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4 tips for the best bathroom renovation

4 tips for the best bathroom renovation

 

If you’re planning a bathroom renovation, or you will be creating a new one as part of a home building project, take note. When it comes to bathrooms, there are many chances to mess up in ways that aren’t obvious until it’s too late.

 

Abundant moisture, lots of traffic and small floor areas mean a new bathroom renovation often ages poorly if you don’t have the correct hidden features in place. And by hidden features I mostly mean systems that waterproof things from behind the scenes.

 

Whatever you do, remember the four details you’ll find here....

Wood-free deck materials make for easier living

 

 

Wood-free deck materials make for easier living

 

Would you like your new deck, gazebo or other outdoor structure to last longer and require far less maintenance? Wood-free alternatives are becoming more common and better, offering easier living, less maintenance and longer working life.

 

Steel deck frames

 

The biggest part of any deck is the support frame, and posts, beams and joists are still most often made of wood. Wood combines great strength, resistance to sagging and reasonable price, but it’s prone to rot. Steel deck frames are the newest structural alternative to wood and...

Maintenance Calendar - May

 

Maintenance Calendar - May

Home maintenance is easy to forget or put off. But following a preventive home maintenance schedule extends the life of your home, helps avoid costly repairs later and can mean a better price when you eventually sell. In many cases, we even explain how to do a task. Our calendar below helps you stay on track.

 

Caulking

Inspect caulking around windows and doors, replacing if necessary. 

 

Ceiling fans

Switching fan direction is a twice-yearly task. 

 

Coffee maker

You need to clean it regularly. 

 

Dryer check

Clean lint from your dryer to prevent build-up and...

Equifax vs Credit Karma: What’s the difference – and is one more accurate?

 

Equifax vs Credit Karma: What’s the difference?

 

Credit Karma and Equifax play different roles when it comes to your credit.

 

Equifax is one of the two main Canadian credit bureaus, along with TransUnion. These companies compile information about your credit into reports that are used to generate your credit score.

 

Credit Karma isn’t a credit bureau, which means we don’t determine your credit score.

 

Instead, we work with TransUnion to provide you with your free credit report and free credit score. We also show recommendations for credit cards and personal loans, and help connect...

Indoor clothes drying: High-quality racks make it easy to be green

You can tell a lot about a society by the quality of indoor clothes drying racks it offers for sale. When you’ve got a population seriously committed to household conservation and energy efficiency, you’ll find excellent drying racks in stores everywhere. But when you’ve got a society that’s largely ignorant of the hidden costs of running every wet article of clothing through a power-gobbling dryer, you’ll find stores littered with $49.98 drying racks that bend, break, and collapse.

 

Sadly, over the last four or five decades, Canada has become a cheap drying rack kind of place, though I...

Variable or short-term fixed mortgage? Where experts see the ‘sweet spot’

 

The Canadian mortgage space is already seeing some rates on offer decline heading into the spring market, despite no clear indication yet from the Bank of Canada that interest rate cuts are imminent.

 

Experts who spoke to Global News say despite variable-rate mortgages remaining the more expensive option today, it’s a “good environment” to consider the product for homebuyers and refinancers who are comfortable with a bit more risk.

 

James Laird, co-CEO of Ratehub.ca, says it’s a better market to get a mortgage today than last fall when rates peaked.

 

Fixed mortgages on offer have...

Homes worth under $500,000 account for only 19 per cent of all properties in Ottawa: MPAC

Homes valued between $500,000 and $750,000 now account for the largest proportion of the real estate market in Ottawa, as home prices continue to rise across Ontario.

 

Newly released data from the Municipal Property Assessment Corporation shows homes valued between $500,000 and $750,000 account for 43.2 per cent of Ottawa's properties, while only 19 per cent of homes are valued under $500,000.

 

The Municipal Property Assessment Corporation looked at the values of residential properties in Ottawa and across Ontario in 2013 and 2023.

 

The number of properties valued under $500,000 in...

Ottawa real estate market gained momentum in January, real estate board says

 

The Ottawa Real Estate Board (OREB) says the capital's real estate market thawed in January, but the market is still relatively quiet.

 

Newly released statistics show 629 homes were sold in January, which is in increase of 16.5 per cent from January 2023. OREB notes that home sales were 10.7 per cent below the five-year average and 3.9 per cent below the 10-year average for the month of January.

 

“Ottawa’s market activity is seeing positive gains over last year but it’s still a relatively quiet market even by pre-pandemic standards," Curtis Fillier, OREB president,...

No change on interest rate as Bank of Canada sticks to 5%

The Bank of Canada has announced its key overnight interest rate will remain at five per cent, keeping its benchmark the same for the fourth time in a row.

 

Today's announcement was predicted by many economists. The central bank last raised interest rates in July 2023. At a press conference on Wednesday morning, the central bank's governor, Tiff Macklem, said discussions at the Bank of Canada are now shifting from how high to how long.

 

Instead of looking primarily at whether the bank's policy-setting interest rate is high enough, the bank is now considering how long...

Navigate Repairs & Damage in Canadian Rentals – Landlord vs Tenant Duties

When faced with property damage in your rental unit, the situation can quickly become overwhelming. Whether due to a natural disaster, an accident, or a negligent act, sorting out who’s responsible for repairs in Canadian rentals is a crucial first step.

The Residential Tenancies Act (RTA) provides a framework for these situations, detailing the obligations of landlords and tenants. Understanding your legal responsibilities can help you effectively manage repairs and mitigate any disputes that may arise.

 

Understanding Property Damage and Repairs in Rental Units

Under...

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