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5 Important Things to Know About Installing a Deck on Your HomeRiver Heights homeowners with a desire for decking typically have several reasons for considering investing in a new or expanded installation. Regardless of the reasoning, an eye must be turned to the ‘business' aspects of installing a deck such as meeting local building codes, choosing resilient materials, placement and design and much more. Here are five key things to ponder before beginning a decking project.

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

1. Be Aware of Permitting and Building Code Requirements

Depending on the township or province the deck is to be constructed within, there are likely certain requirements and compliancies involved

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Home Improvements to Avoid If You're Going to Sell SoonMany homeowners assume that all home improvements increase their home's value. However, this is not always the case. Some home improvements take away features that home buyers want, and replace them with features that home buyers don't need. This can negatively impact the price of the home when it's time to sell. Being able to identify these improvements can help homeowners avoid remodels, especially unpermitted DIY projects, that can take away from their home's value.

Removal of a Bedroom

Bedrooms add value to homes. When bedrooms are taken away, this often reduces the amount of money that home buyers are willing to pay for the property. Bedrooms can be removed for a variety of reasons. A homeowner might turn a bedroom into a home theater, a

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How Do Real Estate Agents Help Sellers Market Their Homes?Most people understand the concept of marketing, even if they're not experts in the art of the sale. The basic idea is to make a product look as appealing as possible to as many serious Riverview new home buyers as possible. When it comes to marketing a home, the seller needs to know not only who is most likely to want the home, but which features of the home they're actually going to care about. This is where a real estate agent can step in, guiding the process and doing the work that the seller may not have the time or ability to do.

Finding the Price Point

The price point of a home can serve as a powerful anchor for potential buyers. Sellers may think that they should start high (because they always have the option to come down in the future),

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Winterizing Your Home in 4 Easy WaysExtremely cold winter weather can be dangerous. Not only can it hurt people and animals, but it can also cause harm to homes. Before the first snowfalls come, homeowners should winterize their home to prepare and protect it. There are many ways homeowners can winterize their home. Some are complex and time-consuming, and others are quick and easy weekend DIY projects. Here are some of those quick and easy ways to winterize a home that actually work and show results that anyone can see.

1. Protect All Water Pipes

If water remains still in a pipe during extremely cold weather, it can freeze, and when water freezes, it expands. Expanding ice puts pressure on pipes and potentially lead them to bursting. As one can imagine, broken water pipes in the

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New Technology in Residential Construction: Information for Home BuyersNew home construction building has changed a lot over the years. At one time, most homes were made from simple brick and wood, and other traditional materials. Today, many homes are made from modern materials, using new technologies. If you're a home buyer who is thinking about building a home, here's what you need to know about the materials available to residential contractors.

3D Printed Homes

3D printers have been making headlines for years, and now they're becoming so useful that they're actually able to construct entire homes. To do this, 3D printers set layers of concrete in the shape of a house. Using 3D printer technology, home construction is fast and simple.

At this time, most builders talk of using 3D printed homes to construct

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Challenges of Selling a Home FSBOSome may think that doing away with the middle man and taking a chance on selling a home FSBO will pay off for them. However, those who have never sold a home before may be unaware of the amount of work that is involved with marketing and selling a home.

Homeowners already have their hands full in making repairs and getting a home ready to show to potential buyers. Even though a homeowner may not have to pay a commission when selling a home themselves, is it worth the extra time and effort? Understand more about the issues that can arise when selling a home without an agent.

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Considerations when Choosing

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Stock a Home Repair Kit with Tools to Handle Basic Home RepairsOne of the best housewarming gifts a new homeowner could receive is a basic toolbox for DIY projects. Stock it with easy-to-use tools and a selection of helpful items even a novice can use to make small repairs, troubleshoot potential problems and perform simple tasks. Think about jobs such as hanging art without damaging walls, or replacing doorknobs, rather than more serious renovation projects.

Stocking such a toolbox can be painless, with a little advice from a local hardware store, or a trip to a big box store. Consider the following:

Planning and Measuring Aids

  • 25-foot tape measure
  • Small speed square
  • Torpedo level
  • Carpenter's pencils

Simple Hand Tools

  • Two hammers, a standard clawfoot, and a smaller ball peen,
  • A
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4 Types of Siding Homeowners Should KnowWhether choosing siding for a new River Heights home or looking into new options to replace old siding, the material being used is an important choice. There are many different types of siding that all have different advantages, disadvantages, and prices, so it’s important for homeowners to do research to find the one that fits their needs best. Here are 4 different types of siding available to homeowners and what makes them good choices for homes.

1. Wood Siding

Wood siding is a very common choice among homeowners. Wood is easy to find, and contractors like working with it because it’s easy to cut, shape, and install onto the home, so it’s difficult to hire a siding specialist who doesn’t know how to work with wood. On top of that, it can last

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Common Home Roofing MaterialsThere comes a time when it is necessary to replace a roof and with the variety of roofing materials on the market, it pays to know more about how they differ from each other. Other than aesthetics, roof materials can vary in cost and roofing lifespan. Homeowners need to be aware of what they can expect from popular home roofing materials. Individuals looking to buy a new construction home or replace, rather than repair, their current roof can benefit from learning more about asphalt shingles, clay tiles and more. Some roofing projects can be done as a DIY project, though others require a professional.

Asphalt Shingles and Rolls

An affordable and easy to install roofing option is asphalt shingles. Homeowners appreciate that these shingles are

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Selling Your Home? Own Pets? These Tips Can HelpHomeowners with pets face many challenges when the time comes to sell their house. Damage from claw marks and teeth, pet dander and even presence of pet accessories can affect home buyer interest in the property. If you're trying to sell your home and you own pets, taking steps to stage your property can help. Here's what you need to know.

Clean Thoroughly Before Every Showing

Pet dander can leave the home with an odor, and can also affect home buyers with allergies. Cleaning thoroughly before every showing can help reduce these problems. Homeowners can remediate these problems by vacuuming, dusting, laundering and deodorizing.

Washing sheets, comforters, blankets and even curtains can help reduce the presence of pet dander in the home. Before

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