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How to Sell a Home with PetsPets hold a special place in the heart of their owners and also a special spot within their home. However, when it comes time to sell the home, a family with pets may have to make adjustments in order to stage their house for the market. Some home buyers may see pets as a detraction from the property, and this could have an impact on the sale price.

Even if homeowners have sold many homes in the past, or this is the first time a home seller has sold their own home, there are some tips and ideas for selling a home with pets.

Cats or Dogs: Staging the Home

Dogs and cats are some of the most common house pets, which means that many home buyers have come to expect the presence of these types of animals in the home. Prior to listing the home,

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How to Eliminate mould from Your HomeMould is caused by excess moisture in the atmosphere colliding with the air around it. Not only is it potentially destructive for the home, it can also be harmful to the people who live in it. There are a variety of kinds of mould, which makes remediation different for each species. Unlike mildew, it can't easily be vanquished with standard surface cleaners. Learn more about the steps a homeowner can take if they're looking to eliminate the infestation and protect their Glenora home from a future occurrence.

Isolate the mould

Mould pollutes the air and can make people ill if they're exposed to it for too long. Even if everyone in the home feels fine, they should be kept away from the infestation to protect their lungs. If the mould is causing

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Think About Layers of Lighting to Create Attractive Room SchemesEvery home needs general illumination for indoor rooms as well as outdoor rooms. General lighting, specific task lighting, and planning for all contingencies when building or remodeling can be difficult. There are basic principles, however, for private and public spaces that will help guide those decisions.

5 Points to Consider:

  • Is the room primarily for daytime activities or evening enjoyment?
  • Is it an active space or one designed for rest, relaxation and privacy?
  • Is the room designed for adults or children?
  • Does the space support multiple uses, or is it meant for specific function?
  • What is the room's orientation? Is there a lot of natural light?

The best lighting solutions for all rooms should include a layered

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3 Hidden Home Dangers and How to Eradicate ThemHidden problems can present a number of risk factors to families, and they can quietly lurk in the most unexpected places around the home. Here are 3 common home dangers to be on the lookout for and ways to solve any issues encountered during such inspections.

Musty Mould and Mildew

Moisture-prone spaces with poor ventilation like bathrooms and basements create ideal havens for issues like mildew and mould. While mildew is unsightly and smelly, it's not nearly as dangerous to one's health as the presence of mould can be. Mould is known to cause chronic respiratory diseases, lung infections, eye irritation, sinus congestion and exacerbate allergies in humans and animals.

If mould is detected, eradication and removal is necessary

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How to Pick a Home Security SystemThe technology of the day has made it possible for homeowners to enjoy an array of choices when it comes to their home security systems. New start-up companies are moving away from the standard contract models of home security to offer people more flexibility to choose what works for them. Whether homeowners just a want a few deterrents or the equivalent of an impenetrable fortress, there's more than one way to catch a thief.

Getting Started

The smartest thing a homeowner can do before choosing their security system is to look at their home the way a criminal would. An unlatched gate, an unlocked window, or a shadowy half of the home can provide all the opportunity a thief needs to muscle their way in. Residents who leave the home at the same

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Know Your Credit Score Before Applying for a Home LoanIt may finally be time to look into purchasing a home. Canadian residents become homeowners in order to avoid paying increasing rent and to be able to make upgrades on a property to suit their lifestyle. Those with active children or pets often appreciate the privacy afforded them by having a fenced in backyard. These are only a few of the advantages of homeownership.

There are some considerations required before buying a home. Potential buyers who need a home loan mortgage may need to review a number of factors prior to going to a lender. Pre-approval on a home loan can help an applicant looking to snap up a home in competitive markets such as Vancouver, Toronto. What should first-time home buyers know about credit score and credit history and

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8 Closing Costs Home Buyers Need to KnowIn addition to the purchase price of the home, inspection costs, mortgage fees, etc. there are costs associated with the final stages of the home purchase. Paying closing costs is one of the last steps home buyers have to take in order to complete the purchase of a home. With this information, buyers will know eight common closing costs they should expect during and at the end of the home buying process.

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

Home Inspection

Determining the condition of the home property is of chief importance to home buyers. No one wants to buy a home and later discover that there are many problems with the structure or

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Think Outside the Box to Plan an Outdoor Room that's Always a DelightIt's relatively easy to expand the seasonality of outdoor living spaces and create a backyard focal point at the same time. Think of the appeal of a gazebo in a park-like setting, or a glowing fire to warm toes and spirits during the cooler months. Of course it's possible to create an outdoor living room simply by adding a furniture grouping to the patio just outside the back door, but why not create a bold destination room that seems like a mini-vacation every time you visit?

There are numerous ways to expand outdoor living options by creating room vignettes. Most require more imagination than money, and they pay big dividends in terms of style, comfort and value.

Build a Room with a Fireplace

Pave an area in the center of the yard or in

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Selling a Home With Unpermitted Work

Unpermitted work is often a headache for new homeowners when it is uncovered. Arising when home improvements are done without seeking proper permitting and documentation, unpermitted work may lie behind the walls of a home, making it hard for a home inspector to see indicators of this issue. A new homeowner who uncovers such a problem may then be responsible for such work if it continues to go unaddressed while they reside in a home and when they may decide to list a home for sale. Unpermitted work is a problem. What should homeowners who find unpermitted work do about it?

There are times when unpermitted work may need to be removed. However, it may be possible to get a permit after such work is performed or even have certain responsible parties

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Getting Better Offers During a Buyer's MarketWhen sellers have no other choice but to list their home during a buyer's market, the process can start to feel daunting before it even gets started. After all, it's difficult enough to complete a home sale even in the best of circumstances. But sellers may have more control than they think, during even the most extreme buyer's markets. For a better idea of how to work within the limits of a buyer's market, try one or all of the following suggestions.

Setting the Stage for a Home Purchase

Having a good attitude is key to getting a good price, and this may mean sellers will have to mentally prepare for a lack of interest in their home. Doing so will not only make the process easier, it can also prevent the seller from agreeing to the first

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