Categories for Property Maintenance & Lifestyle

Marijuana Grow Houses: What are the Signs?

Most home buyers tend to focus on what they can see: bright, open spaces, attractive finishes and a nicely landscaped yard. But a home’s striking appearance could be concealing the damage of a former marijuana grow op. The signs can be tough to spot. With so much at stake, take ...

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Your REALTOR® is Asking Questions Because…it’s the Law

Federal money laundering and anti-terrorist financing rules require real estate agents and brokers to collect personal identification information from buyers and sellers. It is the federal Proceeds of Crime (Money Laundering) and Terrorist Financing Act (PCMLTFA) that requires financial institutions and real estate agents, among other professionals and services covered ...

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Home Maintenance Tips for the Winter Season

Now that fall is officially past, it’s time to prepare your home for cold weather. These steps, most of which you can do yourself, will help lower your utility bills and protect your investment. 1 of 16 Tune up your heating system Preventative maintenance is the single most important factor ...

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Does Your Home Insurance Cover Everything?

When you suffer damage to your property or its contents, you expect your insurance company to help you out. And, most do a good job of doing just that. Still, it’s a good idea to review your policy with your insurance advisor and find out what’s covered and what isn’t. ...

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Year-Round Home Maintenance Checklist

Don’t be caught off-guard! Maintaining your home is much easier than paying for big repairs. Look through this home maintenance checklist to make sure you’re staying on top of properly caring for your home.   1 of 21 Install / Replace Smoke Detectors Going without smoke detectors on every floor ...

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10 Ways to Make Your Home More Energy-Efficient

1-Conduct an energy audit. If you’re serious about improving your home’s efficiency, start with an energy audit by an NRCan certified advisor – you can search for an advisor in your area at nrcan.gc.ca. You’ll get a list of recommended upgrades to help you plan, and you may qualify to ...

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Mortgage Fraud

Be one step ahead and discover red flags that may indicate any of the different types of mortgage fraud so you won’t be a victim yourself and avoid getting yourself entangled in any fraudulent agreements. Mortgage fraud can be a criminal offence when someone – you, a mortgage broker or ...

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Home Maintenance Tips for the Fall Season

Getting your home in shape for cooler months isn’t rocket science. Set aside some time now to complete these simple tasks so you can rest easy, knowing you’re prepared. 1 of 15 Three easy winterization steps for your lawn mower Before your mower hibernates for the winter, take a few ...

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Protect Against Email and Computer Viruses

Protect Yourself and Your Devices Today we use internet-connected devices in all aspects of our lives. We go online to search for information, shop, bank, do homework, play games, and stay in touch with family and friends through social networking. As a result, our devices contain a wealth of personal ...

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29 Tips to Keep Your Dog Safe and Healthy This Summer

You know not to leave him in the car while you run to the bank — but do you know how to quickly check for dehydration? Courtesy of Juliana Labianca Updated: Jun. 08, 2020 1 / 29 NAZAR-SKLADANYI/SHUTTERSTOCK Remember this Hydration Test To quickly test your dog’s hydration, pull up the skin ...

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