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What you will spend on the 10 most common home renovation projects

By: Tony Johal

What you will spend on the 10 most common home renovation projects

Tags: home renovation, 10 most common projects

When you stumble across a photo of your dream kitchen on Pinterest, it can be difficult to determine exactly how much the homeowner spent in the process. Revealing renovation costs is still considered somewhat taboo — like discussing your salary with coworkers or asking your neighbor what they paid for their new boat. Thankfully, the 2019 US Houzz & Home report sheds some light on how mu...Read More

The 8 best low-light plants that are almost impossible to kill

By: Tony Johal

The 8 best low-light plants that are almost impossible to kill

Tags: Best Plants, Low-light, homes

How to read your light source To a certain degree, we can apply some common sense here. Does the room feel dark or bright? That said, when you research the light requirements for a specific plant, you’ll encounter terms like ‘requires bright indirect light,’ ‘wants low-to-medium light,’ ‘loves direct light’ that can make it feel complicated. So, how do y...Read More

By: Tony Johal

Recreational home prices sizzle as retirees and young families fight for the right summer in cottage country

Tags: Cottage country, Home prices

There is robust demand for cottage, cabin and chalet-style retirement properties   Retirees are competing with young families for the right to summer in cottage country, according to a new report. In Ontario, the battle is especially intense thanks to low inventory levels, which pushed prices for a single-family home up 7.2 per cent to $393,253 this spring compared to the previous year, ...Read More

Bad Year For Seasonal Allergies

By: Tony Johal

Bad Year For Seasonal Allergies

Tags: ALLERGIES, SEASONAL

      If tree pollen has you wheezing, just wait for ragweed 'super bloom' Social Sharing   Seasonal allergy sufferers struggling through spring could be in for even worse         Tree pollen levels are high in Ottawa this spring, and the coming ragweed season is expected to test allergy sufferers, too. (PhotoMediaGroup / Shutterstock)...Read More

Homeowners reveal the home features they regret most — and what they wish they had chosen instead

By: Tony Johal

Homeowners reveal the home features they regret most — and what they wish they had chosen instead

Tags: Homeowners, homebuyers, tips

Five years ago, homeowners would thumb their noses at the mere mention of vinyl flooring. Often associated with cheap rental units or our grandparents’ outdated kitchens, vinyl was deemed tacky. The only tasteful option was hardwood, and it came with a hefty price tag. These days, luxury vinyl tile (LVT) is often considered a preferable alternative to hardwood. It’s waterproof, s...Read More

15 incredibly creative kids' room decorating ideas

By: Tony Johal

15 incredibly creative kids' room decorating ideas

Tags: homes, tips, ideas, kids' room

Prepare to be labeled as the ‘fun’ house by your kids’ friends. 1. Suspend a tent-like canopy from the ceiling to channel summer camp vibes. Photo: em_henderson/Instagram 2. Make the most of odd ceiling angles by building an alpine-inspired bed nook. Photo: nienkelaan/Instagram 3. Install a pair of indoor swings for a dose of whimsy.   Read f...Read More

4 key tips home buyers should follow

By: Tony Johal

4 key tips home buyers should follow

Tags: homebuyers, tips, real estate

I’ve noticed your column never gets into the nitty-gritty details of how to get the best deal on a home. What sort of questions should readers ask you? Thank you for the kind words. This is a different type of real estate advice column in the sense that it’s designed to support an informed real estate market in Ontario by reminding buyers and sellers of their rights and responsibiliti...Read More

17 curb appeal ideas that will entice homebuyers

By: Tony Johal

17 curb appeal ideas that will entice homebuyers

Tags: ideas, sellers, real estate

Spring is the perfect season for an exterior home makeover. 1. Edit your exterior — remove kitschy lawn ornaments, dead plants or dated awnings. Photo: thatkentuckygrl/Instagram 2. Repaint the exterior trim to freshen up the look of your home. Photo: cottage_a_day/Instagram 3. Use stone veneer to cover up your home’s concrete foundation.   Read Full Arti...Read More

Patio posh: Outdoor decor tips from a pro

By: Tony Johal

Patio posh: Outdoor decor tips from a pro

Tags: Patio, Outdoor, Decor, Tips, Pro

You’re browsing patio furniture when you see The One: a stylish outdoor sofa so perfectly primped you buy the entire vignette. But after recreating the set-up at home, you’re disappointed. The proportions are off — the sofa juts over the patch of flagstone, the cushions clash with the urns and the humongous umbrella shades your sun-loving marigolds. Read Full Article: https://n...Read More

13 affordable upgrades that will drastically improve your rental kitchen

By: Tony Johal

13 affordable upgrades that will drastically improve your rental kitchen

Tags: Affordable, Upgrades, Rental, Kitchen

Landlords make some questionable design decisions. Let’s remedy that! Read Full Article: https://www.livabl.com/2019/05/13-affordable-upgrades-rental-kitchen.html...Read More

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