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4 Cheap and Easy Ways To Stage Your HomeWhen trying to sell a home, homeowners try to ensure that their home has every edge it can get in order to rise above the competition. In addition to the many ways a real estate agent may assist a homeowner in selling their home, staging is one where a homeowner can do a lot of the work.

Home staging can help make a home more appealing to buyers, but hiring a professional home stager can be an expense that just isn’t feasible for many homeowners. Here are four essential home staging strategies that any homeowner can use without spending too much money.

1. Remove Personalized Items Before Showings

The purpose of staging a home is to make it as appealing possible to as many different buyers as possible, like a magazine ad or a sample room at

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How to Have a Successful Home InspectionHome inspections let home buyers know the defects of a property before buying a home. However, there are enough myths about home inspections that buyers often misunderstand what an inspector actually does and how much variance they may find between different inspectors. For a better idea of how home buyers can get the most from their inspection, keep the following points in mind.

Exterior Home Inspection Issues

Home inspectors look at the exterior of the home first to determine how well the outside components protect the inside ones. Inspectors will check the lines of the home, the roof, and the walls to ensure the integrity of the structure. Every home will respond differently to the passage of time, with some are able to weather the soil

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How You Can Help Prevent Foundation Damage TodayFoundation damage can seem to happen all at once when in reality it's been happening in tiny degrees over the past several decades. Fixing foundation problems when they first occur is far less expensive than after the home sustains a major fracture. This is just one of the reasons why a homeowner may want to pay more attention to the subtle changes around their home. Here are several things that anyone can do to help maintain the stability of their home.

Check the Doors and Windows

A home that has a solid foundation will function in the most basic of ways: doors will shut easily, windows will close without sticking, and water will stay inside the pipes. Puddles that form around the supports in the basement or stubborn window panes may be the

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4 Steps to Take Before You Can Sell Your Vacation HomeSelling a vacation home can be a truly exhaustive process for a person—even if they're as prepared as possible. But taking the time to understand how it works can truly make a difference. It may not solve every problem, but it can help a seller feel a lot more confident. For those in Canada who want to sell their vacation home for a fair price without violating any type of legal stipulations, it's time to learn more about how to get started.

Set Up a Selling Home Budget

In addition to standard moving costs, Canadian vacation home sellers will need to hire official legal services to ensure all paperwork is drawn up correctly. The amount of paperwork for a home sale has steadily increased over the years to protect both buyer and seller's

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Tips for Understanding Common Real Estate ClausesThere are a lot of myths about real estate clauses and how they work, and the discrepancies and anomalies can sometimes come back to haunt unsuspecting buyers. From financing nightmares to home buyers discovering that their property was built on a sinking swampland, the potential for catastrophe is very real. Home buyers may need to be a little savvier if they want to purchase their home with (near) total confidence.

Hiring an Inspector

Usually, buyers offer to buy the home so long as the property passes its inspection report. Proactive sellers may have their own inspection done but that shouldn't necessarily stop a buyer from hiring an unbiased party of their own. This is the chance for potential buyers to learn about the state of their

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Your Guide to Buying a Vacation Home in CanadaA vacation retreat may be one of the top wishes of homeowners. However, it is possible to make this wish into a reality. In order to do so, it is important to understand how to qualify for a mortgage on a vacation home and to understand some of the initial tax implications when buying such a home.

Income Requirements for Potential Buyers

Individuals, couples and families looking to buy a vacation home need to have sufficient personal income. They may be carrying two mortgages when purchasing a vacation home, as they still may need to pay off the mortgage on a primary home. Income requirements for those who buy a vacation home and plan on living in it are different than that for those who want to rent out a vacation property.

When it comes

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Know More About Dealing with Roof DamageA house is vulnerable to roof damage from high winds, hail and flying debris. Homeowners may see signs of roof damage and not know what to do next. Depending on the type of roof damage and the source of the damage, a homeowner may be able to file a claim and have significant damage covered in part or in full from their insurance company. This helps homeowners reduce the financial burden when it comes to unexpected repairs. However, roof damage can occur for a number of reasons and it is important for homeowners and property owners to be aware of their options.

Ignoring Roof Damage

Some homeowners may not be aware of roof damage or may put off looking into the extent of the damage and required repairs. It is important not to wait. Water damage

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Your Canadian Home Selling GuideIs now the right time to sell a home in your area? Homeowners may want to look into a few important considerations when seriously thinking of selling a home. From initial costs, to staging, setting prices and more, there are a number of factors that may influence how easy homeowners find it to sell a home. What should Canadian homeowners understand about selling their home?

Costs of Selling a Home

Those looking to sell a residential property should be aware that they may need to spend money before looking to make a profit on a home sale. Homeowners should know that standard costs may include:

  • A mortgage discharge fee. This is to remove collateral holds on a property. Quebec may use the term of a “release.”
  • Legal costs, such as that
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Basic Guide to the Home Buying ProcessPurchasing a home is often a life milestone that many people aim for as they advance through adulthood. While this is a main aim for many, the home buying process can be a mystery for people who have not gone through it before. With these tips, home buyers will understand the basic steps from the initial search to closing on a home.

Determine Finances and Apply for Mortgage

More than anything, buying a home is a financial transaction. Home buyers who have a firm understanding of their income, debts, and credit before they start the home search will be better prepared. Since it can be difficult to tell how much a lender will be willing to give to a borrower, many experts recommend getting pre-approved for a mortgage before looking at homes or

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What Are The Pros and Cons of Condo Living? Not everyone is cut out for the condominium lifestyle, and then again not everyone is cut out for home ownership in a single-family dwelling. Those who have resided in an apartment or townhouse likely have a good idea what's involved in living within conjoined housing such as condos. However, those who have never owned a home might be wondering what perks condos might have over free-standing homes. With this in mind, here are some ups and downs of condo ownership.

Community Life Versus Greater Privacy

Condo owners live in close proximity to one another, and many enjoy having a greater sense of community as they encounter other neighbours at community areas like mailboxes, trash depositories, gyms or the swimming pool. Homeowners in

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