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The list of things you should do to your new house are endless, and there are also many things that you shouldn’t do. Of course, having a house warming party and setting it on fire is obviously not in one’s best interest. But anyway, here’s a short list of the 5things to be avoided. 1 -Don’t Leave the Locks on the Doors that the Builder Left Yes, the builder and his team may have been a nice bunch of people and a great team of workers, but the only person who should have access to all of the locks, is…

So, after finally making the big choice to renovate the home, there has to be a list of do’s and don’ts which will make the big change run all that much smoother. This shall result in getting a happy ending after all the work is completed. Here are 10 home renovation don’ts that one should heed in order to ensure that things work out as they should. 1 – Don’t forget to plan ahead. All major battles were won by planning ahead. After completion, smiles will only result by making all decisions before the work starts. A quality builder will…

Purchasing that first home is an exciting event in the lives of most people. After perhaps living in rented properties, the positive feeling which comes from owning a home can make anybody wonder why they never did it earlier! Having that pride of ownership is the major reason why most people long to own their home. It means simply being able to do all those things that can’t be done in other people’s rented places, such as paint the walls that perfect colour, turn up the volume on the TV or music player, attach all kinds of fixtures and decorate the…

Image by: Heleen van Vliet via flickr If you are looking for ideas to increase the curb appeal of your home, you can search for some tips online. You can check the Better Homes and Gardens website as it has lots of cool ideas. Of course, one of the easiest ways to make a drastic change to your home’s exterior is to add cladding to your home. However, there are lots of different types of cladding available, so it is important to make sure that you choose the best cladding to install for your home. Traditional Wood Cladding For hundreds…

The Australian government has seen the need for some assistance for first time property buyers, and has recently increased the First Home Owner Grant (FHOG) to $10,000. This is a considerable amount of money, especially at a time when the outlay is so high, and it comes as a welcome relief to many young couples. The list of things to buy seems endless, so here are some ideas on how best to utilise the grant money. Furnishing the home An important thing to consider as one must have certain essentials, such as bedding, tables and chairs, and carpets, and although…

There’s only so much preventative maintenance can do for your appliances. Sometimes, what you really needed all along was a visit from one of Toronto’s expert repair technicians. When a professionally trained and insured specialist arrives at your door, backed by experience and high quality equipment, you don’t have to worry about Band-Aid fixes. These technicians will find the root cause of your faulty machine and make the appropriate repairs quickly, efficiently, and — most importantly — affordably. Before you call the first repair service you find, it’s important you do your homework. Not everyone with a decaled truck and…

While money is tight these days for many consumers, others are finding this the right time to start construction on new homes. In the event you are one of those individuals feeling like now is the time to start building, making sure you have the right tools for the job is crucial. Whether you purchase or rent tools in-person or online, it is important to make sure you have all your supplies ready to go before the project kicks off. Otherwise, you could find yourself being delayed as you try and gather what is necessary to make the job easier…

 You want to get settled into your new home as soon as possible, but rushing things is a mistake in many ways, including selecting your home insurance. There are some steps to take and things to remember when you’re shopping for home insurance. Understanding your home’s value, your city requirements, how much you can afford, and what your deductible should be are essential to shopping and comparing for the optimum home insurance. Know Your Home Your home has overall value, which changes with the market. In addition, your home may be more at risk of certain events than others depending…

Things to Think About Before Becoming a Landlord

So you have an extra room and want to make a little side cash? Do you have an investment or vacation property sitting vacant? While maybe you should rent it out! Though the idea of getting “easy” money form a rental property sounds terrific, there are some things to think about before becoming a landlord. Check the Laws Not everywhere can legally be a rented. There are loads of zoning laws that may not allow for subletting. Also, if you have a home owner’s association or live in a condo, you need to check with the board. Don’t forget you will…

When it’s time to renovate the kitchen, the design and layout will depend on how this area will be used. Those who seriously love hosting dinner parties and entertaining at home should design a different kitchen to those who see it purely for the family. Here are some ideas if you long to entertain guests with your kitchen. Interaction If the cooking is to be part of the show, then a central island with a hob and wet bar is ideal. Choose a glass extractor hood, so the view isn’t restricted. It’s pleasant for guests to be able to interact…