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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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5 Must-Know Tips For Buying in a Seller’s MarketFor a seller, a seller’s market is the ideal time to put their home up for sale. It means that there are far more buyers looking to purchase a new home than there are homes available, which in turn means that prices are likely to be driven up by the demand. However, for buyers, a seller’s market can be tricky not only because there’s more competition, but because many of the normal guidelines for buying a home no longer apply. Here are five essential tip every home buyer needs to know when trying to purchase a home in a seller’s market.

1. View Homes As Soon As Possible

When it comes to home showings, most people like to do them on weekends when there aren’t as many obligations to juggle. However, in a seller’s market, waiting until the

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Currently Renting a Home and Considering Buying? Evaluating the Pros and Cons of BothThere's quite a bit of heavy consideration that should be put into determining whether buying a house in Canada versus renting is the right step to take next on life's journey. Many potential buyers approach the subject with the mentality that “it needs to be a solid buyers market” before taking that step. Others just want a change of scenery as they attempt to find a find a dream home amid a surreal environment. Whatever the reason is for considering buying versus renting or renting versus buying, there are pros and cons to each that need to be taken into account before taking the plunge either way.

The Pros and Cons of Renting

Let's face it, not everyone is cut out for the buying lifestyle and there are reasons to rent that abound—depending

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The Best Smart Technology for Homeowners Who Want to Save MoneyWith so many companies developing smart technology in an attempt to get in on the "smart" fad, homeowners can be forgiven for not flocking to every new addition on the market. And yet, there are certain products that are truly proving their worth to homeowners who want to save a little of their hard-earned cash. From slashing the final totals on utility bills to catching potential problems before they turn into expensive catastrophes, see which products make the cut.

Moisture Sensors

A smart moisture sensor will tell homeowners when there's too much moisture in the air, which can go a long way to preventing mold. It's not unusual for a homeowner to pay up to $6,000 for mold remediation, especially because it has a tendency to spread unnoticed

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4 Tips to Sell a Home in CanadaWhen selling a home, homeowners generally want to sell a home quickly and for optimal value. As languishing homes on the market may result in a homeowner having to reduce the price of a property to get an offer, an agent may make a number of suggestions for to help homeowners before listing and during the home selling process. What should Canadian homeowners realize about selling their Bearspaw home to increase their chances of attracting the right buyer and easily get through a closing?

Understand more about how to get a home ready to sell and what to expect from Canadian buyers after an offer is accepted.

Prep a House before Listing

Agents may offer a number of suggestions for homeowners looking to sell a home. In a buyer's market,

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Preparing for a Move is Simple with This Weekly Moving ChecklistWhile moving into a new home can be a hassle, the overall experience doesn't have to be as stressful as many new homebuyers expect it to be. Whether moving across town or across the nation, managing a stress-free move is easy as long as you know the timeline and prepare a calendar accordingly. Follow this weekly moving checklist for a smoother experience.

Eight Weeks Until Moving Day

Professional movers and even private truck rentals can be scarce during popular moving periods such as summertime, so owners will want to start looking for a reliable and experienced provider two months before the target date. Movers are a big help, especially when moving a long distance from a home. Individuals being relocated by their company should explore

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Which Home Improvement Projects Have the Best ROI?Home improvement projects can be a fun challenge for many homeowners. It teaches them new skills and interesting facts about their home while creating an even deeper connection with their property. But to really get the most out of each new upgrade, homeowners should learn which ones will make all that time and effort worth their while. See how to spend as little as possible to reap the greatest rewards.

What Buyers Want

When it comes to buying a home, many buyers are more and more often coming to value practicality above glamour or luxury. They want excellent protection from the elements, working plumbing, and safe electrical components. Insulation has the best ROI for home improvement projects, typically returning more than 100% of the cost

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