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Irene  Kelleher

Irene Kelleher

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3 Father’s Day gift ideas for every dad

(NC) It’s time to celebrate the fathers – and those who play the role of father figure, like grandads, awesome uncles and other inspiring folks – in our lives. Whether yours is the techie type, a sensitive soul or the guy who already has it all, our Father’s Day gift guide has you covered.

For the techie
A drone can be a popular gift for anyone who’s fascinated by the latest technology, loves their toys and tools, or wants to try aerial photography. It’s a rapidly growing hobby. Just know that there are important things Dad must know before flying one. Does it need to be registered? How...

Deck tech: Tools for designing your dream deck

(NC) Virtually everything in life can now be achieved with just a few clicks or swipes, including planning a new deck. If you’re looking to update your outdoor space, expert assistance is available at your fingertips via a computer or mobile device. Thanks to advancements in rendering technology and user-friendly interfaces, there are lots of great tools and resources online to help guide you through the deck design and planning process from inspiration to installation.

Visualize the possibilities. Every great outdoor space starts with a vision. Apps such as the Trex AR Deck Visualiser...

Hunting for a new home? 4 things to consider

(NC) Whether you’re a first-time buyer or a seasoned reseller, the process of buying a home is equal parts excitement and exhaustion. If you’re in the market this spring, here are four factors to consider.

Check and update essential equipment
Congratulations, you found your dream home. While you’ll already have a long to-do list for moving day, you should add testing the smoke and carbon monoxide detectors to your list. Replace the backup batteries and make sure none of the units have passed their expiry date.

If the home has an old-style thermostat, consider swapping it for a smart...

Mother’s Day: 3 surefire ways to show your mom some love

(NC) Mother’s Day is on the second Sunday of May every year. This year, that means it’s on Sunday, May 12. Which also means you don’t have a lot of time to pull together gifts and ideas to show her how important she is to you. Here are three ideas to get you started.

A shared interest

Your relationship with your mom can be complicated. Consider finding fresh ways to connect this Mother’s Day and then seeing where they lead you. Taking advantage of a shared interest can be a great way to create a reliable conversation starter or spend low-key time together. For example, if you’re both into...

4 tips for helping your kids buy a home

(NC) With housing affordability shifting dramatically for a generation of Canadians, many hopeful homebuyers are turning to the “Bank of Mom and Dad” to help them secure their first home.

While it’s natural for some parents to want to help their kids get a leg up in the real estate market, helping out with a deposit or down payment can represent a significant chunk of money out-of-pocket for parents.

If you are in a position to try and help your kids buy a home, whether that’s with a loan or a gift of money, it’s important to have a plan in place that’s clearly communicated to your...

Time for a spring reset: 5 ways to revamp your life

(NC) As spring comes into bloom and summer waits just around the corner, many of us are ready for a reset, whether at home or in life. With that in mind, these are super simple steps to help you feel safe, refreshed and organized this season.

Finally tackle that fridge
A messy or sticky refrigerator can make any home feel unclean, so giving it an overhaul can offer big relief. Find recipes to use up your leftovers. Look up how to organize your fridge to keep food fresher, longer. And even if something’s past its best-before date, that doesn’t always mean you have to throw it out....

Give Your Home A Healthy Spring Cleaning This Year

(NC) The goal of spring cleaning might be to ensure you have a healthy home, but sometimes cleaning can expose you to chemicals and pollutants that could pose a risk to your health.

Here are some tips to ensure your next home cleaning is as healthy as possible.

  1. Dust with a wet cloth

    Dust and dust mites can cause allergic reactions and asthma attacks. Using a damp cloth or mop to remove dust and dirt wipes it up without spreading it around in the air for you to breathe in. Vacuuming regularly – weekly if you can – can reduce the amount of dust you have to deal with and make your space more...

5 Dealbreakers If You’re On The Hunt For An Accessible Home

(NC) Buying a home is the biggest purchase most of us will ever make. There are many factors to weigh when deciding which one to put an offer on. If you or a loved one has mobility or cognitive limitations, there are even more things to consider. Here are five, and some potential fixes if your would-be dream home is missing some key elements.

Steep exterior steps
If someone with mobility issues can’t even make it inside the front door, that’s a major dealbreaker. The treads on any exterior stairway should be of uniform height and depth to avoid a tripping hazard, and secure railings should...

Give Your Kitchen Cabinets A Facelift In 6 Easy Steps

(NC) New kitchen or fresh paint? With some simple preparation, a little paint and a free weekend, you can transform the look and feel of your kitchen in just a couple of days. Here’s a step-by-step guide to get you started.

Prep the area
Empty your cabinets and remove the doors by unscrewing the hinges and pulling the doors away from the units. Wipe the surfaces clean with a damp cloth.

Clean and sand
If your cabinets have a glossy finish, you’ll need to sand that away before you start painting. Take a sanding sponge or high-grit sandpaper (100- to 150-grit), and sand until you have a...

4 Spring Home Maintenance Musts

(NC) It’s no secret that the harsh winter elements can take a toll on your home. Once the ice thaws and the flowers begin to bloom, consider some simple spring projects to help prepare your home for the warmer weather.

Adjust your thermostat. Review and adjust your thermostat for springtime. With fluctuating temperatures, check the morning forecast and set it accordingly so you use less energy for heating or cooling while you're away from home. If you have a programmable thermostat, take advantage of its features to create an efficient cooling schedule. If you don’t already have one,...

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