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All Blog Entries by Justin Havre

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Protect Your Home From Water Damage by Maintaining Gutters ProperlyIt is one of the areas of homes many homeowners don't give much thought to until there is a problem. And when selling a home, clean gutters can eliminate a potential inspection item. By then, however, gutter problems may be difficult or more expensive to resolve. Improper gutter maintenance can cause:

  • Damage to a home's siding
  • Damage to the roof line
  • Foundation problems
  • Puddling
  • Annoying leaks and overspill

Here are some simple ways you can keep your gutters better maintained.

Make Sure Downspouts are Draining Properly

The downspouts are the vertical pipes that take water from the gutters along your roof, down through to the ground or for dispersal away from the home. It is absolutely critical that these downspouts flow

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Fireplace Safety and MaintenanceA wood-burning fireplace can add warmth and coziness on a cold night. A fireplace can also be an item many home buyers may desire when looking for homes to buy. However, a fireplace that is not properly maintained can create a potential safety hazard for occupants. Learn what to do with a fireplace to reduce the potential for injury from a home fire.

Fireplace Safety

Gases and embers are emitted from a fireplace. To ensure the safety of occupants, have a fireplace professionally installed and located on a non-combustible surface. Do not place objects that may overheat or catch fire in a one-metre area around the fireplace. Carbon monoxide poisoning is a real danger as the gas is odorless and hard to detect with human senses. Reduce the risk for

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Everything You Need to Know About Home ClosingHome closing is the final step of the home buying process. If you're thinking about purchasing a home, or if you're in the middle of buying a home, you should know about home closing. Knowing what's coming, how much money you can expect to spend at closing and what you can do to save money at close can help you have a good home buying experience. Here's what you need to know.

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

What Is Home Closing?

After going through inspections, negotiations and all the legal and administrative motions that must happen in order to buy a home, home closing is the final step of the home purchase. Closing is when ownership

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Create a Home-buying BudgetWith the advantages of buying a home, many Canadian residents wonder how much home they can reasonably afford. After all, the price of a listed home is not the only factor to consider before making a purchase.

A home buying budget is important, although not the most exciting part of the home buying process. Rather than struggle with mortgage payments and maintenance costs, Canadian residents can feel confident with the knowledge that they have the extra funds they may need for unexpected expenses. Make timely mortgage payments and build equity when starting off with a home-buying budget.

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

Examine Current

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What You Need to Know About Cash Offers When Selling Your HomeMany homeowners dream of selling their house for cash, because home buyers with mortgages add additional risk to the home buying process. If the mortgage does not fund at the end of the transaction, the home buyer must back out of the contract without purchasing the home. This doesn't happen when selling a home to someone paying cash.

However, there can be dangers when selling a home to someone who pays in cash. Understanding the risks can help you decide whether you want to accept an offer from a cash buyer.

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

Know the Risks

Typically, cash buyers are investors, not homeowners. Investors buy homes

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Historic Homes: What Home Buyers Need to KnowHistoric homes are beautiful, romantic and fun to own. However, if you're thinking about buying a historic home and you've never owned one before, preparing yourself can help make the experience a good one. Here's what you need to know about buying a home with historic value.

Budget for Maintenance

Historic homes may have a lot of deferred maintenance. Original features in particular tend to need extra love and care to ensure that they can continue to function. Homeowners are encouraged to budget at least 1% of their home's value for home maintenance every year. Homeowners with historic properties may need to set aside more to ensure they can keep their home functioning.

One of the factors that affects the cost of maintenance is whether

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Regular Maintenance for an Efficient HVAC SystemA home's heating and cooling system (the HVAC system) is an important mechanical device of any home. As the HVAC system heats and cool air, it continually pulls dirt and debris out of circulation using its filters. Over time, these filters start to fill up with debris, reducing the efficiency of the system. With regular use, moving parts start to wear down as well, eventually resulting in the need for replacement.

Homeowners can keep their HVAC system working efficiently year-round by committing to a regular maintenance schedule. With regular service appointments, it is possible to keep the HVAC system in great condition, so it can effectively control temperatures and air quality in the home. A good working HVAC system can be a great selling

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Popular Floor PlansA different floor plan can help homeowners meet their unique objectives. Buyers may have to ask themselves what they hope to accomplish before choosing among popular floor plans when buying a new home. Times have changed and so have the options available to today's home buyer. Learn more about the open floor plan and traditional floor plan to get real value from a future home purchase.

What Is an Open Floor Plan?

One of the most popular floor plans seen in homes is the open floor plan. This layout can serve to improve the flow in a home and make spaces look larger. This is achieved through the elimination of some non-essential partition walls. Two or more different spaces may then be joined together. Since the early 90s, this floor plan has

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4 Things You Should Know About Tiny HomesDownsizing is a great option for many home buyers, but right now some people are taking downsizing to the extreme by building or buying tiny homes. Tiny homes are exactly what they sound like, but in order for a tiny home to truly be tiny, it should fall between 400-600 square feet, though some can be as small as just 160 square feet. They cost anywhere from $10,000-100,000 depending on how it’s made, which can make them sound appealing, but tiny homes come with a lot of risks and variables that need to be accounted for. Here is what every buyer needs to know before investing in a tiny home.

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

Tiny Homes

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Considering Buying in an Age-Restricted Community? What Smart Shoppers Need to Know FirstBuying a home in Canada is governed by many anti-discrimination laws and regulations. According to Canadian lawm there cannot be housing discrimination based on a persons age. However, there is an exception for senior housing. Age-restricted communities go by a number of names such as independent living, 55-plus, active adult living and others. In fact, these types of communities are the only exception to fair housing laws that prevent age discrimination. While they aren't necessary designed to ‘discriminate,' these housing communities are often geared towards seniors.

This means they might offer amenities such as game nights, golf courses, pools and other features seniors might enjoy within a quiet place to retire with a relatively low

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