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Top 10 best excuses of house plan copyright infringement!

The majority of the people I know are very much aware that Drummond House Plans makes a point of protecting its copyrights. We have spoken extensively on the subject over the years and have acted…

Hire the Right Contractor

This article will explore 5 steps to help you hire the right contractor for your project and give you useful advice on how to find the professional that is best for you   The most important…

Most Overlooked Home Repairs

A guest post from Darryl Crosby, edited by Deb Villeneuve Darryl has generously shared his advice on the most overlooked home repairs and maintenance tips that can save you thousands of dollars in…

Helpful checklist for buying a property

A guest post by Grace Bailey edited by Deb Villeneuve  Buying a Property - A Legal Checklist     Buying a property is one of the biggest decisions you will make in your lifetime; it will…

10 Contractor Scam Warning Signs

Our thoughts and empathy goes out to those affected by the recent eastern seaboard hurricane. In the wake of Super Storm Sandy, many homeowners are left wondering what to do. In addition to the…

Are You Ready For Disasters? Prepare Yourself!

You can’t turn on any form of media lately without hearing about natural disasters. Whether it is the 7.7 quake on Haida Gwaii or Hurricane Sandy, we are humbled that there is precious little that…

Bad weather can help you assess your home

  Whether it's after a rough winter or following other severe weather - bad weather can help you assess your home so look on the bright side because it gives you the chance to take advantage of…

BCIN bulletin

If you are not an Ontario, Canada resident, the B.C.I.N. or Building Code Identification Number will have no impact on your plan order but it means extra charges for all plans shipped to an Ontario…

Choosing a Builder – Know What Questions to Ask

When you buy a new home you want to get full value for your investment. This means choosing an established and reputable builder—someone you can trust, someone who has the technical skills, a…

Increase Your Home’s Value With Hardwood Floors

A survey by the National Wood Flooring Association asked real estate agents about the impact of hardwood floors on homebuyers. Of the realtors interviewed, 82 percent said that homes with hardwood…

Contractor Red Flags: How to Spot (and Avoid) Trouble

Image Source: HGTV Hiring a contractor is one of the most difficult and nerve-wracking things a homeowner ever has to do. Seeking out the right person to do a great job for a fair price can feel…

Selling a Home in the Autumn

Autumn is one of the best times of the year to get your house on the real estate market. There is more time for buyers to browse. Children are busy back in school, and there’s still enough sunlight…

Energy Efficiency Series: Great News! Renewed ecoENERGY Retrofit-Homes Program Announced Today!

The Canadian Newswires are abuzz today with the announcement of the renewal of the ecoENERGY Retrofit-Homes program. The CHBA press-released the following: The Canadian Home Builders' Association…

Friday Funny – What Descriptive Terms in Real Estate Listings Really Mean…

Creative embellishment is sometimes required when listing properties. Here are some real estate descriptive terms and what they really mean... "SOPHISTICATED CITY LIVING" - Next to a noisy bar. "OLD…

What House Upgrades Will Increase its Value

Two types of renovations exist: the kind you do purely for your own family's comfort and satisfaction, and the kind you do because you want to increase the value of your property. Your home is a…

Energy Efficiency Series: Going Green Inside and Out

Two Builders Discuss the Future of Eco-Friendly Construction We have, in part, the energy crisis of the 1970s to thank for many of the green building practices currently in our collective toolboxes.…

The Perfect Storm: Investing in U.S. Real Estate

They call it the perfect storm. It’s that catchy term used for just about anything these days as long as it defines the union of separate factors or events into a powerful outcome, action or…

Canadian tax implications of cross-border real estate shopping

It's hard to resist the temptation of an excellent bargain. With that being said, their are implications beyond the pricetag. A recent article in the Globe and Mail scratches the surface of what…

Home Maintenance – What’s wrong with that tree?

Structural defects occur in trees for a number of reasons, and even though a tree may be structurally compromised, it could live on for years. One example is a tree with a hollowed-out trunk. Since…

Getting your home ready to list

In a buyer’s market, the onus is on sellers to do everything possible to woo potential buyers and get a leg-up on the competition. Here we provide 10 stylish tips for increasing your curb appeal and…