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Benefits and a quick guide to home insulationThere is a lot more to the insulation in a home than many homeowners realize. It comes in a variety of forms and materials, each designed for specific purposes. It has multiple positive aspects and selecting the right insulation product and installing it properly is critical. Homes with great insulation are often easier and quicker to sell as well.

How is the effectiveness of insulation rated? What are the various types available and how can they improve the quality of life and value of a home? Find these answers and more, in our quick guide to home insulation.

How Insulation is Rated

Like a furnace is rated in BTU's and an engine is rated in horsepower, insulation has its own rating system. It is rated by its resistance to heat movement,

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elling Your Home When You Own PetsPets can complicate the home selling process. Pet owners who want to sell their house can still do so, but they must first prepare their house to ensure that buyers will be interested. If you're a pet owner, here's what you need to know.

For informational purposes only. Always consult with a licensed real estate professional before proceeding with any real estate transaction.

1. Take Pets Out During Showings

Not all home buyers feel comfortable around animals, and some home buyers are allergic to pet dander. Leaving a pet in the house during a showing can cause problems that could cost homeowners their a sale. To help ensure that buyers feel comfortable when viewing a home, homeowners must take their pet (or pets) out during showings.

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The Basics of Credit Scores and Getting a MortgageBuying a home demands a reliable income, a fairly large down payment, and a decent credit score. Since improving a person's credit can take months or years, this may be the first place prospective home buyers want to start. Credit scores affect the types of loans people can get, as well as the interest rate. In turn, this alters how much borrowers can qualify to receive. This information shows how a buyer's credit score determines how they buy a home, and what they can do to improve it.

For informational purposes only. Always consult with a licensed mortgage professional before proceeding with any real estate transaction.

Credit Score Fundamentals

Credit scores range from 300-900, with higher scores indicating a better credit rating. Canada

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Your Guide to Professional Home Pest RemediationHomeowners should be concerned with pests in a home. Some may choose to try to fix the problem themselves, often finding out that the issue reoccurs. This can pose a continuing headache for a homeowner and is one reason why many choose to go with a professional Canadian home pest remediation service provider. Pests, their dander, fecal matter and specific behaviours can damage a home and potentially pose a health concern to occupants. Having the problem addressed professionally can uncover hidden issues making it easy for pests to reenter a home, allowing for the homeowner to address the pest problem completely.

Work with a reputable company to identify the pest, create an action plan and eliminate pests in a home.

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Common Home Dangers and Key SolutionsAvoiding home risks should be a top priority, as issues that seem to be small can actually present a number of serious physical health risks that only present symptoms over time. Ranging from mildew and mould to falling and fire dangers, here are some simple ways to recognize and prevent common household hazards.

Mould and Mildew

Areas with excessive moisture and limited ventilation tend to be havens for mould and mildew. Basements, laundry rooms and bathrooms are the most common culprits for these silent creepers. However, they can often be spotted via unsightly greenish/grey growths on walls and can be sensed by their musty smell.

These home dangers should be resolved immediately, as they can cause sinus congestions, allergy exacerbation,

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4 Ways To Keep Your Home SafeNo matter where someone lives, whether it’s simple condo in the suburbs or a mansion inside a gated community inside a larger gated community, home security is important. There’s always a risk of someone breaking in and stealing valuable possessions, or worse, hurting the people who live inside. There are many different ways that homeowners can help protect their homes, especially with the rise of smart home technology. However, not everyone is able to use these sorts of technologies, so here are some easy and effective ways to boost security at home.

1. Improve the Front Door

If someone is trying to get into a home, there’s a very good chance they’re going to try to come in through the front door. Wooden doors can crack and get weak over the

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How to Eliminate Mould in Your HomeShould a homeowner be concerned about the growth of mould in a home? Even if not all moulds are toxic, they may still impact occupant health and present as a home safety hazard that affects the resale value of a property. Mould may not be easy to detect or eliminate, but addressing issues early on can make it easier to remediate a mould problem.

Understand more about the impact of mould and home mould remediation.

Mould in Homes and Health Concerns

A variety of moulds may grow in a home. Even when mould is not immediately observable, they can emit a musty odour that can serve as an indicator of an issue. Places such as the bathroom or basement are often common areas where mould can develop. However, mould can grow in areas that are

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Best Ways to Improve Home LightingHome lighting is important. Good home lighting prevents household accidents and makes the home look better at the same time. Lighting is especially important when it's time to sell a home. Without good home lighting, some homes look small, dark and even unkempt to home buyers. Using good lighting techniques is important for keeping a home safe and for staging the home to sell. Here's what you need to know.

Use Natural Light Whenever Possible

Natural light is flattering and free, so it's good to capitalize on home lighting whenever possible. Keeping window dressings open and switching heavy window dressings for lighter dressings can help.

Installing mirrors across from windows can help reflect natural light around the room, thus brightening

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4 Steps To Choosing the Right AgentWhether buying a new home or selling an old one, everyone should hire a real estate agent before doing either. However, many buyers and sellers think that all real estate agents are more or less the same, but this just isn't so. All real estate agents are different, and not every buyer and seller will mesh well with every agent, so it’s important for them to know what to look for in an agent. Here are some useful things to do when looking for an agent.

Read Reviews From Past Clients

Just about every real estate agent will try to showcase reviews from their past clients, and in addition, if an agent doesn’t make reviews accessible, it can mean that they’re either very new to the profession or that they don’t get very good feedback from their

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The Facts About Home InsuranceHome insurance is a requirement for most homeowners that can feel very much like an afterthought at the end of a home buying process. When a buyer has been so overwhelmed with everything from the down payment to the closing costs, the last thing they want to do is go through a complicated policy with a fine-toothed comb. However, home insurance is a serious purchase that buyers may want to understand more before they choose a particular level of coverage.

For informational purposes only. Always consult with a financial advisor before proceeding with any real estate transaction.

The Premium

A home insurance company is going to look at the risk factors of the home before they decide how much to charge each client. They'll look at how many

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