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Which Kitchen Floor Type is Best For You?All of an East Calgary home’s floors are important, but one of the most important is the kitchen floor. With how common drops and spills are in kitchens, kitchen floors have to be able to withstand a lot of potential damage. Because of this, kitchen floors are made from durable materials, which won’t break easily when someone drops a plate or a handful of silverware. There are a lot of different options homeowners can pick from when it comes to kitchen floor materials. Here are some of the best and most popular floor types and why they are good choices for any kitchen.

Tile Flooring

When it comes to the most common types of kitchen flooring, tile is at the top of the list. Tile is one of the most durable types of flooring, making it perfect for

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How to Efficiently Move Long DistanceWhether City Centre home buyers are moving down the street or halfway around the world, the process of relocating takes a lot of time and planning. To prevent mishaps, here are five useful tips to anyone in the midst of a major move.

Organizing Early

As easy as it is to put off packing to the last minute, most people can't afford to do this. Now is the time to determine which items are kept and what is to be thrown away or donated. The last thing homeowners need is to spend the time and money packing, transporting, and unpacking items they don't actually need. Minimizing the number of boxes can also save homeowners money and time during the relocation. Those moving long-distance should start going through their homes about eight weeks in advance

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3 Types of Foundations Used in Home ConstructionThe type of foundation in a home can affect its cost, durability, and functionality. Do you want extra space in your home, or do you need to save money? Do you want a foundation that's easy to maintain? Here are a few options for a number of different foundation types depending on budget, climate, and Northwest Calgary homeowner preference.

Slab Foundations

The first type of foundation to consider for your home is the slab foundation. This common foundation type is laid by pouring concrete into the future shape of a home and building on top of it. Slab foundations are flush with the ground and don't require any additional construction; as such, they are the most affordable foundation type to construct. They are also the most easy to maintain, due

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What Type of Fencing Should I Choose for My Home?Home fences do more than just keep the dog in the yard. They provide an important design element to the property. Different fencing options affect not just the aesthetics, but also the security to the structure and grounds of a home. Here are a few options homeowners can choose from if they're looking for the right fence.

PVC

A PVC fence can be fashioned to look like a traditional picket fence. By replacing the wood with PVC, the overall cost of the fencing decreases significantly. The trade-off is a PVC fence won't be as durable as the wooden stakes are. Despite this, PVC is fashioned to stave off the elements for years to come. Homeowners can purchase PVC in a variety of designs and colors.

Aluminum

Aluminum is one of the easier types of

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Finished or Unfinished Basement? Here's What You Need to KnowBasements can be very useful spaces. For Southwest Calgary homeowners seeking an extra area in their home where they can store boxes, hide unused holiday decorations or even spend time with family, a basement can be the solution. The functionality of the space and what the space can be used for depends on the type of basement. Generally speaking, basements can be divided into two categories: finished and unfinished.

Before purchasing a home with a basement, it's important to be aware of the differences between a finished and unfinished basement. These spaces can be very different from one another.

Finished Basements Pros and Cons

Finished basements are light, bright spaces with finished walls and ceilings. Finished basements often have

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The 3 Heating System Types Homeowners Need to KnowIn order to live comfortably in a home, it needs to have heating to keep it warm during the cold winter. There is more than just one type of heating system that a West Calgary home can use, and it’s important for homeowners to know what kind they have or what kind they want, should they be buying a new construction home. There are three main types of heating systems, and each type has different sub-types within it. Here is what homeowners need to know.

Central Heating Systems

Most homes these days use a central heating system because it’s what’s expected. The most common types of central heat are furnaces, boilers, and heat pumps, with furnaces being the most popular of those. 

Furnaces are usually powered by gas, but they can also use

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Light Bulb Information for Homeowners Who Want to Save MoneyJust a few decades ago, incandescent light bulbs were the most common light bulbs available in stores, and they were the most commonly found light bulbs in the lighting of each room of the home. Today, there are many different kinds of light bulbs used by Southwest Calgary homeowners. If you're a homeowner who would like to save money and reduce your utility costs, you have many options. Here's what you need to know.

Incandescent Light Bulbs

These light bulbs have been around for a very long time, and have a very basic design. Incandescent light bulbs contain a wire (called a filament) that heats up to produce light. These bulbs come in different brightnesses for different purposes. Incandescent light bulbs produce a lot of heat. The glass from

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Everything You Need to Know About Maintaining Your ChimneyFireplaces are romantic and fun to use. At the right times of year, fireplaces can also be functional, providing heat and light in the house. However, fireplaces and chimneys need to be maintained, or they can become unsafe. If you're a Southeast Calgary homeowner with a fireplace, here's what you need to know.

Burn Seasoned Firewood

Seasoned firewood is firewood that's been dried sufficiently. Seasoned firewood has a low moisture content, so it burns easily and produces little smoke. Unseasoned firewood is firewood that has been produced from a recently downed tree. Unseasoned firewood produces a lot of smoke and can take a long time to burn.

The smoke produced by unseasoned firewood can cause creosote to build up in the chimney. Creosote is

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What Homeowners Need to Know About Renting Out Their PropertyRenting a property to tenants can help increase a South Calgary household's cash flow and keep the home from sitting vacant. This step requires a lot of forethought, however, as there are many important things to consider. From insurance to taxes, and everything in between, keeping the top considerations in mind can help homeowners avoid common pitfalls and achieve great results. Here's a look at the most important things to know when renting a Canadian property to tenants.

For informational purposes only. Always consult with a licensed real estate professional before proceeding with any real estate transaction.

Insurance Companies May Require a Change in Policy

Before renting out a property, Canadian homeowners must first check with their

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Are You Flipping Homes? Here's What You Need to KnowFor many people, home flipping is their first experience in residential real estate investment. The job of a home flipper sounds easy: buy a home at a low cost, fix it up to increase its value and then sell the home for a higher cost. Home flipping is a popular activity because it's relatively affordable and many people enjoy the process. If you're new to home flipping, the following seven tips can help.

For informational purposes only. Always consult with a licensed real estate professional before proceeding with any real estate transaction.

1. Do Your Research

Before a home flipper purchases a property, they should know the standard value of the homes in the area where they're thinking about buying. This tells them how much they can expect

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