By: Victoria Sullivan

The Basics of Do-it-Yourself Video-based Home Security

Tags: Home security, DIY security system, Protect your home

According to law enforcement experts, a video-based home security system is significantly more effective than a simple alarm system. The reason is obvious. Burglars don’t want their crimes captured on video, which can then be used as evidence in court.   So it’s no wonder that many homeowners have, or are considering, video-based security.    These days, most video-based...Read More

By: Victoria Sullivan

Creating a Practical Home Office

Tags: Home office, Office remodel, Practical home office

Is your home office the dining room table? Is it anywhere you can sit down undisturbed with your laptop? If so, you might be interested in converting a room or nook into a dedicated home office. Depending on what you do for a living, there could be a tax advantage to creating this space too.   The first step is to pick a spot. Ideally, you want an area where you can work without too many dist...Read More

By: Victoria Sullivan

5 Ways to Make the Selling Process Stress-Free

Tags: Stress free sale

For some homeowners, the process of listing, showing and selling their home can be stressful. Fortunately, there is plenty you can do to make it much less nerve-racking—and even exciting and enjoyable. Here are some ideas:   1. Make a plan. Decide when you’re going to show your property, search for a new home, view listings, etc. Block out these times in an agenda book or calendar...Read More

By: Victoria Sullivan

What You Need to Know about Interest Free Deals

Tags: Deals, Interest free

Next to your home and car, home furnishings represent the most expensive product purchases homeowners make. A mid-quality livingroom set, with sofa and two side chairs, can cost thousands of dollars. That’s why most furniture retailers offer “interest free” and “pay much later” deals to soften the blow.   These are basically financing options.    Say, f...Read More

By: Victoria Sullivan

Open House Questions Some Buyers Forget to Ask

Tags: Open House, Question to ask at the open house, Local open houses,

An Open House is an event. And, like many events, it’s easy to get caught up in all the excitement and energy. In fact, when you visit an Open House, you might even end up rubbing elbows with other buyers who are there at the same time. It can feel like a party!   In an environment like that, it’s not unusual to forget to ask important questions about the property. Here are some o...Read More

By: Victoria Sullivan

How a Professional Chef Would Remodel Your Kitchen

Tags: Kitchen remodel, Kitchen Reno, Prefessional Chef,

Watch any TV cooking show, and you’ll notice that a chef’s kitchen looks quite a bit different than what you’d find in most homes. But, that doesn’t mean you can’t have one just like it in your home! With a little remodeling, and splurging on some new items, you too can have a kitchen worthy of Gordon Ramsey, Jamie Oliver, or Rachel Ray.  Chefs love counter spa...Read More

By: Victoria Sullivan

Subtle Signs it May Be Time to Sell

Tags: Time to sell

Sometimes the reason for putting your home on the market is crystal clear. For example, you might have a job relocation and need to move. Or, you might have decided to downsize because the kids have left the nest.   However, there are many other motivations to list your home that are not as obvious, and yet are still good reasons to make a move. Here are just a few examples...  &bul...Read More

By: Victoria Sullivan

Should You Rent Out Part of Your Home?

Tags: Rental income, Rent out part of your home, Help with mortgage payments

Have you ever considered renting out a room to a student or renovating your basement into a self-contained rental apartment?   It’s a big decision. There are many pros and cons to consider.  On the pro side, renting can provide you with additional income. An extra few hundred dollars a month can go a long way towards paying down your mortgage or splurging on an exotic summer...Read More

By: Victoria Sullivan

Using Neighbourhood Data to Help Sell Your Home

Tags: Sell your home, Heighbourhood sales, Help sell home

Your neighbourhood has a lot of features that can help sell your home faster. Unfortunately, buyers don’t usually notice those features just by driving around. So, you need to make sure they get all the information they need about your neighbourhood.  For example, say homes don’t go on the market often in your area. That’s an indication that the quality of life in the neighb...Read More

By: Victoria Sullivan

Exiting through a Window in an Emergency

Tags: Escape, Emergency, Window escape

Hopefully, this will never happen to you. But, there are circumstances – a fire, for example – when you and your family would need to exit through a window.    It pays to be prepared for that eventuality.   Your first step is to determine which windows are safe to use as an exit. There should be at least one on each level.    The windows you select will need to...Read More