Home buying, selling and moving resource centre

Buying, selling or moving homes are considered to be some of the most stressful life experiences. This resource centre is designed to help you through the process. You’re invited to take a few minutes to review the articles below. If you have a specific question that you would like us to answer, please email us and we’ll do our best to respond.

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Home inspections: Know before you buy

Home inspections are an important part of the home buying process. Learn how a home inspection works, what they cover and don't cover, the benefits and tips for making the most of your home inspection report before you buy.

13 tips for staging your home to sell

Staging your home properly will give the property a professional look and feel. Potential buyers may be more enticed to make an offer when the home is beautifully staged. Learn all the tips and strategies you need to know to stage your home professionally and sell quickly.

Inheriting a home

If you inherit a home, there are many important things you need to consider to make sure the process goes smoothly. Learn what you need to do when it comes to insurance and maintaining the home.

Log homes: Know before you buy

Square One provides everything you need to know about finding and buying the perfect log home. Learn about the different construction types, proper maintenance tips, and the common issues log homeowners face. Also, learn exactly what your home insurance provider will want to know when you're looking to purchase log home insurance.

Signs it may be time to sell your home

What triggers the decision to put a home on the market? How do we know the time is right to sell and move on? Learn 7 tips and signs that it may be time to sell your home to consider.

Buying a recreational property: What to consider

Buying a recreational property can be a great investment. It can also be a great place for family gatherings. Learn what you need to consider before buying, such as the family needs, who will use the property, etc.

18 common fees: A cheat sheet for home buyers and sellers

Buying or selling a home can come with many costs and fees. Learn what ones will be applicable to you as a home buyer or seller, and how much you can expect to pay.

The shocking truth about selling your own home

The internet has enabled a number of service providers to enter the space traditionally safeguarded by realtors.

Why realtors are important for buying and selling a home

As the Canadian real estate market continues to hum along, learn about the importance of using a realtor when trying to buy or sell your home.

A guide to home mortgages and the best option for you

Learn the difference between fixed and variable mortgage rates, the pros and cons of using mortgage brokers versus banks and other tips to follow before you renew your mortgage.

Variable-rate versus fixed-rate mortgages

Choosing a mortgage can be daunting for a first-time homeowner. Learn how to choose between fixed and variable, or open and closed mortgages.

26 questions to ask before buying your first house

Buying your first house can be an intimidating process. Learn which questions you'll need answered before putting in an offer.

Refinancing a mortgage

Learn what mortgage refinancing is, and the reasons a homeowner might want to do it, plus the typical costs of refinancing.

The ultimate first-time home buyer's guide

If you're a first-time home buyer, look no further. Learn about buyer incentives, mortgages and budgets, finding a home, and closing the deal.

Storage unit guide

Learn about storage units, including the different types, what to look for in a storage facility, and how insurance covers items in storage.

Latent defects in Quebec

Learn about latent and patent defects when buying a home in Quebec, including options a homeowner has upon discovering a defect.

Renting a home with the option to buy

Learn about renting a home with the option to purchase, including how the lease works, the pros and cons, and some insurance considerations.

Tips and tricks for moving

Learn everything you need to know about finding the right movers, packing tips and home insurance considerations when you're moving to a new home. Being prepared and protected in your move will give you peace of mind in a nerve-wracking process.