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Tools You Should Own to Take Care of Your New HomeAre you buying a Fort Saskatchewan home sometime in the next few months? If so, then you'll need some good tools on hand. If you've been a renter up to this point, you probably have a few random screw drivers, but landlords have likely been doing home maintenance for you. Now is the time for you to buy some tools that will help you take care of your yard and assist you through the move-in process.

Power Drill

Power drills are useful for putting shelves up on walls, installing curtain rods and hanging heavy items like big mirrors. Power drills are relatively inexpensive and can shave half an hour or more off a task, depending on what that task is. Homeowners who want to assemble structures like a back yard deck or a swing set for children may also

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3 Home Renovations That Will Negatively Impact the Sale of Your HomeHome improvement is one of the best ways to increase the value of a home. High-ROI home improvements like kitchen updates and energy-efficient upgrades are an asset to St. Albert homeowners, but not every home renovation will increase a home's value. In fact, several can even cause homeowners to lose money. Here are a few bad home renovations that can tank the value of your home.

Constructing a Swimming Pool

Though pools are thought of as idyllic places to relax, cool off, and gather with friends, homeowners looking to increase their home's value with a renovation should look elsewhere. Although swimming pools are fun, they require a lot of cleaning and can be an insurance nightmare to deal with. Because of this, many prospective buyers are

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How and When to Winterize a HomeWinterizing a Leduc home can save homeowners on their utility bills and ensure the home is comfortable and secure no matter how cold it gets outside. The best part about this common autumn task is it's probably not as difficult as it may first seem. All it really requires is an observant eye and a few tools. Here are four tips that will ready any property for the plunge in temperatures.

Target the Doors and Windows

There are two key ways to take care of the openings to the home:

  • Caulking: The foundation is constantly shifting in a home, and the changes can cause gaps in the windows. Caulking should be done every few years to ensure all holes are patched.
  • Weatherstripping: This low-cost winterizing solution can be used around the doors.
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Which Type of Siding is Best? How to ChooseWhat kind of siding is best? This is one of the things that Fort Saskatchewan homeowners ask themselves when they're building a home or installing new siding on their existing home. There are many different siding options and they're not all created equal. Understanding the advantages of each type of siding can help you decide which type is right for you.

Brick or Stone

Brick and stone veneer siding look just like traditional brick. Homeowners like brick and stone veneer because it lasts for generations and requires little maintenance. These siding materials do not need to be sealed or painted. Only the occasional cleaning is necessary to keep them in good condition.

When having brick or stone veneer installed on a home, it's important to work

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The Risks of Selling Your Home as a FSBOHomes are valuable assets, and most individuals understand that they will pay a commission of some type based upon that value when selling through traditional methods. This is a primary reason many Devon AB homeowners looking to sell find the idea of a ‘for sale by owner' (FSBO) transaction appealing. However, regardless of the route taken, owners will spend some money out-of-pocket and face some risks when selling a home in Canada. Here's the scoop on costs and potential pitfalls.

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

Time is Money—Sellers Must Evaluate the Value of Theirs

Owners tend to underestimate the immense amount of time it takes to

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What You Need to Know About Roofing MaterialsMost homeowners go through the experience of reroofing their home at least once. While many people will choose to install the same type of material that was on their home previously, some choose to switch. Knowing the difference between these types of materials can help you decide for yourself what kind of roofing to install. Here's what you need to know.

Asphalt Shingles

Asphalt is one of the most common types of roofing materials used in Canada. Asphalt shingles are preferred by many homeowners because they're easy to install and repair, a great DIY project, relatively affordable, and they come in a variety of colors.

Asphalt shingles perform well in nearly all types of weather. And, because they're so ubiquitous, most homeowners feel

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Should You Buy Raw Land?Buying land is different than buying a home. Buyers of land may not need to build on it or rent it out in order to make a profit. Ideally, they just need to hold onto it until they can sell it to a well-funded investor. But there's more to buying raw land than just sitting on the property. Here are a few tips before jumping into a new land venture.

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

Patience and Profits

When it comes to finding another buyer to take the land off one's hands, investors sometimes wait far longer than they anticipate. This is because neighborhoods can bend and change for any number of reasons. Let's say a major car processing

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Canadian Foreclosure Process GuideNo homeowner wants to go into foreclosure on their home. However, even the most well-intentioned homeowner can experience a change in circumstances that makes it hard to meet financial obligations. In some instances, it is possible for a single missed mortgage payment to trigger the foreclosure process. However, Canadian homeowners do have recourse when facing the possibility of foreclosure. Understand more about what the foreclosure process entails in Canada today.

For informational purposes only. Always consult with an attorney before proceeding with any real estate transaction.

The Foreclosure Process in Canada

A homeowner who has recently received paperwork that the foreclosure process will begin does have options. Some may find that

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Top Marketing Tactics Used by Successful Real Estate AgentsIn the competitive world of real estate, dedicated agents must use a combination of tactics to effectively market homes for sale. Using their varied approaches, they work hard to position each property in front of ideal buyers to facilitate a quick sale at a competitive price. When homeowners work with real estate agents, they can expect them to use any number of the following techniques to market their homes for sale.

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

Multiple Listing Service

Real estate agents start the marketing process by placing the property in the Multiple Listing Service (MLS) database. This step is an industry norm that allows

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Insulation Information for New HomeownersInsulation is important for maintaining a consistent and comfortable temperature in the home. If your home isn't properly insulated, you could spend hundreds of extra dollars heating your home in winter, or cooling your home in summer.

Older homes often lack proper insulation. Knowing the signs of poor insulation and improving your home's insulation can help you take care of your home. When the time comes to sell your home, a well insulated property may sell faster than a poorly insulated one. Here's what you need to know.

Signs Your Home Lacks Insulation

It's not difficult to identify a home that has poor insulation. Here's what to should watch out for:

  • Uneven temperature from one room to another.
  • Pipes freeze in winter.
  • Ice dams
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