Tuesday, August 10, 2021 / by Earl Gaddi
Regardless of where you live, chances are you’ve seen a few lawns that look like they’ve taken a beating this summer, while other neighbour’s yards look as lush and green as can be. While maintaining a healthy lawn might seem incredibly challenging, especially during the summer, it’s actually surprisingly easy! It just takes a bit of work–but it’s totally worth it. Not only does it improve the overall appearance of your home, but a beautiful lawn also provides a space for your friends and family to enjoy. If you’re looking to improve the look and feel of your home’s outdoor space, read on to learn some tried and trusted lawn care tips.
Signs of a healthy and unhealthy lawn
Let’s be honest: a lush and healthy lawn is a dream. By taking a bit of extra care now, it could save you a lot of effort later. Healthy lawns are less vulnerable to pests, weeds, drought, and other lawn care problems, which means you’ll save time ...
Thursday, August 5, 2021 / by Earl Gaddi
Whether it’s a hole from mounting hardware, or discovering a torn screen, minor damage and everyday wear-and-tear in our homes is a fact of life. Despite the rising popularity of DIY, not everyone feels comfortable making their own repairs, opting to employ professionals or family and friends, instead. Before starting your online search for a “local handyperson,” let’s look at eight easy repairs you can do around your home.
1. Repair or replace window screen
Small holes in a screen can be corrected in moments using a screen patch kit, while larger tears require a screen replacement kit. Nylon screen replacement kits are the easiest to install and contain a roll of nylon screen, spline (the vinyl cord which secures the screen inside the frame), and a spline roller (used to push the spline and screen into place).
2. Fix squeaky hinges
A few drops—or sprays—of lubricating oil makes a quick fix for noisy door hinges. But, if that doesn’t do ...
Monday, July 12, 2021 / by Earl Gaddi
With extended lockdowns, schools and offices shuttered, as well as many of our favourite amenities closed for long stretches due to the COVID-19 pandemic, Canadians have been spending a lot more time at home this past year. This has caused some buyers to reevaluate what they’re looking for in a home, including a desire for additional living space, whether it was in search of a dedicated home workspace or simply a larger backyard.
As provinces and territories continue to roll out vaccines and reopening plans move forward, it’s worth considering if the desire and demand for larger homes will persist as the pandemic recedes, and how the need for roomier residences has impacted markets across the country.
Today, we speak with Keith Stewart, Economist with the Real Estate Board of Greater Vancouver’s economist, and Shaun Cathcart, Director and Senior Economist, Housing Data and Market Analysis at the Canadian Real Estate Association (CREA), who share their th ...
Thursday, July 8, 2021 / by Earl Gaddi
With summer in full swing, the days are longer and the weather is nicer, which means you and your little ones will want to spend as much time outside as possible. A great way to pass the time can be finding outdoor activities that double as exercise! Your kiddos will be wiped by the time they’re done, and you’ll get some well-deserved down time. While spending an afternoon at a local park serves as a great way for the kids to have some much-needed fun in the sun, why not consider setting up a backyard playset offering the kids a multitude of things to do like climb, swing, and slide from the comforts of home?
If you’re up for a good old-fashioned summer DIY project, read on to learn about some unique playsets you can use as inspiration to build your own dream setup!
How much do elaborate playsets cost?
While you could surely hire a professional to build a backyard playset, it can also be a fun DIY project a handy weekend warrior could tackle. Plus, when you ...
Thursday, June 24, 2021 / by Earl Gaddi
For many Canadians, a home represents a secure, stable asset and an investment in their future.
Despite the challenges with housing affordability across the country, research shows homeownership can play a significant role in reducing inequality—with benefits that extend across income levels, ages and regions.
Lower-income Canadians benefit most from owning a home
This isn’t limited to high-income households—in fact, it’s more significant for lower-income households, according to data laid out in our recently released white paper, The Homeownership Dividend for Canadians. For many lower-income households, a principal residence may be their only source of wealth, which means the benefits are even more pronounced.
“Homeowners have a higher net worth and statistically speaking there’s evidence for that,” says Cliff Stevenson, CREA’s Chair. But it’s also about increasing equality, which has a trickle-down effect on communities and ...