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Real estate

Are you selling a house? Here are the top 10 things homebuyers look for

...A market study by AVID Ratings Canada for the Canadian Home Builders' Association (CHBA) surveyed 12,000 homebuyers across Canada to see what Canadians are looking for when they go house shopping. We were pleased but not at all surprised by the results - here they are: The top 10 assets that homebuyers value: 1. Wa...

Drumi the foot pedalled washing machine that makes laundry off-grid oh

This foot pedalled washing machine doesn't need electricity and uses very little water.

...also uses as little as 10 litres of water per load. Think about the implications of that for a minute in a world facing catastrophic water shortages. It's true that the Drumi is rather small, as being compact and maneuverable is one of it's selling points. But if it takes as little as six minutes to wash and rinse a ...

Real estate

Downsizing your home: buying tips for seniors

...astes, or has its appearance changed little over the decades? A little effort makes a big difference in how long your home sits on the market. Homes with lapsed maintenance and outdated features sell more slowly and for less than modern, updated homes. A quick sale is important when you're buying and selling at the s...

Choosing a building lot

Things to look for when purchasing land for building a house hand: larger-sized rocks that are unearthed during excavation may be useful, and even valuable. They can be used for natural landscaping and retaining walls; not only can this be a nice aesthetic look, but it can save you having to purchase materials for that purpose. Assessing trees: You may have to fell a few tr...

Lifestyle, location and commuting

Home-buying tips for seniors looking to downsize

...ay to keep a few sentimental items, but don’t be afraid to give your son his collection of baseball cards or to give your handmade quilts to family members and keep your favorite one. It’s also a smart idea to have a yard sale after you declutter. People will purchase just about anything, and they love a good bargain...

A Vancouver laneway house
Flexible house design

Flexible house design

...aution; do not actually hook up water and electrical lines, simply have them ready. The same thing applies to water; run lines towards a main water feed ready for future installation and allow enough slack for them to be easily connected. Pre-framing rooms for future changes can also save materials, money and headach...

A Tiny House for sale locally set me thinking, should I buy a Tiny Home?
Tiny house


...ate and depreciate over time - whereas regular real estate tends to appreciate . As anybody who has ever owned an RV or a boat in a damper climate knows, water leaks, high humidity from cramming too many people in a small space, and the damage and mold that can cause can be simply horrid, as well as adversely affecting...

Why Building Affordable Eco Homes is Important
Efficient home design

Why building an affordable family home today means choosing to build a Green Home climate-change naysayer. Building for a changing climate is a smart idea The IECC* climate zone map of the US and Canada that was developed in the early 2000s used existing data to develop and update minimum building codes and create guidelines for more sustainable and resilient house construction. As valuable a...

Renovate, Remodel or Rebuild? How to choose which is Best for Homes
Wall assemblies - renovation

Should I be renovating my home or tearing it down & rebuilding? component of a wall system is having an intact air & vapor barrier . Without one, you sacrifice durability, energy performance and comfort. Air leakage makes homes drafty and very costly to heat, and escaping moisture will wreak havoc inside walls. Stripping exterior walls to the sheathing is a great starting place ...

Greenhouse Construction for Cold Climates
Greenhouses and Sunrooms / Solariums

How to build a greenhouse in a cold climate

...achand and his mother Sylvie Bernatchez, a family-run business that specializes in organic farming and the distribution of saffron and paprika. Greenhouse construction: In order to expand the family business, Teasdale and Bachand bought an old metal greenhouse structure from a retired farmer in the area. The greenh...

Canada Greener Homes Grant 2021 - How to apply fiberglass attic insulation
Grants and incentives

Canada Greener Homes Grant 2021 - the "how to apply" guide - step by step

...anada) It is highly recommended that you also have an attestation form (if applicable for your retrofit) confirming that: Installation of an electrical or mechanical system has been completed by a trained and licensed professional Geothermal system was installed in accordance with CSA standards The heat pump ha...