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Design a Home Office for Function and InspirationWorking at home, whether for convenience or out of necessity, should be a pleasant experience. Not only does a home office allow you to shorten your commute, but it allows you to make your own hours and cater to your own working style. However, rather than making do with a laptop in the midst of family activity, try to carve out a space that will provide both privacy and basic business necessities. Whether you work at home only on rare occasions, or you go to work every day, dedicated, clutter-free space that meets your specific needs is important.

Function

Having a separate room with a door is a luxury that might not be possible or affordable. But a folding screen, an alcove in a larger space, a little-used closet, or a corner of the attic

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Tips for Creating Your Own Moving TimelineHaving the the right professionals on board to handle a home sale is important, but home buyers and sellers are usually the ones who need to handle the actual move from one home to another. And one way to make a move less stressful is the use of a preplanned moving timeline. Moving timelines help buyers and sellers stay on top of the many necessary details for a successful transition. Plus, it gives everyone a chance to feel accomplished when they meet their milestones. For a better idea of where to begin, here are a few underlying rules to keep in mind when constructing your own timeline.

Common Supplies Needed When Moving House

Homeowners need many supplies during a relocation. Boxes, bubble wrap and tape are some of the most obvious

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When You Should Call a PlumberWhen you own your own South Calgary home, it helps to be handy. But even someone who is all thumbs may be able to navigate some plumbing issues without too much trouble with the help of a wrench and YouTube.

Plumbing is the most common cause of do-it-yourself disasters in the home so it pays to be careful at the first drip of errant water.

Do it Yourself or Dial a Pro?

There are minor problems that every Calgary homeowner should know how to fix. Just as you wouldn’t call an electrician to change a light bulb, there are some jobs that don’t require a lot of skill.

Examples of these kinds of situations include:

The Toilet is Running

If you constantly hear that noise of water running through pipes in your home, first make sure the

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Everything You Need to Know About An FSBO SaleFor the home seller who loves to DIY and save money, selling a home without a real estate professional can be tempting. Still, a home owner who is thinking about putting their home on the market soon should give careful thought to whether or not a for sale by owner (FSBO) transaction is right for them. FSBO sales may bring complications that cost home sellers dearly, whether you live in North Calgary or elsewhere.

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

Fewer Advertising Opportunities

The MLS website is the website where the majority of real estate listings can be found. A real estate professional can list a home on the MLS website, whereas a

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Baby Room Decorating Ideas When you first begin shopping for items on your baby registry, you're likely to be overwhelmed in the presence of so many nursery decor themes. There are adorable zoo animals, beautiful butterflies, trucks and trains, and a whole slew of branded movie characters to choose from to personalize your baby's nursery.

Though going all out on a theme is very tempting, it may make the room more difficult to remodel or sell later on—exactly no one has a baby forever.

Instead, try these tips for designing a child's bedroom that will look great at all ages.

Choose a Sophisticated Colour Palette

If there's one thing your child will reject in in his or her second decade of life, it's likely a room awash in baby pink or powder blue. Try starting out

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Everything You Need to Know About Charging Your Electric Vehicle At HomeHomeowners have gotten on the home tech bandwagon. In addition to peoples homes, environmental concerns have driven many homeowners to purchase electric cars in the last few decades. While these vehicles are much better for the environment than cars that run on gasoline, they can present some logistical challenges. Charging in the home can become inconvenient if the homeowner doesn't own an electric car charging station. If you're a home owner with an electric vehicle, here's what you need to know about installing an electric car charging station in your garage.

Is It Possible to Charge Your Car Without a Dedicated Charger?

One of the first things that many homeowners want to know when the time comes to install a dedicated charger is whether

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How to Know if Buying a Vacation Home is Right For YouBuying a vacation home is a great idea for many but you want to make sure that you do not make a hasty decision. It is not always the best time to purchase a vacation home so you want to make sure that you have everything lined up before you take the plunge. The timing for purchasing a vacation home depends on not only your personal financial situation but also the season where you are purchasing.

How to Qualify for a Mortgage on a Secondary Home

Qualifying for a mortgage on a secondary home starts with stable finances and a great credit score. Lenders typically want to see a credit score of above 725 and a strong debt to income ratio for these types of loans. If you do not meet these qualifications, all is not lost, as a sizeable down

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Inspiration for Your Outdoor Living SpaceAn outdoor living space can serve as an extension of a home. Friends and family can gather and relax on a well-planned space. It can also act as an oasis from every day cares and stress. Options exist for optimizing the function of a space and making it an ideal location to kick back or entertain.

An attractive outdoor living space is also known to boost home value and does not require a large budget to accomplish. Learn how to take the first steps in creating an outdoor living space to love for years to come, whether you build it yourself or hire a professional.

Ask Yourself This

Homeowners looking for some ideas to create or change up a neglected outdoor living space need to look no further. However, all designs begin with answering some

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Bidding Wars: How To Get the Home You WantBidding wars are common in hot sellers markets. When home inventory is low and prices are high, buyers often compete with one another to get the most desirable houses. Knowing how to win a bidding war is important in these markets. These tips can help serious buyers to stand out from other competitive home buyers.

Get Pre-Approved for a Mortgage

Pre-approved offers are far more attractive than offers from pre-qualified buyers. This is because a pre-approved offer is closer to a sure thing than an offer from a pre-qualified buyer. Home buyers can stand out from other buyers by getting pre-approved at the beginning of the search for a home. While the pre-approval process does take more time, a pre-approval can help buyers win a bidding war with

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The Value of DIY and Hiring a ProfessionalHomeowners can save money on improvement projects by doing some or all of the work themselves. Unfortunately, not all homeowners are able to safely take on complex projects. Knowing when you're able to make home improvements and when it's time to hire a professional can help you take care of your new home.

Consider Level Of Experience

When it comes to level of DIY experience, homeowners span a range. Some homeowners are able to work confidently with their hands, others have little or no experience. People who buy new homes having already fixed appliances and worked on construction projects have a significant advantage when it comes to completing home improvement projects.

For the inexperienced homeowner, it's important to take on do it

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