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25Jul/17
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How to Find Energy-Efficient Homes in Montreal Real Estate Listings

Picking a home among the many attractive Montreal real estate listings is a daunting task. You have many factors to consider, such as the price, the size of the home, the number of bedrooms and baths, and the location.

But you also have to know not just whether you can afford to buy a home, but also whether you can afford to live in it. You may find out to your regret that your beautiful home will actually cost you a lot in your utility bills, and it may cost you a fortune to implement energy-efficient remodeling.

So how do you know whether a home is energy-efficient? Here are some tips that can help:

  1. Ask for copies of the owner’s previous utility bills. How much the owners’ pay for electricity, heating, and water can shed a light on how the home works, and how much you’ll have to pay if you don’t make certain improvements.
  2. Have the home go through an energy audit. In Canada, you can get an EnerGuide home evaluation regarding the energy performance of the house. The audit can check the insulation, measure the air leakage, and specify any problematic areas that must be addressed. This will give you a very clear idea of home much you will have to add to the cost of the house to make it truly livable.
  3. Look for brand new windows. This is a great sign for you as the homebuyer, because it’ll set you back anywhere from $8,000 to $24,000 to put in new windows. The problem with old windows is that they can get drafty, and that’s a problem that can cost you a lot. In the summer, such windows can let the heat seep in, so your air conditioning works over time and uses up greater power. In the winter, the cold air gets in so the heating needs to work harder as well.

With new windows, you get a better look and you don’t even need to repaint it. They also block much of the noise from outside. It’s even better if the new windows are Energy Star-qualified. These can reduce your energy bills by as much as 15%.

  1. Check the condition of the roof. The roof needs to be properly maintained. After all, they’re susceptible to winds, heavy rains, snow, and ice. Without proper maintenance, you may end up having to shoulder the expensive repairs later on.

You should have an expert look over the roofing in a comprehensive inspection. If any repairs are needed, make sure that you use the repair price as part of your negotiation. Also, check if the roofing materials are Energy Star-qualified. These qualified roof materials can reflect more of the rays of the sun, which can then help reduce the workload of your air conditioning system.

  1. See if the appliances are also Energy Star-qualified. Some homes have the appliances as part of the deal. If that’s the case, you should make sure that they’re all energy-efficient. The ES-qualified refrigerators use up 20% less energy. The ES dishwashers use 10% less energy and 18% less water. An ES washer uses 20% less energy and 35% less water. All these savings add up over a year.

It just makes sense, that when you’re picking a home in the Montreal real estate listings that you also factor in the monthly costs of the utility bills. By taking energy-efficiency into account, you can really have a more accurate idea of how much your new Montreal home really costs.

20Jul/17
house

Top Tips for Homebuyers Looking for Home Insurance Coverage

For nearly everyone, their home is their most expensive personal purchase. That’s why if you’re buying a new home, you have to make sure you also don’t neglect getting sufficient home insurance coverage. This policy can pay for repairs for the home, unattached structures such as a barn, and even your personal property inside the house. It all depends on whether the cause of the damage is by a covered peril in your insurance policy.
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22May/17
metal blacking

Metal Blacking vs. Plating: Which Should You Choose?

If you manufacture products such as metal components, tools, steel fences, or just about anything else that’s made from a type of metal, you’ll likely need to change their colour to make them appealing to your end customers. You might be able to plate large products that can handle the extra weight and that’s dimensions can be changed slightly, but plating isn’t always a viable option for the likes to small components and tools that need to retain their specific dimensions. If plating or painting aren’t options, you might consider metal blacking.
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15May/17
gardening

Do You Need a Gardener in Australia?

If you need a gardener in Australia, you need to rely on a specialist that can meet your lawn care and gardening needs at a price you can afford. You can find out more about who to choose by reviewing the listings on certain online platforms. These types of platforms enable you to review various gardening contractors’ skills and specialties and also see what others have to say about a specific gardener’s work.
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28Jan/17
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Big Fans for Big Places

Keeping a workplace nice and cool and the air in it of a satisfactory breathable nature, is a concern to all industrial sites in Australia. Places such as industrial facilities are where the air can easily become stagnant and dirty very quickly. Many types of industrial fans are out there that will help to make the air more comfortable, as well as dust free. You need to keep staff in a cool and pleasant atmosphere, so professional guidance and technology is a must.
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04Jan/17
breaker

The way to study your breaker panel

You’re taking the electricity in your private home with no consideration, however if something goes incorrect, you need to know the way to study and use your breaker panel. you can generally keep away from this mysterious gray steel field, afraid that messing with it is able to reason some sort of catastrophe. It’s time to demystify the breaker panel so you can use it when the time is right. Continue reading

10Nov/16
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Why Paying for a Storage Unit Is the Best Thing to Do

Many people from all walks of life, not to mention countless business owners, hire storage units to safely and securely store their possessions. There are numerous reasons why they may need to hire a unit, for example, they don’t have adequate storage space at home or at work, or they’re in the process of relocating to a new home or place of business. Here are a few of the many reasons why paying for a storage unit is the best thing to do if you have items that you need to store somewhere safe.
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