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6 THINGS EVERY HOME BUYER SHOULD KNOW BEFORE BUYING A HOUSE

Preview: RBC, Canadians may think it’s a good time to buy a new home. But as homebuyers compete for properties, they risk overlooking some important details when undergoing the overwhelming home buying process in haste – details that could…

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THE BEST WAYS TO FINANCE A HOME RENO

In love with that shiny new marble countertop in your renovated kitchen? Be careful it doesn’t blind you into thinking it’s going to make you money. Contrary to what the shelter magazines and home decor TV…

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6 NEAR-GENIUS WAYS TO FOOL BURGLARS INTO THINKING YOU’RE HOME

Whether it’s the eight hours a day or eight days on a dreamy beach, allowing your biggest investment to fend for itself can be stressful. And it’s a legit concern; when your home looks empty, break-ins…

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5 TRICKS TO KEEP YOUR PIPES FROM EXPLODING THIS WINTER

New homeowners may have heard that winterization is important, but in the hubbub of your first year living in a home you own (finally!), it can be easy to overlook the need to prepare for the…

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WINTER MAINTENANCE IDEAS FOR SAFE AND WARM HOMES

Winter is the season when people cozy up indoors. The winter season evokes thoughts of comfort food and curling up in front of the fire or television. Home becomes the preferred comfortable space for the whole…

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THE 7 MOST FINANCIALLY SAVVY HOME UPGRADES YOU CAN MAKE

When it comes to home improvement, some dollars stretch more than others. And if you’re on a limited budget, it becomes even more important to spend those dollars wisely. Here are seven affordable …

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PROS AND CONS OF SELLING A HOME FOR SALE BY OWNER

As a home seller, you naturally want to make as much money as you can from the sale of your home. You may be thinking about selling a home yourself to avoid paying a…

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MIKE HOLMES: HANDLING ELECTRICAL WORK TRICKY FOR HOMEOWNERS

Electrical fires are common. Don’t take the chance; bring in an expert. It’s some of the smartest money you can spend on your home…

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7 REASONS STAGING YOUR HOME ELIMINATES PRICE NEGOTIATION

Are you worried that the location of your home on a busy highway will be a turn-off to home buyers when selling your home? Afraid you won’t get your listing price? Did you know…

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WINDOWS HOW TO MAKE THE RIGHT CHOICE

The decision to change your windows may be motivated by several factors: improved comfort, a higher level of security or simply to improve the look of your home. Before investing in a renovation project…

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UNDERSTANDING THE RIGHT TYPES OF MORTGAGES

A mortgage is a loan you obtain from a bank or other lender that helps you finance your real estate purchase. If you’re considering buying your first home, or cottage, or other types of…

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10 MONEY-SAVING TRICKS FURNITURE STORES DON’T WANT YOU TO KNOW

If you’re anything like us, you probably have a love-hate relationship with furniture shopping. You’re besotted while browsing catalogs, admiring gorgeous pieces, and imagining them in your home. But then reality strikes: You have…

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8 WARNING SIGNS THAT YOUR ROOF IS SHOT

A solid roof above your head is pretty crucial if you’ve become accustomed to having a warm, cozy, and leak-free home. Here’s how to notice and deal with potential issues before they become big…

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3 THINGS YOU REMEMBER WHEN DOWNSIZING YOUR HOME

Getting rid of stuff is never really easy. But when you’re moving to a new (smaller) place and have to downsize your belongings, you’ve usually got a hard deadline and actual space limitations breathing…

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