Houses & Homes

From real estate to home organization, design and more, you'll find everything you need to know about houses and homes from our expert bloggers.

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The holidays quite often means hosting guests at your home, and keeping up with your own household plus extras can be draining. So here are some ways of preparing your home for guests so you can enjoy the holiday season as much as your visitors.

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The winter is starting to drag on a bit and cabin fever is setting in. But don’t worry: our interior design experts have tons of great tips on how to make your home feel warmer and cosier from now until spring. Here’s a quick checklist of things you can do now to get you through the rest of …

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Call me crazy but the thought of losing my paper agenda has literally woken me up in the middle of the night. The fact that I had so much valuable information in one irreplaceable place had to stop. I couldn’t take it anymore, I had to go digital.

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I don’t know about your home, but in mine the kitchen is one of the places we spend the most time in.  Which means it gets messy the quickest (and when I say messy, please know I actually mean downright dirty) and also needs the most upkeep to maintain.  Even with a busy family of five (plus…

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If you are anything like me chances are you’re getting in the car to drive somewhere for Christmas.  Whether that trip takes 30 minutes or 3 days, the last thing you need is to be fumbling around the car for a snack for hangry passengers or a toy to placate a whining child (or adult).  

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Are we cleaning our homes, or are we poisoning them? Cleaning the home with conventional store-bought products like Windex, Mr. Clean, Glade and Lysol seem normal to most people. Afterall, they are cleaning products, right? Well, they may do the job well, but they also fill up the home with …

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I recently started taking a closer look at the time we spend looking for things. The studies I looked up which evaluate time spent looking for misplaced items vary between 10 and 55 minutes a day. This means that even if we are extremely conservative, 10 minutes per day times an average of 6…

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January was a busy month here in residential organizing land. This has meant having many chances to assess what similarities I can observe at my clients’ houses and what sort of lessons can I extract from my time spent with them to benefit you who reads this blog.  By far, the biggest theme …

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Do you feel that? The warmth of the sun (albeit just a hint)? The days are getting a tad longer. The snow is slowly disappearing. Spring is definitely on the horizon, and it's the perfect time to get the house tidied and cleaned up in time for summer.

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We recently ran an article on organizing small spaces in our print edition, featuring tips from our amazing professional organizers Allison Weigensberg of Everything In Place and Mylène Houle Morency of FLO Organisation. Here are their suggestions for organizing bedroom closets and entryways…

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My son was obsessed with Wall-E when he was younger. We watched that movie almost daily. It scared me on so many levels! I mean, a dystopian future in which we humans have destroyed the earth with waste and become so lazy, obese and disconnected from other humans that even handholding feels …

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We recently ran an article on organizing small spaces in our print edition, featuring tips from our amazing professional organizers Allison Weigensberg of Everything In Place and Mylène Houle Morency of FLO Organisation. Here are their suggestions for organizing kitchens and bathrooms in mod…

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Spring is right around the corner which means that we all got our tax in the mail already and our new 2019-2020-2021 municipal assessment is in. While some of you will be happy to see an increase in their property's value, others might complain about a decreased assessment value.

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One of the key ways to optimize your efficiency when working from home is having a functional home office. Without the proper setup that is conducive to your work habits, your time will be wasted and you'll find that you're not nearly getting enough done. So here are some home office essenti…

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Spring is an ideal time to put your home on the market - the changeover of seasons is also a great opportunity to refresh things at home and get ready to list your house. One of the best ways to present your home to buyers is to do a little home staging. The goal of home staging is to make a…

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Upon meeting with clients, one of the many reoccurring questions realtors come across is “When is it the right time to put our home on the market?” I would say in this hot market – any time is good as any!

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As the decorations come down and as your new calendar marks the days you're headed back into the office, most people take advantage of those few days in between to do a massive overhaul.

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Deciding to put your home on the market can be a difficult decision to make – or an easier one depending on the circumstances. It could also be the first time diving into the market and becoming a first-time seller.

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It’s no secret that many of us from the province flock South in the winter and enjoy sunnier and warmer days. Some do so for as long as 6 months. Should you plan for a Floridian Christmas and a palm tree escape for the course of the next few weeks or months, it may have also crossed your min…

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Nowadays, it seems like real estate agents are everywhere, literally. Your best friend’s wife is an agent, your neighbour's nephew is an agent, your tennis coach is a part-time agent... it seems like everyone either is or knows an agent.

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Waking up lately has seemed a little torturous as we begin the day with dark skies and leave our desks at the end of our day with the same dark hue. The fall and winter months keep us indoors – making it less picturesque than our days outdoors in warmer seasons. With the changing climate and…

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Before taking on new home buyers, I make it a habit to sit down with them and carefully discuss certain aspects, bringing to light key factors that they may have not considered. Along with leaving them a Buyer’s Guide and a game plan to be set in motion, these are some of the main elements t…

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The final decision has been made: Your house will be hitting the market this upcoming season and you are anticipating no one at your door during the frigid months to follow. In my recent experience, my busiest time has been during the course of the last remaining months of the year, regardle…

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No one likes the thought of moving in the crisp cold air of the fall and the snow piled steps of the winter. The notion alone can leave anyone with sheer panic and the overbearing feeling of being overwhelmed. “Where do I even start?” is the first common question.

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Have you ever considered that maybe your home is not a product and more of an experience that prospective buyers need to encounter? Have you ever thought that the relationship you have with your realtor will impact the way you feel about the whole process?

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Rising interest rates: Hold, fold, walkaway or run? With peak summer behind and back to school looming, families are finally getting back to their regular routines. Heads-of-households can finally ponder their next big moves. Many wonder if it’s better to buy now into a market with higher pr…

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It's hard to imagine Christmas trees and snow-kissed windows, but Chapters/Indigo is ready for the holiday season, showcasing the wide range of beautiful products they'll be carrying in the coming weeks at a media event at Hotel Le Germain a few weeks ago. 

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A massive wall space is like a blank piece of paper: such a daunting thing! What should you hang above your bed or over the living room couch? Or what should be placed down that long hallway?

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Keeping the family organized is no easy feat, and as summer starts to wind down, you'll want to have organizational systems in place to stay on top of things from the get-go. There's social engagements to keep, sports activities and other extracurriculars, work obligations, birthdays, and more.

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Of course, it is a known fact that spaces within the home such as the kitchen and bathrooms can bring a satisfying return on investment, along with newer components, new flooring, a new roof and new windows.

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The paperwork is sent, the offer is presented and the good news of an acceptance is widely spread! Yet, the deal is not completely final. Conditions have yet to be met (financing, inspection, etc.), and that is when you think the champagne can be uncorked and popped. Think again!

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When selling your home, a nice floral arrangement can work wonders by bringing great energy into your space. By bringing the outdoors in, you are bringing a sense of peace and calm indoors and it also shows that you, the vendor, take great care in the up-keep and overall impression of your home.

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Newer technologies and different alternatives have been sought-after to create cost-effective ways to reduce maintenance costs/expenses, along with improve efficiency, in the household. Providing such alternatives, ensures safety and of course, provides eco-friendly options.

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You need a change, you have looked around to see what is available on the market but when you really think about it, you are not sure if its better to get a new home of simply renovate the one you have now. I would definitely consider listing the pros and cons of both scenarios.

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Without a doubt and it is no secret, Montreal has been seeing a very healthy real estate market. In fact, multiple offers and homes sold within less of a week are now becoming a common thing! The lack of inventory and what people can afford, narrows down the selection and people are now find…