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5 Basic Tools for A New Homeowner ToolkitMoving into a new home comes with new responsibilities, such as performing routine maintenance or doing home improvement projects. Homeowners now have to shoulder the burden that landlords or an HOA may have handled in the past. There are some small tools that can help new homeowners tackle routine maintenance tasks and save them money.

A Tape Measure

From furniture to lumber for a new project, it is important to buy the right size for a perfect fit. New Canadian homeowners may find a 25-foot tape measure with a one inch long blade the best choice as it is long enough to meet the majority of measuring needs and is made not to buckle.

A Flashlight

A flashlight can be used in the home, the car or the great outdoors. Some homeowners prefer

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How Technology Is Slowly Changing Residential Home BuildingThe construction industry has moved along at its own pace when it comes to adapting different kinds of technology, even as breakthrough after breakthrough debuted on the market. However, residential builders are starting to recognize how new advancements can save them time and money in the home construction process. Whether an individual is planning to build or remodel their home in the future or they're just curious about the shifting methods of home construction, it's useful to know the trends to better predict the future of the residential building industry.

The Scouting Process

Scouting for the best locations to build has long been a time-consuming process for many builders. Not only are photos typically insufficient to get the full scope

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Popular Roofing Materials and When to Use ThemThe roof of the home is often out of sight, out of mind for many homeowners, even though it's one of the most important protective components of the home. When it comes time to decide which roofing materials to choose, it's important to consider the decision from different angles. In other words, choosing materials solely based on cost, convenience, or aesthetics isn't always the best move. How do the basics of how different roofing materials stack up against each other?

Composite Shingles

Composite shingles can last anywhere from 15-50 years, depending on quality and upkeep.Composite or asphalt shingles remain a popular option because they're affordable and they don't require a lot of maintenance. Even though they're made from a variety of

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Household pests can cause serious damage to home, property and healthThe backyard may offer a natural habitat for all sorts of creatures that are beneficial to the natural environment, but most homeowners wouldn't invite a single one of those critters to take up residence indoors. If a home seems to be a magnet for unwanted pests, it's time to take some serious action.

In many cases, protecting your home against such onslaught is relatively routine, handled easily with DIY inspections and simple preventive measures. If, however, there is evidence of existing damage or an infestation has grown out of control, it's time to call in a professional. Doing nothing will only result in a bigger problem and, typically, more expense.

Inspect Parts of the Home

Unwanted pests—whether they are flies and other insects,

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Tips for Selling a Home with PetsAs pets are part of the family, homeowners often let their furry friends get comfortable within their property. While this is great for everyone's quality of life, it can present challenges when a household decides to put their home up for sale.

By working with an experienced real estate agent, homeowners can sell their home with pets quickly and for the highest price possible.

Preparing the Home with Pets for the Market

Sellers who want to list their property after pets have been living in the home should take extra measures to get the house ready for the market. Most pet owners can attest to the fact that pets drool, have accidents and generally carry odors with them, which can linger in the home. All carpets should be thoroughly

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What Home Buyers Should Know About Green Construction TechnologySustainable building has taken a few hard turns in the past few years and is now offering an ever-expanding slew of options. These new developments help owners save on their utility bills as well as their ozone layer. While many of the following trends haven't exactly been picked up at the same rate across the nation, it appears to be only a matter of time. See why the new developments all but guarantee that green construction will soon be the norm and not the exception.

A Heating Revolution

There are two major types of green heating today in the form of solar panels and geothermal heat pipes. Solar panels have the power to save people thousands of dollars over time on electricity costs. Some homeowners even sell back their excess electricity

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Upgrading Your Home InsulationInsulation in a home serves to keep warm air in during the cooler weather months and cooler air in during warm weather months. The U.S. Department of Energy estimates that homeowners can save up to 20% on their heating and cooling bills with proper insulation. Not only can insulation make a home more comfortable and save on energy, it can keep HVAC systems from working so hard, often resulting in a longer life for heating and air conditioning equipment.

Insulation is one of those home improvements that can pay for itself. How is the effectiveness of insulation determined and what type of insulation is best for a particular home?

The Role of R-Value

R-Value is the thermal resistance rating of a particular type of insulating material. The

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Your Canadian Credit Score GuideThere are many advantages to buying a home. Canadian residents can avoid having to pay increasing rents and often have more flexibility in making improvements to a home that they own rather than rent. Enjoying a fenced in property can be useful for homeowners with active young children, pets or who enjoy entertaining often.

This may be a good time to grab up an affordable residential property in some parts of Canada. Before getting a heart set on a dream home, understand more about what it takes to get approved for a home mortgage. As many potential homeowners cannot afford to pay cash in full to purchase a home, it is important to know about what areas may require more attention before taking out a home mortgage loan. A high credit score can

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Common Types of Closing CostsBuyers spend so much time saving for the down payment, they may not realize how much in closing costs they will also have to pay. This guide identifies common closing costs buyers should expect to have ready before they complete the sale.

Home Inspection and Appraisal

One of the most important aspects of the home buying process is the home inspection. This is a thorough check of the structure of the home and its systems to confirm that everything is in working order and generally good condition. Home buyers typically have to pay for the home inspection. The appraisal is equally vital to the sale, as it confirms for the lender that the sale price does not exceed the home's fair market value. The lender may pay for the appraisal, but home

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What to Do About Foundation DamageThere may be some cause for concern when small cracks begin to develop. Homeowners who see cracks form over doors or window may want to get more information about foundation damage. Homeowners can take steps to address such issues and while some repairs are affordable, serious concerns that require replacing the foundation may be expensive. However, not all cracks should serve as a red flag for Canadian homeowners or cause them to dig deep to cover repair costs.

Learn more about foundation damage and what homeowners may need to do about it today.

Cracks Can Be a Common Sight

Changing temperatures can cause construction materials to contract and expand. Both shrinkage and cracks may develop due to such events, as masonry and poured concrete

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