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.

21Jul/17
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Top Signs that Homeowners Need Rodent Decontamination Services

You may think your house is great, but the problem is that you and your family may not be the only ones who think so. You may have mice and rats lodging in your home, along with other critters like squirrels, raccoons, skunks, and even groundhogs. Different species require somewhat different tactics for elimination, but at least the professional decontamination services know which way is best for each particular species.
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20Jun/17

Want To Grow A Bonsai Plant? Follow These Tips…

Having beautiful indoor plants is a matter of giving a redefine look to your home décor along with maintaining the aesthetic appeal of your home. People keep a variety of indoor plants in their homes that are capable of gathering the immediate attention of the people. If you are interested in growing a bonsai plant for your home, you need to follow these tips.
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17Jun/17
echo home

5 Steps To Making Your Home More Environmentally Friendly

Many people would love to make their home more environmentally friendly but are overwhelmed at the thought of doing so. They believe that making their home greener will require them to make drastic and expensive changes.

While it is true that there are many expensive changes you can do to your home to make it more environmentally friendly, it’s also true that there are just as many if not more small and relatively inexpensive ones as well.
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17Jun/17
carpet cleaning tips

Clean Your Carpet Effectively and Regular Basis

Cleaning your carpet on a regular basis is extremely important in order to keep one of the most important household materials neat and clean. At times people really worry about keeping their carpets. Cleaning your carpets can really be troublesome if the thing remains unattended for a long period of time. So, it is always important for an individual to maintain and clean his/her carpet on a regular basis in order to avoid facing a really troublesome experience in the long run. So here are few tips and simple suggestions that you can consider in the matter of house cleaning and carpet cleaning purposes. In case you are living in and around Perth, then getting in touch with the carpet cleaning Perth experts could be a useful idea as well.
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30May/17
home security

Upgrading Home Security – Staying One Step Ahead

Regardless of how low or how high crime rates are in your area, a home that isn’t protected by up-to-date locks and bolts will always be targeted by thieves. While most break-ins are opportunistic and not planned, that doesn’t mean thieves aren’t on the lookout for homes that represent an easy target and that means homes with lax security. Here are a few home security tips to help you stay one step ahead of thieves at all times.
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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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16May/17
Different Styles of Lighting

3 Different Styles of Lighting for the Home

When you have made the important decisions about furniture placement, décor, and overall layout of the room, you need to make another important choice – the lighting design for the room. With excellent lighting you can transform a room from so-so to standout. But how do you go about lighting your home effectively? After all, it is not just about giving yourself enough light to see and work by. Take a look at these different lighting styles and find out how you can apply them to your rooms. Continue reading