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A Townhome is a Townhome, right? Not quite! While the idea of a Townhome is consistent across the board, there are three different types of Townhomes available for you to purchase your home with Minto Communities.
On the surface, Single Family Homes seem very straightforward – however, there are lots of details under the Single Family Home umbrella that can help make the homebuying process a bit more clear!
Whether you’re a first-time buyer looking to enter the new home market or an investor eager to expand your portfolio, terrace homes are the optimum choice.
A home improvement or renovation project can be incredibly exciting! But, before you start knocking down walls and choosing flooring, there are lots of important questions to ask yourself about what you’re hoping to achieve. After all, it’s a big investment and mistakes can be costly [...]
Most of us have been hanging around the house more than usual the last couple of months, and the dirt and clutter are likely starting to add up. Cleaning, and disinfecting your home is more important than ever right now – and we’ve got some tips on how to give your home a full deep clean [...]
As many of us have recently changed our Monday to Friday status to “WFH” (“working from home”), we thought it would be a good time to share advice on the best ways to do so while staying positive and motivated. Here are some tips to keep projects moving while working from home […]
Given what’s currently happening in the world, things are certainly anything but normal so we’ve put together a list of six ways to stay busy during self-isolation in your home – and even be ahead of the game when we get through it [...]
Winter weather may have already arrived for some of us, but you still have time to prepare your home for colder temperatures. Here are 5 simple changes you can make around the house to keep you warm all season long, while also reducing your energy consumption and saving you some money on your utility bill [...]
If you’re thinking about buying a house in Ottawa it can seem difficult to get started. There are a lot of decisions that need to be made before you purchase, so here’s a quick overview on how to get started on buying a house.
If you’re looking for a low-maintenance lifestyle then buying a new condominium might be what you’re looking for. Find out how to buy a condo and whether the condo lifestyle is for you.
There are two types of home ownership: freehold and condo. Freehold is a term that many first-time home buyers are not aware of but it is the most popular type of home so it’s important to learn more about it.
Before you begin searching for your dream home, there are some important questions you need to ask yourself to help you narrow down the choices. Read our 6 tips to help you find the right home in Ottawa.
The number one thing to know about buying a house is that money matters. Understanding how much you can afford and the costs of homeownership is key. Here are 7 financial steps you need to take to buy a house.
There are many new home builders in Ottawa and choosing the right builder for you can be a key difference in experiencing a positive homebuying journey. We think we’re the right choice for you and here are 7 reasons why.
We might be biased about buying a new house, but deciding between a new construction home and a resale home is important. Here are 12 reasons to buy a newly constructed home instead of resale.
Owning your own home is a life goal that many Canadians have but is it always the right choice for everyone? If you’re wondering whether you should buy a house then consider some of the many benefits we’ve listed to make the decision a little easier.
Nowadays everything from light bulbs to your security system to the thermostat can be connected and controlled through your devices. All you need is a little know-how and a Wi-Fi network. Here's a guide to making your home a smart one. Alexa, let’s do this [...]
With holiday parties and gatherings galore on the horizon, the number of hostess gifts and presents you’ll need can add up quickly. Whether it’s an office Yankee Swap or a full-blown family get-together, we’ve got lots of great DIY gift ideas that are as thoughtful as they are inexpensive [...]
Like it or not, summer has officially come to an end. In preparation for the cooler days ahead, there are a few things you can do to get your home prepped for sweater weather. From sealing windows to packing away your summer clothes, we’ve got you covered. Read on [...]
Ever feel like there aren’t enough hours in the day? With our lives getting busier and busier, it’s no wonder we rely so heavily on technology to get by – and our smartphones are no exception! Read on for a roundup of some great apps to assist you in everyday life. Whether it’s to help with budgeting or squeezing in that daily workout – there’s a little something in here for everyone […]
While our instincts may tell us to start trip planning as soon as the summer months hit, there’s something to be said for staying put and enjoying what’s around us. We’ve gathered a few ideas to help you have a fantastic staycation – and keep a little dough in your pocket, too. Read on. [...]
How is it possibly tax season again? While it comes at the same time every year, it still has a way of sneaking up on you. Don’t let it stress you out! These tips will help you get organized – and get the most from your tax return. […]
Is your “new year, new me” momentum fading fast? We can help! Stay on top of your New Year’s resolutions by reading these helpful tips [...]
Whether you’re looking to save for a vacation this winter or for a down payment on a home, creating a budget is a good place to start. We’ve got some great tips on how to get started [...]
The way your home is decorated will have a major impact on the overall feeling of the space.
You don't need to spend a lot of money to make your living space comfortable.
Buying your first home will be one of the biggest investments you'll ever make.
Selecting the right kind of flooring is probably one of the most important decisions for your home.
You don't need to spend a fortune to make your bathroom feel luxurious, calming and spa-like.