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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With all the late spring clean-up we're doing in our homes, those of us who have pets have an added dimension to our process, and that's cleaning up after our pets. Whether it's pet hair that gets stuck to furniture and carpeting, or unwanted smells that seem to be lingering, this is the ult…

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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…

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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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Most of us, if not all of us, have a repertoire of real estate brokers they know, have heard of, dealt with or were referred to. When the big decision comes to either buy or sell a property, these questions can arise: “Can I do it on my own?” and “Who should I contact?”. Before proceeding wi…

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Home staging not only has become an essential tool in order to get top dollar for your home, but it has now become a want for those wishing to sell their property. Pictures are vital when a property is listed online and it takes about 2-3 seconds before a potential buyer decides if it is wor…

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The West Island has always been known as the place to raise a family and the place to explore the suburban lifestyle. But did we ever really ask ourselves why? As other parts of town are expanding, diving deeper into the world of the West may just make us value and appreciate it all the more.

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Providing a solid return on investment surely lies within certain rooms and aspects of a property. Kitchen, bathrooms & the basement are top priority, along with an updated roof and windows. But when it comes to renovating, are you prepared? Whether a contractor is doing everything from …

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Doubting whether or not you should put your home for sale simply because of travel plans or a hectic work schedule that does not permit your very own two feet to stay planted on Quebec soil for very long? Understanding the options that are available to you and putting a plan in motion may he…

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I absolutely love organizing toys, I find it one of the most satisfying projects.  I also absolutely hate organizing toys, because it can be soooo frustrating.  I feel like if you're a parent and reading this you know exactly what I’m talking about. It’s the same feeling that you get right a…

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In honour of Earth Day today, Linen Chest has compiled a catalogue of products that encourage a lifestyle with less waste and less chemicals, products that tend to avoid excessive consumption. Because we can all, as individuals, make a difference and make the planet a better and healthier place.

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It may be difficult moving from one neighbourhood to another, especially if you’ve switched from city living to your first starter home in the suburbs. With new technologies always emerging and with the new societal norms of the internet, it is safe to say that we are no longer left in the d…

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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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In collaboration with ANOVA Organizing Services, a local company that helps its clients with organizational strategies, a 3-step method has always been applied in order to relieve the stresses and anxieties that come with the whole moving process.

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Deciding to put your home on the market can be quite the decision to finally make. As a homeowner, taking the plunge to enter the real estate market can be quite overwhelming, while as for the matriarch of the family, there can be a multitude of questions you may want answered. For example: …

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It may be cold and snowy out there still, but the warmer weather is on the horizon, as home decor collections touting everything summer start hitting our radars. Here are summer 2018 trends to look out for:

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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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Agggh!! Those dreaded containers!! How does it get to be such a mess?! You organize it, and then organize it again, and within a matter of days, you're being attacked by an avalanche of plastic containers and lids every time you open the cupboard door!

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It’s a popular belief that spring is the best time of the year to put your house on the market. While the warmer months have a number of perks including sunshine and a clear driveway, restraint yourself from waiting until the snow melts before listing your property.

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What’s not to love about the New Year?  We get to start off with a clean slate, a blank canvas, endless possibilities.  We get to dream about what we’ll accomplish this year, and getting organized is generally in the top 5 favourites depending on what poll you look at.  

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I really love this time of year.  Everyone is getting into the holiday spirit, putting lights up, decorating their homes and preparing for family and togetherness.  But it is also the time of year where it is very easy for your home to become overrun with toys.

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THG Paris is best known as the leading French atelier for the luxury bath, but they also have a number of kitchen faucets available, which balance artistic elegance with culinary practicality. These collections are ideal for the modern kitchen, which is both efficient and beautiful. Below we…

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Fall is the best time to prep your outdoor spaces in preparation for winter (and even spring). It's not only helpful but could be necessary for the upkeep and well-being of your home.

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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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Just in time for holiday shopping, online art distributor overstockArt.com releases its 10 top-selling masterpiece artworks for the holiday season, culled from sales data collected by the company over the past 16 years between Black Friday and Christmas Day. overstockArt.com provides afforda…

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Fall is everywhere, from leaf motifs to rich, vibrant fall colours. It's fun to add some seasonal touches to your decor, so here are some fall items to love.

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With the fall season upon us, it's time to start preparing our closets for the big wardrobe change - out with the summer stuff and in with the pants, long-sleeved shirts and sweaters. Given the project at-hand, it's also the best time to get your closet organized.

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A change of season is an ideal time to give your home decor some sprucing up. There's also a few mundane-ish maintenance things you should do around this time of year too in preparation of winter. So here's how to prep your home for fall.

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While there is a bit of a grieving process associated with the end of the summer, getting back into a routine has a nice, warm, comforting feeling associated with it when we have some good systems to rely on. Here are three stations you should consider setting up if you have school-aged chil…

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When it comes to trends, black is always in style, and this new Pure Hot+Cool Link colour is a stylish piece to bring into the home, or even the office. From statement rugs to pops of colour to quirky mixes of vintage and modern, Canadians are willing to challenge expectations of what makes …