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Can we take a tree with us when we move?

Dear David: We’re planning to move closer to our son and three-year-old granddaughter at the end of this year. When our granddaughter was born, we planted a tree in our backyard to celebrate her arrival.  We would like to take the tree with us to our next home, but know we can’t move it in

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Do sellers need to clean their house before departing?

Dear David: We purchased a home a couple of months ago and it’s closing next week. It looked immaculate when it was on the market, but we did a walk-through over the weekend and the house was filthy. Are the sellers obliged to clean it up before we take possession? – CLEAN START DEAR CLEAN:

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Should I remove UFFI before selling?

Dear David: I have a home that was built 60 years ago. The garage walls are insulated with UFFI, and the garage is attached to the house. I’m thinking of selling in 5 to 10 years. Should I remove the UFFI in preparation? – THINKING AHEAD DEAR THINKING: I suspect your home may have UFFI

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What should I look for in a Realtor?

Dear David: This entire city seems to be filled with real estate advertising. I need an agent to sell my house, but I’m not sure how to narrow my choices. What should I be looking for? –  UNCERTAIN DEAR UNCERTAIN: With over 2,500 local Realtors and close to 100,000 agents registered across Ontario, the options

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Video surveillance during showings

DEAR DAVID: Are video doorbells a good way to monitor showings at my house? – RING MY BELL DEAR RING: Many of today’s homes are equipped with smart devices, from thermostats, to doorbells, to the ever-popular Alexa. As familiar as these devices might be, using them to surveil showings in your home can be a

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Snow Removal: is it the tenant’s job or the landlord’s?

Dear David: I’m renting a town home. My landlord and I are at odds over who is responsible for outdoor maintenance. He says snow removal and grass cutting are my responsibility, but I think he should take care of these things. Who is right? – NOT MY HOUSE DEAR NMH: Outdoor maintenance is one of

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