pays more attention to kitchen stove safety than they do BBQ safety. But, the fact is, a BBQ mishap can be just as devastating. So, it pays to know the latest safety tips.
Imagine this scenario...
You purchase a new home and move in. A few weeks later, you hear a strange rumbling sound. It’s the furnace. It’s only a year old, yet it’s sputtering like it’s twenty. You realize you’ll have to call in an HVAC contractor to get it fixed.
You’re thinking, “Ouch! This is going to be expensive.”
Well, maybe not. You see, since that furnace is relatively new, it might be covered by its original warranty — even for you, the new owner.
Some people don’t give hallways much thought when painting and decorating. Instead, they focus on rooms.
The fact is, a great looking hallway can have the same, if not more, impact than the most eye-catching family room or bedroom, especially when you need to go through the hallway to get there!
Here are some painting tips that can bring a dull hallway to life:
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