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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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Aluminum Wiring, Cost Plus Improvements Mortgage, Asking for Chattels

Dear David,  Is aluminum wiring safe? — WIRED DEAR WIRED: Aluminum wiring is not uncommon in homes built in the mid-1960s to late 70s, as it was an affordable alternative to copper at the time. Though there has been some debate about it, aluminum wiring is safe to use and is still allowed by the Ontario

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Lawyers, Insurance During Sales, Installing a Pool

Dear David, We recently purchased a new build and did not have a lawyer look through the agreement due to time constraints. What is the implication of signing without a lawyer’s opinion? – Concerned Dear Concerned, In the frenzy that sometimes accompanies a new build in a booming market, buyers can feel pressured to sign

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