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8 Tips for a Smooth Build

8 Tips for a Smooth Build By Gareth Mitton
At Prestige Homes, we have built over 14,000 homes over the course of almost half a century – all at our factory in Sussex, New Brunswick. As you might imagine, this level of experience has created a highly efficient set of processes that our Mod Squad of expert modular builders is able to follow.
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How long does it take to build a modular home?

How long does it take to build a modular home? By Gareth Mitton
Time. It waits for no one, it’s always of the essence, and, oh yes, it flies. But when it comes to building or buying a new home, you’ll want to take your time and give yourself plenty of it. We’ve said it before and we’ll say it again: A home is most likely the largest purchase you will make during your lifetime. All the more reason to ensure you are making all the right decisions when your time comes to acquire an abode.
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Considerations For A Post-Pandemic Home Layout

Considerations For Post Pandemic Home Layout
I am glad to see conversations and brain storming happening around how the design and build of homes will be changing after this pandemic experience. Some of my Holmes Approved Homes builders are seeing a spike in homeowners wanting to leave denser cities. That’s an interesting idea, because for some of us, working from home will now become a permanent reality. 
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How To Choose A Home Builder

How To Choose A Home Builder
Building a home from the ground up is an appealing process for many future homebuyers. Think about it – you can really get involved in the homebuilding process, as opposed to buying a home that you need to renovate to achieve your vision. 
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Spring Home Maintenance Checklist

Spring Home Maintenance Checklist
Spring is that time of year when we give our homes the once over and assess any damage after the winter months, figure out what needs to be done, and schedule the work so our homes are in tip-top shape by the end of fall. A lot of people set aside a whole weekend for spring cleaning. But what about maintenance checks for warmer weather? Use the spring home maintenance checklist below to get your home spring-ready.
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11 EASY Renovations to Increase The Value Of Your Home

11 EASY Renovations to Increase The Value Of Your Home
The goal of any renovation is to add value, whether it’s in the materials and finishes going into the home, improvements to structure and/or mechanics, or physical comfort for the homeowner.
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Home Loans 101: Rates, Payments, and How to Qualify

Home Loans 101: Rates, Payments, and How to Qualify
A home is one of the biggest purchases – if not the biggest purchase – most of us make in our lifetimes. So when it comes to seeking financing for a home, we all want to get it right. 
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10 Tips for a Functional Kitchen

10 Tips for a Functional Kitchen
Kitchens have come a long way. Gone are the days when this was a room buried out of view of house guests — a dark hovel of stoves and burners intended only for the function of making food. Nowadays, the kitchen is a place for gathering, entertaining, working, and relaxing. In many modern homes, layouts are more open and the kitchen visible. Kitchen design is sleek and seamless — every bit as key to the look of a home’s interior as any other room.
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Clean Start: 5 Surprising Benefits of a Clean Home

Clean Start: 5 Surprising Benefits of a Clean Home
An untidy house can just kind of creep up on you. Random socks are strewn in strange rooms. Nothing seems to be where it belongs. And where is that hint of a stale odour emanating from? Yes, our homes are a mess! But fear not, for cleaning needn’t be an aggravating chore, but can be a chance to freshen our homes and ourselves. In fact, having a little spruce can be a regenerating, rejuvenating, realigning experience with benefits that range from the obvious to the somewhat surprising. Read on to learn 5 benefits of a clean home.
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5 Risks of Buying an Older Home

5 Risks of Buying an Older Home
When Tom Hanks and Shelley Long took ownership of a fixer-upper in the 1986 comedy The Money Pit, they were the typical upwardly mobile young couple with aspirations of turning a rickety property into the home of their dreams. Spoiler alert for those who haven’t seen the movie, but things don’t exactly go that way.
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Tips To Spruce Up Your Yard For Spring

Tips To Spruce Up Your Yard For Spring
Now that winter is finally done, it’s time to get back outside and enjoy the warmer temperatures and the sound of the chirping birds. But first you need to clean up the mess left behind from all the harsh conditions that come with winter. Not only will it improve the curb appeal of your home, it can give you and your family something to do together and can also be a form of exercise. It also can increase the value of your property and the number of potential buyers. The main goal though is to get your yard looking nice and fresh by the time summer comes so that you and your family can enjoy it. 
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Top 7 Questions About Modular Homes Answered

Top 7 Questions About Modular Homes Answered
When it comes to modular homes you’re probably picturing your great aunt’s mobile home from the 1970’s. Well not anymore! Modular homes have come a long way and more and more homeowners are choosing to build modular as opposed to traditional “site-built” homes. However, there are still a lot of misconceptions when it comes to modular homes. People tend to think they aren’t as nice as site-built homes but in reality, that’s not the case. Additionally, they’re generally more economical, ecologically friendly, and a more responsible way to build. So when you’re considering a new home, it’s important to know all the facts before making a final decision.  
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Renovation Vs. Building New

Renovation Vs. Building New
When it comes to choosing between renovating your current home or building a new one, there are many things to consider. If you’re looking to downsize and your current home is too big, chances are that renovating won’t solve your problem and you’ll have to look at other options. 
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6 Things To Consider When Building New

6 Things To Consider When Building New
So, you’ve decided that you’re ready to build a new home. You’re extremely excited and can’t wait to start making endless memories with your friends and family in your own home. However, before you start making those wonderful memories, you need to actually build your new home. Whether you decide to go with a modular home or build it the old fashioned way, there are lots of things to consider to help make one of your largest investment’s a successful one.Here we’ve listed 6 factors for you to consider when building your new home and questions for you to consider before turning the soil on your new land.
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Downsizing Purge: What NOT To Get Rid Of

Downsizing Purge: What NOT To Get Rid Of
Getting rid of the stuff that we spend our lives accumulating is an inevitable task for most of us. Some people absolutely dread the idea of wading through an overflowing basement or garage and would rather spend a day at the dentist. Others delight in decluttering, putting order to chaos, and getting rid of things they no longer need. 
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6 Downsizing Tips From The Pros

6 Downsizing Tips From The Pros
Whether you’re planning to move to a smaller space, or just want to get rid of years’ worth of clutter to reorganize and brighten your home, downsizing may be something you’re contemplating. 
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Does My Home Need Winterization

Does My Home Need Winterization
You might think that winterizing your home is only something you need to do if it is vacant. It is true that if you have a vacant home you should prepare it for the harsh conditions of winter, however the same is said for the home you live in as well.
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The Downside Of Downsizing

The Downside Of Downsizing
As we get older, there are a lot of great reasons to consider selling a large family home in favor of an easy-to-manage apartment or condo. After all, going smaller offers advantages that range from saving money to lessening household chores. 
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Getting To Know Modular Homes

Getting To Know Modular Homes
Despite a lengthy history and growing popularity, there are still plenty of misconceptions surrounding modular homes. Some people are unsure exactly what a modular home is, and others are unaware of the many advantages that this type of construction can offer. Learning more about this alternative to traditional construction can help you decide if a modular home is right for you.
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Financing A New Build While Owning A Home

Financing A New Build While Owning A Home
Many people dream of building a new home that’s customized to suit their tastes and lifestyle, but very few can do it without being financed by a mortgage lender. If you already have a mortgage on an existing house, securing a new loan can be more difficult. But not to worry; it is definitely not impossible! The key is to work with a mortgage broker who has knowledge and experience with the process. 
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Tips To Follow When Building A New Home

Tips To Follow When Building A New Home
There are lots of options when it comes to finding your own special place to call home. Some people love the history and the feel of old homes. Others prefer apartment or condo life. And still others desire to create something of their very own. If you’re still on the fence about which direction to take, this list of beginning steps in the home building process may enlighten you.
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How To Make Your Dream Kitchen Reality

How To Make Your Dream Kitchen Reality
They say that the kitchen is the heart of the home, so it is important to be sure that the kitchen in your new house is designed to be both functional and beautiful. Although having to make dozens of design choices may seem overwhelming, with some patience, planning, and expert guidance, your dream kitchen can become a reality. 
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6 Hidden Costs Of Building A New Home

6 Hidden Costs Of Building A New House
So you’ve decided to make your dream home a reality. Congratulations! You’ve done the research to find the perfect piece of land, hired a builder you can trust and work with, settled on plans that suit your needs and taste, and of course, determined a budget you can live with.
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How To Finance Your New Modular Home

How To Finance Your New Modular Home Prestige Homes The Portland
Are you planning on buying a brand new home? A successful project starts with getting money matters in order. Establishing a budget that you can then share with your builder will give you peace of mind and make the path towards new home ownership more pleasant. Here are some steps to consider:
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Is Building A Home A Good Investment?

Is Building A Home A Good Investment?
Buying a home is one of the biggest investment decisions you’ll ever make. Although many of us have an image of our perfect home, when the time comes to buy, most people opt for an existing one. According to the Canadian Home Builders’ Association, newly-built homes only account for about 25 per cent of all homes bought each year.
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Top 4 Downsizing Questions Answered

Top 4 Downsizing Questions Answered
Ah, downsizing. Most of us did not even know that word a decade ago but now it’s everywhere. Not so long ago, people wanted to stay in their homes, after all they had raised their families and created memories there. “They’ll have to take me out in a box!” was the oft-heard refrain of many feisty seniors.
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Downsizing Purge: 10 Places to Get Started

Downsizing Purge: Things You Don't Need
It's funny how life is sometimes. Many of us spend the first half of our lives accumulating stuff, and the second half trying to get rid of it all. Whether you’re downsizing to a smaller home, condo or apartment, when it comes time to paring down a lifetime’s worth of belongings, at some point during the process most people experience a feeling of being overwhelmed.
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Ask Your Realtor These 9 Questions

Ask Your Realtor These 9 Questions
When it comes to buying or selling a house it’s a good idea to use a real estate agent. But how do you choose the right one? With so many agents out there the choice can be overwhelming.
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Getting Your House Ready To Sell

Getting Your House Ready To Sell
Thinking about selling your house, or has your house been on the market for a while now and has yet to receive any offers?
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Mortgage Brokers Vs. Bankers

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Buying a house is likely to be the most expensive purchase you’ll make in your entire life, so it’s important to thoroughly research the best ways of financing it. When you’re looking for a mortgage, you have the choice between dealing directly with your bank or going to a mortgage broker. Exploring the pros and cons of both choices will give you the information you need to make the best decision for your situation.
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7 Ways To Avoid Stress When Building

Ways To Avoid Stress When Building
Building a new home can be both exciting and daunting. While it’s easy to imagine magazine-worthy images of your perfect dream home, you have probably heard more than one negative story from well-meaning friends and family about the time, work, and cost involved.
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Top 7 Benefits Of Downsizing

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A few decades ago, it was not uncommon for elderly parents to continue to live, and even die, in the same homes where they raised their children. As the adult children of these ailing parents can attest to, this is no walk in the park. Weekly visits to mow lawns and clear snow made more than one of these folks wish their parents had thought to move into a smaller abode while they were still healthy.
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How To Choose The Right Realtor® For You

How to choose the right Realtor for you
Are you using a Realtor® to buy a new home or sell your current home? Probably. Using the services of a real estate agent can definitely make the selling process easier. It's important, however, to choose the right one for you. With over 100,000 agents in Canada alone, you might think finding one wouldn’t be a problem, right? Not necessarily. 
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