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Top 5 ways to turn your bathroom into a spa-like retreat

Looking to create a relaxing oasis in your home? What better way to unwind than making a calming sanctuary out of your bathroom. Giving yourself simple luxuries can help decrease stress and provide you with a relaxing escape from the hustle and bustle of the day-to-day. Click here to see the top 5 ways to turn your bathroom into a luxurious spa-like sanctuary.  
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Buyers Toolkit – Springtime

Buyers Toolkit – Springtime Spring is in the air, and the real-estate market is ramping up for the beginning of buyers’ season.  Things tend to move faster in the spring and houses for sale are often sold shortly after they are listed.  As a potential home buyer, it is important to be prepared as possible before you start looking at potential homes – that way, the chance of losing your “dream home” to another buyer is greatly decreased. You may be wondering … “What are some of the important things that can help you stay on-top of, and ahead of
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Spring is here, bring on the Mudroom!

Though the people of Ottawa are thrilled to see the beginnings of a sleepy Spring take place (and the snow melt), they are less thrilled with the mess it brings into their homes. A well-designed mudroom can help limit the slushy, muddy mess and keep your home cleaner and fresher. Click here for tips on creating a high-functioning mudroom.  
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The Ottawa Home and Garden Show

Spring is on its way, and what better way to get ready than to go to the Ottawa Home and Garden show this Thursday, March 22nd – March 25th at the EY Centre. Get great ideas on how to get your home and yard ready for the new season. Click here for more information.  
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How to Protect your Home from the Melting Snow

With the warmer weather and rain that we’ve been having, an awful lot of snow has been melting. This can lead to flooding and other damages to your property, which can be very expensive to fix. Instead, focus on preventative measures to ensure that your home won’t become damaged, instead of spending money to fix it after the fact. Click here to learn how to prevent flooding from the melting snow.  
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Is it time to invest in a second “nest”?

College students, and living options   If you’re the parent of a college/university age student, and you haven’t considered it yet, perhaps now is the time you will. As spring is just around the corner, it’s time to think about what investments you can make, and an investment that shouldn’t be overlooked is buying a home. More specifically, buying a home for your college-aged student to live in during school. Should you purchase a home in your students’ university/college town for them to live in during their schooling? What are the benefits, and drawbacks of investing in a second home?
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This Important Element Often gets Overlooked when Buying a Home

Ottawa Citizen, Stephen Moranis, Postmedia News 08.15.2016 It’s the most common hazard that home buyers overlook: disagreements between homeowners that can turn entire neighbourhoods into war zones. These can happen anywhere, of course; but they’re especially common in tonier, wealthier communities, where people are more inclined to lawyer up, and where small contrarian disputes can escalate quickly.   These conflicts end up becoming embarrassing, upsetting and expensive, occasionally leading some residents to consider selling and moving on. So much for that friendly block party.   It’s a shame. The neighbourhood you once thought was charming and peaceful becomes the one
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6 More Weeks of Winter? Here’s 5 Ways to Make the Time Fly and Get Your Home Ready for Spring.

6 more weeks of winter is enough to make some of us seriously contemplate going to a tropical place to wait out the rest of winter. If you can’t manage that tropical escape, here are some great ways to get through the last of winter and freshen up your home for the spring. Click here to see 5 ways to get your home ready for spring.  
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Mike Holmes: How to detect your home’s seeping cold spots

When the temperature drops and the snow starts to blow, most Canadians beat a hasty retreat indoors. Now that we’ve had longer bouts of freezing weather, are you starting to notice any drafts and/or cold spots around you home? To win the fight against the seeping cold, you’ll want to take action, and quickly. Click here to see how.  
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