July 2017

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How to Fix Those Annoying Light Leaks

Blinds are meant to control the flow of light into your home and give you the privacy that you so badly desire, rather than to leak light into your home and cause you hours of annoyance. Unfortunately, that is the case all too often. Window treatments should work perfectly, block out the light when asked to, and look great while doing it. The reality is that some common mistakes cause a lot of headaches....

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4 Amazing Tips that Will Help You Choose a New Patio Cover

Any dedicated homeowner knows that your home is your personal castle, and the best thing that you can do for yourself is to design it in a way that you will feel pleased with. An important element that can make or break your home’s aesthetic appeal is the type of patio cover that you choose. For a professional opinion, head on over to royalcovers.com and check out what the company has to offer. But...

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5 Hacks That Turn Your New House into a Home

We’re all familiar with the saying ‘home is where the heart is’. A house is a physical space but the concept of a home is much more — it’s an emotional enclave we share with the people we love. That’s why you imagine living there before you buy a new property. But once you’ve got the keys the real work starts — so here are five hacks that turn your new...

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A Guide to Party Wall Procedures

Contrary to what many people believe, the scope of The Party Wall etc. Act 1996 goes much wider than work directly to shared walls – there are in fact 3 distinct types of work that are covered. Section 1 deals with new walls built on or at the line of junction between two properties. The Adjoining Owner’s consent will be required to build astride the boundary but even if the new wall is...

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Upgrades That Add Style and Value to Any Home

Whether you intend to put your property on the market, you are looking to let it out or you just want to enhance the value of your home, you will find plenty of advice relating to upgrades you can consider. However, while some can make a genuine difference, both to your living space and its value, others can simply burn a hole in your pocket to no real effect. Let’s explore some value adding...

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The Wonders of MDF

It is fair to say that MDF has revolutionised many areas of carpentry and DIY, and at the same time it has polarised opinions. Advocates say that it is the best thing ever, with all the advantages of wood and none of the disadvantages, as it is easy to work with and far cheaper than natural alternatives. Others say that cheap means poor quality and that it will soak up water. One thing is for sure, it...

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Homeowners In Manitoba Might Want To Give Variable Rate Options A Look

There are times when taking on a variable loan can benefit a borrower, and then there are other times when it is a much riskier proposition. The only way to know for sure which is the best option for your mortgage financing needs is to have a crystal ball that can gaze into the future, but that’s not really an option. If you are a homeowner in Manitoba and you are thinking about taking out a new...

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Creative Ideas for Your Cool Kids Bedroom

When we have children, one of the things we often look forward to the most is decorating the nursery. Something about getting the baby’s room ready for them makes it all seem real in a way few other things do. Yet, your child doesn’t want a nursery for long. Before you know it, they are developing their own personality and style and want a different bedroom. Then, a few years later,...

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Six Reasons to Hire a Property Manager

If you have started to venture into the home rental business, you've probably already asked yourself if you should hire a property manager. You probably also know the financial rewards that come with managing a rental. Yet, rentals take a lot of time and effort. You can do it yourself, but this often isn't practical--especially if you are interested in expanding. This is where the right property...

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How to Make Your Home Appealing to Tenants

Landlords, how long do your tenancies tend to last? Rentals are, by their nature, fleeting compared with the lifespan of a homeowner and it was reported in 2016 that the average tenure is 18 months. The unsettled nature of renters can be attributed to many factors and isn’t always anything to do with the property; but there are steps you can take to ensure that you aren’t waiting long (if at...

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