The old man winter is coming soon, and since the weather has changed in early September here in Ottawa, most people are probably thinking (although one does not want to) about ways to winterize their homes. Here are 10 tips to get your home ready for the winter: 1. Clean your gutters September onward would be the best time to clean up all the tree branches, leaves or toys that … Continue reading

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Here are some back to school tips for parents preparing their little ones: 1. If you are planning to shop for children, perhaps hit the Internet and look online for deals before you head out to the brick and motar stores. Check out sites like RetailMeNot for coupons, etc. For example you can save 30% off Old Navy and also when shopping online, choose retailers that offer such deals as … Continue reading

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Recently, a friend of mine was asking me about the process of hiring a real estate agent, and I thought it would be a great blog post! Here are some of the questions that people tend to ask me and my colleagues about buying and selling especially in terms of commissions and remuneration. Please note, I have already written other posts on various points that are discussed in this post. … Continue reading

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Reverse Samsung Washer or Dryer Door This is a guest post from Taswar Bhatti Here is a simple DIY reversing of Samsung washer/dryer door. Over the weekend, we wanted to move our Samsung dryer door from opening to the right and make it swing to the left. The image below shows, how it used to open, and all the screws that we had to remove, in total, there are 8 … Continue reading

To Buy or Rent in Ottawa? Here is a common question that people may think of when deciding on purchasing a condo/house in Ottawa, whether it would be better to rent or to purchase a place since it is a big financial decision in either case. I will tell ahead that the winner is TO BUY rather than TO RENT in Ottawa, it strongly depends on number of years one would … Continue reading

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Summer is upon us after that very harsh winter we went through in Ottawa. During summer, many of us plan to take our holidays/camping, especially when kids are off school. Even work tends to expect us to take some time off during summer. One thing not to forget when you are on holidays or camping trips is to protect your home from house burglary. Here are some quick tips that … Continue reading

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Tips on Increasing the Value of Your Home Here are some tips to increase your home’s value, even if you are not planning to sell your house, it would be a worthwhile investment for you and your home. 1. Declutter to increase space and clean! This is my personal favorite. We tend to keep buying and storing stuff in our houses, especially people living in North America, they tend to … Continue reading

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There are two types of carpenter ants in Canada, red and black carpenter ants. The size of them are usually around 6 to 25mm long (.24 to 1 inch), and they have antennas on their heads.  Male and female carpenter adult ants have wings during mating time. Carpenter ants are wood infesting ants, they are different from termites (which one can not see easily at home, and people often confuse … Continue reading

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CMHC has announced two changes that would  take effect on May 30, 2014 1. Cancel of the CMHC Second Home Program Starting June 1st, 2014, investors/buyers would need a minimum of 20% down payment for their second home, they will not be able to take advantage of the 5%+ down payment that CMHC used to provide to purchase the second home for kids, parents, or yourself.  Officially after May 30, … Continue reading

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Disclaimer: The information provided here does not hold any legal binding or as legal advice, for legal advice please use a professional lawyer who would be able to advice on legal proceedings. Divorce and separations Divorces and separations are quite stressful and are emotional times in ones life. Dealing with finances and mortgage adds another level of anxieties. Most of us are very confused about our finances during the times … Continue reading

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