Basements 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
In 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
Just 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
Fireplaces 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
Renting 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