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Before the Move

  • Creating a Budget

    Why create budget? It is easy to let spending get out of hand, an extra drink at the bar, splurging on a long weekend get away or indulging in the new iPad that you just don’t need. No one ever said you should count pennies but being smart about your money is always a good thing. Having a budget can mean finding a way to put money aside for an important purchase or creating a […]

  • Monthly Budget

    Calculate your monthly expenses with this tool.

  • Should I Sell On My Own or With An Agent?

    Are you considering selling your own home or working with a real estate agent? Many sellers feel that real estate commissions are too high. On a $300,000 home, those commissions can add up to $15,000 or more. In theory, you can save thousands of dollars if you sell your own home.  But do you have the time or skills to sell your own home? We will provide you with some important guidelines that may help […]

  • How To Find & Select a Real Estate Agent

    Are you searching for a new house? Are you unhappy with the real estate agent that you’ve used in the past? Are you moving to a new city and looking for another home?  We have all the tips you will need to help you find and select the real estate agent that is right for you and your needs. Here are a few general considerations to get you started Start by finding out which agents […]

  • Find an Agent

    Need some professional advice? Use this tool to find a real estate agent or broker near you.

  • Home Picker

    Use this tool to help you decide which home is right your you – Which home best meets your needs

  • Home Inspections

    When purchasing a resale home, or a new home, you should consider having it inspected by a professional home inspector.  A home inspection is often an important condition of the Offer to Purchase.  If this is the case, a home inspection must take place in order to close the sale. Qualifications of a home inspector In Alberta and British Columbia, the provincial government must license home inspectors. In British Columbia home inspectors need to be […]

  • Preparing Home for Selling

    Preparing Your House for the Real Estate Market

    You want to sell your home. You are ready but is your house ready? Here are some step-by-step instructions and tips for ensuring that your house is at its best and more than ready for the real estate market. Clean, Clean, then Clean Some More… People will judge whether or not they want to live in a home primarily by what they see. If they see a dirty house, they’ll wonder about its condition and […]

  • Cleaning Checklist

    Cleaning Checklist to Help Sell Your Home

    Cleaning your home is the first step to showing it in its best light. Buyers look into every nook and cranny. You should go through your home as if you were a potential buyer and look at it with critical eyes! If it is dirty, clean it. If it is broken, fix it. If it is noisy, silence it. If it is not working, repair it. Here is a checklist to help you plan your […]

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    Use ”Expense Tracker” Tool to Budget for Your Move

    You may want to move, you may have to move. Either way there are costs associated with a move. The costs will vary depending on whether you are ”doing it yourself” or moving with professionals, whether you are moving locally or across the country, and whether you are moving alone or with a family. This list will help you determine what costs you might incur. Use the ”Expense Tracker” Tool to keep track of those […]

  • Expense Tracker

    Calculate the cost of you move with this handy tool.

  • Selecting a Mortgage

    Once your offer to purchase has been accepted you should see your lender to verify and update your financial information.  Your lender may request a property appraisal and/or a land survey.   In addition, title insurance may be required.  Your lender will then go over available mortgage options. There are two primary options: Conventional Mortgage: A conventional mortgage is a mortgage loan that is equal to, or less than, the lending value of the property.  The […]

  • Scheduler

    This tool helps you plan and schedule each step of your move.

  • What is Home Staging?

    Home Staging is the preparation of a home inside and out for viewing by potential buyers in advance of  its being listing on the real estate market. The purpose of Home Staging is to bring a home’s best features forward, and assure a favorable presentation. Staging a home can help potential buyers see themselves in it as their home. This has value as only about 5% of potential buyers can visualize changes to a home, they […]

  • Mortgage Loan Insurance

    Is it mandatory? Mortgage loan insurance, also known as mortgage default insurance, is mandatory in Canada if you have a high-ratio mortgage.  In other words, if the down payment on your mortgage is between 5% and 19.99% you will require mortgage loan insurance.  If your down payment is at least 20% mortgage loan insurance is generally not required.  However there are exceptions, therefore you should always check with your mortgage lender.  What is mortgage loan […]

  • Has your stuff exceeded your space?

    The average home may be bigger, but it seems we have no problem filling it up. Feeling cramped? Starting a renovation? Staging your home? Going away temporarily? It may be time to look into securing storage and the choices have never been better. If you’re looking for some additional room, read on. Assess your needs How much do you have? Organizational experts agree that the first step is to purge, purge, purge. In addition to […]

  • Organize Your Move!

    Did you know that moving is often considered the third most stressful event in most people’s lives? When it comes time to move most people feel overwhelmed by the number of tasks they need to coordinate. There are utility company updates, address changes and so many questions: Will the new house require renovations? How much time will I have to move? How will I get the old house cleaned? Who will move me? The list […]

  • Do I Move Myself or Hire a Mover?

    By now, you know there are a lot of questions to answer when planning a household move. This article will help you answer the question of whether you should move yourself or hire the services of a professional mover. Like most questions of a personal nature, the answer will vary tremendously from one person to the next based on a variety of factors such as time available, money, family size, geographic distance, and complexity of […]

  • Renting a Moving Truck

    How to Rent a Moving Truck

    This article has been written to teach you all you need to know to rent your own moving van, truck, or trailer. As with any aspect of moving, it is best to answer a few basic questions before researching prices.  We suggest you start the exercise by asking yourself the following few questions: Where are you going? If you are only moving across town, most rental agencies will accommodate your needs.  However, if you are […]

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    Choosing The Right Mover

    There are essentially two types of movers to choose from: Van line- affiliated movers Usually franchises of a larger van line company Greater degree of protection if problems occur More support for long-distance moves (which are defined differently by organization) Most have multiple locations within the country or worldwide Independent movers Usually specialize within a smaller local area In the case of long distance moves, some will broker the move to a third party.  This […]

  • Find a Mover

    Need some extra help? Use this tool to find a professional mover near you.

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    Moving Estimates – What To Expect

    In addition to the information found in the article, “Choosing The Right Mover”, this article will help you better prepare for obtaining reliable moving estimates. If you have decided to use, or are considering, a professional mover, you should obtain comprehensive written estimates from at least three different moving companies. These estimates will not only be an important factor in selecting the right moving company; they will also help you finalize a realistic moving budget. […]

  • Moving With Children of All Ages

    Moving can be both physically and emotionally stressful on a family. Leaving behind familiar activities, places, and friends can create anxiety for the whole family – kids included.  However, moving can also be exciting – it may be for a better job, a chance to discover new parts of the world, an opportunity to make new friends, etc… This article, together with its tips and checklists, has been written to help facilitate moving with children […]

  • Moving With Younger Children

    Together with tips and checklists, this article has been written to help facilitate moving with preschoolers and younger children including: How to tell younger children about the move What reactions you can expect from them What can your child do to help and be actively involved Packing and moving day to-do lists An earlier article, ‘’Moving with children’’ provides general advice on helping children cope with a move and helping them to adapt. Leaving behind […]

  • Moving With Pre-teens & Teenagers

    Moving is often hardest on this age group because at this age, friends are vitally important.  Moving means giving up these friendships and having to form new ones.  Whether you are expecting delight and excitement or contempt and resistance, your best defense is a plan. This article, together with its tips and checklists, has been written to help facilitate moving pre-teens and teenagers. Also check out our article on ‘’Moving with children of all ages’’ […]

During the Move

  • Easy Ways to Save

    Cutting costs is not easy and can be frustrating if you are trying to save up for something special. Maybe you want to put money aside for a trip, school, a big purchase or just create a security blanket in the bank in case of emergency. Regardless of your reason to save, here are some great ways to make it happen! Create a Budget Creating a budget is the first step to saving. Knowing where […]

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    How do I pack my belongings?

    Assuming you decided to pack your own belongings, this article will help you with a step-by-step plan to tackle this big step. Careful planning and packing will save you time, money and potentially a lot of frustration. Step 1 – What stays and what goes? Decide what will move with you and what will stay behind. There may be items that you no longer need or want. As soon as you have made those decisions, […]

  • Home Purchase Costs

    There are many expenses that will be incurred when purchasing and moving into a home.  Awareness and a little bit of early planning will help avoid any unpleasant surprises. Here is an overview of typical expenses, broken down into two parts: those incurred before or during the purchase process, and those incurred once you have purchased the home and are preparing your move or have just moved in. 1. Costs incurred during the purchase process Down […]

  • Do It Yourself Tips for Painting Your New Place

    When you move into your new apartment you may want to revive your rooms with a fresh coat of paint. Even if it is just a coat of crisp white paint, it can make your apartment look brighter and new. Depending on the current conditions of the walls when you move in, your landlord may take on the responsibility of painting for you, but if not, here are some things to know if you are […]

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    How to Pack Liquids

    It can be tricky to transport liquids from your old location to your new one, so we’ve put together some helpful tips on how to safely pack them to ensure a smooth, risk-free transition. Be sure to read the tips and warnings at the bottom of the page if you are handling potentially dangerous or toxic liquids, such as bleach or flammables. What You’ll Need Tape gun (a.k.a. adhesive transfer gun) Permanent marker Adhesive labels […]

  • Packing an ”Open-Me-First” Box

    Packing for a move can be a stressful process, one that can often have you asking, “but where do I start?” An oft-overlooked but vitally important detail, your “Open-Me-First” carton (a carton of basic necessities you’ll need to get settled into your new place), should be on top of your list of priorities before moving day. Here is a step-by-step guide to help you prepare and assemble your Open-Me-First carton. Step 1: Packing Your Essentials […]

  • How to Pack Your Bedroom

    When packing up your bedroom for moving day, you want to be certain that everything is handled with the utmost care. These are, after all, your most personal belongings! From your furniture to your clothing to your personal library and everything in between, read on for a step-by-step guide to packing your bedroom goods. What You’ll Need Tape gun (a.k.a. adhesive transfer gun) & tape Permanent marker Unprinted (blank) newsprint sheets or packing peanuts Large […]

  • Top 7 Ways to Find Moving Boxes for Free

    Making the decision not to purchase your moving cartons is an effective way to cut costs when moving to a new location. However, the process of locating them isn’t always convenient. Here are a few tips on how to quickly and easily obtain moving boxes, free of cost. 1: Ask around Do you know someone who has recently moved? Has a new family just moved into your neighbourhood? Chances are, they still have a number […]

  • How to Pack your Garage or Tool Shed

    Not sure how to pack your skis, hoses, brooms, and other garage items? Here’s a step-by-step guide to help you effectively tackle this important space before moving day. What You’ll Need Tape gun (a.k.a. adhesive transfer gun) Permanent marker 2 or 4 cubic foot cartons Plastic bins (for storing liquids) Wardrobe box (as needed) Preparing Read the tips and warnings at the bottom of this page before you proceed. Many of these will redirect you […]

  • How To Pack Your Kitchen

    Here is a step-by-step guide on how to best pack your kitchen before your move, from dishes and plates to appliances. For more information on packing your household items like home decor and domestic plants, enter a keyword in the searchbar above or keep reading our series on packing your household goods, using the links at the bottom of this page. What You’ll Need Tape gun (a.k.a. adhesive transfer gun) Permanent marker Blank newsprint sheets […]

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    How To Load A Moving Truck

    You packed your belongings, reserved a moving truck and are now thinking about what moving day will look like. Advance planning will make moving day go a lot smoother and faster. This article provides you with tips to help in preparing for loading the moving truck. Before moving day arrives, consider the following tips to helps ensure a trouble free moving day: 1. Find additional helpers. You will likely need to move heavy items and […]

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    Unloading Your Goods from The Moving Truck

    You have now arrived at your new home and are in the home stretch, but you are not done yet. While the process of unloading the moving truck is largely the opposite of loading the truck, a bit of organizing will help make sure your stuff gets off the truck as safely and quickly as it went on. The tips below will help you organize your thoughts and devise a plan that works best for […]

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    Unpacking Your Household Goods

    Once the moving truck has been unloaded, it is easy to feel overwhelmed by the stacks of boxes around you. The good news is that this is the last step in your journey! Remember you do not have to unpack all boxes in one day. The first rule of thumb is: get organized. But how do you do that? This article provides you with a variety of “how-to” hints that range from general to room-by-room […]

  • Moving Your Car

    Like most elements of your move, there are a number of different ways toyou’re your car to your new location. Selecting the best option for you will largely depend on how far your move is and how much value you place on your car. To help with your shipping decision, this article presents three options: Drive your car yourself, Hire someone to drive your car, or Ship your car. An important caveat – if you […]

  • What About Fido?

    You thought about Hydro, but what about Fido? You are on top of your move! Change of addresses sent, utilities notified, truck rented. But what about your furry sidekick? (or scaly, or slippery, or feathered?) By now, you’ve already checked the municipal by-laws, as well as any apartment / condo rules, to ensure your pet will be welcomed in your new home, as well as any codes of conduct you will be required to adhere to. So […]

After the Move

  • Settling In Advice for the Whole Family

    After the tiring and seemingly never ending list of to-dos, this is the fun part of the move – settling in. The adventure begins now for the whole family –discovering the new neighbourhood and the surprises it will have in store. This article goes over some useful guidance for helping the family settle into your new home. Be prepared to deal with mood changes and reintroduce house rules More than ever, keep an eye on […]

  • Land Transfer Taxes in Alberta

    Land Transfer Taxes (LTT) are provincial taxes levied on the exchange of real estate, and are the responsibility of the purchaser. Usually the LTT is a percentage of the property value.  All provinces have a land transfer tax except Alberta and Saskatchewan (who instead levy a much smaller fee). Note that Ontario, Toronto, B.C. and PEI there are LTT rebates for first time homeowners. Also, keep in mind that Toronto is an exception as it […]

  • Land Transfer Taxes in Prince Edward Island

    Land Transfer Taxes (LTT) are provincial taxes levied on the exchange of real estate, and are the responsibility of the purchaser. Usually the LTT is a percentage of the property value.  All provinces have a land transfer tax except Alberta and Saskatchewan (who instead levy a much smaller fee). Note that Ontario, Toronto, B.C. and PEI there are LTT rebates for first time homeowners. Also, keep in mind that Toronto is an exception as it […]

  • Land Transfer Taxes In British Columbia

    Land Transfer Taxes (LTT) are provincial taxes levied on the exchange of real estate, and are the responsibility of the purchaser. Usually the LTT is a percentage of the property value.  All provinces have a land transfer tax except Alberta and Saskatchewan (who instead levy a much smaller fee). Note that Ontario, Toronto, B.C. and PEI there are LTT rebates for first time homeowners. Also, keep in mind that Toronto is an exception as it […]

  • Land Transfer Taxes In Manitoba

    Land Transfer Taxes (LTT) are provincial taxes levied on the exchange of real estate, and are the responsibility of the purchaser. Usually the LTT is a percentage of the property value.  All provinces have a land transfer tax except Alberta and Saskatchewan (who instead levy a much smaller fee). Note that Ontario, Toronto, B.C. and PEI there are LTT rebates for first time homeowners. Also, keep in mind that Toronto is an exception as it […]

  • Land Transfer Taxes in New Brunswick

    Land Transfer Taxes (LTT) are provincial taxes levied on the exchange of real estate, and are the responsibility of the purchaser. Usually the LTT is a percentage of the property value.  All provinces have a land transfer tax except Alberta and Saskatchewan (who instead levy a much smaller fee). Note that Ontario, Toronto, B.C. and PEI there are LTT rebates for first time homeowners. Also, keep in mind that Toronto is an exception as it […]

  • Land Transfer Taxes in Ontario

    Land Transfer Taxes (LTT) are provincial taxes levied on the exchange of real estate, and are the responsibility of the purchaser. Usually the LTT is a percentage of the property value.  All provinces have a land transfer tax except Alberta and Saskatchewan (who instead levy a much smaller fee). Note that Ontario, Toronto, B.C. and PEI there are LTT rebates for first time homeowners. Also, keep in mind that Toronto is an exception as it […]

  • Land Transfer Taxes in Newfoundland & Labrador

    Land Transfer Taxes (LTT) are provincial taxes levied on the exchange of real estate, and are the responsibility of the purchaser. Usually the LTT is a percentage of the property value.  All provinces have a land transfer tax except Alberta and Saskatchewan (who instead levy a much smaller fee). Note that Ontario, Toronto, B.C. and PEI there are LTT rebates for first time homeowners. Also, keep in mind that Toronto is an exception as it […]

  • Land Transfer Taxes in Quebec

    Land Transfer Taxes (LTT) are provincial taxes levied on the exchange of real estate, and are the responsibility of the purchaser. Usually the LTT is a percentage of the property value.  All provinces have a land transfer tax except Alberta and Saskatchewan (who instead levy a much smaller fee). Note that Ontario, Toronto, B.C. and PEI there are LTT rebates for first time homeowners. Also, keep in mind that Toronto is an exception as it […]

  • Land Transfer Taxes in Nova Scotia

    Land Transfer Taxes (LTT) are provincial taxes levied on the exchange of real estate, and are the responsibility of the purchaser. Usually the LTT is a percentage of the property value.  All provinces have a land transfer tax except Alberta and Saskatchewan (who instead levy a much smaller fee). Note that Ontario, Toronto, B.C. and PEI there are LTT rebates for first time homeowners. Also, keep in mind that Toronto is an exception as it […]

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    Moving from one province to another – What you need to know!

    Moving can be overwhelming, with a seemingly endless list of things to worry about even if you are just going around the block. Don’t know where to start? For a handy list of activities and their timing, consult our Scheduler and just follow along. So if you are moving out of the province does that make it even harder? Not really! But there are a few more organizations to contact. The main issue with changing […]

  • Exchanging your driver’s license within Canada

    Is your next adventure taking you across provincial lines? If so, exchanging your driver’s license is an important thing to do. And not just for the sake of having a resident’s ID – it is a legal requirement. Fortunately, it is also a relatively simple thing to do as all provinces and territories recognize licenses issued elsewhere in Canada. This means that a valid license from one jurisdiction can be exchanged for a license of […]

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    Keeping your home cool

    If you don’t have air conditioning or if you just want to keep your electricity bill down this summer, here are some ways to battle the heat in your home. Curtains Keeping your curtains closed, especially during mid day hours, keeps the hot sun out and the cool air inside. Make sure that you close them before leaving for work in the morning. Having light coloured curtains will attract the sun even less. Lights Leaving […]

  • House Warming

    Throwing a house warming party

    Throwing a house warming party to show off your new place is a great idea! Here are a couple of tips and tricks to make sure that your party is a success. Let people know ahead of time Give your friends and family enough time to book your event in their calendars, this way you can ensure that you will have a full house and less people are likely to already have a prior engagement. […]

  • Getting to Know Your New Neighbourhood

    Whether you are moving to a whole new city or just a new neighborhood, its never easy! The faster you get to know your new neighbourhood, the sooner you will feel at home again. There are a couple of ways you can get to know your new surroundings. Here are some of our favorites! Maps and guidebooks Although you might think a guidebook is for tourists, you would be surprised how helpful these can be […]

  • Resolving Conflicts With Neighbours

    How to resolve conflict effectively Whether you are living in a house, small complex or large apartment building, you will always have neighbours. Good relationships with your neighbours can mean the difference between having someone reliable to pick up your mail while you are away and having to listen to music blare until the wee hours of the morning. When you have a neighbour that does something repeatedly annoying or disrupts the quality of your […]

  • Health Care Insurance in each province

    When moving from one province to another, you must apply for your Health Card as soon as possible, as most provinces or territorial government have a three month waiting period to qualify. Having a Health Card will give you access to insured health care services in your new province or territory. The following provincial and territorial web sites will give you details about application procedures: Province Health Care Links Alberta http://www.health.alberta.ca/ Alberta Health Care Insurance […]

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