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How to Get Your Home Ready for a Move This Fall

How to Get Your Home Ready for a Move This Fall

If you’re planning on moving this fall and didn’t Marie-Kondo your home during the spring cleaning phase a few months ago, then now is the time to get started! There’s nothing quite like having to pack, move, and unpack everything you own to inspire a good purge. Here...

Reasons to Live, Work, and Play With us in Kitchissippi: Pizza!

Reasons to Live, Work, and Play With us in Kitchissippi: Pizza!

There’s nothing quite like a summer BBQ, but for the evenings you’re craving something a little different, you can’t go wrong with a locally-baked ‘za. It may seem like a long-standing tradition, but pizza didn’t actually arrive in Ottawa until the early 1950s, and in...

Tips for Ensuring a Successful House Hunting Trip

Tips for Ensuring a Successful House Hunting Trip

Whether you’re in the military, or your corporate company has decided to open a new office on the other side of the country, a well-planned house hunting trip can be the difference between stress and success. As soon as you find out the date and location you’ll be...

Yes, People Will Open Your Closets

Yes, People Will Open Your Closets

Everyone knows the basic principles of listing a house: make sure it’s clean, don’t leave unnecessary clutter around, leave the home during viewings, and take out the trash. But that doesn’t mean you can take that pile of laundry (whether it’s clean or dirty) and hide...

This Spring, Help Sell Your Home by Refreshing Your Kitchen

This Spring, Help Sell Your Home by Refreshing Your Kitchen

There isn’t ever a down-time in the Ottawa housing market, but the spring months are definitely the busiest each year. If you’re a homeowner looking to sell, making adjustments to one of the most important rooms in the home - the kitchen - can help your house stand...

April Showers Bring May Flowers – And Flood Warnings, too

April Showers Bring May Flowers – And Flood Warnings, too

I was driving through the city last week, and suddenly it hit me - I could actually see over the snowbanks! And in most spots, the sight-blocking piles of snow had melted away altogether. It’s a welcome sign of spring, especially after a winter that broke records here...

Spring Forward: Five Tips and Tricks to Maximize Your Home Value

Spring Forward: Five Tips and Tricks to Maximize Your Home Value

Despite what you see when you look out of the window (the snow WILL melt eventually, I promise!), spring is just around the corner. Although the Ottawa housing market doesn’t actually have a down period, the spring months are traditionally the busiest. To make the...

Winter in the Nation’s Capital – It’s Not All Bad!

One of the great things about living in the Nation’s Capital is the amount of events that take place all year round. While summer in Ottawa is so good it convinces us all to stick around through the harsh winters, we tend to hibernate through them instead of enjoying...

New Year, New You – And A New Reno, Too?

We all like starting projects on a day that marks the beginning of something new - Mondays, the first of the month, January. The new year in particular sparks a desire for change in most of us. “New Year, New You” flies across social media and most of us will use...

A Hobby Becomes a Business and a Business Becomes a Legacy

Claudia McGuiness’ The Cupcake Lounge is an overnight success twenty years in the making. It all started with a passion and a hobby that Claudia pursued in her early days in Mexico for nothing more than the delicious pleasure of it.

Choosing An Agent to Sell Your Home

Choosing an agent is a curious and often confusing thing. Many of the folks that I meet with are quite diligent in that they interview with a number of Realtors to determine who is best qualified to sell their most valuable and beloved asset, their home.