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Entries in House & Home (40)

Basement units must comply with code

When real estate agents prepare offers for a house with a basement apartment, they typically insert a clause stating that “seller does not warrant retrofit status.”

This results in the purchaser taking the risk of getting caught by city inspectors and having to vacate the unit and forfeit rental income.

Agents and sellers seem to think they are sheltered from liability if they do not “warrant” the basement’s so-called retrofit status.

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Posted on Tuesday, June 4, 2013 at 01:16PM by Registered CommenterElaine in | CommentsPost a Comment | References1 Reference

Earth Day Canada: Resources Guides & Tips

Apartments and condos:
http://www.earthday.ca/pub/resources/assets/pdfs/guides/guide_apts_and_condos.pdf

For the cottage:
http://www.earthday.ca/pub/resources/assets/pdfs/guides/guide_cottagetips.pdf

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Posted on Friday, April 26, 2013 at 02:36PM by Registered CommenterElaine in | CommentsPost a Comment | References1 Reference

An environmentally friendly renovation

There's no question that the need for more energy efficient, earth-friendly design is becoming an increasing imperative, and in some cases, governments are actually legislating a certain level of environmental sustainability through new "green" bylaws. But does incorporating the environment into building or renovation plans mean compromising design, forgoing comfort and luxury, or living with expensive, sometimes temperamental technologies? Absolutely not: as a number of recent projects by the Toronto architectural firm of Moss-Sund demonstrate, green principles can be the springboard for beautiful and highly livable design.

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Posted on Friday, April 26, 2013 at 02:28PM by Registered CommenterElaine in | CommentsPost a Comment | References1 Reference

Going green at home

Q: Can you give some energy-saving tips for my home electronics?

A: With an average of 40 gadgets and gizmos plugged into sockets at any one time, we clearly love our gadgets. But a few simple suggestions can greatly reduce power consumption in the home. That's good not only for the environment, but for your wallet.

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Posted on Monday, March 18, 2013 at 02:18PM by Registered CommenterElaine in | CommentsPost a Comment | References1 Reference

Get your garden in shape

Well-groomed gardens have tremendous curb appeal. They welcome visitors and encourage us to get outside and enjoy our surroundings. But when spring hits, the garden-prep "to-do" list can seem overwhelming. If you take a step-by-step approach to ready-ing your garden, you'll be sitting on your deck with a book in one hand and a drink in the other in no time at all.

Step One: Assess your yard. Check your natural elements (garden beds, trees, shrubs) and man-made structures (fences, arbours, water features, compost bins). Note any damage or dead plants, wear and tear, and any areas that need attention. Inventory garden tools, hoses and sprinklers to see what needs to be cleaned or replaced.

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Posted on Monday, March 18, 2013 at 01:23PM by Registered CommenterElaine in | CommentsPost a Comment | References1 Reference