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Spring Home Maintenance Checklist

Thursday, April 3rd, 2014

You would never know it by looking outside but Spring has officially arrived in Calgary. With arrival of Spring comes one of everyone’s most dreaded tasks; home spring cleaning and home spring maintenance to prepare for the upcoming months. As many of us do, there are tasks that you have been delaying, waiting for this never-ending Calgary winter to finally come to a much anticipated and long-awaited end. We have included a list below that should help get you off your feet and give you an idea of few spring maintenance tasks that you should think about tackling!

Spring Cleaning

  • Service your fireplace, woodstove, and chimney as necessary
  • Make sure the gas fireplace and furnace pilot lights are turned off whenever possible
  • Ensure your smoke detector, carbon monoxide detector and security alarms are equipped with charged batteries and are functioning adequately
  • Inspect and clean furnace filters, and replace if necessary.  If you have a Heat Recovery Ventilation system, your filters should be inspected every couple of months
  • Check to make sure your air condition system is working properly. Be sure to have it serviced every few years
  • Clean and replace air conditioning  filters as often as you can
  • Clean windows and screens.  Repair or replace screens if damaged or worn out
  • Once weather conditions have warmed up, open the valve to the outside water hose connection
  • Repair and paint fences if they are in poor condition
  • Touch up areas on your exterior that were damaged by the harsh winter conditions
  • Ensure sump pump and downspout spouts are pointed away from the home so that the draining water doesn’t pool up and potentially cause a flood
  • Remove all debris out of drainage ditches
  • Start carrying out any spring landscaping that is necessary; fertilize young trees

We hope that you found these springs maintenance tips helpful. This Spring Calgary Real Estate Market is shaping up to be a very busy and record setting few months. Conditions are still very favorable for home sellers. Buyer’s demand is very strong, that combined with a small inventory of listings has resulted in rising home prices and home sales. If you are interested in taking advantage of this opportunity to maximize the value for your Calgary property please CONTACT US today!

Home Sweet Home Team

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The Important of a Garage in Adding Value to Your Home

Thursday, May 16th, 2013

Nowadays most homeowners see having a garage as an absolute necessity. For some it’s actually used as they are intended – for parking your vehicles, others turn it in to a make shift storage room and there’s some guys who turn it in to a work shop, or better yet a “man cave”. What many people don’t realize is how much not having a garage can effect the value of your home. Having a standard garage is one of the best returns on investment you can make on your home.

Here are 2 main reasons why you should consider having a garage if you currently do not have one.

Potential Return on Investment

If you are just concerned about parking your car, having a parking spot will be sufficient for having somewhere to leave your car. But if at some point in your future you are considering selling your home and hoping for a return on your home, a garage is a near must. Living in a suburban location it is almost a given that you should have a garage. There are many prospective buyers that won’t even consider your home if it does not have an attached or detached garage. The days of a garage being considered an additional feature are long gone. For many buyers it is a required feature. The silver living for anyone who doesn’t have a garage is that in terms of return on investment it is a fairly inexpensive renovation. The standard cost to build a basic garage in Calgary can cost you somewhere in the range of $10,000 – $15,000 depending on if you do some of the work yourself or contract the entire project out. Adding a garage to your home can typically increase your property value by double of that, depending on the type and condition of the garage.

Location

Whether you live in a urban location or not, having a garage will always be an addition that can earn you money. In locations like inner-city Calgary where parking is a premium, having a garage can make you even bigger profits. It gives the prospective buyers a covered parking spot, an opportunity for extra storage space, and for those interested even a workshop. Even if you are looking to rent your property, this will increase the demand of your home and increase the amount you can expect to charge.

To summarize, having  a garage will always increase the value of your home. Even if you aren’t currently looking to sell, it’s a great investment for the future.

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If you are interested in knowing the market value of your home, please Contact Us today for a Free Market Evaluation of your Calgary Home. We are a top producing team of Calgary Real Estate Agents that can help you with any of your Calgary Real Estate buying or selling needs.

 

Home Upgrades- Are They Worth Your Time?

Thursday, April 18th, 2013

Home Upgrades – Are They Worth Your Time?

There are always a few questions that enter the minds of those homeowners thinking about selling their home… Will the improvements deliver the comfort you’re looking for? Would it make more sense to move homes over upgrading yours? Will the renovations provide you with the return you are seeking when you decide to sell your home?

The table below will help you find the answer to some of these questions. In the future this should help you in the future so you know which rooms to focus on with your renovations and which can offer you the greatest return on your investment.

Keep in mind the time it takes between when the upgrades happened and the sale, as we well as proper maintenance and changing styles, should be factored-in when reviewing the chart and the potential return.

 

Upgrade

Approximate   Cost

% Recovered On   Resale

Kitchen $10,000+ 75% to 100%
Bathroom $10,000+ 75% to 100%
Roof Shingle Replacement $2.50 – $10 50% to 80%
High-Efficiency Furnace $3,500 – $7,000 50% to 80%
Windows Replacement $40 – $120 / Sq. Ft 50% to 75%
Deck $25 – $500/ Sq. Ft 50% to 75%
Hardwood Flooring $5 – $15 / Sq. Ft 50% to 75%
Central Air Conditioning $3,000 + 50% to 75%
Finished Basement $20 – $35/ Sq. Ft 50% to 75%
In ground Pool $20,000 – $40,000 10% to 40%
Skylights $3,000 + 0% to 25%

For more Home Selling Tips from the Home Sweet Home Team please visit Selling a Calgary Property or contact us today for Your Free Calgary Home Evaluation.

Spring Time Roof Check

Thursday, March 28th, 2013

The cold and storms of the winter season can wreak havoc on the exterior of a home and the surrounding property. Now is the time to do a winter-end check to make sure everything is in order and ready to withstand those spring time showers and the pending heat of summer. Sometimes it isn’t that there is significant damage to worry about, but simply the fact that it may have been several months since you last paid any attention to outdoor maintenance

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

While all exterior areas should be checked periodically, areas that typically require extra attention at the end of the winter season include the roofing and roof drainage system (gutters and downspouts). To identify possible roof component concerns, look for:

Ceiling spots – A possible warning sign that your roof system needs leak repair or replacement. If stains are on a lower level ceiling, a plumbing leak could be the cause, put don’t rule out a roof source for the water. Ceiling stains can also be associated with condensation due to excessive attic moisture and/or ice dam conditions, which may require air sealing, additional attic ventilation and/or insulation to prevent a recurrence.

Missing shingles – Any missing shingles should be replaced quickly to avoid additional leakage and damage to the roof deck and interior of your home.

Lifted or curled shingles – This may be an indication the roof is worn and near or at the end of its service life. If found just in an isolated areas, spot replacement may be possible, but if widespread, get a professional opinion on the roofs condition.

Heavy granules buildup in gutter or at base of downspouts – The granule on roof shingles gradually wear away to the point where the underlying material is exposed over large areas. Once this happens the rate of shingle deterioration accelerates. If excessive, it may indicate aging shingles that need replacement.

Loose, lifted or cracked flashing – This is the metal or other type membrane found at the base of chimneys, vents and other roof penetrations. Damaged flashing should be repaired to prevent leakage.

If you have issues with your roof system, we recommend utilizing the services of a professional home inspector or qualified roofer contractor to determine conditions and repair needs. Most homeowners should not attempt to climb on or walk a roof due to the risk of a fall. Many conditions can be safely observed from the grounds with a good pair of binoculars.

GAF Materials Corporation, one of North America’s largest roofing manufacturer maintains a directory to help homeowners find qualified roofing contractors . Simply go to GAF’s website at www.gaf.com to find the directory. This site also contains a great deal of information about roofing products, common problems and solutions.

Source: House Master

http://www.housemaster.com/articles/read/SPRING%20TIME%20ROOF%20CHECK

Kitchen Upgrade Tips From the HSH Team

Tuesday, January 29th, 2013

 

Whether you are preparing your house to sell or it’s time to update your out of date house, kitchens are one of the rooms that offer the most value. Contrary to popular belief it doesn’t have to cost you a fortune to significantly improve and modernize your kitchen.

Here is a list of a few upgrades that will WOW your guests the next time they are over for a dinner party.

Cabinet Re-facing or Painting: If the cabinets are in good condition but looking a little aged, liven them up with a fresh, new glossy paint job. For a little more of an investment have the cabinet front doors replaced or refaced. This can transform your old cabinets in to sleek new cabinets.
Faucet and Sinks: A new, modern faucet can go a long way in making an area of the kitchen stand out that normally doesn’t. Replacing the faucet, sink or hardware or all jobs that can be done quite easily and inexpensively.
Lighting: Upgrading the lighting fixtures can positively affect the overall style of the kitchen. There is nothing like a modern, bright kitchen.
Backsplash: Backsplashes take center stage when it comes to the artsy aspect of your kitchen. Choose a neutral palette that will accentuate other highlight features in your kitchen. Next time you are in hardware or tile store checkout the bargain section and see what it has to offer.
Countertop: For just a couple hundred dollars including installation you can purchase a new laminate countertop that will give your kitchen that contemporary look you’re striving for.

We hope these ideas help you achieve that new look you’re looking for in your kitchen. For more home staging tips and any real estate selling or needs please contact us today!

 

Ribbon Staircase by HSH architects

Tuesday, February 16th, 2010

Ribbon Staircase by HSH architects

Beautiful and unique staircase design, constructed from 10mm thick sheet metal, by HŠH architects.

The concept of a delicate rippling ribbon was chosen in view of the exposed position of the staircase in the main living area of the house.

Ribbon Staircase

Ribbon Staircase Design

Ribbon Staircase Design by HSH architects

Bloomframe Disappearing Balcony

Wednesday, January 27th, 2010

POSSIBLY THE COOLEST THING I HAVE EVER SEEN!

Bloomframe Disappearing Balcony

Bloomframe is an innovative window that transforms into a balcony at the touch of a button.

 

Engineered by Hurks, this modern balcony consists of tough all-weather materials and controlled by a smooth electronic system.

Bloomframe Window

Window Turns Into a Balcony

Bloomframe

Bloomframe Balcony

Innovative Balcony

For more information about Bloomframe balcony, visit bloomframe.com

Bloomframe Balcony on Demand

 

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Last Call for Home Reno Tax Credit

Tuesday, January 26th, 2010

It’s not too late to renovate and get the Home Renovation Tax Credit (HRTC) … if you don’t mind long lines at your local home-improvement store. But you only have exactly one week to do so.

Know What Qualifies (and What Doesn’t)

It might be a good idea to check out all the details at the Canada Revenue Agency website. (Apparently, the Post Office is also handing out the Canada Revenue Agency General Income Tax and Benefit Guide for 2009.)

Basically, the rule of thumb is anything that stays with your property counts for the HRTC. Here are a few items that do qualify that you may not have thought of:

  • A new hot water tank
  • Blinds or shutters 
  • Paint (interior and exterior)
  • Re-shingling a roof

Even if you spend as little as $1,000 (but no less) you can get 15% off in tax credits when you file; just be sure you keep all your receipts.

There are rumblings about the federal government extending the deadline for the HRTC – or adding a new one later in 2010 but given how transient ruling governments can be (especially in a minority government!) it might be best to race towards this month’s deadline since it is a sure thing (even if you live in a condo).

And remember, you can “double-dip” on your renovation spendings if the products and/or services relate to energy-efficiency, thus qualifying for the HRTC and ecoEnergy Retrofit grants from Natural Resources Canada (and matched by your province in most cases).

How is your renovation spending going? Are you trying to get government money for the HRTC tax credit and/or ecoEnergy retrofit grant money?

For More information Please call the Home Sweet Home Team

10 Unusual and Creative Doors

Tuesday, January 19th, 2010

10 Unusual and Creative Doors

Collection of modern doors and creative door designs that will spice up your home and surprise your guests.

 

Sliding Glass Door

This beautiful sliding glass door will look great in any home or office. [link]

Sliding Glass Door

Staircase Hidden Door

Always remember that a thief can’t burglarize a room he can’t find. [link]

Staircase Hidden Door

Chalkboard Door

Magnetic chalkboard doors are prefect for families on the go. Children can create original works of art directly on the door itself and parents will like it as a place to post grocery and to-do lists. [link]

Chalkboard Door

Two Way Door

Innovative ERGON door mounting system allows the door to be opened in both directions. [link]

Two Way Door

Futuristic Door

Maxdoor front door by Nódesign requires remote control instead of a key and comes with an LED display that shows apartment numbers directly on the door. [link]

Futuristic Door

Ping Pong Door

Designed by Tobias Fränzel, this cool door turns into a ping pong table when needed. [link]

Ping Pong Door

Light + Air Door

The series of holes in the door can be opened and closed by sliding the knob that adjusts the amount of light and air that gets in the room. [link]

Light and Air Door

Shattering Door

Amazing door design by Leandro Erlich from Argentina. [link]

Shattering Door

Moving Walls Door

Contemporary moving wall / door design by Lotty Lindeman. [link]

Moving Walls Door

Walls In Motion

3 in 1 Door

UK design group Slam has designed the world’s first 3-in-1 door. [link]

3 in 1 Door

 

Article Provided by : www.toxel.com

Cool Hidden Spiral Wine Cellars & Six great deals on wine this month in Calgary.

Tuesday, January 19th, 2010

Cool Hidden Spiral Wine Cellars

Spiral Cellars Ltd is a company that provides watertight, pre-cast concrete wine cellars that can be installed almost anywhere in your home.

 

Each cylindrical wine cellar relies on the surrounding earth for its insulation and combined with an ingenious air-flow system, it requires no power to maintain its constant temperature.

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Priced at $30,000+ these wine cellars are not for everyone; however, if you can afford one, it will definitely spice up your home and impress your friends.

For more information, visit spiralcellars.co.uk [via]

Article by : http://www.toxel.com

 

From top wine shops to the city’s best restaurants, there are a ton of great wine sales and wine deals going on around town this month.

A few to consider:

1. Kensington Wine Market will hold its annual sale Friday Jan. 22 through Sunday, Jan. 24. Show up for 10 to 15 per cent savings on all in-stock wines (and oh, it’s a wonderful store for wine-lovers), plus check out other in-store specials. Can’t make it into the store? You can also order online. No special orders or layaways, though, and no other promotional discounts (eg wine club discounts) can be used.

2. Divino Wine & Cheese Bistro is ofering Dom Perignon Champagne by the glass now through Feb. 14 (yes, Valentine’s Day) for $39 a glass. Think that sounds like a rip-off? Well, it’s a way to taste a legendary wine, a wine that goes for, oh, well over $200 a bottle.

3. Try a glass of $5 wine at Il Sogno during Casual Fridays; you can also get an appetizer for $5 — making a $10 Happy Hour not just a distant memory of the 1980s.

4.  CSN Wine & Spirits is also holding a major inventory sale Friday Jan. 22 to Sunday Jan. 24. Select wine, beer and spirits will all be on sale. A few to consider? All 2006 Bordeaux is 25 per cent off, all 2007 Bordeaux futures are on sale, all Sauternes are 20 per cent off, and all CSN-exclusive wines from Quintarelli and Domaine Clape have been reduce to clear. And there’s more: all vintage port is on sale, and all 375-mL, 1.5 L and 3 L bottles of wine are 20 per cent off. Email wineroom@csnwine.com for more information.

5. Every Wednesday at Vero Bistro Moderne, buy a bottle of wine and get a dozen free oysters.

6. And last but not least, the Vintage Group of restaurants (Vintage Chophouse, Rise Bakery and CafeRush, Redwater Rustic Grille, Bookers BBQ Grill and Crab Shack) is offering special deals on Ehlers Estate wines throughout February, in honour of it being Heart Month. Ehlers is a not-for-profit organic winery in California’s Napa Valley; Ehlers gives 100 per cent of its proceeds to international heart research.

By Shelley Boettcher Wed, Jan 13 2010 COMMENTS(0) Uncorked in Calgary

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