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How to Make Your For Sale By Owner Open House Feel Professional

So, you have decided to sell your home “by owner.” [link to other article] Hosting an open house without the aid of a realtor can be tricky, especially if you aren’t used to entertaining or having strangers in your home. What can you do to put your guests (and yourself) at ease to maximize your chance of a sale? What to Do to Prepare Let interested buyers know when to show up Once you decide the dates for your open house, be sure to include the times in any ads you have created for your house. You can also put up signs around the neighbourhood advertising the house along with the date, time and address about a week in advance…. read more

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How to Have an Epic Garage Sale

Having a garage sale can be really fun! It’s a great way to get rid of the clutter in your life without sending it to the landfill, while making some extra dough on the side. And people love garage sales – it’s like hunting for hidden treasure right in your own neighbourhood. But what if you’ve never had a garage or yard sale before? We’ve got some tips to help you maximize your success and have the most epic garage sale possible. Step 1: Organize Your Stuff! Trying to figure out what to sell in your garage sale? When it comes to clearing clutter out of your life, the general rule of thumb is this: if you haven’t used it… read more

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How to Get Your Money’s Worth When Buying a Used Bike

There are many great reasons to buy a used bike. It saves you money and saves a perfectly good bike from rusting away in a junkyard. With a second life, your new-used bike will bring many more years of joy on the open road. That being said, buying a used bike (or any large used item with mechanical parts) comes along with its risks. You definitely don’t want to buy a used bike and have it break down on you the next day, which could cost you a lot more money in repairs. You can avoid buying a dud and make a smart purchase if you know what to look out for. Here’s how to properly inspect a used bike… read more

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Cottage Country 101: How to Be a Great Cottage Guest

If you’re one of the many people who aren’t lucky enough to have a cottage in the family, you may be crossing your fingers this summer hoping that you’ll be invited on a friend’s trip to cottage country. Perhaps you’re worrying whether or not you’ve racked up enough friend points to be part of the select few. You wouldn’t hesitate to even brag about your cooking skills or party tricks in hopes of scoring an invite. Stay strong, you’re sure to get it. If not, some people take matters into their own hands, round up a few friends and save enough dough to rent a cottage. If you’re about to go to a cottage for the first time, you’re in… read more

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How to Declutter Your Closet

Ever gaze into your full closet in frustration,throw your hands into the sky and stomp your feet like a big baby because you can’t find anything to wear? And you just bought clothes! Still, nothing seems to feel right for the occasion. If this sounds like you, you might be suffering from Overwhelming Closet Clutter (OCC). OCC affects many people, but you can do something about it! Here’s how to take a strategic approach to decluttering your closet so you can fully appreciate what you have.   Take everything out of your closet and make some piles   Pile 1: In-season, still wearable.   Pile 2: Out of season, still wearable.   Pile 3: Consignment-worthy.   Pile 4: Donation-worthy.  … read more