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Maximizing Your Home’s Value with Small Renovations

Maximizing your home’s value doesn’t always mean diving into big, costly renovations that eat up a lot of your time, effort, and budget. Often, it’s the smaller, easy-to-manage updates that can make a difference, boosting your home’s appeal and value. These cost-effective tweaks can transform your living space, making it more attractive to potential buyers or simply more enjoyable for you. A fresh coat of paint or new fixtures can go a long way. In this blog, we’ll explore how making just a few smart changes can significantly enhance your home’s value without the need for major upheaval.

How to Negotiate Property Taxes When Buying Your Dream Home

Negotiating property taxes when buying a home can be challenging, as property taxes are typically set by local government authorities based on assessed property values and millage rates. However, there are a few strategies you can try to potentially reduce your property tax burden:

  1. Research Comparable Properties:

    • Research the property tax rates of similar homes in the area to determine if the property you're interested in is assessed fairly. If you find that neighboring properties with similar characteristics are assessed at lower values or taxed at lower rates, you may have grounds...

How to Make Your New Home Feel Like Home for Your Pets

Making your new home feel comfortable and welcoming for your pets is essential to help them adjust to their new surroundings. Here are some tips to make your new home feel like home for your furry friends:

  1. Establish Familiarity:

    • Set up your pets' belongings, such as their bed, toys, food and water bowls, and litter box (if applicable), in familiar locations within your new home. Having familiar items in place can provide comfort and reassurance to your pets.
  2. Maintain Routine:

    • Stick to your pets' regular feeding, walking, and playtime schedules as much as possible, even during the...

8 Easy Outdoor Home Improvements to Consider This Spring

Canada has two seasons: winter, and reno season. Whether it’s the front yard or the backyard, or somewhere in between, there are plenty of easy and affordable projects that you can tackle that will boost your home’s curb appeal and help it stand out in the busy spring market. Here are 8 easy outdoor home improvements to help create a more welcoming space for potential homebuyers, and for yourself while you wait for the right offer to hit the table.

Eight Easy Outdoor Home Improvements

1. Give Your Front Door a Makeover

Let’s start with the focal point of your home’s front facade: the...

5 Things To Do To Prep Your Backyard for Spring and Summer

As the days get longer and the weather gets warmer, now is the perfect time to dive into your yard. In preparation for the spring and summer months, we’ve put together a list of some things that you can do to transform your outdoor space into an alfresco oasis.

Clear Dead Growth from Flower Beds & Flower Pots

Leaving your plants intact through the winter months gives wildlife shelter and can be a valuable food source, but when new signs of life begin to appear after the snow melts, it’s time to cut back old growth. Clear away any dry, dead leaves and branches from last year to allow...

10 Reasons Your House Isn’t Selling

Home sellers have two main objectives: to sell quickly and for the highest price. This hasn’t been very difficult to achieve over the last few years, with market conditions favoring of sellers due to high demand, low-interest rates, and an ongoing housing supply shortage in many Canadian cities. Despite this perfect storm, some houses are a hard sell. The question is, why?

There could be a number of reasons your property might not be attracting any offers, ranging from broader economic conditions, down to the nitty-gritty of the property itself. But one thing’s for certain: long-standing...

Are Taxes Worsening Canada’s Housing Affordability?

In recent years, all three levels of government have attempted to use the tax code and other public policy instruments to help address Canada’s housing affordability challenges. However, while Canadian officials are trying to encourage home-buying and incentivize more supply, industry experts argue that plenty of measures are still in place that stifle supply and will not resolve affordability issues nationwide.

As a result of high levels of taxation in various jurisdictions, households are mobilizing and shifting to more affordable housing markets. For example, based on Statistics Canada...

What It Means to Be House Poor – and How to Avoid It

You’ve got your mortgage pre-approval, and you’re shopping the market for your perfect home. If you find one that’s priced too close to your limit, you run the risk of being house-poor. Let’s look at what it is, what you can do to avoid it, and what to do if you are already house-poor.

The Costs of Owning a Home

When you begin the process of looking for a home, you may think that the amount in your pre-approval letter and the house sale price are the only things that matter, but that’s not the case. There are several other costs associated with buying and maintaining a home that people...

How to Save Money on Monthly Home Expenses

Saving money on monthly home expenses is a great way to improve your financial health. Here are some tips to help you reduce your monthly home expenses:

  1. Energy Efficiency: Invest in energy-efficient appliances, LED light bulbs, and smart thermostats to reduce your energy consumption. Seal drafts around windows and doors, add insulation where needed, and use curtains or blinds to regulate indoor temperature. Additionally, unplug electronics when not in use and switch to energy-saving modes whenever possible.

  2. Water Conservation: Install low-flow faucets, showerheads, and toilets to...

Avoiding Common Mistakes When Planning a Home Addition

Planning a home addition is an exciting project, but it can also be complex. Here are some common mistakes to avoid when planning a home addition:

  1. Failing to Obtain Permits: Before starting any construction, make sure to obtain the necessary permits from your local government. Skipping this step can result in fines, delays, or even having to tear down the addition.

  2. Not Considering the Overall Design: Ensure that the new addition blends seamlessly with the existing structure both aesthetically and functionally. Neglecting to consider the overall design can result in an addition that...

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