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Selling Your Home: Why Use a Realtor? - 06/19/07 07:07 AM
**Some homeowners are tempted to try selling their property without the assistance of a real estate agent (called FSBO: For Sale By Owner). The reality is that selling real estate is a complex and highly specialized field. Your home is your biggest asset. An agent will help steer you clear of the many pitfalls, and most importantly, will save you time and money. Here are just a few of the advantages of working with a professional real estate agent: -Your agent knows real estate values in your neighbourhood and will help set a competitive price on your house.-Your agent will establish a marketing (0 comments)
How to Make a Small Room Appear Bigger - 06/19/07 07:05 AM
**Small rooms are the bane of the home decorator. How does one achieve a pleasing look that doesn't feel cramped and claustrophobic? Short of building an addition or knocking down walls, you are limited to a few, but effective, decorating tricks that will create the illusion of space.Strategically using colour and light is the best way to achieve this. Choose light shades of paint or wallpaper for the walls. Lighter colours reflect light making for a brighter room. Use an even lighter shade of the same colour or white for ceilings and floors. A darker colour on the ceiling will make (0 comments)
Well Water - 06/18/07 12:36 PM
** Ongoing monitoring of your well water quality is extremely important. The bacterial quality should be checked every six months. The chemical quality should be checked every one to two years or earlier if you notice a change in taste or odor. Protecting your water source and water supply system is utmost important. Protection starts with proper location and construction of the well, followed by disinfection. Chemical disinfection or chlorination is essential to ensure that your well, pump, and pipes are free from bacteria. The process of disinfecting your well may take up to 24 hours to complete. Before you begin, make sure you (0 comments)
HALIFAX WEBCAMS - 06/11/07 09:46 AM
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Water Testing - 06/10/07 07:03 PM
Water Quality Testing In rural Canada, most people rely on private water supplies such as wells. Quality water is vital to the social, health, and economic well-being of the prairies. It is important to test the suitability of your water quality for its intended use, whether it be livestock watering, chemical spraying, or drinking water. This will assist you in making informed decisions about your water and how you use it. Importance of Water Testing Regular testing is important to: identify existing problems ensure water is suitable for the intended use ensure safe drinking water determine the effectiveness of a treatment system Is My Water (0 comments)
Appeal of Stainless Steel - 06/10/07 06:15 PM
How did a material once relegated to the cold confines of commercial kitchens become the hottest trend in kitchen decorating? By getting the word out that it is extremely durable, hygienic, and water and heat resistant. Not to mention that it possesses eye-grabbing appeal.First introduced to the residential market ten years ago, stainless steel has gained remarkable popularity in a relatively short period of time. Rarely is a new house complete or a kitchen renovation concluded without the addition of distinctive stainless steel appliances. The fridge, stove and dishwasher are the most traditional of stainless steel offerings, but recently the surge (0 comments)
Why Use A Realtor®? - 06/10/07 06:13 PM
Selling Your Home: Why Use a Realtor? Some homeowners are tempted to try selling their property without the help of a real estate agent (this is called FSBO: For Sale By Owner). The reality is that selling real estate is a complex and highly specialized field. If you are like most, your home is your biggest asset. An agent will help steer you clear of the many pitfalls, and most importantly, will save you time and money. Here are just a few of the advantages of working with an agent: -Your agent knows real estate values in your neighbourhood and will (0 comments)
Marketing Your Home - 06/10/07 06:11 PM
If you're thinking of selling your home, you need a marketing plan. Just like any other product people buy or sell, a home's value must be communicated to the proper audience to ensure the seller gets the best possible price.Marketing your home means more than putting up a lawn sign and sticking an ad in your local newspaper. You need to have a complete marketing plan that takes into account your home's unique qualities, your objectives and details the specific resources available to you.Your planning should begin as soon as you choose a Realtor, and often even before that. Part of (0 comments)
What's Cooking in Kitchen Renovation - 06/06/07 12:04 PM
Think of your kitchen as the social hub of your home. Undoubtedly, it's the most trafficked area in your house and is probably where your family gathers the most. It's also the room where you prepare your meals and, most likely, where you do most of your entertaining.With so much functionality, it should come as no surprise to discover that the kitchen is considered to be the most important room in a house. In fact, 58 per cent of Canadians polled in the 2003 Royal LePage National Home Attitude Study cite the kitchen as having the most impact on potential purchases. (0 comments)
The Hottest Renovation Trends - 06/06/07 11:48 AM
Home improvements, be they decorating, designing or renovating, are becoming almost as common as the annual summer holiday! However, like clothes, shoes and diets, fashions change. What's the new best thing? Here's what the experts are saying:- On average, renovations are getting bigger, and people are tending to want high-end, quality products. A continuous upgrade approach is popular with fewer people waiting several years between projects.- With children staying home longer and an increased desire to care for the aging parents within our homes, there is a subtle upswing in requests for multi-generational suites. Similarly, wider doorways and entrances, non-skid floors, (0 comments)
A Breath of Fresh Air: Improving Your Home's Air Quality - 06/06/07 11:46 AM
**Is the air in your home making you sick? Unexplained persistent cough, rash or a headache? The very air you breathe could be affecting the comfort and health of your family. Recognizing the symptoms of poor air quality is the first step towards correcting the problem. Bad air can be the cause any of the following symptoms:-fatigue -headaches -cold or flu symptoms such as coughing, congestion and sneezing -redness or irritation of the eyes -irritation of the nose or throat -dry, chapped or irritated skin -allergies -asthma attacksIn some cases the cause is obvious such as cigarette smoke and pet dander, (0 comments)
Hiring a Contractor - 06/06/07 11:12 AM
Whether building a new home or renovating an old one, choose your contractor carefully. Start by writing your project down, including a floor-plan sketch. Ask friends, family and neighbours about good and bad contractors. Select several contractors and arrange to meet with them. During the meeting, ask each of them:- How long have they been in business- What experience have they with projects such as yours- Their registration numbers for trade associations, the Better Business Bureau, Workers' Compensation and private liability insuranceReputable contractors will gladly answer these questions. Avoid those who balk.Have the contractor supply at least three references. Ask these (0 comments)
How to Make a Small Room Appear Bigger - 06/06/07 11:04 AM
Small rooms are the bane of the home decorator. How do you achieve a pleasing look that doesn't feel cramped and claustrophobic? Short of building an addition or knocking down walls, you are limited to a few, but effective, decorating tricks that create the illusion of space.The strategic use of colour and light is the best way to achieve this. Choose light shades of paint or wallpaper for the walls. Lighter colours reflect light making for a brighter room. Use an even lighter shade of the same colour or white for ceilings and floors. A darker colour on the ceiling will make (0 comments)
HALIFAX - 06/06/07 09:48 AM
Halifax HRM 2006 Land Area: 5490.90 sq km Urban Area: 262.65 sq km Population: HRM: 372,679 Urban: 282,924 Rural: 89,755 Halifax Regional Municipality,or what is commonly called Halifax, consists of several municipalities merged to form one larger municipality. It consists of Halifax Dartmouth, Bedford, and areas such as Sackville, Cole Harbour, Timberlea, Hammonds Plains and several other smaller communities. Here are the real estate divisions as per MLS®
CLAYTON PARK SUBDIVISION (Built 1962 - early 1980's) Features: Easy commute to HalifaxClose to all amenitiesUpper middle class communityParks, library, poolSchools: Duc' Danville (Primary-6)Clayton Park Junior High (7-9)Halifax West High (10-12)Housing: Single detachedSplit Entry2 StoreyCondosSemi-detachedTownhousesApartments CLAYTON PARK WEST SUBDIVISION (Built 1997-2003) Features: Easy commute to HalifaxClose to all amenities; pool, library, golfEthnically (0 comments)
BEDFORD INFORMATION - 06/05/07 10:35 AM
Population 16645 Total Dwellings 6456 Total Land Area 72.97 sq km 9.6 km from Halifax Located at the head of Bedford Basin, Bedford is famous for its beautiful natural surroundings. It is centrally located between Halifax and Dartmouth. Either city can be reached without crossing the bridges, which are often congested. There a two parks in this community. Dewolf Park offers a walking path along the shores of the basin. Bedford Days which is a one week festival in the summer is hosted in this park. Lions Park is also located on the shores of the Bedford Basin and features two heated pools (0 comments)
Lower Sackville Information - 06/05/07 09:05 AM
Sackville, Nova Scotia Population 32307 Area 43.2 sq km The Community of Sackville is part of The Halifax Regional Municipality. This community is made up of four separate areas, all interconnected; Lower Sackville, Middle Sackville, Upper Sackville and Beaverbank. Lower Sackville is almost fully developed residentially, it boasts a mix of business, residential and park areas, whereas the outskirts of Sackville (Middle and Upper) continues to increase. Sackville is located only 20 minutes from Halifax, Dartmouth and the airport; and only 5 minutes from Bedford. Lower Sackville is the business and central core of the community. The majority of people who live in Sackville live (0 comments)
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