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10 Ways To Boost Your Home’s Winter Curb Appeal!

Tuesday, February 3rd, 2015

10 Ways To Boost Your Home’s Winter Curb Appeal!

Unsure about listing and selling your home during the winter? Click on the photo for 10 great ideas to boost your home’s winter curb appeal and make your home more inviting to potential buyers!

Photo- hgtv.ca

Photo- hgtv.ca

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Home Maintenance Checklist

Thursday, January 29th, 2015

Home Maintenance Checklist

Keeping your house maintained can be a lot of work. Even more so, if you let things slide and don’t keep up with the maintenance! It can turn out to be more work and money when you have to fix things, rather than just maintain them. Here is a great list to help you keep on top of your home’s maintenance. 

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Cleaning Your Heat Recovery Ventilator (HRV)

Thursday, January 15th, 2015

Cleaning Your Heat Recovery Ventilator (HRV)

A Heat Recover Ventilator, or HRV, is integrated into the duct work in a home, usually located near the furnace. The HRV expels stale indoor air to the outside, and draws in fresh air from outside to be distributed throughout the home. You should clean your HRV twice a year, spring and fall, to keep it working at peak performance.  Click on the HRV to learn more about cleaning it!

Photo- canadianresidential.com

Photo- canadianresidential.com

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Test Your GFCI Outlets Monthly!

Tuesday, January 13th, 2015

Test Your GFCI Outlets Monthly!

The purpose of a GFCI outlet is to protect you from electric shock. They are usually in places around your home where electrical current may come in contact with water, such as kitchens, bathrooms and outdoor. Click the outlet to learn more about GFCI’s and how to test them!

Photo: canadianresidential.com

Photo: canadianresidential.com

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10 Ways To Fake A Finished Basement

Tuesday, December 30th, 2014

10 Simple Ways To Fake A Finished Basement!

If you don’t have the time or money to finish your basement,  you can still ‘fake’ a finished basement!  Click on the picture for 10 simple ways to fake a finished basement from HGTV.

Photo: hgtv.ca

Photo: hgtv.ca

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How To Get The Most For Your Home When Selling It During An Alberta Winter

Thursday, November 13th, 2014

How To Get The Most For Your Home When Selling During An Alberta Winter!

While selling your home during an Alberta winter, may not be the most ideal time of year to sell, it may be necessary!  Here are a few additional tips for Maximizing Your Selling Potential During Winter, besides my usual Interior and Exterior Home Staging tips.

winter house hgtv.ca

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Cool Ideas for New Uses of Old Things

Thursday, November 6th, 2014

Cool Ideas for “New Uses of Old Things”

Click on the picture for “38 New Uses for Old Things”, from HGTV.  There’s awesome ideas!  I’ve personally done the pre-made pancake batter in an old squeeze bottle for camping and I’ve done the cut up apple wrapped in an elastic band for the kids school lunches.  There’s a few from the list I would like to try, like the rake wine glass holder, candle wax on the snow shovel and tin foil over hardware when painting.

wine glass rack hgtv.ca

 

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Photo Credit: hgtv.ca

50 Amazing Pumpking Carving Ideas

Wednesday, October 8th, 2014

50 Amazing Pumpkin Carving Ideas

Tired of the same old triangle eyes pumpkin?  Or maybe you are just looking for something new and trendy for your front step this Halloween?  Check out 50 Mind-Blowing Pumpkin Ideas for some really neat ideas!  

mummy pumpkin hgtv.ca       wine pumpkin hgtv.ca      jewel pumpkin hgtv.ca

Photo Credit: hgtv.ca

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DIY: Kitchen Facelift: To Get A Higher Price For Your House

Monday, October 6th, 2014

DIY: Kitchen Facelift: Get A Higher Price For Your House!

Check out these easy DIY (Do It Yourself) videos on HGTV to learn how to easily give your kitchen a facelift: get a higher price for your house:

Kitchen Cabinets

Backsplash 

Counter Top

Kitchen Sink & Faucet

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Know What Upgrades Will Bring You The Best Return

Thursday, April 10th, 2014

Know What Upgrades Will Bring You The Best Return

Generally the best investments when preparing your home for sale are those upgrades or modifications that bring you HIGHLY VISUAL IMPROVEMENTS THROUGHOUT A LARGE AREA FOR A MINIMUM AMOUT OF MONEY rather than those that concentrate a substantial investment into a small area.
For example. replacing worn carpet throughout the house is in most cases more valuable to a buyer than a customized closet in the master bedroom.
QUALITY COUNTS, UP TO A POINT!
If the stove in your kitchen is broken or extremely worn, replace it with a middle- of- the- line model from a well- known, quality appliance manufacturer, rather than the best of the best.
At the same time, making shoddy repairs or using cheap replacements to ” get by” may save your initial investment, but won’t get you anywhere in the perceived value of your home.
POTENTIAL BUYERS WILL SEE THROUGH THEM AND FIGURE THEY’LL STILL HAVE TO REDO IT THEMSELVES ANYWAY!!!
Ask your real estate agent for a list of suppliers and contractors who may be able to help you with major repairs or services. Most Realtors have formed relationships with various vendors who may be able to offer you preferred pricing and exceptional service!!
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If you happen to need a recommended vendor in Red Deer or Central Alberta, contact me, I would be happy to help!

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