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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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Selling a Home In A Buyer's MarketSelling a home in a buyer's market can be a challenge. A buyer's market is a market condition that occurs when there are more homes for sale than buyers, and buyers have their choice of a variety of different properties. This leads to low prices, and buyers who have a lot of negotiating power. Sellers of homes can find this frustrating because this makes it harder to make profit off the sale of the house. Staging the property, marketing the home well, negotiating wisely and working with a real estate agent can all help make this process more successful for the seller.

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

Stage Your Property

Staging is

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The Documents You Need to Sell Your HomePaperwork for a home sale has come a long way in the past few decades. A real estate agent from 30 years ago could tell clients of the days when the documentation was as simple as it came. But over time, paperwork has evolved to cover both the buyer and the seller against fraud, litigation, and general confusion. The required paperwork for each province will differ based on local regulations, but all sellers are encouraged to learn the basics behind the forms and documents they'll be working with.

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

Relevant Property Data

Paperwork in Canada is focused on what the buyer needs to know before they take

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4 Tips for Buying a New Construction HomeA newly constructed home can seem like exactly what a home buyer needs to really make a fresh start. There's something enticing about striking out in a completely new territory in order to build a new life. However, the rules for new construction homes are different than conventional homes, which means buyers may need to rethink their negotiation strategies. Learn more about how deadlines, contracts, and bidding work with a new construction home.

Obstacles and Obstructions

Buyers who have commissioned a new home (or who are interested in a home in progress) will first need to understand the practical limitations of building. Inclement weather isn't the only thing that can throw a wrench into the timeline. Builders also have to account for

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4 Ways to Make Painting a Home EasierPainting the inside of the home can be an inexpensive and simple way to significantly change its appearance. A new colour scheme could make an entire house seem newer, as well as wiping away decades of age from the walls. A new paint job often helps sell a home for a better price as well. Getting everything ready in advance can really speed up the process and improve the end result. Here's a few tips to make everything run more smoothly.

1. Buy the Proper Home Painting Tools

Painting a home does not need to take a lot of equipment, but a few useful tools could make all the difference. Homeowners should plan to buy:

  • paint rollers and covers
  • paint trays
  • brushes of different sizes and materials
  • plastic sheeting to protect
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