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How to Plan for a MoveOnce the big day has arrived and the moving truck is pulling up your driveway, everything starts to really sink in. Although you have probably been preparing for this move for months, the reality really starts to come to life when the moving truck arrives and the movers start approaching your door.

In order to stay sane and rational during the moving process on this big day, here are 5 tips to help you get through it.

Stay Calm While Preparing For The Move

The calmer you remain the better the process is going to be. You'll be able to remain in control and on top of things by staying as calm as possible. If you ever find that your nerves are starting to get to you, take a quick walk up and down the sidewalk outside to get a breath of fresh

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A Calendar and Timeline for Moving to a New HomeMoving to a different home is both exciting and stressful, and when people decide to pack up and move, they can quickly get overwhelmed. Fortunately, with a proper timeline and a good calendar, it's possible to take a lot of stress out of the experience of relocating or buying a new home. Here's a calendar/timeline that can help.

Start at Least Eight Weeks Before Moving

Not only should a homeowner have a firm moving date, they should also have a timeline of the things that need to get done before that date arrives. Eight weeks out, consider:

  • Hiring a mover and setting things up
  • Getting everything out of the basement, attic, and shed
  • Using up things that aren't moving, like frozen food
  • Learning about the new city or location
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Visit the Best Parks in CalgaryThere are beautiful parks and great amenities in every quadrant of Calgary, and all outdoorsy Calgarians should make time to visit if they have a chance.

Living in Calgary means that you'll find yourself spoiled for choice when it comes to parks to get out and about in to enjoy some fresh air and sunshine with your friends and family.

The History of Parks in Calgary

There's a running joke that you know you're Canadian when you measure a car journey in terms of how many hours or days it will take you instead of miles, and it's only when you land in a Canadian city that you understand why people say this. Landing in most major cities around the world means flying over urban sprawl for a lot of the time and then landing in or near the heart

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How to Construct the Perfect Home Buying Wishlista Calgary house purchase is in your plans make sure that you go through every aspect of the buying decision with your partner first in order to avoid any potential future disagreements.

Things can get pretty heated when you're looking for a home and you don't have a firm understanding between the two of you of what you're looking for.

Common Factors of a Home Wishlist

order to help you simplify your needs and wants for a home you can follow this easy to use step-by-step checklist as a guide. Simply go through the items from top to bottom to help you put your thoughts in order. It should help you narrow down the exact type of home you want to get and where you’d like to look for it. Once you have established this it's easy to work with a

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5 Roofing Materials You Should Use on Your HomeA home's roof will naturally wear down over time, and depending on what it's made out of, it may have a lifetime of 20-30 years or longer before needing to be replaced. Replacing a roof is a big job that homeowners want to do as little as possible, and picking the right material can help a roof last a long time. But what are the different types of roofing materials available? Here are some of the best roofing material options and what makes them good choices for a homeowner looking for new roofing materials.

Roofing Materials Overview

There are plenty of roofing materials to choose from, but some are definitely going to give you more value for the money than others. Throughout the years there has been a wide variety of newer roofing products put

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How to Choose a Real Estate AgentWhen you are in the market to buy or sell your home you'll need to find a truly professional Calgary real estate agent that you can work with. This is one of the biggest financial decisions that you will probably ever make in your life and you need someone experienced and dedicated by your side. There is only one type of real estate agent that you need and that is a true professional.

What to Know About Selecting a Professional Real Estate Agent

You see, a lot of real estate agents only work part-time and are not dedicated to their career. They look at it as a way to make extra money on the side and don't have a lot of time to devote to your needs. Only by working with a professional agent will you receive the time and the energy that you

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Your Guide to Home Lighting for Each Room in the HomeThe lighting in an Okotoks home can often do more than homeowners realize to set the mood of each room. Harsher lighting may make sense in a bathroom when everyone wants to look their best, but it can be off-putting when trying to relax in the morning with a cup of coffee. Before putting the final touches on your lighting decor, take into account how each shadow and glow works in the many rooms of the home. Many people don’t put much thought into how to light a house, but spending a little extra time picking out the right house lighting can go a long way. Here are some invaluable tips for how to light your home.

Liven Up the Living Room

Lighting the living rooms is especially important because most people spend a lot of time in their living

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Repairing Roof DamageHome owners who want to put their house on the market often struggle with the decision to make home improvements before listing the property. Roof upgrades in particular can be a difficult decision because roof improvements and repairs can be costly and best done by a professional. Knowing the signs that a roof needs to be replaced and understanding the expectations of the home buyers can help the homeowner decide whether or not a roof should be repaired or replaced before selling the house.

How Long Roofs Last

Because there is such a wide variety of different roofing materials, there’s no one answer for how long a roof will last. Different kinds of roofing materials are expected to last for different lengths of time. For example:

  • Asphalt
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Energy Efficient Home UpgradesWith the growing green revolution taking place across Canada and here in Calgary, potential buyers and homeowners are looking at ways to reduce their carbon footprint as much as possible. This includes the willingness to pay a higher price for a home with longer-term sustainability and green features.

The Calgary green trend is driving forward at critical speed and Calgary's not prepared to be left in the dust. As the nation's energy city, Calgary still needs to do its part in greening up the country and fortunately Calgarians are stepping up to the task at hand.

Here are some of the best high-ROI energy-efficient home renovations that are practical, will save you money and will help to add value to your home.

The Benefit of

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Why You Should Destress in the Mountains Around CalgaryCalgary is located close enough to the Rocky Mountains to provide plenty of fun just a little ways away. Sometimes, you can find interesting fun that doesn't happen every weekend. Whether you enjoy skiing, skating, curling or even speed dating, you might just find it in the mountains. If you find yourself in a position where you need a little relaxation, consider enjoying some mountain activities – they can really help you.

Go on a Hike

When it comes to mountain activities, it just makes sense that hiking would be on the list. Obviously, this would be an activity for someone who is a little on the physically fit side. You need to stop and ask yourself whether going on a hike is going to relax you or if it is going to stress you out more.

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