Recent Articles

Ethanol fireplaces

Posted on Sunday November 27, 2011
There is a great variety of fireplaces and other zone heaters on the market; one of the newest and least known is the ethanol-burning fireplace. Read more »

How to build sustainability into your kitchen

Posted on Saturday November 26, 2011
Some homeowners are building sustainability or eco-friendliness into their new cooking and eating areas with features like these. Read more »

Easy, affordable fixes for the powder room

Posted on Saturday November 26, 2011
It is fairly easy to upgrade even a dingy, outdated and chilly half-bathroom or 'powder room.' Read more »

Know how your home is covered

Posted on Friday November 25, 2011
Understand your home insurance coverage. Here are some questions to answer and precautions to consider: Read more »

Should I allow an Open House?

Posted on Friday November 25, 2011
The concept of an ‘Open House’ is misunderstood by most home buyers and sellers. Read more »

Downsizing; look to convertible furniture

Posted on Friday November 25, 2011
Furniture is becoming so multi-purpose, it can spell the difference between the home buyer needing a home with two bedrooms rather than three or a home without both a family room and living room. Read more »

Moving in: make sure the home is shockproof

Posted on Friday November 25, 2011
If you are moving into an older home, pay special attention to the electrical system in the home to ensure it is safe for your family. In some cases, older homes contain hazardous electrical components that should be updated as soon as possible. Read more »

Fixed or variable mortgage?

Posted on Friday November 25, 2011
Should you choose a fixed or variable rate mortgage? It’s a common question posed by most homebuyers. Here is a brief primer on fixed rate mortgages: Read more »

Eco-condos coming

Posted on Friday November 25, 2011
The condo of the near-future will enable the owner to control the suite’s heating, cooling, lighting, blinds, music selection and other functions from a central control, thanks to Cisco Systems. Read more »

Patient preparation the key to good painting

Posted on Friday November 25, 2011
Painting is a job that most people can do on the weekend if they have patience. Read more »

Should I use asphalt shingles?

Posted on Friday November 25, 2011
Asphalt shingles are popular because they are easy to install and relatively affordable - certainly very inexpensive compared with other types of roofing. Read more »

Should I use wood shingles and shakes?

Posted on Friday November 25, 2011
Wood shingles and shakes are attractive and traditional but they are expensive compared with most other roofing. Read more »

How green is my home?

Posted on Friday November 25, 2011
Over the next five years, according to surveys, the market for ‘green homes’ is expected to double in North America with one in five homebuyers and builders demanding sustainable materials and building methods. Read more »

Beware of drying paint

Posted on Friday November 25, 2011
As traditional paint dries, it emits potentially harmful vapors. This can last over several days before the paint sets and becomes entirely safe Read more »

Eco-friendly rooms for living sustainably

Posted on Friday November 25, 2011
Moving into a new home gives the homeowner unique chances to create eco-friendly zones for the family; one of the best places for sustainable living is the living or family room. Read more »

What if you complain and no one (on the condo board) listens?

Posted on Thursday November 24, 2011
What can you do as a condo owner if you have a justifiable complaint about conditions at your project but the board of directors doesn’t address it? Read more »

Time to assess your appliances

Posted on Thursday November 24, 2011
may also be a good time to consider the purchase of new appliances. Read more »

Is your cleaning product safe?

Posted on Thursday November 24, 2011
Your choice of cleaning products may be making the cleanliness of the home worse, not better. Read more »

Privacy may trump condo owner’s curiosity

Posted on Wednesday November 23, 2011
So, the manager of your condo project has been dumped by the board and you want to know why. Does the board have the obligation or even the right to tell you the reasons? Nope. Read more »

Condo kitchens updated

Posted on Tuesday November 22, 2011
Do not think the builders ran out of one style and switched to another in mid-stream; two color cabinets are the ‘in’ thing and much prized. Read more »