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Tips to Protect Your House During Holidays?

Tips to Protect Your House During Holidays?

Here are some tips to protect your house during holidays. 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…

8 Tips on Increasing Your Home Value

8 Tips on Increasing Your Home Value

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…

Carpenter Ants Infestation: How to Protect Your Home in Ottawa

Carpenter Ants Infestation: How to Protect Your Home in Ottawa

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…

CMHC Discontinuing Second Home Program and Self-Employed Without Income Validation

CMHC Discontinuing Second Home Program and Self-Employed Without Income Validation

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…

Separation, Divorce, Mortgage and House; Ottawa

Separation, Divorce, Mortgage and House; Ottawa

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…

How to find best schools in Ottawa

How to find best schools in Ottawa

How to find best schools in Ottawa In Ottawa all schools have a location boundary where they serve their children/student that live within that boundary. Most elementary schools require a proof of residency within the boundary it serves (e.g utilities bills, rental agreement etc). The priority of the school is to serve the students within…

Do it Yourself Radon Gas Detection in Ottawa

Do it Yourself Radon Gas Detection in Ottawa

Here is our personal experience of testing Radon gas at home: What is Radon Gas? Radon gas is a radioactive gas that is odorless, colorless and tasteless. It is formed naturally during the breakdown of uranium in soil or rocks. How Does it Affect me ? Radon gas is the second leading cause of lung…

Purchasing a House or Condo in Ottawa

Purchasing a House or Condo in Ottawa

House and Condo in Ottawa Here are some common steps you need to take when you are considering to purchasing a house or condo in Ottawa. 1. Determine your needs What type and style of house you are looking for…Condo, bungalow, single, split, semi, townhouse, investment, recreational, etc? Think about your future needs also, large…

How to Sell Your House in the Ottawa Market?

How to Sell Your House in the Ottawa Market?

Selling in Ottawa Market? Here are some real life tips of getting your house ready for the Ottawa market: Making it Ready 1. Get the house ready by fixing anything that requires repair so that it is functional and can be used properly. Example of quick fixes would include broken/cracked tile, dry wall with marks and dents…

Insulate Your Attic to Save on Heating Bill

Insulate Your Attic to Save on Heating Bill

There is a draft whenever you go upstairs or you feel it in your bedroom. You might look into replacing your windows and think it will save you your energy bill and make the home warmer. Good energy efficient windows do stop the draft, and if they are properly sealed/caulked around, but as you know…

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