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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.

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

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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All About Real Estate Investment for Property BuyersReal estate investment is an excellent way to diversify your portfolio, especially if you enjoy some managing and caring for a property. If you're thinking about getting your start in real estate, here's what you need to know about the different types of real estate investment and what's involved in being a landlord.

For informational purposes only. Always consult with an attorney, financial or tax advisor before proceeding with any real estate transaction.

Residential Rental Properties

Buying a home, even in a competative market, as a rental property is a common starting point for people just entering the world of real estate investment. Residential rental properties are a favorite for beginning investors because single family homes are a

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5 Types of Green Insulation for Your HomeWhen people think about green homes, they typically think about smart devices like thermostats or double paned windows, but there’s many ways homeowners can make their home a bit more eco-friendly. These days, homeowners can even choose insulation for their home that is made from renewable materials or can be recycled in the future. Selling a home that is green often sell faster and for more money. Here are some of the different green insulation types homeowners can pick from.

1. Wool Insulation

Some homeowners are familiar with wool as a green alternative for carpet, but it can also be used as insulation. Wool comes most commonly from sheep, llamas, alpacas, and a regular sheering helps keep them healthy and happy, so there isn’t any harm in

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How To Look For Insects in Your HomeMost homeowners are used to the occasional creepy-crawly in their home. Maybe a spider has made its home in the corner of a bedroom or a cricket hopped inside while a door was open. However, while a spider or a cricket can easily be picked up on a piece of paper and returned to the great outdoors, an infestation isn’t quite that easily managed. Homeowners should always be on the lookout for the signs of an infestation in their home to catch it as early on as possible, especially if they are selling their home. Here are some of the common pests found in homes and the signs they leave behind.

Signs of Crickets

Most people don’t associate crickets with infestations, but they can cause quite a lot of problems in homes if left unchecked. The first

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How Sustainable Technology Is Used in Residential BuildingsGreen technology has been noticeably absent in traditional construction in North America. This isn't to say that the technology isn't being utilized, but it also hasn't been adopted en masse the way environmentalists have hoped it would be. However, this is beginning to change as developers and construction companies alike see the benefits of using sustainable solutions. More and more homes are using smart home technology. See how Canadians have started to embrace the green movement, and what it means for the future of building.

New Heating Systems

Zero Carbon standards haven't been implemented in Canada yet, but Ontario is certainly beginning to set the right example. The development company known as The Cora Group has been busy finding

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