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Tuesday, January 21, 2014 - what are your closets telling potential buyers?

1) This home is too small for these people.? 2) There?s no place in this home for storage. ? So see below: 6 ways to get your closets organized 1) Edit any unused or seasonal clothing.  Since you are going to be moving anyway start the packing process.  Edit any items you don?t need or no longer want or wear.  There are plenty of charities that would gladly accept your donation. Pack away any seasonal clothing you won?t need for the next few months. 2) Separate clothing by style for an ...
posted in home tips at Tue, 21 Jan 2014 14:35:30 -0700

Monday, January 20, 2014 - fuel myths true or false?

Here are four common fuel claims we want to put straight: Claim #1: Where you fill up matters.AMA says: TRUE. Sometimes the most convenient places to buy gas are the most expensive, especially stations along freeways and highways.Claim #2: Over-inflate tires for better mileage.AMA says: FALSE. While too-low tires will decrease gas mileage, some think over-inflating will do the opposite. While you may see a VERY slight increase (as in barely measureable) in fuel economy, what you?re really doing ... Full Article...
posted in General at Mon, 20 Jan 2014 12:37:17 -0700

Monday, January 13, 2014 - energy saving tips

Year-round tips: Turn off lights, TVs and other appliances when they are not needed.Wash laundry in cold water. This does just as good a job, keeps your colours bright, and saves lots of energy.Take short showers instead of baths. A five-minute shower uses about half as much water as a bath.Replace incandescent bulbs with energy-efficient compact fluorescents, which are four times more efficient and last about eight times as long.You can also control the intensity of your incandescent bulbs ... Full Article...
posted in home tips at Mon, 13 Jan 2014 13:20:33 -0700

Tuesday, January 7, 2014 - Energy saving tips

Winter tips: -Since up to 25 per cent of heat loss is through windows, plastic window covers can help reduce drafts. They can be purchased at most hardware stores.-Keep window curtains open during the day to allow solar energy into your home.-Put removable, temporary caulking on the inside of your windows that you can peel off in the spring.-Reduce the temperature on your thermostat when you?re not at home and overnight. Many new thermostats can be programmed to change the temperature ...
posted in home tips at Tue, 07 Jan 2014 11:17:48 -0700

Monday, January 6, 2014 - a "greener" garden

(Taken from TD bank newsletter) Whether you have a backyard garden oasis or simply perch a flowerpot on a windowsill, organic gardening is about putting nature first, according to experts from Canadian Organic Growers. Here are a few tips from this Ottawa-based national charitable organization. Go local Choosing hardy native plants could make a garden easier to maintain, since plants have adapted to local conditions. This approach can apply to the most urban of settings ? for example, one of ... Full Article...
posted in home tips at Mon, 06 Jan 2014 10:35:10 -0700

Friday, January 3, 2014 - December 2013

December?s eight per cent year-over-year increase in sales volume in the city of Calgary capped a year that saw an 11 per cent growth in sales volume for the entire 12 months. City residential sales totaled 1,172 units in December, bringing total sold units for 2013 to 23,489. Prices for the year were up by 8.6 per cent over 2012. ?Sales growth exceeded expectations in 2013, pushing above long-term trends,? said Ann-Marie Lurie, CREB®?s chief economist. ?Two consecutive years of elevated levels ... Full Article...
posted in Calgary housing statistics at Fri, 03 Jan 2014 10:08:59 -0700

Thursday, January 2, 2014 - is your home a green home?

Certain features may add such significant value in the eyes of prospective home buyers that many of today?s real-estate listings highlight energy-efficiency. For buyers or homeowners, low-cost, easy-to-do upgrades also have a positive effect on the world around them. According to a number of organizations that promote energy-efficiency, the following are some examples of common features that could lower energy use and reduce ongoing costs. Energy-wise appliances Combined, an Energy Star®?rated ... Full Article...
posted in General at Thu, 02 Jan 2014 10:20:29 -0700

Wednesday, January 1, 2014 - severe storms and home insurance

Severe storms are unpredictable and can occur during any season. Storms of this nature can develop quickly and often include hail, lightning, strong winds, and heavy rainfall. Canada?s increasingly severe weather means that basement flooding and water damage are becoming more common.Damage from sewer backups is costly for homeowners, municipalities, and insurance companies. Based on recent estimates, the Canadian insurance industry pays $1.7 billion each year in claims due to water damage.Water ... Full Article...
posted in home tips at Wed, 01 Jan 2014 13:21:29 -0700

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