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January 2014

Found 3 blog entries for January 2014.

Your home represents a big investment, and also the place you spend a lot of your time. So keeping your home in good repair is not just important for your peace of mind, but also safety and value of your home. There are three main things to keep in mind when caring for your home:

Safety

• Fire: faulty heating and electrical can be a fire hazard in your home
• Structural: damaged foundation or rotting floors, etc
• Indoor air quality: moisture trouble, or fuel-burning appliances which can cause carbon monoxide. Both issues can cause serious health problems, or even death.
• Occupational: loose railings, stairs, etc.

Preventing/Fixing Wear and Tear

• Leaky faucets, upgrades to floors and walls, etc.
• Broken fixtures, chipped paint, etc.

Improving

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According to a report released by Royal LePage this week, the real estate market is expected to favour sellers for the first part of 2014, with a strong spring expected.

“We predict continued upward pressure on home prices as we move towards the all-important spring market,” Royal LePage CEO Phil Soper

“In addition to normal demand, housing prices in Canada this year will be influenced by buyers who put off purchase plans in the very soft spring of 2013. Talk of a ‘soft landing’ for Canada’s real estate market in the new year is misguided. We expect no landing, no slowdown, and no correction in the near-term. Conditions are ripe for as strong a market as we saw in the post-recessionary rebound of the last decade.”


With that in mind, house price

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January not only marks the start of a new year, it's also 'Get Organized Month', and now is the perfect time to take steps towards a clutter-free home. Below are some easy declutter and organization tips for your home:

Purge: if you can't remember the last time you used something, there's a good chance you don't need it. Purge, and purge often.

Tackle a little each day: trying to do this one day will leave you overwhelmed. Identify and prioritize the trouble spots in your home, and tackle a little bit each day.

Use unused space wisely: install hooks, and use labels, shelves, etc. The more tools you can use to organize easier, the better.

Identify a place for everything: everything needs to have a home, so if you find things that currently

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