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Closing the Cottage for the Winter

It is always a sad day when you are sitting at the cottage, and the leaves start to turn, and you realize that the nights are getting cooler. We usually delay the decision to close up the cottage to the last minute. Given our uncertain weather events these days, it is best not to wait. Frozen pipes can cause a great deal of damage.


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Kitchen Remodeling Mistakes You Should Avoid

Bigger doesn’t always mean better! If you’re thinking about remodeling your kitchen then you should read up on this great and informative article. It will help you keep your project in line and create a more efficient living space.  Start Here
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16 Ways to Improve Your Photo Displays

Memories are something that should be treasured and the best way to do that in your home is to hang up frames. However, there are some rules you ought to follow before you start. Here are 16 photo display ideas for that you can start utilizing today. Learn More
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House Hunting in the Winter

  The holidays can be strenuous and this can put a damper on any thoughts you have about selling your home in the winter. Rest assured, it’s not a completely ridiculous idea! The chilly season can be a great opportunity for buyers to window-shop. Learn More Here 
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Profit off Your Home

There are ways you can make a profit off your home. It doesn’t always have to be about paying bills and taxes. Find out how you can get money into your pocket today. Learn More 
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This Winter: Stay on top of Your Roof’s Condition

  Looking out on your neighbourhood, with fresh snow falling and seeing snow-covered roof-tops is pretty standard in Ottawa. But, did you know that snow-covered roof-tops are a good thing? If you notice that there are bare spots on your roof after a big snowfall, it may be indicating there’s a larger issue with your roof or the insulation in your attic.   See how to care for your roof in the winter and prevent costly problems here.  
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Staging Tips for Selling Your Home Over the Holidays

  Are you thinking of selling your home this holiday season? Before you decorate your home, think about what type of decorations will help sell your home. Your social calendar tends to be packed with lots of family, friend and party goodness, which means you may not think you have time to stage your home to sell. Set aside a couple of hours to tackle the actual decorating and planning.    Though this time of year may seem dismal when trying to sell, remember that those who are out hunting for their next home now are traditionally seriously looking. When
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Choose Safe Home Preparations Over Big Reno Projects for the Holidays

  Focus on smaller, easy-to-fix projects this season and get your home prepped for holiday safety. By taking on huge projects this time of year, you open yourself up to facing big delays, half completed renos, and potential disasters. Put your energy into projects like making your fireplace safe and preventing slips and falls! Click here for tips on home safety for the holidays.  
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12 Winter Curb Appeal Tips

  First impressions matter, especially when trying to sell your home. Winter can seem like a difficult time to try and create your home’s curb appeal. But, there’s hope to be had! There are several ways you can foster a great first impression for your home with potential buyers in the winter season. For example, you can get creative and give your mailbox (or even walkway lights) a makeover, decorating your front and backyard with beautiful ice luminaries, or fashion your own gorgeous topiaries. Click here for your Winter Curb Appeal tips!  
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3 Common Mistakes Made when Finishing a Basement & How to Avoid Them

  With our winter season upon us, many Ottawa residents may be thinking how nice a warm, finished basement to escape our freezing temperatures would be. If you’re planning on or thinking of renovating/finishing your basement, there are three common mistakes that many homeowners make when finishing their basement. With that said, there are easy remedies and better approaches you can take on to ensure your basement is properly finished.    Click here for more details.  
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Indoor Air Quality: Get it Right & Air-Tight

  Indoor air quality is a key factor in your overall health and how you feel day-to-day. Especially in the winter, when we close up our homes and there isn’t much fresh air coming in, the air quality should be top of mind. In order to tackle this so that you and your family are breathing in clean air, it comes down to education and forgetting the biggest misconceptions. Click here for more information and tips.  
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Home Renovations with a Great Return on Investment

teamrealty.ca, Home Renovations with a Great Return on Investment   Even if you love your space, at one point or another, most homeowners have thought about making changes…“I love our kitchen, but what if we added an island?” or “our ensuite bathroom is great, but I’d love double sinks” or even “our basement is so spacious, I wonder what it would look like finished”. If this sounds familiar read on!   “When we decided to sell our first home for an opportunity to ‘move up’, we knew we needed to update the kitchen and bathroom to attract buyers and get
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Mike Holmes: Fall means rise of recurring water issues in windows

  With the fall season in full swing, you may notice condensation on your windows, or take note of their overall ‘health’. If there is moisture, it could be a sign of something more severe and potentially serious water damage. Water damage never comes alone, if left untreated, it invites mould and rot into your home too.  Click here for more.  
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Why Choose Tile Over Carpet

  If you’re looking to update the flooring in your home, you may want to consider choosing tile over carpet. Not only are there many beautiful options available, but there’s also a host of benefits that come with choosing tile such as: durability, health and low maintenance. Click here for more reason you should consider tile for your home!  
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Lighting a Room, Simplified

  The right lighting in a room serves as an important tool in every room, as it can influence your mood, set the tone, and completely change the look. From which rooms need the most light, light layering, to banishing bad lighting and how to fix it. There are many elements to consider when you’re picking out new light fixtures and the proper light bulbs.   Click here for tips and tricks on how lighting a room.  
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Protecting Your Home from Critters

Protecting Your Home from Critters As the cooler weather starts to roll in, we are all thinking of cozying up indoors and unfortunately our furry friends outside are also thinking the same. Wild animals are currently looking for warm spaces to call home for the winter months and unfortunately our homes can be an attractive target. When animals get into a home, the damage can be severe and costly to fix but fortunately, with some careful planning you can ensure that you are not welcoming some unwanted guests over the winter months. Ottawa is home to many different critters but
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The Ottawa Fall Home Show

  The Ottawa Fall Home Show starts this Thursday, September 27th at noon and will run until Sunday September 30th. This year’s event will house many different exhibitors from accessibility, garden and decks, organization, home decor and design, health, wellness, and many more.   You’ll be able to view the all-new Bonneville Model Home: Héméra, a main stage from Dala Décor, and the Housing Design Awards. Have a one-on-one with Canadian designer and TV personality, Sarah Richardson, and participate in the La-Z-Boy Home Furnishings and Décor contest to win $10,000 worth of La-Z-Boy furnishings.   See full event details and
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8 Home Staging Tips for Fall

  Looking to sell your home this Fall? Seasonal home staging can help! Catch homebuyers’ attention with stylish decor and updates this Fall. Click here for your home staging tips.  
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New Tax on Ottawa Airbnb Rentals

  Josh Pringle, CTV Morning Live. Published Wednesday, August 1, 2018 2:51AM EDT  Airbnb users are now paying a tax on their nightly rental in Ottawa. Starting today, Airbnb will collect a four per cent “municipal accommodation tax” on all Ottawa listings. The tax will then be remitted to the City of Ottawa to help support Ottawa tourism. Ottawa was the first Ontario city to enter into a Municipal Accommodation Tax collection agreement with Airbnb. In January, the City of Ottawa imposed a four per cent Municipal Accommodation Tax on hotel rooms in Ottawa.  The money is used to support the
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