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How To Find A Good Home Inspector

One of the most important steps in the home buying process is the inspection. A professional inspection can tell you whether the home has any hidden issues or areas that could become a problem in the future. First, you must find a reliable inspector who will get the job done right. Here's what to look for.  Look for someone with experience.  Pay close attention to the inspector's work background. How many years have they been an inspector? Do they have formal training in residential construction, proper maintenance, testing and diagnostics, and defect recognition? Have they inspected properties like the one you're in interested in (townhouse, cottage, heritage home)? In most part of the country, there are no training requirements for home inspectors, so it's imperative that you do your research.  Make sure they have insurance. There are two types of insurance that a home inspector can have: errors and omission insurance, and general liability insurance. Errors and omiss

Clever Ways To Get Your Entryway Organized

Notorious for being a dumping zone as everyone heads into and out of the house, entranceways can be tricky to keep tidy. A few simple space-saving tricks will have this much-used area in tip-top shape. Stand tall - add function and make a stylish statement with a patterned umbrella stand that houses other upright items, such as yoga mats and shoehorns, too. Take a seat - place to perch by the front door provides a convenient spot to slip shoes and boots on and off. Choose a stylish chair instead of a bulky bench to keep the space from looking too crowded. Coat check - set the tone for your home right from the front door. To ensure that coats and accessories are immediately hung up instead of thrown on the floor, mount hooks at various levels to make them accessible to everyone, no matter how small. Source hooks with multiple pegs to accommodate more items, but don't go overboard. Under foot - designate a spot for shoes to dry—in this case, an oversize vintage silver serving tray.

How to Protect Your Basement From Flooding

  Flooding is one of the worst nightmares for homeowners. A basement flood can destroy all your personal belongings and cause untold damage to your property in mere minutes. Even if you've never experienced flooding in your home before, it doesn't mean it can't happen in the future. All it takes is one heavy rainfall or rapid snowmelt.  While much of flooding prevention has to do with your municipality's system of underground pipes, sewers, and catch basins, there are still actions you can take to further protect your home from basement flooding. Here are a couple ideas.  Have a permeable driveway  Using pervious or porous material in your driveway allows rain and melting snow to seep through the surface and trickle down to the soil and gravel below. This cuts down on storm runoff and minimizes the risk of flooding in your home. There are many ways to accomplish this. You could opt for a grass driveway with two tire strips, go simple with loose stones and gravel, or opt

GTA REALTORS® Release August 2021 Stats

TRREB is reporting the third-best sales result on record for the month of August. While the market has taken its regular summer breather, it is clear that the demand for ownership housing remains strong. At the same time, the supply of listings is down. The result has been tighter market conditions and sustained competition between buyers, resulting in double-digit annual increases in selling prices. Greater Toronto Area REALTORS® reported 8,596 sales through TRREB’s MLS® System in August 2021 – down by 19.9 per cent compared to the August 2020 record of 10,738. The condominium apartment market segment bucked the overall sales trend, with year-over-year growth in sales, continuing a marked resurgence in 2021. The number of new listings entered into the System was down year-over-year by 43 per cent. “The fact that new listings were at the lowest level for the past decade is alarming. It is clear that the supply of homes is not keeping pace with demand, and this situation will become wor

TRREB MLS® New Listings August 2021

TRREB MLS® Sales-to-New Listings Ratio August 2021

TRREB MLS® Average Resale Home Price August 2021

TRREB MLS® Sales August 2021