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Make a Personal Statement with Home LightingEffective lighting for every room in the home is a goal that can best be accomplished by starting with an overall plan for electrical service. Today, however, the preponderance of high-tech devices, low-voltage options, integrated smart technology and automation have created a whole new landscape of needs. Multiple lighting options encompass everything from 220 to 12 volt, as well as familiar 120-volt AC, LED bulbs and flexible lighting strips. The growing popularity of specialty lights and devices in the home might require low-voltage integrators, wireless integration, motion or voice activation and compatibility with home hubs and smart devices. Great lighting also may help sell homes for a higher prices.

Lighting specialists recommend looking

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Some simple steps can help new homeowners avoid common mistakes when securing homeowner's insurance.Buying a new home is one of the most complicated purchases consumers may make in their entire lifetimes. It is complicated by the fact that it happens relatively rarely over the course of time, and homebuyers develop little skill in the aspects involved.

One of the most common decisions associated with purchasing a home is acquiring the appropriate amount and type of homeowners insurance. This, too, is often done infrequently as homeowners will often secure insurance at the time of purchasing their home, and unless they have a claim, will tend to forget about it. This is particularly true if the insurance premium is included along with the mortgage and/or bundled with property tax payments. Policies become “invisible” to consumers until they

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Plan for the Cash Needed to Close When Buying a New HomeFirst-time home buyers are sometimes surprised by the additional costs that are involved in purchasing real estate. The actual amount of upfront and settlement charges seems to mount steadily, and the total can add up to between two and four percent of the home's purchase price, in addition to required down payment. Some charges and fees are unavoidable, even if the buyer pays cash.

Even though some costs are standardized, others vary widely from one area to another. By having a sense of the funds needed, determining a budget and approaching a lender for a mortgage are simplified. Some fees must be paid in advance, while other charges can be rolled into the loan and repaid over the long term. Some charges are pro-rated between seller and buyer

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Tips for Selling During a Buyer's MarketSellers who are getting ready to let go of their property first have to determine what type of market they're in. In primary markets, it's clear that sellers have an advantage. In others, the upper hand goes straight to the buyer. There are a number of ways to spot a buyer's market even if sellers aren't real estate experts—For Sale signs sit out for months, abandoned homes are common, and valuations continue to drop every year. But sellers can still exercise control, even when their prospects seem dire.

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

Getting Ready to Sell Your Home

One of the smartest things a seller can do is manage their own

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What Is the Average ROI for Solar Panels?Deciding which home improvement projects to pursue can be a difficult decision, especially when homeowners are concerned about the long-term returns of each one. Solar panels have been touted as a great way to not only raise the cost of the property but also to save money on utility bills and increase the energy-efficiency of a home. But as nice as that sounds, the cost of installing panels may make many hesitate to take the plunge. Learn more about the true costs and savings so it's easier to make a decision.

Installing Solar Panels

There are a few basic things to note about solar panels before making a decision on whether or not they're a good fit for a home:

  • Installation cost: Depending on the homeowner's province, solar panels can
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Outdoor Living Room InformationOutdoor living spaces are very popular! Homeowners love to spend time outside, and Windermere home buyers love to see an outdoor space where they can kick back and relax. Here's what homeowners need to know about creating a fun outdoor area for watching television, relaxing with friends and spending time with family.

Privacy Is Important

First and foremost, outdoor living rooms need privacy. This can be achieved in many ways. A living wall of plants is an excellent form of privacy, especially in warm-weather climates where plants can live all year round. In cold-weather climates, solid walls or canvas provides shade and shelter from wind.

New Materials Ease the Burden of Maintenance

Many people prefer to build their outdoor living space

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5 Tips for Buying a Home in the Seller's MarketBuying a home can be tricky at the best of times. It is often even harder in a seller's market. A seller's market means that there are more buyers than available homes. Seller's markets usually lead to higher sale prices and can even prompt bidding wars among competitive buyers. Still, buyers have a chance to make it through with a fair deal. Here's a few tips to help people rise above the competition as they prepare to buy a home.

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

Get Finances in Order

When sellers start to consider purchase offers, they are often looking for the most qualified buyers. People who have gone through the process of

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How to Take Care of Unpermitted workRemediating unpermitted work is the process of getting a home up to code. If the previous homeowners made repairs or renovations that violated neighborhood or province laws, current homeowners need to take steps to qualify the work with the proper authorities. As much as 70% of the work done in Canada may be unpermitted, so the vast majority of homeowners should take note of the following facts.

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

Research the Laws

Not only do different provinces have different rules about which jobs require permits, but those rules can change from year to year. If the previous homeowner tore down a wall in their

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Foundation Damage Information for HomeownersFoundation damage can cause a variety of problems for homeowners. Home renovations are hard or impossible to complete when the foundation is not straight and stable. In addition, foundation damage can devalue the home and make it harder to sell. It's important to be able to identify the signs of foundation trouble in a West Edmonton home and take care of the problem before it's out of control. These tips can help.

How Can You Identify Foundation Damage?

Some signs of foundation damage are very obvious, other signs are less so. Some of the most obvious signs of foundation damage include:

  • Stair stepping cracks in the foundation mortar
  • Horizontal cracks in the foundation
  • Bowing walls
  • Large cracks in the walls in the basement,
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Top Things to Throw Away Before You MoveWhen a couple is getting ready to buy and move to a smaller home, it can be hard to decide what stuff to keep and what to give away. This guide can help people identify a few types of clutter that they can part with without feeling regret:

Unused Kitchen Gadgets

Many people tend to pick up more kitchen equipment than they will ever use. When preparing for a move, aspiring downsizers should take careful note of which implements they reach for most. Any that do not get used regularly should be donated.

Rarely Worn Clothes and Shoes

Large collections of rarely used items plague many people's bedroom closets, as well. Crafting capsule wardrobes with small, high quality collections of related objects can help cut down on possessions that do

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