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How to Clean Your Calgary HomeIt’s that time of the year again in Calgary when the warm weather is begging you to head outside to do some yard work, some exterior work on your home and to clean out your garage. It's been a long winter and the dust has finally settled from it. With all of the beautiful weather that has arrived you'll feel great pulling the stuff out of your garage, giving it a good cleaning and organizing, and perhaps finding some items that can be used for an upcoming summer garage sale.

Take Inventory

Pull everything out and take a total inventory of what you have stored in your garage. When you actually confront pulling everything out, you can actually see for yourself what you have been hiding back in the corners of your garage that you haven't used

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How to Pick the Right Home Security System for YouThe right Altador Calgary home security system will vary depending on where a person lives and what they're hoping to protect. There is no way to eliminate every possible disaster, but researching the different types of systems can make it easier to determine which one will benefit you and your family the most.

The DIY Approach

Some homeowners choose not to invest in any type of formal security system. Instead, they'll take basic precautions that amount to a DIY system. Here are just a few tactics homeowners can try:

  • Putting lights on timers: This simple solution is both easy to do and inexpensive. It can cast doubt on whether or not a homeowner is actually in the house, making it more difficult for criminals to target the property.
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Can You Afford Calgary Condo Fees?If you're planning on purchasing a new condo and have never owned your own property before, there's one important thing to remember. When you see a lovely condo being advertised on the listings and you feel that it's something you can afford, you'll first want to find out what the condo fees are. The fees will need to be paid monthly and should be added to the mortgage amount of the condo when you're trying to determine whether you can afford the monthly payments.

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

Condo Fees

Condo fees can vary across the board from one condo to the next. Quite often, these fees aren't listed in the advertised listing

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The Best Hiking Trails in Calgary, ABCalgary is fully of great outdoor activities including plenty of hiking trails. If you want to find the right trail for your next hiking trip, you need to know where to go. Here are a few of the best trails throughout the area.

Old Castle Lookout

Take the trail to the Castle Lookout for a view that won’t disappoint. It is a fairly easy trail at first that turns a bit more difficult towards the end. Stay with it and you will be rewarded with a view from the base of Castle Lookout, which also serves as a great place to picnic.

Nose Hill Park

Home to many different hiking trails and plenty of off-leash areas for your pets, this park is one of the best in the city. It's located off 14 Street NW and provides a great environment for those

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How to Win a Bidding WarYou have been looking around at different homes on the market and have finally found it - the home of your dreams. The problem is that another couple also have their eyes on the same home and seem to want it as much as you do. The bidding war begins for the real estate and you don't know what to do next. Here are a few tips to help you get through it.

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

Submit A Clean Offer

Although it may seem surprising, it's not always the price that determines the winner in a bidding war. A clean offer will sometimes beat out a higher offer. A clean offer refers to the agreement terms. If you have a preapproval for

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Moving to Calgary, ABMoving to Calgary is a big decision, especially if you're coming from another province or country. This is a very popular, growing area found in Alberta and provides a number of great features. However, before you make the move, there are a few things to consider.

Questions you should ask yourself before moving include:

  • Which neighbourhoods are the best choices for you in Calgary?
  • What do you value most about your current home?
  • How large of a home do you need when you move?
  • Where do you expect to be in five years, ten years or even fifteen years?
  • Will you be working in the city or searching for a job once you arrive?
  • What do you and your family enjoy for recreation?
  • Are quality public or private schools important to you?
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What to Know About Home Interest RatesAre you in the market for a new home this spring? If so, it's a great time to purchase a property due to the low interest rates. If you're like most borrowers, however, you don't pay a lot of attention to the mortgage rates posted since you know that this may not be the exact amount you'll be paying. These posted rates do matter though and it's important that you understand why.

For informational purposes only. Always consult with a financial advisor before proceeding with any real estate transaction.

Should You Get a Variable-Rate or a Fixed-Rate Mortgage?

If you are looking for a mortgage with a variable rate, you may still have to meet the standards for the posted higher fixed rate to qualify. This is due to the fact that the Canadian

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How To Identify Mould In Your HomeOnce it’s taken root in a home, mould can be a destructive force that can slowly kill the people who live there. All homeowners should know the signs of mould growth and where to look for it in their home so they can catch it before it can become an infestation - or before they put their home on the market to sell. However, many people don’t notice the signs of mould until it’s too late. To prevent that, here are what all homeowner should be looking for and why finding mould before it can spread is so important.

How To Identify Mould

Identifying mould in a home can be tricky because it can take on so many different appearances that can often look like small, benign messes. For instance, here are some of the different shapes mould can have:

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Signs Your Home May Have a Pest InfestationAre you living with unwanted guests? It is not uncommon for a stray cockroach or rat to make its way into a home. This can be easily handled when dealt with quickly. But what about when pests breed and multiply, taking up residence in your home?

In order to address a pest infestation, homeowners first need to know the subtle signs of a pest infestations. Termites, rats, cockroaches, bed bugs or other pests can take over a residence and lead to potential structural damage and health complications. Even in desirable City Centre homes, infestations can be a dealbreaker for home buyers.

Learn what to look for when it comes to signs of a pest problem in your home.

Getting Rid of Termites in the Home

Termites can destroy the structural

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How to Paint Your Walls to SellWhen you're getting ready to put your home on the market you may need to splash some paint on the walls in order to get a faster sale. While you may like your purple and pink walls in the kids’ rooms and the tangerine colour that's been added to the living room, you need to remember that not all buyers have the same taste as you do. 

When you paint your walls neutral, there won't be any chance of offending anybody and your home will be appealing to more people.

How Color Can Impact a Home

The colour of a room spotlights your personality. It is personal and when you have overly dramatic colours on the walls, it can act as a distraction to buyers. They may not be able to envision themselves in the home because your personality is taking

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