De-clutter: Tips to reduce your "stuff" by 10% this weekend

As blogged on, here are some great tips for de-cluttering your “stuff”. We are a society of accumulation and sometimes it gets out-of-hand.

So if you have some time this weekend, here is a Spring-cleaning project for you.

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Garage storage solution tips

As blogged on, you can drop a lot of cash on garage storage systems. Shelves, tool racks, special hooks, and other odds and ends can really add up. Our homemade system gives you the versatility of those store-bought systems without the big price tag. Our materials cost for the whole system you see here, covering 16 ft. of wall, was only a few hundred dollars. It’ll be even cheaper if you have scrap plywood and other common materials lying around.

This system is so simple and fast to build that even a beginning DIYer can complete it in a weekend. You’ll find everything you need at home centers or hardware stores. And the system is completely customizable to your specific garage and gear—you can easily move or add accessories by driving in a few screws. Transform your cluttered garage into one so organized you’ll be the envy of the neighborhood.

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4 things you get when hiring a good professional real estate agent

As blogged on, are you thinking of selling your home? Are you dreading having to deal with strangers walking through the house? Are you concerned about getting the paperwork correct? Hiring a professional real estate agent can take away most of the challenges of selling. A great agent is always worth more than the commission they charge just like a great doctor or great accountant. You want to deal with one of the best agents in your marketplace. To do this, you must be able to distinguish the average agent from the great one. Let us help.

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Tips for keeping your home warm without turning up the heat

As blogged on, let's just cut to the chase -- it's freezing out and we wish our homes could be a little warmer. And while we all know the standard practices from adjusting the thermostat to making sure our windows are sealed and lighting a fire, there are definitely some tricks we're missing.

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Moving industry calls for crackdown on ‘criminal’ movers

As reported on, criminals posing as movers are ripping off Canadian consumers, says the head of the association that represents moving companies.

John Levi of the Canadian Association of Movers has written to provincial attorneys general, along with transportation, consumer affairs and finance ministers in all 10 provinces calling for coordinated action to protect consumers from theft, fraud and threats.

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How to add modern designs and style to old doors

As blogged on, modern homes feature doors with panels that provide elegance and style, but if you live in older homes, the doors may just be plain and simple. Sadly, doors in older homes can sometimes look cheap and unattractive and having them replaced can cost you a lot, as well as take up plenty of your time. Fortunately, there is a way for you to transform those boring doors into stylish modern doors that will add sophistication to your home’s interior design.

The best way to transform old doors into modern stylish doors is to create panels to be glued to the doors and/or decorate them with ready-made or customized door accessories. You do not have to spend too much on them, but if you will not be working within a budget you can opt to create six panels per door and use customized accessories.

Tips for updating your kitchen for less than $500 has some great ideas for updating your kitchen for less than $500.

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5 quick and easy DIY projects to green your home life

As blogged on, when moving forward on your journey toward greener and more natural living, it’s not so important which changes you make, or which order you make them in, but just that you are making changes. One small change leads to another, leads to another, leads to another – and before you know it, your life will look much different than the lifestyle you’re living today. It’s like the question of how do you eat an elephant? One bite at a time!

And there are so many simple and easy changes you can make today! And these changes can make a big difference in your life and have a positive impact on your family and on the world around you! And the best part is, these are easy DIY projects you can do at home in as little as 20 minutes or less!

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8 tips to prevent frozen pipes in your home

As blogged on, until recently, not many people knew what an Arctic Vortex is, but with one bearing down on the northern U.S. over the next few days, everybody's talking about it. As it brings record-breaking cold, here's what you need to know to keep your pipes from freezing.

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Fitch Ratings: Canadian home prices stable, but still too high

As reported on Business News Network, Fitch Ratings thinks that Canadian home prices will manage to stay flat or dip just a little bit this year, despite its belief that they are 20 percent too high, because of the strength in the housing market.

The expected decline in the pace of home price growth, coupled with high consumer debts, will likely lead to a rise in mortgage delinquencies, although they will remain at relatively low levels, the rating agency added.

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10 household items that are dangerous to your pets

As blogged on, if you’ve ever turned your back for a second only to turn around and see your dog devouring a pack of gum or your cat on the counter licking the spout of the Windex bottle, you know pets have a habit of getting their paws onto things that are dangerous. The veterinarians and toxicology experts at the Pet Poison Helpline put together these lists of the items that generated the most poison consultations for dogs and cats in 2013 in the hopes that pet parents will be more cautious about what they leave out. While not all of the things on this list are highly toxic, they are all household items that you should keep somewhere where your pets do not have access to.

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3 questions to ask before buying a home

As blogged on,  if you are thinking about purchasing a home right now, you are surely getting a lot of advice. Though your friends and family have your best interests at heart, they may not be fully aware of your needs and what is currently happening in real estate. Let’s look at whether or not now is actually a good time for you to buy a home.

There are three questions you should ask before purchasing in today’s market:

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Organizing strategies for a home renovation project

As blogged on, organizing a home renovation is no easy task. Coordinating with contractors, applying for building permits, and keeping track of all of the bills, invoices, and receipts can be quite time consuming. The following seven tips are things to consider prior to starting a renovation project so it runs more smoothly.

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Royal Bank cuts some mortgage rates

As reported on, Royal Bank of Canada, the country's largest mortgage lender, has quietly cut some of its mortgage rates this weekend. The move appears to be part of a broader dip in rates, although economists generally still expect an increase in 2014.

Five-year fixed mortgage rates rose industry-wide for much of 2013, from their low of 2.64 percent in April to their high of 3.39 percent in September, according to Alyssa Richard, the chief executive officer of They edged down a bit later in the fall but had generally been steady at around 3.25 percent since then.

RBC is now cutting its two-, three-, four- and five-year fixed mortgage rates each by 10 basis points. In an emailed statement, the bank said that some mortgage lenders have recently been pricing at lower rates, prompting it to move.

Royal Bank is often a price leader when it comes to mortgages, and other big banks frequently follow suit after it changes its prices. Its five-year fixed mortgage rate is now 3.69 percent.

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Wallpaper trends for 2014

As blogged on, we would all like to remodel our homes from time to time. Although until now you may have had only paint, on this occasion you could also consider adding wallpaper. This is something that can bring your home to new life, especially if you follow the trends.

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Tips for the first time homebuyer

As blogged on, buying a home is never easy. As you have to pay a huge amount in the least, you should be careful about spending for the right home. You have to make sure that every dollar counts in your purchase. Set up a list of different parameters you need to consider. You have to check these aspects in the selected listings. Start by finding a good real estate agent. You need to verify the experience and the credentials of the agent carefully. Also, ensure that the professional has sufficient lobby connections in the real estate segment. He should be an active member of the various real estate organizations. Finding a good agent is the first priority in your home sales procedure.

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Step-by-step tips for building your own concrete countertops

I found this great blog with photos on that shows the steps taken to build your own concrete countertops. Anybody looking to do this, can access this blog by clicking on the link below:

Tips for avoiding chimney sweep scams

As blogged on, it's hard to know when there's a problem with your chimney. But an issue left unfixed can cause significant and costly damages. Unlike a leaky toilet or a malfunctioning oil burner, the signs of any chimney woes aren't obvious and can be hard for homeowners to see, which is why experts say the chimney cleaning and repair industry is rife with scams.

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5 DIY home improvement YouTube channels every homeowner should bookmark

As blogged on, whether you want to find unique home modifications or everyday renovation tutorials, YouTube is a great place to start looking. Here are five top-notch YouTube channels that provide everything you need to start creating the home you’ve always wanted.

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Step-by-step tips for installing luxury vinyl flooring

As blogged on, luxury vinyl (LV) is tough and good-looking—and the easiest flooring material you’ll ever install. These tips and tricks will help you get the job done right.

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