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10 Of The Best Flowers To Plant When Moving Into Your New Home
Posted on Wed, 31 May 2017, 12:00:00 PM  in Home buying tips,  Home selling tips
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10 Of The Best Flowers To Plant When Moving Into Your New Home

Planting flowers in Canada can be one of the best ways to break in and personalize your new home. Once you have signed on the dotted line with your sales representative, then you can start planning all of the beautiful flowers that you would like to accentuate your yard with upon moving in.

Do not feel limited by the 10 flowers on this list. There are literally hundreds of flowers that grow in Canada both in the wild and those that can be planted from seed packets or small plants in yards. If you are lucky, you will get a wonderful mix of both.

 

Roses

If you love flowers, then you are likely thrilled that roses bloom very well in most places of Canada. Roses are actually one of the toughest flowers that you can plant in your yard, and they have one of the best scent payoffs for the price it costs to plant them. Roses are a perennial plant that will bloom every year if properly taken care of.

 

Dahlias

10 Of The Best Flowers To Plant When Moving Into Your New HomeDahlias are a beautiful flower that are sure to wow and inspire. These beauties should be dug up in winter and stored indoors to avoid freezing in the cold Canadian winter climate. They can be grown and planted outside again when it warms up in late April and throughout May. If cared for, these flowers will bloom for many years.

 

Foxgloves

Foxgloves are a uniquely designed flower that is sure to draw attention from anyone that sees them. These flowers can be planted in spring as seedlings and will bloom throughout the summer and into fall. They will appear in spring the following year after planted and will hit peak bloom that following summer.

 

Day Lilies

If you are a beginner and want to start planting flowers in Canada than you should plant day lilies. These are very beginner friendly and will grow in a variety of soil conditions. They are easily kept and can withstand missing a day of watering every now and then. The bonus of planting day lilies is that they come in a wide variety of beautiful colors.

 

Poppies

Many flowers grow well in the warmest months in Canada. Poppies are another very hardy flower that grow in early Spring. These flowers can also be grown by simply spreading them anywhere that you like to fill in any awkward gaps. You are sure to love this bold pop of color in the early Spring.

 

Purple Coneflowers

Purple coneflowers have incredibly bright color and are simply stunning to look at. These flowers also help to attract bees and butterflies so they make excellent additions to every garden while simultaneously supporting these dwindling insect populations.

 

Blue Flag Iris

The blue flag iris is actually the official flower of Quebec, and for great reason. These flowers are actually naturally growing wildflowers in Canada that tend to prefer the wetter conditions of wetlands, swamps, and watery meadows in lower Canada. If watered enough, these are also excellent additions to personal gardens.

 

Canadian Columbine

The Canadian columbine flower is another flower that is native to Canada. It was so beautiful that it was was actually one of the first flowers sent back to Europe after European settlers first arrived in Canada. It is one flower that tends to keep away deer if you have a problem with deer eating your gardens. In addition, it will attract Canada’s most unique and beautiful butterflies and hummingbirds.


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How To Fix Up Your New Fixer Upper
Posted on Sun, 30 Apr 2017, 01:20:00 PM  in Home buying tips
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It takes a very ambitious person to take a home in disrepair and make it fresh, clean, and new again. If this is exactly what you are, then keep on reading for a few tips and tricks to making your journey just a little bit easier.

 How To Fix Up Your New Fixer Upper

Look At The Foundation First

When you are looking into buying a home to fix up, look at the foundation first. Make sure to ask your sales representative what they know about the house and the condition of this very important structure. A crumbling or cracked foundation may mean that the house cannot actually be saved or used in the way that you would like it to be. Foundations that are in good or great condition can be stabilized and reinforced much more often than those that are in very poor shape.

 

Always Do The Research On Roofing Materials

The majority of houses that are sold and purchased as fixer uppers will need to have the roof replaced or redone. Canadian winters can truly take a toll on the roofs of houses, both fixer uppers and those sold as “ready to live in”. If you are brand new to buying and fixing up houses, then you will quickly realize that the number of choices you have to choose from will be overwhelming. Do your research on the area you live in, the different roofing materials pros and cons, and what you can actually afford to spend on the materials necessary to redo the roof.

 

Keep Your End Goal In Mind

If you are fixing up the house to live in, then you have very little to worry about. You will be fixing the house exactly how you would want it. If you are fixing up the house to sell, then consider what the market is looking for. Does your neighborhood need a house with antique charm, an enclosed porch, and a row of fruit trees? Do the majority of houses on the market have brand new wooden floors and multiple bathrooms? If you know what the market is looking for, then deliver on those desires to the extent of your ability.

 

Consider Completely Replacing The Floors

Most carpets, laminates, and wooden floors in fixer uppers are in total and complete disrepair. These floors are crumbling, moldy, broken, and incredibly dangerous. If these floors have asbestos in them or other dangerous spores and fibers, then they can cause a great deal of harm to anyone that moves into the house. In order to completely eradicate this fear and use this as a marketing strategy, simply replace all of the flooring. If you can afford to replace all of the flooring with real hardwood floors then do so. This will give new owners the option to add carpet or keep the hardwood. If you can only afford to do hardwood in one or two rooms, put this in the kitchen and bathroom. The other rooms can be reasonably carpeted for an affordable price. It is totally reasonable to put carpet in bedrooms and the living room.

 

Take Home Advice

Buying a fixer-upper certainly takes a lot of trust, courage, and ambition. Congratulations on being that person. You are saving a beautiful piece of architecture from crumbling to pieces and being lost in history forever. Hopefully the tips above will help you to make this process as easy as possible with the greatest amount of personal satisfaction.


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Plan Your Garden in the Winter During a Snowstorm
Posted on Sun, 15 Jan 2017, 10:00:00 AM  in Marketing strategies
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If you are stuck inside your home during a snowstorm in Canada, then it is a good time to plan your summer garden. Growing your own fruits, vegetables or herbs is easy, and you will save a lot of money when shopping for groceries at the local supermarket. If your property has a backyard, then it is the perfect place to have a garden, but you can also use a home’s balcony or deck to grow numerous plants. You don’t need to grow all of your plants in one area because adding flower beds to the pathways around your home is a great way to increase a property’s curbside appeal.

 Plan Your Garden in the Winter During a Snowstorm

Read Gardening Books and Join a Gardening Club

First, make a map of your home’s lawns and pathways to determine where you can plant flower, herb or vegetable seedlings. Next, borrow books from your local public library to learn more about how to choose the correct plants for your geographic zone. Find a gardening club in your city where there are experienced gardeners who can help you select the correct seeds and seedlings for your area. Call a few gardening stores to determine if it is possible to have your lawn’s soil tested to understand what types of fertilizers to add.

 

Buy Your Gardening Supplies As Early As Possible

During the winter, many stores will begin to offer an assortment of gardening supplies such as tools, flowerpots and fertilizers. If you want to grow your own seedlings, then it is good idea to begin buying packages of seeds, potting soil and small containers. It can take several weeks for seeds to grow to the correct size for transferring to your home’s outdoor garden. You can begin to fill the containers with potting soil long before planting the seeds, and you can have your container’s labeled in order to keep track of its planting date.

 

Choose From an Assortment of Gardening Plants

When you can’t find the seeds or seedlings that you want in a nearby gardening store, it is possible to order the items from an online retailer. Some of the plants that you can have in your Canadian garden include:

  • Lettuce
  • Tomatoes
  • Cucumbers
  • Bell peppers
  • Carrots
  • Zucchini
  • Broccoli
  • Strawberries
  • Basil
  • Chives

 

Plan How to Prepare Your Garden for Planting in the Spring

Before planting any seedlings in your garden, you must prepare the soil by digging it to remove the lumps and weeds. You can perform this job with tools such as shovels or trowels, but it is also possible to use machinery for this job. When you don’t want to invest a lot of money on gardening machines, hire someone to prepare your garden’s soil. The person who performs this job can also mix in the right types of fertilizer to enrich the garden’s soil so that you will have a bigger crop of produce.

 

Have a Daily Schedule to Care for Your Canadian Garden

Avoid planting your seedlings too early in the spring because Canada often has late winter weather that will damage the vegetable, herb and fruit plants. You can plant your seedlings in long rows with a pathway between different varieties, or you can use a square foot gardening method. After planting the seedlings, you must monitor your garden on a daily basis to pull weeds, water the plants or eradicate damaging pests. If you have problems with particular pests, then you can apply organic or man-made pesticides that will control flies, beetles and grasshoppers.


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Tips For Organizing Your New Bathroom
Posted on Wed, 30 Nov 2016, 01:00:00 PM  in Marketing strategies
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Organizing your new home is a great way to start fresh and upgrade your vibe. You can organize as you unpack and take care of both tasks at the same time.

The bathroom is a room you use every day, so it is important to organize this room as soon as possible. Here are several tips for organizing the bathroom in your new home.Tips For Organizing Your New Bathroom

Start With The Medicine Cabinet: The medicine cabinet should be used to store the items you use frequently, such as medication and grooming supplies. Start by going through your items and discarding anything that is expired or broken. You may have done this before the move, but it never hurts to double-check your items. The items you do not use frequently can be stored in a labeled bin to be placed inside the closet.

Divide Your Drawers: There is a good chance your sink has a drawer, and it may be tempting to just toss your grooming supplies into this drawer. It is better to divide and conquer so you do not have to rummage for a specific item. You can organize your grooming tools, cosmetics and other small accessories with a drawer divider.

Tackle The Hair Products: Invest in a smaller plastic container for the supplies such as combs, curling or straighten irons, hair dryers and sprays. Place the container under the sink to pull out when you are ready to style your hair.

Invest In A Shelving Unit: Invest in a narrow shelving unit or small bookcase so you can store items without taking up too much space. The top shelves can be used for items such as toiletries and grooming supplies. If there is more than one person in your household, consider designating everyone to their own labeled bin. The bottom shelves can be used for towels and extra toilet paper.

Use A Vanity: If you do not want to place a shelving unit inside your bathroom, you may decide to invest in a small vanity. This allows you to sit down when getting ready for your day, grooming yourself or removing your makeup. A vanity is ideal for smaller families or bigger spaces because you can use it to store your grooming essentials.

Over The Shower: The key is to organizing your bathroom is to maximize every space. One idea is to invest in an organizer designed to hang over the shower. Use the organizer for essentials such as your body wash, shampoo and loofah sponge.

Over The Door: Invest in an over-the-door hooks for towels and bathrobes. You can also use it for the sweater you plan to grab on the way out, or you can use it for a hanging organizer full of cosmetics.

Glass Apothecary Jars: Did you know you can organize and decorate your bathroom at the same time? All you have to do is head to the store for glass apothecary jars. Use the jars to organize your cotton swabs, toothpicks, bath beads and decorative soap. You can even create a fun vibe by looking for the jars in different shapes, sizes and colors.

Get Creative With Towels: It is always fun to get creative with the storage in your bathroom. Are you planning to throw out the wooden wine rack you used for your housewarming party? You can recycle and organize by using it to store rolled towels.

Moving into your new home gives you the opportunity to improve your organizational system. You can invest in items such as drawer dividers and over-the-door hooks, or you can get creative with a wooden wine rack or apothecary jars.


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New Trend In Home Design: Pendant Lights, Warm Metals, And LED Lights
Posted on Thu, 15 Sep 2016, 12:40:00 PM  in My services
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New trends in lighting are popping up everywhere. Warm metals, pendant lights, and energy efficient LED lights can be found dangling high above kitchen countertops, entryway ceilings, above bedside tables, and in bathrooms everywhere. These trends can match all tastes, styles, and can work with virtually any decor.

led-lightsDeciding What Works For Your New Home

Whether you are moving into a new home, renovating, or selling your current home, it is always the perfect time to start thinking about your home's decorative style. When you picture a perfect kitchen, living room, bedroom or bathroom, what comes to mind?

Likely, you pictured your home's ideal furniture, paint colors, and flooring. Did you think about the lighting? Lighting is one of the most effective ways to shape the look and feel of your home's style. The lighting is an essential part of dictating your room's mood and feel.

Deciding the lighting that you will use in your home can be difficult as you will be faced with many options. However, there are a few key factors to consider: the availability of natural light, the signature style, the function and the color of the room. You should always keep in mind these key factors when deciding your home's lighting.

LED Lighting

Modern homes are thinking in terms of eco-friendly design and LED lighting is playing a huge part in this transformation. LED lights are more efficient, help save the environment, and help save money. Not only are LED lights better for the environment and your wallet, but they can also be a very attractive lighting option. The flexible choice in lighting can be used in modern fixtures as well as new sleek designs. Newer LED lights come in a variety of color temperatures and work with the needs and styles of an array of homes.

Warm Metals

Warm metal is being used in home design in a big way. Warm metal accents are everywhere and it is no surprise. The classic look of warm metal brings elegance and style to any space. The trend can be used to add a touch of glamor when dressing up a room. Fixtures, door handles, and even lighting are easy ways to introduce the latest trend. Look for brass, copper, and even gold. For a modern take on warm metal, consider a brushed metal surface as it can modernize the look. No matter which style you choose, the use of warm metals will reflect a light and even "glow" when used in tandem with the right color palette.

Pendant Lighting

Pendant lighting can be found in the pages of home decor magazines, blogs, and Pinterest boards. The perfect lighting solution can be implemented matching the style of virtually every home. It can be purchased in white, black, gold, copper, wrought iron, or glass and can act as an accent piece when used in the right way. If you are redecorating, redefining, or renovating your home and its style, then considers replacing some of your home's current lighting with a pendant light. A pendant light is an easy and affordable way to modernize your home's interior space.

Pendants are a big trend and can be used in combinations, hung at different heights, or in unexpected places. These modern fixtures are a great way to add that surprising something that makes your home unique.

For a modern and unique take on pendant lighting, consider adding pendants to your entryway strung at varying heights, or using big bowl pendants in unique colors above your kitchen counters, or the addition of matching pendants hung low over your bedside table.


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5 Tips to Save Money on Construction
Monday, 30 May 2016, 09:35:00 AM
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Whether you are constructing your home from scratch or doing a major renovation, it is important to cut costs in the construction project. Construction can be quite expensive, and since it is not easy to get a loan these days, chances are you may have to work on a tight budget. But, you don’t have to pay more than it is necessary. Here are some things you can implement to save on your construction.

1. Review the project line by line
Most often, contractors will meet with you to discuss the work schedule and breakdown of costs. This can be an excellent opportunity to save. Some contractors will assume you want things you really don’t care about. By discussing the project, you can find elements of the construction work that you can do by yourself, or put off until you have more money. As you go through the budget, don’t fear questioning anything you don’t understand. For instance, a contractor can assume you want a crown molding on the renovated space. If you don’t, you can save hundreds of dollars by removing it from the quotation.

2. Whenever possible, do it yourself
Whether you are an experienced do-it-yourselfer or just good with painting, you can take up a few of the tasks on the to-do list. Constructors make about $25 per hour. If you do some of this work yourself, you will save all this labor cost. But, be realistic about what you can handle. If you can do it yourself using your set of skills, do it, and you will save a lot. But, if you are oblivious to what you are doing, you may spend a lot of money to have a contractor fix your mess. yourselfSome things such as installing a toilet may be more complicated than they seem. And, plumbing mistakes are harder to fix because leaks in pipes can cause water damage.

3. Find you own materials
When purchasing items such as fixtures, cabinets, and door knobs, you can find cheaper solutions on your own than through the contractor. Most contractors will work with you, and if you want to source your own material, agree with your contractor before you commence the project. For example, if you are building or renovating your kitchen, you can find cheaper counter tops at the home improvement store than through the contractor. You can also find reclaimed material for use in your project.

4. Shop around
Don’t go with the first estimate you are given. This may seem a no-brainer, but if you are eager to start on something such as replacing your roof before the next storm hits, you may be tempted to hire the first contractor. It takes about four or five quotes to get an accurate idea of the correct price range. Thus, talk to several contractors to avoid overpaying for the project.

5. Go green
The construction cost will include what it will cost to occupy the finished space. If you can save money every month on water and energy bills, you can realize the return on the upfront investment for stuff like beefed-up insulation and double pane glass windows. Efficiency exceeds the structural features. And if you are renovating the kitchen, replace the appliances with Water Sense and Energy Star models. For instance, replacing your 90s fridge and freezer with Energy Star models can save you about $100 per year on utility bills. Even choices such as water-efficient fixtures in the bathroom and kitchen will help to reduce your utility costs and make the construction work to your advantage.

With the high cost of living, when doing new construction or renovation to your structure, you need to save money. Thus, review the project with your contractor, do some things yourself, find your own materials, and go green. This will enable you to save money during the construction.


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