December 2016

Found 12 blog entries for December 2016.

When you are selling a home, it’s often difficult to remember that the best look for it may not be what you already have. The demands of potential buyers vary, but many are looking for particular decor styles when shopping. This style can often be found with just a few additions. Here are some decorating choices you can make to help your home sell faster.

1. Declutter, Declutter, Declutter

Clutter makes rooms look smaller, homes unkempt, and drives away buyers quicker than a lawn that’s been replaced with concrete. Whenever you show off a home, you have to declutter. This can mean putting your spoon collection in storage, removing old furniture in the basement, or even taking sentimental pictures off the walls and replacing them with small pieces of

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edmonton real estateMoving doesn’t have to be hard. Here are some simple tips that can make your move go much more smoothly.

1. Make Time. Then Make More

Moving takes longer than you think. No matter how long you think it will take, add time to that amount. There are almost always things that happen when packing, so it’s best to give yourself as much time as possible. You don’t need most of your belongings every single day, so start packing the non-essentials early. Even if you finish ahead of time, you can relax before packing up the essentials and heading to your new home.

2 Get Rid of Stuff First

This is often referred to as the “Donate, Trash, Keep” phase, where you put out three bags and fill them with things you want to donate, things you want to throw

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The age of cookie cutter homes is getting shortened thanks to a new city ordinance regarding infills. The City of Edmonton has created a new set of rules that builders must follow when building infills in Edmonton’s mature neighbourhoods. In addition to using a minimum of three materials for the facade, builders can no longer put identical homes side-by-side.

Edmonton’s south side has been growing steadily for the past couple of decades and many communities feature near-identical homes in high frequency, which some people criticize as not being aesthetically pleasing for a neighbourhood overall. With the new rules, areas that are experiencing change, especially in residential areas, will now have to have a certain architectural diversity as to maintain

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edmonton real estateEdmonton winters are long, cold and many Edmontonians know that the heating bills are only getting bigger. Many heating solutions cost a lot of money, like a new furnace or new windows, but there are cheap and simple ways to save on heating as well. Here are just a few easy tips for helping you save on your next heating bill.

1. Unlock the Power of the Sun

The sun can heat up your home ever so slightly during the day, but the second it’s no longer pouring into a room, the shade will start to cool things off. Keep your drapes open when the sun is shining directly in your home, then close them when there’s no more sunlight. This will trap the sun’s rays in your home and help it maintain its temperature.

2. Seal Up Unused Rooms

In more extreme

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edmonton real estateWhile home robberies are steadily declining in frequency, it’s still important to protect your Edmonton property. In today’s technologically-advanced world, it’s important to use the right hardware and software for your home security. Here are just a few things that can keep you and your property safer.

1. Digital and Code Locks

Code locks are much more versatile and useful than keyed locks and mean that you’ll never be locked out of your home ever again. Most code locks let you change the number fairly easily, which is great for homes that have people coming and going, like rental properties. The newest versions have touchscreens that show less wear and tear over the years, meaning someone won’t be able to figure out your code just by looking at

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edmonton real estateHome plumbing is a large and complicated set of systems that most home buyers know very little about. This is completely normal and the reason why we have home inspectors, but you can do some amateur plumb inspecting on your own. Here are three easy-to-spot plumbing issues you should always check for before you buy a home.

1. Water Pressure

Many home sellers upgrade their sinks and bathrooms before putting their home on the market, then neglect to make the appropriate upgrades to their plumbing system. As today’s homes demand more water, it’s important to know if your home plumbing is actually up to the task. Always check the water pressure in the bathrooms and kitchens. It can help ensure that your home can handle any upgrades you may want, and the

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MLS EdmontonHeating homes in Edmonton is costly, especially when the winter chill really sets in. With such high costs of heating, it often pays for rental property owners to update their heating systems. It can be expensive, but the savings are often well worth the investment. If you’re heating up a rental property, here are just a few different things you can do to increase your property’s heat efficiency, and save you money on your monthly utility bills.

1. Space Heaters

As homes get renovated more and more to accommodate more rental profitability, they can often suffer from heating and ventilation issues. One quick solution for this is space heaters installed in rooms that don’t have great heat, or aren’t connected to the main ducts. These can eat away at

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edmonton real estateBuying a home is a long and complicated process, one that manages to be both extremely logical and extremely emotional. Without someone to help you through each step, buying a home can feel like a fool’s errand. Luckily, real estate agents offer their expertise not simply for selling homes, but for buying them as well. With the right Edmonton real estate agent to help you buy a home, you can access these advantages that can save you time and money while finding you the perfect home.

1. Negotiation Skills

Home buying is, at the end of the day, finding the right property for as little as possible. Balancing these two things is at the heart of what the entire process is about, which is why you should have an experienced and professional negotiator on

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