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Regular appliance maintenance: What you need to know

Regular appliance maintenance: What you need to know

Regular appliance maintenance is easy to neglect but keeping up to date pays off in both the short and long run. For example, a properly operating oven door gasket ensures maximum cooking efficiency while vacuuming your refrigerator coils can help extend the life of...

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Five fall daytrips you don’t want to miss

Five fall daytrips you don’t want to miss

October means cooler weather, but that’s no reason to stay inside when fall daytrips around are so easy and plentiful. From the Larose Forest to Chelsea, Carp and beyond, here’s some of what’s on offer this autumn. Reconnect with nature The magnificent, 10,000-hectare...

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Your fall maintenance routine

Your fall maintenance routine

You own a gorgeous new home, but a fall maintenance routine is essential for keeping it in peak condition. Here are ten must-dos during September, October and November. Exterior faucets Draining outside faucets in the fall prevents the possibility of water damage from...

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Overcoming garage clutter frees up storage space

Overcoming garage clutter frees up storage space

Garage clutter and the absence of smart storage makes the space one of the great underutilized areas in our homes. In fact, 44 per cent of respondents to a 2019 survey said their garage was the most disorganized space in their house (it's a U.S. survey, but we...

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Energy-efficient homes and Longwood’s Green Solution

Energy-efficient homes and Longwood’s Green Solution

No wonder energy-efficient homes are in such demand: they cost less to heat and cool, they help fight climate change and they offer buyers a remarkably comfortable environment. Longwood Building Corp. has been building homes that buyers love for 30 years, but the...

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Cooking up a storm: how to plan your outdoor kitchen

Cooking up a storm: how to plan your outdoor kitchen

Canadian winters make us love Canadian summers even more, and an outdoor kitchen can take backyard life to a whole new level. Space, budget and personal taste will influence your outdoor cooking area, but here’s some of what you need to know before starting on your...

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Spring maintenance keeps your home in tip-top shape

Spring maintenance keeps your home in tip-top shape

A spring maintenance routine helps keep the space you and your family love operating at peak performance. It also helps you identify and carry out small repairs before they become big ones. Here are seven must-do jobs and three extra tips. Air conditioner A little...

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Five tips for eco-friendly gardening

Five tips for eco-friendly gardening

The climate is changing, but eco-friendly gardening is a way to help the planet while keeping our homes looking great. What’s more, it’s not hard to be a truly green gardener; it just takes a little know-how. Here are five ways you can go greener. Be kind to the soil...

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Five travel attractions close to Ottawa’s east end

Five travel attractions close to Ottawa’s east end

With spring here and summer around the corner, it’s time to explore some of the travel attractions close to the city’s east end. Our suggestions include indoor and outdoor destinations, so even a rainy day shouldn’t keep you at home. Operating hours and pandemic...

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Achieving a safer, healthier home and planet

Achieving a safer, healthier home and planet

Sometimes it feels as though a healthier home and planet is an impossible challenge because of obstacles ranging from hazardous chemicals in our food to a changing climate. But we and the planet are resilient and taking small steps at home and in our communities can...

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Five reasons to upgrade your basement

Five reasons to upgrade your basement

Wondering if you should upgrade your basement by adding a suite, an office or other space? Depending on your circumstances, it could be an excellent investment, with both immediate and long-term paybacks. Not that a major basement upgrade is cheap: depending on what...

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How to reduce your household energy costs

How to reduce your household energy costs

No matter how well-built your home is, household energy costs seem to go nowhere but up. You can’t stop heating or cooling it, but you can control another important energy expense: electricity. Here are some ideas for savings now and in the future. Laundry savings...

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Top tips on winter home maintenance

Top tips on winter home maintenance

Canadian winters are tough and that makes winter home maintenance essential for protecting the spaces we love. The average homeowner can do a lot of basic maintenance themselves, but if you’re uncertain or uneasy about some tasks, try asking neighbours or friends...

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Five ways to enjoy winter

Five ways to enjoy winter

From skating on a neighbourhood rink to tobogganing on a local hill, opportunities abound to enjoy winter in and around Ottawa. Not only is it good for our health to get outside, but we also build important connections with nature, our family and our communities when...

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Top tips on working from home

Top tips on working from home

Working from home, at least part of the time, now appears to be a permanent fact for many of us. It has pros and cons, less commuting being one of the advantages, having to put up with Zoom meetings being one of the downsides. An efficient, comfortable work space...

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Top tips when it’s time to downsize

Top tips when it’s time to downsize

Are you at the stage of life where you’re wondering if it’s time to downsize? We love our big family homes, but eventually the work and cost of maintenance — cutting grass, shovelling snow, paying for upkeep on that aging furnace or air conditioner — outweigh our...

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Creating a home inventory

Creating a home inventory

Do you have a home inventory? Is it up to date? Where do you keep it and is it easily accessible? These are important questions if you’re the victim of a burglary, fire or other disaster and you’re making an insurance claim. “A thorough inventory of your home’s...

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Maintaining good indoor air quality

Maintaining good indoor air quality

Whether it’s a summer heat wave or a winter cold snap, we spend a lot of time inside our homes, and that makes indoor air quality important. Modern homes like Longwood’s are designed and built to maximize air quality, but everyday life causes the quality to...

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Selecting the right upgrades for your home

Selecting the right upgrades for your home

One of the most exciting parts of the home buying journey is selecting upgrades for your home. This is your opportunity to further personalize your new space and ensure it fits your family’s lifestyle and tastes. But, you have to be strategic when choosing upgrades...

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7 Reasons to call Morris Village home

7 Reasons to call Morris Village home

Morris Village in the municipality of Clarence-Rockland just east of Ottawa city limits, is the place more and more folks are calling home. We’ve listed seven good reasons for that, but we know you’ll discover even more when you move in! A family place Morris Village...

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What a first-time home buyer needs to know

What a first-time home buyer needs to know

Being a first-time home buyer is thrilling, and following some basic strategies will help you find the right home in the right neighbourhood. From lining up your finances to choosing your builder, here’s what you need to know.  Mortgage pre-approval Don’t start...

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Your summer maintenance routine

Your summer maintenance routine

Setting up a summer maintenance routine for your home will help keep it operating efficiently and looking good while providing a safe, comfortable space for you and your family. Regular TLC also maintains your home’s value, which is important if you decide to sell....

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7 Ideas for Living Sustainably

7 Ideas for Living Sustainably

Living sustainably will help restore our planet to health and create improved lives for everyone. The good news is, living sustainably isn’t hard to do; all it takes are small, conscious choices on a daily basis. It can also save you money in the long run. Here are...

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