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How to Handle a Home Pest InvasionDespite their size, pests can cause big damage to a home if the owners aren't careful. Their teeth, breeding habits, and waste can quickly tarnish the home's integrity and even stability. But more than structural damage, pests can bring disease and illness to residents if they're not careful. Rats can carry anything from rat-bite fever to plague to certain forms of meningitis. And if you are thinking of selling your home, getting rid of pests before selling is very important. Pest remediation starts with understanding how to prevent, identify, and attack an infestation as soon as it occurs. Here are five tips for getting it done as efficiently as possible.

Tour the Home

It doesn't take very much space for an ant to make its way from outside

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verything You Need to Know About Home SecurityHome security can help you protect your property and the people in your household. The safer your home is, the better you'll feel about being at home - and after buying a home, it's important to add security in the home, if it is not already there. If you're a homeowner who would like to get started improving security in your home, here's what you need to know.

Different Types of Security Systems

Different homeowners may choose to install different types of security systems, depending on how much money they want to spend, what they would like to get out of their home security system, and whether they wish to install their system themselves. Different products may have different features, but in general, the two most popular kinds of security

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What You Should Know About Green Technology in Residential ConstructoinSustainable construction technology has been slowly but surely making its way toward residential construction technology. From solar panels to zero-waste homes, Canadian homeowners have more options than ever before if they're looking to cut down on their carbon footprint and be energy efficient in their homes. Learn more about which trends are catching on and how the future may look for home building.

Energy from Top to Bottom

Canada has largely seen geothermal energy being implemented to heat and cool their homes as opposed to solar power. This form of energy uses electricity and a set of compression pumps to interact with the Earth's core. Because the core remains at a stable 15.5° C, geothermal energy decreases the amount of energy used

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Hidden Safety Hazards Homeowners May Find in Their HomesDespite homeowners' best efforts to make sure otherwise, homes have many hidden hazards lurking in their shadows and in plain sight. At each corner of the house, there could be a handful of hazards awaiting adults and children alike. Homeowners, especially those who are first home buyers, can take their preventative tactics one step further by understanding the nature of these hazards and learning how to prevent them. To get started, they can use this guide to start learning about the three most common residential safety hazards.

Trip and Fall Accidents

Trip and fall accidents can cause minor to severe injuries ranging from bone fractures to traumatic brain injuries. In residences, these accidents frequently occur due to loose or otherwise

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Spotting Mold Growth In Your HomeResponsible homeowners, especially those looking to sell their homes, are always looking for dangers in their home so they can get rid of them before they can cause any harm. However, some dangers are much more difficult to find than others, and mold is one of these. Mold can be tricky to identify for homeowners who don’t know what to look for. Here is what all homeowners need to know about mold growth in their home and what they should be looking for to keep their home safe.

Different Types of Mold

There are many different types of mold that can be fond in a home, and not all of pose a life-or-death threat. Here are some of the different types of mold that can be found growing in homes:

  • Alternaria: Most people are familiar with this
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How to Light Your Home Room-by-RoomDesigning the home lighting of each room may seem as simple as buying a few fixtures and light bulbs. However, the lighting of the home has a major effect on how people perceive each room. It's also an important safety element that's easy to overlook.

Dim lighting can lead to major accidents in slick spaces like the kitchen or the bathroom. It can even lead to chronic vision problems if people are constantly squinting while reading or going about their daily tasks. In addition, when selling a home, proper staging, along with good lighting, helps sell a home faster, and possibly for more money. For homeowners who'd like a little more visibility, keep these tips in mind.

Aesthetics, Meet Functionality

Spaces like the living room, family

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How to Break Down Your Closing CostsThe term 'closing costs' is a catch-all term that essentially refers to all the charges a home buyer pays to close escrow. In Canada, home buyers can expect the closing costs to total somewhere between 1.5 and 4% of the total cost of the home. This can be a significant amount for any home buyer—so much so that it may increase the loan bracket if the buyer has to borrow from their lender to pay for closing costs. Homeowners should understand more about how common closing costs break down, so they can budget accordingly.

For informational purposes only. Always consult with a licensed mortgage professional before proceeding with any real estate transaction.

Preliminary Charges

Before a home buyer even closes, they typically have to pay for

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All About Selling in a Buyer's MarketA buyer's market is a condition that occurs when there are more homes than there are buyers and prices are low. Selling in a buyer's market can be tough. In a buyer's market, houses take longer to sell and usually sell for less money. If you're a homeowner who is trying to sell in a buyer's market, here's what you need to know.

For informational purposes only. Always consult with a licensed real estate professional before proceeding with any real estate transaction.

1. Stage Your Home

Home staging makes the inside of the house look well-maintained and attractive. There are many different ways to stage a home. Homeowners who have already moved out can stage their house by renting attractive, modern furniture. Under these circumstances,

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Tips for Scheduling Your Moving TimelineMoving an entire home is a daunting task for even the most organized of people. Whether a new home buyer has professional help or not, there are still hundreds of moving parts that all need to orchestrated to perfection. Plus, there's the emotional impact of leaving a home for a brand new one. Luckily, there are ways to plan this transition so there's less stress and more success.

Two Months Before

About eight weeks before the move, buyers should start to purge the home of anything they don't need. It's far easier to get rid of items now than it is to pack everything up and then decide once it all arrives at the new place. Now is also a good time to take an inventory of everything in the house, as there's no need to take two slow cookers to

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What You Can Do When You Discover Unpermitted Work In Your HomeThe home permitting process is an important one. Without permits, there would be no ability to control for quality in new home and existing home construction. Insurance companies and home buyers rely on the permitting process to ensure that the homes in their communities are safe and functional.

Unpermitted work is a problem because it is often not done to code, and even if it is, there is usually no way to certify this is the case. Only through the permitting process can a homeowner be totally sure that their home is built with safety and modern building standards in mind.

How Permits Work

When a permit is pulled, this is a signal to the local building inspectors that a home improvement project is underway and it will soon need to be

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