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Top 5 Landscaping Tips to Increase Property Value| RISMedia’s Housecall

Top 5 Landscaping Tips to Increase Property Value| RISMedia’s Housecall

Editor’s Note: This post was originally published on August 4, 2015. Housecall continues to share this piece due to ongoing requests and reader interest.   Landscaping is one of the most important ways to increase your property’s value quickly. In fact, a gorgeous landscape design can increase the value of your home by at least 5 to 11 percent—and maybe more. The best part about landscaping is that even though it’s one of the most valuable home improvements you can make,…

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Tomatoes Hate Cucumbers: Secrets Of Companion Planting And Popular Planting Combinations

Tomatoes Hate Cucumbers: Secrets Of Companion Planting And Popular Planting Combinations

Gardening is an incredibly beneficial activity. It gives us the connection with nature that we miss so much these days, relieves stress, keeps us physically active, and helps us enjoy the amazing taste of homegrown produce. Growing your fruits and vegetables is both, fun and rewarding, and it can be much easier than many think. If you are new to gardening, you should try companion planting this year, as it is the best way to boost the fruitfulness of your…

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Surviving Winter – Preppers Edition

Surviving Winter – Preppers Edition

Severe weather and natural disasters can throw a huge monkey wrench into your prepping plans. That’s why we’ve compiled this in-depth guide to surviving harsh winter – preppers edition. When we think about prepping, we often focus on simply the loss of conveniences: electricity, supermarkets, etc. And of course, the loss of those conveniences can be devastating. However, it’s also important to recognize that the loss of these conveniences can have a great deal more impact if it occurs when…

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Seasonal Vacation Rental Property Fall Cleanup

Seasonal Vacation Rental Property Fall Cleanup

The Fall season is now in full swing. Leaves have totally turned to its glorious, colorful state. I just love the Fall colors! And it is stunning and breath taking in cottage country. But here’s the rundown on how we do our seasonal vacation rental property fall cleanup. You can also refer to it as the “cottage closing” checklist. Most seasonal vacation homes closes down after the Thanksgiving (Canadian) long weekend. People’s cars lined up in the highway to get…

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4 Ways To Decorate Your Home In Country Style

4 Ways To Decorate Your Home In Country Style

Bringing “Country” In The City Adopting a country-theme style in your home is one of the most inexpensive ways of designing one’s abode. This motif invokes a casual feel, so elegant and expensive objects can be avoided. In fact, a country style interior decoration even calls for some imperfect look and finishes. You can also do some DIY projects to complement your home’s architectural design and furniture. Mind you, but the dingy “country style” decor we once knew has now…

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How To Choose The Perfect Blender for Your Vacation Rental

How To Choose The Perfect Blender for Your Vacation Rental

Amenities For Your Vacation Rental When we first decided to jump into the short term vacation rental business, thinking about what I can offer to my guest was so stressful. There’s always a questions that arise. How can I make them comfortable enough? What if they don’t like our cottage? What if they trash our cottage?! What are they going to complain about? Whew! Bedroom, bathroom, kitchen, you name it and there’s  a never ending list of amenities you can…

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The High Price of Being a Technologically Smart Cottage

The High Price of Being a Technologically Smart Cottage

It’s almost crunch time now. 4 weekends left for us until the rental season starts. This year, a major hiccup has occurred at the cottage. Our satellite TV has suddenly failed. And the only way for us to get the TV back is to switch to a different carrier. Too mch drama just trying to get an installation guy to even have a look and try to resolve it. Maybe move the satellite a few degrees to the left? Or…

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How To Spring Clean Without Stressing

How To Spring Clean Without Stressing

Spring is now in full swing. And for short-term vacation rental property owners like ourselves, it means the start of sprucing up and getting your cottage in “rental mode” (sorry, I really like making up my own words for fun). Everybody has some sort of home cleaning guide and to-dos and what not. They are in every single home magazine and websites out there. Even the Wal-mart magazine I have grabbed the other day has one. But if you are…

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How We Maintain Our Septic System

How We Maintain Our Septic System

Why it’s important to maintain your septic Spring is finally here! And the big “thaw” is finally happening. Soon you will see some dirt sprouting. There was still quite a bit of snow last week here in cottage country. Depending in where your cottage is, there can still be a lot of stubborn snow pile here and there. We are one of them, being in the highlands. When spring cleaning starts inside for most people, we tend to address ours…

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Air Exchanger – Do You Need One?

Air Exchanger – Do You Need One?

  What is an air-exchanger? Let me first say that I am not an expert on this matter. All I know is that we needed to install one after building our brand new deck. So, to give you a basic understanding of what an air exchanger does, it simply protects your basement or crawl spaces from permanent damages caused by humidity, mold and mildew. It will exhaust all the unwanted odour, dangerous air-borne spores and chemicals in your basements. If…

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