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October 2018

Found 21 blog entries for October 2018.

Repairing Pet HomeSome pets can do serious damage to homes where they live. If you're a home buyer trying to purchase a property that has sustained damage from live-in pets, knowing what kind of home maintenance projects to expect can help you prepare to make repairs.

Give the Flooring Some Care

Pets can damage floors in a variety of ways. Pets with claws may scratch floor boards, while young pets may have accidents or chew up carpeting. Sometimes this damage is visible, other times it is hidden from view. For example, removing the carpeting may reveal hardwood floors that have been stained.

In a home with carpeting, the carpet may need to be replaced to get rid of pet smells and pet dander. Home buyers hoping to avoid the expense of replacing the carpet

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High ROI Bathroom Remodeling IdeasBathroom renovation is an excellent way for a homeowner to boost the sale price of their home. However, not all renovations are created equal. Homeowners who want to get the best ROI must plan their remodel wisely. Buying economical fixtures can help, as can purchasing fixtures that specifically interest home buyers.

Install Low-Flow Fixtures

Protecting the environment is of major importance to many homeowners, as is saving money. Low-flow fixtures do both at the same time. The standard low-flow toilets use 4.8 litres per flush. This represents significant water savings compared to the old toilets, which used about 6 litres per flush.

Low flow fixtures are just one of the many eco-friendly materials available to homeowners. Other

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How Solar Panels Help Sell HomesWhen people begin to prepare their home for sale, they often start by making property improvements in hopes of enticing buyers. One of the many improvements that some people consider when they're trying to sell their home is installation of solar panels. If you're a homeowner thinking about selling your property in the next few months and you'd like to install solar panels, it's important to know whether or not this is a valuable addition to your property and what you can do to maximize the ROI from the installation.

The Value Of Solar Panels

Solar panels can vary in their value, depending on the positioning of the house, the amount of shade on the property and the amount of energy the household consumes. In general, it is believed that solar

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Credit Scores and Getting a MortgageA person's credit history is a complicated record of their experience with debt. When people try to buy a home, they often use their credit report and score to qualify for a mortgage to pay for the sale. With these tips, potential borrowers will understand how credit reports and scores affect the home buying process.

Credit Report vs Credit Score

Although lenders usually look at a person's detailed credit history as well as their credit scores, there is a practical reason to understand the difference. A credit report is a listing of a person's current and recent debts and payments to various creditors. Credit reports may also contain information about unpaid accounts that went to collections, or other uncommon forms of debt. The credit score

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Hockey Locations CalgaryIt's Canada's game. From late nights under the lights at the outdoor rink to our very own Calgary Flames, we love hockey. When families are house-hunting in Calgary, knowing where the local rink is and knowing how to connect with minor hockey associations can be just as important as how many square feet a potential home might have. Not to mention where to dry out equipment and store the hockey bag during the off-season.

Here are some great Calgary communities for your consideration.

Outdoor Rinks

With our Calgary chinooks, keeping good outdoor ice can be tough. Generally outdoor rinks are constructed and maintained by the local community association. Flooding can occur as soon as temperatures are consistently hovering below freezing

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How to Select a Home Style for YouThe many styles of architecture in Canada may sometimes seem like a hodgepodge to the untrained eye. However, home buyers can learn about their options so they can make a smarter decision. Those who may not be sure what kind of house they want should keep the following facts in mind before they start putting in their bids.

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

A Ranch style home in Canada refer to any single story home, usually with an attached patio or deck space. The original idea behind the ranch style was to link the homeowner as closely as possible to the landscape. If there was an emergency with the cattle in the middle of the night, a

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The Best Indoor Pools in Calgary, AlbertaA refreshing swim and a dip in the hot tub can often be just what the doctor ordered, especially as our Calgary weather grows colder.

Whether you like to swim for fun or for serious cardio, look for a neighbourhood that's close to a great aquatic facility when house hunting in Calgary. Wouldn't you rather spend time doing laps than in your car getting to the pool?

We've listed a few Calgary indoor pools by area:

Calgary City Centre

  • Repsol Sports Centre: Formerly known as the Talisman Centre and Lindsay Park Sports Centre, the Repsol Sports Centre is perhaps the largest in Calgary. Located at 2225 Macleod Trail in Mission it is convenient to Calgary City Centre. Aquatic features include two 8-lane 50m pools and a teaching pool,
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5 Real Estate Agents You Should HireHiring a real estate agent is one of the best things someone can do when it comes to selling a home or buying a new one, but with how many agents are available to hire, it can seem overwhelming when trying to find a place to start. Here are five different types of real estate agents all buyers and sellers should keep an eye out for when searching for someone to work with to buy a home in North Calgary or elsewhere.

1. The Realistic Visionary

When it comes to selling a home, it's vital to have a good idea of what it's worth, and when talking to potential real estate agents to hire, asking for their opinion on the home's value is essential. One agent may say the home can fetch $200,000, and another may say $205,000. But if a third says they can

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Importance of Acting Quickly When Addressing MouldThe dangers of mould are all too real for today's homeowners and their families. This often invisible and silent threat can cause serious damage to a home's structural integrity and source numerous health issues to humans and pets. Mould in the home isn't always readily apparent to the eye, but the body may realize it sooner rather than later. Individuals with mould sensitivity or allergies are likely to experience increased asthmatic symptoms, watery and itchy eyes, sneezing and coughing, sore throat and/or headaches. While leaving mould untreated will cause structural damage, too, the health risks of mould to humans are reason enough to act fast with a mould inspection and remediation if necessary.

Structural Signs of Mould in the Home

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Waste Water Treatment in House Septic systems are common in rural areas and less so in cities and towns like Calgary. Many people who move to the country from a larger community know little about septic systems and what to expect.

If you’re thinking about moving into a home with a septic tank, it’s important to understand how a septic system works and what kind of maintenance is involved.

Septic Systems Vs. Sewers

A sewer is an underground channel that connects your home to your community’s water treatment facility. Homeowners who use sewers are only responsible for maintaining the sewer line that runs beneath their own property, and most sewers need little to no regular maintenance.

A septic tank is an underground tank connected to a drain field. All waste water

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