December 2018

Step Up Your Staircase: From Runners to Railings

Posted on Dec 30, 2018 in Home Advice

From traditional wood to Contemporary glass, a well-designed staircase isn't just functional; it can help elevate your home's look and feel. Put some style in your steps with these staircase renovation tips.

Moving a staircase

Building codes


Handrails and balustrades




Stair runners

Easy DIY upgrades

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What you probably don’t know about renewing your mortgage

Posted on Dec 20, 2018 in Home Advice

Around half of Canada’s mortgages are up for renewal this year. If yours is one of them, you’d be justified for feeling blue.
You might actually be able to renew at a lower rate
You will probably pass the stress test
Variable rates are looking good
You can lock in a fixed rate four months in advance

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5 Home Staging Ideas That Work Wonders During Winter

Posted on Dec 14, 2018 in Home Advice

Despite what you've heard, winter can actually work to a home seller's advantage. With fewer homes on the market, it's easier to stand out with some home staging—i.e., a few little tweaks to presentation that make your place shine like that crown jewel you know it can be.
Don't skimp on curb appeal
Turn up the heat
Fire up the fireplace
Add seasonal sc...

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5 reasons to house-hunt this winter

Posted on Dec 12, 2018 in Home Advice

Move over, summer real estate market: An increasing number of Canadians, including first-time homebuyers, are turning to winter house hunting. Here are five reasons why the off-season may be the most magical time of the year…to buy your first home!
1. There’s less competition
2. Sellers are motivated
3. You’ll get VIP treatment from your REALTOR®
4. Al...

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12 Delightful Ways to Make Your House Brighter in Winter

Posted on Dec 10, 2018 in Home Design Ideas

Here’s how to make your house lighter, brighter, and cheerier with more natural light indoors.
#1 Take the Screens Off Your Windows
#2 Hang Outdoor String Lights Indoors
#3 Steal a Little Swedish Chic
#4 Change Your Bulbs
#5 Hang Mirrors
#6 Replace Heavy Curtains With Blinds or Roman Shades
#7 Trim Branches and Bushes That Block Light
#8 Clean Your Windows...

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