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There are many steps to buying a house that buyers are often aware of.  On the other hand, there are also many steps that buyers should take after closing on a new home that many buyers aren’t aware of.

It’s important that when buying a house you realize that the work doesn’t stop as soon as you close on your new home.  In fact, in many cases, the work is just beginning.

Being a homeowner comes with new tasks and responsibilities, many of which should occur right after closing on a new home.

Below you’re going to find out 13 of the top tasks to complete after closing on a home.  It’s extremely important that when buying a house you consider completing the following tasks after closing.  By completing the following tasks, new homeowners

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Despite being considered a safe haven among a vast majority of Canadians, your home is often guilty of causing a variety of unexplained illnesses. In reality, poor air quality inside your home can be extremely detrimental to your health. Many times when we come down with a bad case of the sniffles, we assume that staying indoors is our best option for a speedy recovery. However, the truth is, that the air quality inside our homes may be the source behind that chest-hurting cough that you just can’t seem to kick.

If you didn’t think keeping an eye on your air quality was important, you’ll want to read below for just how much of an impact air quality can have on your health.

Worsened Allergy and Asthma Symptoms

Those with breathing troubles

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You’re smart. You’re doing your research about home buying and homeownership (like you are right now!), so you feel like you’re prepared to avoid common home buying pitfalls. But you’ll soon find that once you’ve moved in, there is a whole new list of common problems that plague unwary first-time homeowners.

To help you make the best buying and ownership decisions possible, we’ve outlined some of the biggest blunders that first-time buyers make after closing on their home.

Investing in Too Many Upgrades

Not every home improvement project is worth the money or effort. Many first-time homeowners make the mistake of not considering a project’s return on investment, at least until it’s time to sell the house down the road.

If you want to know

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Spring is here ! What wonderful warm days we’ve had, seeing the blue sky and warmer temperature makes one excited for summer ! Sad the ski season is over… but I have a feeling everyone is hoping winter has taken its last breath !

Let’s cover a bit about the market in the Valley then talk about some tax changes coming and how they might affect each and every one of you. 

For the month of February, it was a mixed bag. The total number of sales were down a mere 7.8%. I say mere because Vancouver was off by over 15% and Toronto over 35%. Most pundits are saying the new “stress test” for mortgages is having the most impact elsewhere. Here, the impact seems quite muted. Average prices compared to February 2017 are up 6.2%. Yes, prices are still rising and

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A crucial aspect of selling a home is paying attention to the feedback provided by homebuyers and their real estate agents.  After every showing real estate agents are usually sent an automated email, which asks for their opinion on a number of things with regards to the house they have just seen.  While the email goes to the homebuyer’s agent the information provided to the home sellers can come from both the buyer as well as the buyer’s agents. 

Buyer Feedback on Home Pricing

One of the most important aspects of putting a home on the market for sale is getting the price right.  The lack of feedback due to the lack of showings may also indicate a problem with the pricing of the home that the homeowner needs to address quickly with their real

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Not only can moving be stressful and tiring, but the fees that come along with moving can quickly add up.

Luckily for you, we have come up with a few money saving moving tips to avoid the stress and help you save some dollars.

9 Money Saving Moving Tips:

#1 – Pack and Drive the Little Things Yourself

Packing your kitchenware, shoes or books yourself will take time and therefore money off your final moving bill. You could also drive the little stuff to the new place yourself and only have the movers take care of the heavy items.

#2 – Get Rid of Unneeded Items

Most of us have many items we don’t seem to want to get rid of even though we never plan on using them again. To help you save the money, now is the perfect time to get rid of

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With spring around the corner and the days getting longer – now is a great time to finally get caught up with some of these common household chores.

 To help get you started, we gathered a list of 15 spring home maintenance tips you can tackle before the spring season hits.

  1. Replacing Your HVAC Filter
  2. Clean Gutters & Downspouts
  3. Time to Seal Your Driveway
  4. Repair Chipping/Peeling Paint
  5. Re-Caulk around Windows
  6. Replace Batteries in Smoke Detectors
  7. Vacuum Behind Refrigerator
  8. Prepare Your Lawn Equipment
  9. Service Your Air Conditioning
  10. Flush Out Your Water Heater
  11. Stain Your Deck
  12. Clean Siding
  13. Replace or Clean Your Dryer Vent
  14. Plumbing Deferred Maintenance
  15. Chimney Maintenance

Sometimes as a homeowner, it may

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Being a homeowner is a very rewarding experience, but it also requires a lot of dedication and hard work. It’s up to you to ensure that your living quarters are taken care of properly so that both you and your family are safe.

Creating the proper maintenance checklist for your home to identify if any repairs need to be pursued can be tricky. Here are a few tips on what you need to do specifically, catered for different time frames.

Monthly Home Maintenance Checklist

To maintain the proper functioning of your home’s water supply system and adjacent fixtures, drains and faucets need to be cleaned at least once a month. Vinegar is a good inexpensive solution for getting rid of mineral deposits on faucets and shower heads.

Make sure to pour

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There are vacation rental properties and there are awesome vacation rental properties. Yes, there’s a difference! Whether you choose to use your vacation rental or not, you need to do certain tweaks to make it look good. Here are few tips and tricks to add that spice and colour to your vacation rental.

 1. Let’s Paint!

While selecting paints, you need to select colours which will be comforting and also which can set the mood right. If you do not want to re-paint the entire property, focus on key areas which will make your vacation rental stand out from the rest.

 2. Nice and Clean!

You need to have a tidy place. The people coming to stay in vacation rentals will definitely check out the tidiness of the place. There’s nothing worse than

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What Are the Most Important Things to Do Before Buying A House?

 1. Know your credit score.

2. Have a lender pre-approve you before shopping.

3. Shop the lender.

4. Know every expense.

5. Know what you want.

6. Work with a skilled Realtor that knows your area.

7. Understand the actual value of any property you are buying.

8. Buy what you are comfortable paying for.

9. Verify all information in the listing.

10. Try to see yourself in the home.

11. Use a reputable home inspector.

12. Make sure all renovations are up to code.

13. Be sure you understand any Strata that you will be part of.

14. Look for any water-related problems.

15. Have a professional look for the presence of asbestos, mold, and radon.

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