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Closing the Cottage for the Winter

It is always a sad day when you are sitting at the cottage, and the leaves start to turn, and you realize that the nights are getting cooler. We usually delay the decision to close up the cottage to the last minute. Given our uncertain weather events these days, it is best not to wait. Frozen pipes can cause a great deal of damage.


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Surviving Home Renovations With Your Partner

Let’s Get a New Kitchen-Looks Easy on TV .You and your partner are watching your favourite DIY show on TV. The renovations look spectacular and they completed all the work during the 60-minute show. He looks at you and says, we should get a new kitchen with all the latest designs and new appliances. We can get it finished in no time and the cost should be reasonable. On TV, there may be a few small challenges, but the hosts always work them out and the finished project is beautiful. Before you start any renovation, make sure you discuss it
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Is that House Haunted?

Stigma and Real Estate Would the fact that property is believed to be haunted affect your decision to purchase it?  If a property had been the location of an unspeakable act, would that change your opinion on it? Picture this, you’ve just found the home of your dreams and have put in an offer.  Of course you’ll want to make sure that there’s nothing wrong with the home before you firm up so who are you going to call? Ok, so it’s probably your home inspector and not the ghost-busters, however it may surprise you that according to a recent
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How to Winterize Your Lawn & Gardens

The days are getting shorter and we must reluctantly accept that Fall and Winter are rapidly approaching. As we prepare our house for the changing seasons, we must also think about preparing our lawns, gardens and swimming pool. We should develop a plan and start early. By starting early, we can provide the lawn and plants more nutrition before they become dormant and this will help them over the Winter months. During the Summer, our lawns and flowers are growing and working hard to look their best. Now they need a time to rest and prepare for the next growing
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Having Your Home Listed Over the Holidays

If you are planning to sell your home in the next few months, it is wise to plan to maximize the sale of your home. As the temperatures are cooling and the days are getting shorter, we are starting to think of the coming fall and winter seasons.  We will also start to think of the many special holidays we will be celebrating in the next few months. The good news is that buyers who are looking over the holidays tend to be more serious.  We have put together some simple tips that will ease the pressure of having your
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Spring Cleaning – Get the Kids Involved

As the warmer temperatures begin to roll in, there is no thought more prevalent than the beginning of spring cleaning. Spring is a time when all the forgotten places of winter begin to come to light, and there is nothing more refreshing than refreshing your home. A major topic these days is how to involve your kids in spring cleaning, especially in a way that is fun and engaging for them. The hope is to get your kids involved and wanting to help clean, not only to teach them the value of hard work, and the importance of cleaning up
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New Year’s Home Resolutions

New Year’s Home Resolutions It’s a new year and it’s at this time that many people start making resolutions. Instead of a new diet, why don’t you make resolutions about your home this time around? Some of these are small changes but they can make a huge impact in your life. Take some time over the holidays to set your goals for the year and take the first steps to achieving them. Get Rid of All That Clutter Clutter is something that fills all of our lives and it can take over our homes. You likely feel like it has
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Getting Ready to Sell Your Home in Winter: What You Need to Know

Selling your home in the winter Real Estate market may seem undesirable to some, but it has many overlooked advantages that actually make the cold dreary season a potential sellers-market!  One thing found is that winter buyers are generally more serious, which makes complete sense, as most people don’t find joy in dawning winter-wear and bracing cold icy roads and weather just to check out the real estate market on a lazy sunday. Additionally, with fewer properties listed for sale, the market is smaller, making it easy to stand out in the neighbourhood. Keeping up with yard work and weeding
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