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Fireplace Maintenance Tips For New HomeownersFireplaces need proper care in order to remain safe to use. If you're a new Copperfield homeowner with a fireplace, there are several things you should know about the care and maintenance of your fireplace. The following tips will help you take care of your chimney and fireplace.

Service Your Fireplace Once Per Year

Fireplaces need to be serviced at least once annually, even if they're rarely used. Small cracks that develop in the flu, deterioration that occurs in the chimney, and even bird nests can make a fireplace unsafe to use. Servicing fireplaces can help catch these problems before they lead to chimney fires, house fires and other problems.

Most homeowners get their fireplace cleaned out and serviced at the same time. The technician

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How to Keep Your HVAC System in Good ConditionHVAC systems need regular maintenance in order to work efficiently and reliably. Often, new Altadore homeowners are unaware of what kind of maintenance their HVAC systems need. If you just recently purchased a home, here's what you need to know about taking care of your HVAC system.

Change the Air Filter

Air filters clean the air that flows through your ducts. The air filter keeps contaminants out of your HVAC system and thus helps keep your HVAC system functioning properly. Air filters need to be replaced approximately every three months when the HVAC system is in use. To replace the filter, remove the filter from its slot near the return air duct, then insert the replacement. If you don't have a replacement air filter, use the old filter to

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What to Know Before Buying a Historic HomeMany Evanston home buyers dream of owning a slice of history—a home that is decades or a century old that may have even seen a historic event or two. Historic homes are a real option that many home buyers look into when deciding what sort of home they want to purchase. In order to be a historic home, a home must have had a historic figure living in it or have had a historic event take place within it. However, owning a historic home comes with a lot of things that buyers need to know beforehand. Here is what all buyers need to know about purchasing a historic home before they submit their offer.

For informational purposes only. Always consult with a licensed real estate professional before proceeding with any real estate transaction.

Some

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Don't Make These Mistakes When Applying for a MortgageThe vast realm of mortgages in Canada has become increasingly confusing, as the rules and regulations—particularly amid fixed and variable options—have changed again. Of course, the process and paperwork for these financially complex agreements have always been challenging, which means more Evanston buyers are making costly errors. Here are the top 5 mortgage mistakes to be aware of before signing on the dotted line.

For informational purposes only. Always consult with a licensed mortgage or home loan professional before proceeding with any real estate transaction.

1. Not Considering a Fixed Rate Mortgage

Adjustable rate 25-year amortized mortgages with variable rates every 5 years have been the ‘norm' in Canada the past few decades. However,

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4 Reasons You Should Buy a Home With CashWhen purchasing a new Chaparral home, there are two main ways to pay for it: use a home loan or pay in cash. Mortgages are more popular than paying in cash because they make homeownership more accessible to a larger number of people. However, paying in cash brings a lot of advantages over buyers who use a mortgage. If a buyer has the ability to pay in cash, they should seriously consider doing so. Here are some of the best reasons to buy a home with cash instead of a home loan if the option is available.

For informational purposes only. Always consult with a licensed real estate professional before proceeding with any real estate transaction.

Sellers Like Cash Offers

If given a choice between a standard offer with a standard loan or an offer

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Common Floor Plans for Residential Homes in CanadaWhile more Mahogany home buyers are opting for form and functionality over greater size and opulence, home shoppers aren't hesitant to include both traditional and modern aesthetics into their custom floor plans. Here are some of the most popular home floor plan layouts to complement in-demand design schemes.

Modern Home Plans

Modern home floor plans and their exteriors are designed for simplicity compared to more traditional designs. Modern homes often boast three or more bedrooms and baths, along with an abundance of oversized glass windows and doors, monochromatic colors, and generally straight lines throughout the design.

Modern layouts are popular with growing families seeking homes to expand with their needs while enjoying one of the

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When You're Selling Your Home, Watch for These Red FlagsWhen you're selling your Panorama Hills home, one of the most important things you can do is choose your buyer wisely. The money the buyer offers is not the only factor to take into consideration. Analyzing the offer, you can tell a lot about the person who is trying to buy the property.

Sometimes, you can even identify red flags that can be an indication that the home buyer is going to be difficult to work with. The following red flags should be noted on an offer, especially when they appear in tandem.

For informational purposes only. Always consult with a licensed real estate professional before proceeding with any real estate transaction.

Pre-Qualified, Not Pre-Approved

Pre-qualification is the first step of the mortgage application

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By Lara Unsworth, Director of Strategic Enrollment Management and Communications at Strathcona-Tweedsmuir School

Relocating to Calgary - Private SchoolsAlberta is fortunate to have an abundance of educational options and school choices with a variety of missions and focuses to meet the needs and interests of families. Whether you’re considering public, charter, home or independent schooling for your child, I’ve created a list of 25 questions to help you decide which school would set your child on the right path.

1. What type of student is the school focused on?

Some schools are known for fostering academic talent, while others have a more balanced approach, blending academics with artistic, athletic, and service pursuits.

2. How does the school help students succeed?

You

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4 Things To Consider Before Buying a Tiny HomeTiny homes are the newest fad that homeowners are falling in love with. A tiny home is exactly what it sounds like: a home that is tiny. In order for a home to be considered tiny, it needs to be less than 600 square feet. Most tiny homes are 400-600 square feet, but some can be as small as just 160 square feet. While tiny homes may sound great to some Auburn Bay home buyers, tiny homes come with a lot of risks. Here are some of the most important factors buyers should consider before deciding if a tiny home is right for them.

Tiny Homes are a Fad

While being a fad isn’t necessarily a bad thing, for tiny homes, it means no one can be sure of the future market for tiny homes. However, there’s a chance tiny homes could become more and more popular

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Backyard Designs for Homeowners Who Want a Backyard RetreatThe backyard is like the home's retreat. Backyards are places where Coventry Hills homeowners go to relax, enjoy nature, and spend time with loved ones. The way the backyard is laid out will affect the way a homeowner enjoys their property. If you're trying to decide what sort of backyard design to install, this article will help you consider the possibilities.

1. Outdoor Living Spaces

Outdoor living spaces are very popular because they enable the homeowner to spend time outside while enjoying the kind of activities they would normally do indoors. Outdoor living spaces can include an outdoor kitchen and dining area, or an outdoor living room and lounge.

Homeowners considering this for themselves should work with an experienced contractor to

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