Home and Garden

Published on Tue, 06/17/2014 by Mosquito-Less

Mosquitoes Hate Garlic Oil

Mosquitoes Hate Garlic Oil

Summer is here across Canada and swarming mosquitoes are on us now. 

Mosquitoes, who can be 1000's of times more sensitive to garlic than humans, know it is present and prefer to stay clear of the treated area.

Home owners, cottagers, wedding parties and other outdoor event groups can have their day or evening ruined by these pests. There are also obvious associated health issues with mosquitoes almost nationwide now.

Published on Thu, 05/01/2014 by Nature Conservancy of Canada - English

Celebrate your mother with Mother Nature

Celebrate your mother with Mother Nature

What could be more unique than one-on-one time together outside caring for Mother Nature herself?

Finding the perfect Mother’s Day gift is rarely a simple task. You want to be sure what you’re giving her is something truly special and unique. So, what could be more unique than one-on-one time together outside caring for Mother Nature herself?

Published on Mon, 10/21/2013 by Royal Bank of Canada

How to winter-proof your home

How to winter-proof your home

Seal cracks in outside walls and foundations. Ensure windows, doors and roof openings (i.e. skylight) have proper weather stripping. Also, make sure that your roof is in good condition before the snow arrives.

Winter can provide a much-needed respite from the sweltering summer temperatures, but it can also bring severe storms which can cause havoc on your home and cost a lot of money in repairs.

Published on Fri, 10/18/2013 by Royal Bank of Canada

Home safety tips while you're on vacation

Home safety tips while you're on vacation

Review your current home insurance policy to ensure it’s up-to-date. If you are going to be away for an extended period of time, notify your insurance company.

With the holidays around the corner, many Canadians are starting to plan for their winter getaways. However, for many Canadians, protecting their home from potential damage prior to a vacation is often secondary to preparing for the trip itself.

Published on Thu, 12/13/2012 by Health Canada

Is Poor Indoor Air Quality Impacting Your Family's Health?

Is Poor Indoor Air Quality Impacting Your Family's Health?

Is Poor Indoor Air Quality Impacting Your Family's Health?

For many families, the onset of cold weather often means more time indoors, with the windows shut tight and the fireplace burning to keep out the chill. All this time inside may leave you desperate for creative ways to keep the kids entertained, but it should also bring another question to mind -- is the quality of the air in your home affecting your family's health?

Published on Mon, 12/03/2012 by Appraisal Institute of Canada

AIC-NS Real Estate Appraisers and Habitat For Humanity Team Up To Bring Families Home For The Holidays

AIC-NS Real Estate Appraisers and Habitat For Humanity Team Up To Bring Families Home For The Holidays

Halifax, NS (Dec. 1, 2012) - Local real estate appraisers and designated members of the Appraisal Institute of Canada – Nova Scotia (AIC-NS) and representatives from Habitat for Humanity – Nova Scotia and other community groups came together today to present two families with the keys to their new homes in the Spryfield community of Halifax. The homes were built throughout the year and are now completed – just in time for the holidays.

Published on Mon, 11/19/2012 by Royal Bank of Canada

Fire Safety Tips During the Holidays

Fire Safety Tips During the Holidays

While the incidence of fire increases during the holiday season due to greater use of natural Christmas trees, decorations and electric lighting, Canadians are taking further risks as more than 29 per cent of homeowners admit they don't have a fire extinguisher in their home, according to an RBC Insurance survey.

Published on Thu, 10/18/2012 by Royal Bank of Canada

Prevent water damage from inside your home

Prevent water damage from inside your home

From leaking appliances to broken pipes, there are many ways your home can be damaged by water. However, you can help reduce the risk of water damage through proper maintenance and regular inspections.

"Water damage can not only result in expensive repair bills, but it can also ruin furniture and electronic equipment, and destroy irreplaceable family heirlooms," says Tim Bzowey, vice president, Home & Auto, RBC Insurance. "Fortunately, there are simple steps you can take to protect yourself from water related damage inside your home."

Published on Thu, 10/11/2012 by Royal Bank of Canada

Keep insurance top of mind when renovating your home

Keep insurance top of mind when renovating your home

More than six-in-ten Canadian homeowners took on some form of home renovation project in the past two years. However, almost 80 per cent of them did not contact their insurance provider prior to the start of the renovations, according to a recent RBC Renovation Poll.

Published on Tue, 02/28/2012 by Royal Bank of Canada

RBC Insurance offers tips to help install your rain barrel

RBC Insurance offers tips to help install your rain barrel

According to a recent RBC Insurance survey, only 20 per cent of Canadian homeowners have a rain barrel at their home. However, homeowners may be surprised to learn that installing rain barrels during heavy rainfalls not only helps to reduce the amount of water taxing our sewage systems and overflowing and polluting our rivers and lakes, but can also help prevent water backing up into their basements.

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