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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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Hazardous Issues Commonly Found Around the HomeMost individuals feel safest at home, especially if it's a newly purchased or newly constructed home. But there are some common home hazards that homeowners should be on the lookout for. Here are five of the most typical dangers around the house to be aware of.

1. Fire Hazards

Overloaded electrical outlets, frayed wiring, unextinguished candles or cigarettes or an unexpected grease fire can cause a disaster in the blink of an eye. Be sure to have properly placed smoke detectors throughout the home, and test them monthly. Keep working fire extinguishers in fire-prone areas and be sure to never leave cigarettes or candles unattended.

2. Carbon Monoxide

Carbon monoxide is often referred to as a ‘silent killer,' because it is an odourless,

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What to Know About the Major Types of Security SystemsNo matter what part of town a homeowner lives in, security is an important part of preserving the integrity of the property. Luckily, security systems today are more flexible and high-tech in homes than ever before, allowing homeowners to choose their own layers of protection as they see fit. Learn more about the four major ways to keep natural and man-made threats from spoiling the day.

DIY Security Systems

DIY security relies on low- or no-cost options to safeguard the home, and chances are, homeowners already have some of the crucial elements. Working smoke detectors in the right places, sturdy deadbolts, and lockable windows are all key components. To add to the existing protections in the home, consider the following:

  • Timed
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Buying in a Seller's Market: What You Need to KnowA seller's market is a market condition that occurs when there are fewer homes than buyers, and many buyers are in a good position to compete with one another for homes. In a seller's market, home prices are high, and can go higher because of bidding wars. Buyers who want to be successful must be fast when they make their offer, and offers they make must be good. Here's what you need to know.

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

Know What You Want

A buyer who knows exactly what they want can make an offer confidently. A buyer who knows exactly what they want may also feel more comfortable making a more competitive offer as a result.

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How to Remove Mould in the HomeMould can be a persistent concern for homes in humid regions or areas with a lot of precipitation. It often shows up in places homeowners cannot see, behind walls or under flooring. Prevention is key, as well as prompt attention to any sign of mould. Prolonged exposure to mould can create long-term health problems for families. With this information, homeowners will know how to determine if they have mould, things they can do to help eliminate it, and when to call a professional.

Common Sources of Mould

Mould is a growth that happens in buildings without adequate moisture control. It thrives in a dark, damp environment. Homeowners can watch out for more obvious symptoms of mould growth:

  • musty odours
  • leaks in the basement, roof, or
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