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Wood-burning fireplaces

Posted on Sunday January 22, 2012
If you are buying a wood-burning fireplace along with your new home, you have to speak the language to keep the home fires burning and to keep saving money with this cheaper form of home heat. Read more »

Enjoying cottage life – fraction by fraction

Posted on Sunday January 22, 2012
Fractional or interval ownership of a cottage may be good for the financially stretched buyer who wants to chill out in a laid-back lifestyle for a few weeks at a time. Read more »

Reuse, recycle and compost – sustainability is spreading

Posted on Sunday January 22, 2012
Recycling, reusing and composting of waste is good for the environment and may change a lot about the household as the trend becomes a lifestyle for the majority. Read more »

Get an energy audit

Posted on Sunday January 22, 2012
You may substantially reduce the energy used to run your newly-purchased or existing home by investing in a licensed energy advisor. Read more »

Use timers to cut energy use

Posted on Sunday January 22, 2012
Put your electrical appliances on timers and watch the dollars drop off your next bill. It is a simple fix to high energy bills but a very effective one. Read more »

Should you replace your fridge?

Posted on Sunday January 22, 2012
Is it time to replace your old refrigerator? Read more »

Should you replace your washer – dryer?

Posted on Sunday January 22, 2012
Have your washer and dryer seen better days? Read more »

Should you replace your dishwasher?

Posted on Sunday January 22, 2012
Buying a new dishwasher could be a very sensible idea – saving cents on your energy bill while being more sensitive about the environment. Read more »

Go natural to reduce garden work

Posted on Sunday January 22, 2012
The home gardener who wants to use less water, fewer or no pesticides and fertilizer and be kinder to the environment should think about going natural. Read more »

Fire extinguisher primer

Posted on Sunday January 22, 2012
Every home needs at least one fire extinguisher and, ideally, one each for the kitchen, the basement and the garage. Read more »

Shopping room by room

Posted on Wednesday January 18, 2012
Consumerism is changing dramatically and dragging furniture stores into the new century. Read more »

Bring your home to life

Posted on Wednesday January 18, 2012
Some homes may have good bones but no personality, just like some people. Fortunately, it is often easier to bring life and a sense of joy to a home than to a person. Read more »

Picking paint that isn’t beige

Posted on Wednesday January 18, 2012
Two big mistakes made by homeowners and, certainly, by would-be home sellers have to do with interior paintjobs. One mistake is to make the home so neutral, it has no personality and is remembered by visitors and buyers only as ‘beige.’ Read more »

Bargain basement Shangri-la

Posted on Wednesday January 18, 2012
Don’t give up on being able to afford living extremely well; keep a close eye on home prices all over the country and abroad to find bargain-basement castles and penthouses. Read more »

Attend home shows to keep on top of the market

Posted on Wednesday January 18, 2012
There is nothing like a home show to give homebuyers and sellers ideas of what to look like in a home on offer or what to make a home look like to get a fast sale at a good price. Read more »

First, consider a quick fix for leaks

Posted on Wednesday January 18, 2012
The homeowner who finds a leak in the basement wall or from the roof shouldn’t sign for the most expensive renovation solution before the option of a spot repair is investigated thoroughly. Read more »

Merging mortgage and line of credit accounts – for the few

Posted on Wednesday January 18, 2012
Merging mortgage and line of credit accounts – for the few Read more »

Variable or fixed mortgage?

Posted on Wednesday January 18, 2012
Here is a brief primer on variable rate mortgages: Read more »

Is your shore thing a floating home?

Posted on Wednesday January 18, 2012
Some people take their sense of adventure in housing to the hilt and buy a floating home. Here are some of the things to think about before diving into this truly exotic lifestyle and abode. Read more »

Should I use metal roofing?

Posted on Wednesday January 18, 2012
Metal roofing is a green option because it can last extremely long – many decades – and it is easily recycled. Read more »