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Paint Colours are in for 2019

NationalPost.com, Paint Trends for 2019: Just Breathe by Martha Uniacke Breen. October 27, 2018.   The major paint manufacturers have unveiled their picks for colour of the year 2019, and if all the choices could be summed up in one idea, it would be “relaxed.” That’s not to say next year’s palette is neutral or boring; ¬there are jewel tones and an evolution of strong shades, including near-blacks, from past years. But what distinguishes this year’s picks is a general smokiness, a gentling down of colour, and a sense that many of these colours would work together beautifully, even across
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Insulating a Garage Door and Getting Weed-Free Flagstones

Your questions on insulating garage doors to make the garage a warmer place in your home and obtaining weed-free flagstones answered! Making sure you take the time to properly plan out your projects, and using the proper materials are important to success. For answers and tips, click here.  
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Maintained fences make happy homeownwers and neighbours

NationalPost.com, Maintained fences make happy homeownwers and neighbours by Mike Holmes. October 9th, 2018. Your outdoor structures need as much preventive maintenance and care as the rest of your home does. Many homeowners think of structures like fences and sheds as replaceable, when they are anything but. You need to maintain them. Any structures that fall into a state of disrepair aren’t just an eye sore, they could be a safety hazard! On the positive side, well-maintained outdoor structures can provide overall value to your home, so it pays to do the upkeep. Your fence works overtime: it provides privacy
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New Tax on Ottawa Airbnb Rentals

Josh Pringle, CTV Morning Live. Published Wednesday, August 1, 2018 2:51AM EDT  Airbnb users are now paying a tax on their nightly rental in Ottawa. Starting today, Airbnb will collect a four per cent “municipal accommodation tax” on all Ottawa listings. The tax will then be remitted to the City of Ottawa to help support Ottawa tourism. Ottawa was the first Ontario city to enter into a Municipal Accommodation Tax collection agreement with Airbnb. In January, the City of Ottawa imposed a four per cent Municipal Accommodation Tax on hotel rooms in Ottawa.  The money is used to support the tourism
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Income properties: How suite they might sound

Do you have extra space in your home you’re not using? Or do you need an additional source of income? If you’ve been thinking about turning part of your home into an income suite, there’s some factors you should consider! Click here to see the pros and cons of building an extra unit in your home!  
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Keys to a high-performance home

  A high performance home isn’t just energy efficient. It provides a healthier environment for you and your family. Turn your attention to durability, value and health. But how is this done? When the home is built to be air tight, you need a method of cycling in fresh outdoor air, while exhausting the warm, moist air generated in your home by living in it (especially in kitchens and bathrooms). Enter the Heat Recovery Ventilator (HRV) which adjusts the temperature of the outdoor air to match your home, while expelling the moist indoor air. An HRV doesn’t perform the function
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Skipping Home Inspections a Major Red Flag for New Buyers

When you are planning on purchasing a home, one of the most important things to have done is a home inspection. Many buyers don’t think it’s necessary, or is too expensive. But, having a thorough walk-through of the property will help pin point problems early on and save you money down the road. A home inspection will look beyond the cosmetics of the home and take a serious look at the home’s systems (HVAC, wiring, plumbing) and structural aspects, like the roof. Click here for more information on why you need a Home Inspection.  
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