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Why You Should Never Sell Your Home Without the Help of an AgentA For Sale by Owner (FSBO) home sale may seem like the ultimate in DIY projects. With just a little ingenuity and a lot of hard work, a seller can eliminate the real estate agent fees that cut into their potential profits. And yet, sellers who enter the process are often completely overwhelmed with the details they face. It may be easy for someone with a sales background to point out the original baseboards of the home as a sign of its integrity, but the endless paperwork may not nearly be so easy to navigate. See why hiring a real estate agent for the home selling process makes far more sense.

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Tools Homeowners Should PurchaseIn the midst of buying a new home, many buyers will start to make plans for home improvements. These plans usually require a lot of DIY work. In order to get the work done, homeowners must have tools. These tools are critical for the first year of homeownership.

Hammer and Nails

Hammer and nails are truly the most essential of all the tools. Without a hammer and nails, a new homeowner may find it impossible to do even the most basic tasks, like putting up pictures on the wall. Hammer and nails will come in useful when installing decorations, putting up shelves and putting together furniture in the new house.

Nails come in a variety of sizes, and homeowners who want to be prepared must have nails of all different sizes on hand. Over time,

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Marketing Tips to Sell Your Home FastA homeowner who is looking to list their property for sale often thinks that the individual features about their home are going to make it stand out on the market. They feel that their open floor plan might be appealing to a broader range of buyers, or the fact that their property is assigned to an award-winning school district will attract interested buyers in droves.

While these factors may help, it's ultimately the way that a real estate agent markets the property that will sell the home. Here's some ideas on how to market a home to sell:

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Take Photos—And Lots of Them

Nearly all home buyers spend

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How to Buy and Sell Raw LandVacant land can be a truly amazing investment because it sometimes only takes the initial cost of investment to generate profits. Owners don't have to build upon or adjust the land in any way, all they need to do is wait for the right buyer to come along. Hopefully, this happens as quickly as possible so investors can turn around and reinvest the profits. But it's not always that simple. Here are four suggestions to save buyers time and sanity.

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Be Prepared to Wait

Vacant landowners may have to wait for quite some time before they get the offer they're looking for. As with any real estate purchase,

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Best Eco-Friendly Building MaterialsAs the environment becomes a greater source of concern for homeowners across the country, many are turning to environmentally friendly materials to build their homes. As the demand for green building materials has grown, so have the number of choices.

These days, Lakeview Heights homeowners can reduce their energy usage and their carbon footprint by building with sustainable materials like smart products, locally sourced stone and low flow bathroom fixtures. In addition to improving quality of life and helping the environment, these products also improve property values and make homes more desirable when the time comes to sell. Here's what homeowners need to know.

Locally Sourced Stone

Stone is an environmentally friendly material for a

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A Guide to DIY Home Pest RemediationHaving pests in a home isn't fun, and a homeowner who finds them will want to get rid of them quickly and keep them from coming back inside. Fortunately, there are many good DIY ways to do that so that a professional doesn't need to be hired. While sometimes a professional is necessary, they can be costly. It's often easier and far less expensive to take the DIY approach to getting pests out of a Kettle Valley new home and keeping them out. Here are some of the most important things for any homeowner to consider when choosing DIY options for home pest removal.

There are DIY Options to Get Rid of Pests

Most homeowners can DIY for most pest situations. They don't have to call in the pros for a pest situation in their home, and there are plenty

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Is adding insulation a DIY project and if so, what type is best?The Canadian government and most home builders suggests that increasing or improving the insulation in attics, floors, and walls and reducing air leaks around the home can save up to 20% or more on home heating and cooling bills. In addition to cutting down on heating and cooling bills, a well insulated home will often sell more money as well. With a little math, homeowners can quickly learn how an insulation project can pay for itself. However, is an insulation a project one can take on by themselves? How is the value of insulation measured and what types of insulation works best for specific areas of the home?

Is Installing Insulation a DIY Project?

The North American Insulation Manufacturers Association says that installing insulation is a

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3 Must-Read Tips For Selling a Home With PetsWhen selling a home, every homeowner wants to do whatever they can to help ensure that it finds the right buyer. However, some things can make selling a home a bit trickier, especially selling a home in a buyers market. Owning pets can be one of those things that might make selling a home more difficult.

But how can a seller make their home the best it can be to sell without resorting to something drastic like giving up their beloved pets? There are a few strategies homeowners an use to make their home appealing to all buyers while keeping pets where they belong.

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1. Remove Pets From the Home During

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What You Need to Know About Household SafetyMaintaining a safe household can improve quality of life. But what's involved in maintaining a safe household? Performing proper maintenance, conducting regular inspections and purchasing household products and fixtures that focus on safety can help make the home a safer place to live. The following tips can help homeowners who would like to improve household safety.

Be Fire Safe

Fire safety is critical in any house. Smoking is the leading cause of fire-related household deaths, while cooking is the leading cause of household fires in Canada. There are many ways that homeowners in Canada can protect themselves from household fires.

Smoke Detectors

Smoke detectors are best installed in each room and in hallways. Homeowners must test

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5 Home Security System TipsEnsuring the security of ones Canadian home is an important goal for homeowners. These tips help people determine which home security system will be right for them.

1. Make a List of Needs

Home security systems offer a variety of protections available for homeowners. People will have an easier time sorting through what is possible if they first create a list of what they expect from a home security system. Homeowners should walk through their day and identify moments when they need security most, including:

  • travel
  • protecting valuable items
  • security while at home

This discussion should involve all members of the household including any older children and teenagers who may be entering or exiting the home at different times.

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