February 2015

Found 6 blog entries for February 2015.

A wise man once said that an appraiser will be looking for all of the good things in your home while an inspector will be looking for the bad features. Basically, a home appraiser will look at your home from both the inside and the outside to determine the fair market price of your property before it is listed. A home inspector will look a bit closer to determine any major and minor flaws in the home before the deal is closed.

Home appraiser

In order to find out what the fair market value of your home is you can use the services of either a real estate agent or a professional appraiser. A real estate agent will usually perform this service for you free of charge if you are thinking of listing your home on the market. An appraiser, on the other hand,

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Many buyers want a large backyard that is spacious and provides a lot of room for play. While the backyard may not be at the very top of the list of things that people look for when shopping for a home, like the kitchen for instance, it can still play a major factor in the value of your home.

Having a clean backyard is always a plus as well. Personal items, toys and other backyard furniture should be neat and set up to create a visually appealing yard. A clean backyard means that a home buyer is able to visualize what they could do with the space and it can even make the difference between closing a deal or not.

Backyard potential

Having a large backyard can be a big plus. Many people are looking for space in the back of the house for their kids,

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Have you ever thought of building your own home? Would you prefer to have a simple transaction and simply purchase a pre-made home? There are a lot of pros and cons to both sides and you should be well aware of them before starting your venture.


When you buy your home it is a straight-forward transaction that involves a lot of money -but not a lot of time. You will not have to get involved in the long and tedious process of purchasing materials, a property and getting the manual work done.

When you buy a house, however, you won’t have the benefit of seeing your home designed exactly as you would like it. You’ll have choices between houses but will not have the option of custom-building and designing the layout.



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When you're looking for a new home, the timing needs to be right at your end. You are about to make one of the biggest purchases of your life and you need to be certain that all of your ducks are in a row. You will know that the timing is right when everything seamlessly falls into place. You'll also have a gut feeling that this is the right time for you.

Timing isn't all about what is happening with the real estate market at large. Real estate is and always will be a long-term Investment that will pay off well over time. Whether the market conditions are perfect or not should not influence whether you go ahead and make a purchase now. You know that 20, 30, 40 or even 50 years down the road you won't want to still be renting from somebody else and

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You've decided to replace your existing countertop with a new one and have always dreamed of owning your own granite counter. When you went to the kitchen and bathroom store, however, the sales associate there suggested a quartz countertop. You've had your heart set on a granite one but the quartz counters looked great in the storeroom. When all is said and done, is one of these countertops better than the other?

In terms of functionality, quartz countertops are better than their granite counterparts. Quartz is a natural stone and before it is formed into a countertop it is mixed with a resin to make it denser. A high-density countertop is more resistant to stains and spills than one that is more porous. When you own a quartz counter, it will not

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The numbers are in! Our furry forecasters have predicted whether this winter will come to an early end, or whether we will have to suffer through another month and a half of wintery weather.  Unfortunately this year, 2 out of 3 groundhogs saw their shadows, which means that we can anticipate a long winter.

In Nova Scotia, Shubenacadie Sam was the first to emerge from his den and much to our dismay he saw his shadow just after 8 a.m. on Monday. According to tradition, if the groundhog sees its shadow winter will last for another 6 weeks and if no shadow appears winter will soon be coming to an end.  

 Punxsutawney Phil over in Pennsylvania agreed with his fellow groundhog forecaster and also predicted a long winter. Wiarton Willie from Wiarton Ont.

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