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Resources for Homeowners

Home Owners' Maintenance Manual

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A comprehensive resource of seasonal and regular home maintenance with checklists. A 20 mbs pdf that you can download and save.

25 Grants and Rebates for Property Buyers and Owners

A pdf that you can download, print and save.

• Insurance Know How

A useful site that has home buying guides, Popular Home buying in addition to info on mortgages and insurance. Please check with your insurance agent regarding your needs first before purchasing any coverage.

IBC/BAC - Natural Insurance Bureau of Canada

A lot of good information here for buying insurance coverage in Canada, whether it is hoemowner's, vacation property or tenant's.

• Reno Resources

Canadian Mortgage & Housing Corporation

Very good federal resource for the new home buyer, those thinking of renovating, etc. Also includes a section on various programs and financial assistance available for those who qualify.

Greater Vancouver Homebuilder's Association

Resources to help you find a renovator and more about their Renomark Program, where you can find a contractor who can help you with confidence. Twice a year, they offer FREE seminars for the new home buyer and renovator. Please check website for more details.

• Secure Peace of Mind Home Security Tips

Brought to you by the Editors of Consumer Guide. A good thought provoking resource for everyone to read through!

• Greening it up

EcoAction Retrofit Using Less - Living Better

A federal program that is winding down but still contains some good tips to follow.


While the LiveSmart BC residential Efficiency Incentive Program (EIP) has formally concluded as of March 31, 2014, there are still partner incentives that are available to the homeowner and business.

This includes rebates and incentives from BC Hydro, Fortis BC Electric, home rebates and incentives from Fortis BC Gas - Home, business rebates and incentives, and builder/tradesperson rebates and incentives. Check it out.

Provided by BC Hydro for home owners and corporations

BC Hydro PowerSmart Program

Explains more about their PowerSmart Program and incentives. Also contains rebates and savings. For more tips, read their Guides and Tips to save money, energy and the environment.

Terasen Gas

Definitely worth a look for savings and tips in energy, natural gas appliances and equipment and the latest in energy efficiency.