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5 New Year’s Resolutions Every Homeowner Should Make

5 New Year’s Resolutions Every Homeowner Should Make
2016 is coming to a close, and with the new year just around the corner, people across the world are gearing up to set their intentions for the upcoming year in the form of New Year’s Resolutions. And while you’re bound to make at least one standard resolution (like “finally get in shape” or “eat more vegetables”), as a homeowner, there are some home-specific resolutions you’ll want to think about to get the most out of your property and the experience of owning a home this upcoming year. Here are 5 New Year’s Resolutions every homeowner should make for 2017: 1. Bump Up Your Mortgage...
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Mowing Your Lawn the Correct Way

Mowing Your Lawn the Correct Way
Grasses are like most plants – if you clip off the growing points (for grass, it’s in the crown, where the new leaves develop), the plants branch out and become denser, which in this case, turns thousands of individual grass plants into a tightly woven turf or a lawn. If you didn’t mow at all, your yard would look more like a prairie than a lawn. But the mere act of mowing isn’t what makes a lawn look good. Mowing height and mowing frequency determine how healthy and attractive your lawn looks. After all, cutting a lawn is stressful for the grass. Know the equipment. Read...
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How To Protect Your Home Against Termites

How To Protect Your Home Against Termites
Spring’s arrival brings a smile to most, but warmer weather can also bring homeowner concerns in the form of unwanted guests-termites! One of the major things termites require to thrive is warm temperatures. As the temperature rises, it is important to recognize the conditions conducive to termite infestation and how you can protect your property. Dan Dawson, National Marketing Manager at Orkin Canada explains the magnitude of the threat posed by termites: “Subterranean termites typically cause the most structural damage and are most prevalent in the southern coastal areas, the dry climate...
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12 Tips to Season-Ready Your Condo

12 Tips to Season-Ready Your Condo
Home maintenance is something we often neglect. Even though your condo may have a property manager for exterior maintenance, the inside of your unit is still largely your responsibility. Between our daily and weekly responsibilities, maintenance is something that often falls by the wayside. But it’s essential. Like your vehicle, your home and property benefit from regular tune-ups. Fun, right? We know: not so much. But here’s the good news. Taking on home maintenance in 10-minute bursts is the smart way to get it done. Here’s our checklist of 12 things you can easily manage, each in 10 minutes...
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Prepare your home for the colder months

Prepare your home for the colder months
Fall is the best season, while the weather is still somewhat reliable, to prepare your home for the cold winter months ahead. Start at the top and work down to make sure all areas of your home are ready. Here are some important things to consider completing before the winter months. Roof.  Inspect your roof from the ground, or preferably, hire a professional, and check for damaged or missing shingles, or worn or curling edges. Repair or replace your roofing materials as needed. For steel roofing, this is the time to check that all ice guards are in place and undamaged. If your home is prone to ice...
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