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Home Maintenance Tips for Summer

Courtesy of Canada Mortgage and Housing Corporation: Protect Your Home — and Your Investment! If you're like most Canadians, your home is probably your most important investment. A regular schedule

The push toward reel mowers

From the Toronto Star: Low-tech option can mean healthier, greener lawns and less noise pollution There are few places lovelier than a still, green garden on a weekend morning in

In competitive real estate market, staging makes home stand out

From the Toronto Star: As a professional home stager on HGTV's The Stagers, Matthew Finlason says he often gets requests from people to help with their decor changes. The 33-year-old, who

Rich, splashy colours are in bloom for spring

From Palette includes aggressive yellow hues running from sunshine to saffron and jade green While spring colours won't flower in gardens for a few more weeks, vibrant hues are

Solar-power feed tariffs windfall for homeowners

From the Toronto Star: Ontario's power authority has proposed paying 80.2 cents for every kilowatt-hour it buys from a residential rooftop solar system. That's rich. It amounts to an 82

'Cave' men create male havens in garage, basement

From the Associated Press: Is it a refuge? A clubhouse? What is this thing, this man cave? And is it dangerous? This is what the women folk may want to

Spring home maintenance tips

From Canada Mortgage and Housing Corporation: Protect your home - and your investment! If you're like most Canadians, your home is probably your most important investment. It's also the place

Winter Emergencies: Q & A

From Surviving the winter is hard enough without a major blackout, so when the power goes out, it pays to be prepared. Some advice, in case it happens again: Q:

Got old paint? Take it back to store

From Disposing of batteries, other hazardous waste easier under new plan New homeowner Sarah Daly was in a quandary over where to dispose of her half-empty paint cans. She knew

Parlour tricks for modern houses

From The seldom-used front room of your home can be a stunning study or hobby headquarters Good home design takes into account the manner in which we live our

Beat the winter blahs with a shot of colour

From Do you feel like the walls are closing in on your already limited space? Why not fight the winter blues and expand your space with colour all

Mattamy Homes: Between Bricks and a hard place

It looks like the times they-are-a-changin' in Mattamy land: As new home sales slip into a deep freeze, even Canada's No.1 house builder is having to remodel Peter Gilgan shuffles

Getting down to business

From By: Colin McAllister & Justin Ryan of Colin and Justin's Home Heist Business, darlings, is booming; on the home front, at least. Sure, there's a global hesitation and

Winter Home Maintenance Checklist

From the Canada Mortgage and Housing Corporation (CMHC): Regular Maintenance is the Key Inspecting your home on a regular basis and following good maintenance practices is the best way to

Tips for finding inexpensive wall art

addthis_pub = 'YOUR-ACCOUNT-ID'; From the Associated Press: As one of the designers on the TLC cable channel's "Trading Spaces," Goil Amornvivat has to decorate rooms in 48 hours on a

Eco Holiday Tips

Plan your Eco Holiday! Sit down with your family and come up with ideas together to make this an eco holiday season. Start things off with these great Eco

A clear choice: plasma or LCD?

Plasma TVs, which use more electricity, can offer a superior picture because they can display truer black colours and have higher contrast ratios than LCD screens. Choosing between the

Why your house won't sell and what to do about it

If you’re about to put up your home for sale, you must be anxious about this painful real estate market. At least, I know I would be. Clearly,

Milton and Oshawa best bets for bargains

Homes close to transit also good investments, real estate experts say Whether it's a condo in the city or a detached home in the suburbs, homebuyers looking for the

Light up the night

The garden takes on a different and enchanting personality in the evening hours when we often have more time to sit, relax and entertain. You can make your

A look at property taxes around the GTA

How much tax on a $380,000 house in the GTA? Location plays big part in your tax bill... Homeowners who live in the aging industrial city of Oshawa pay

What You Should Know Before Buying Major Appliances

Microwaves, refrigerators, ranges, oh my! Before making a big-ticket purchase, learn your options 5 Things to Look for in a Washing Machine Top-loaders ($350 and up) are easy to

DIY Disasters

Disaster DIY: The six deadly sins of do-it-yourself projects you should avoid Time DIY’ers think they can renovate a bathroom or kitchen, build a deck or finish a basement

Rolling off the line: your house

Ron Cauchi, president of Mattamy Homes' Stelumar Advanced Manufacturing plant, shows off the enormous facility, which can handle the construction of 10 houses at any given time. Weather problems

Cozy Winter Rooms

Tips to liven up your living space With the dreary winter months spent scurrying from driveway to duvet, Seasonal Affective Disorder is bound to set in. Take some therapeutic

Clearing up the Christmas clutter

It takes no less than a small army of helpers and countless hours of preparation (and an ample supply of duct tape and glue) to prepare for family

Planning for the holidays: Ten things you should know

As soon as the snow begins to fall, the holidays are top of mind—decorations go up, carols play on the radio and you hit the stores in a

Ten home improvement projects that add value

A neutral coat of paint throughout your house can give you the most bang for your buck Can't stand your scary, cobwebby basement one more minute? Is it past

Mike Holmes' Monthly Home Maintenance Checklist

Mike Holmes suggests making a simple monthly checklist to help keep your house in order. Mike Holmes, general contractor and host of HGTV's Holmes on Homes, suggests making a

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