🚨🚨🚨 ATTENTION CALGARY HOMEOWNERS: the City of Calgary will be hosting a home improvement information session.
Whether you're looking into a renovation or home improvement project, take advantage of this opportunity!
WHEN 🗓: Friday, June 7th, 🕝 2:30 - 5:30 pm
WHERE 📍: Genesis Centre ( #10 , 7555 Falconridge Blvd NE)
You will have the chance to get hands on information from City trade inspectors and bylaw experts. They will be there to answer all your questions and concerns.
You must be thinking🤔; you already have a developed basement or a detached garage built so why should you attend this session? 💡Even though you have a developed basement or a detached garage, you can still apply for a permit after the fact. It's always better to have a permit for any home improvement you will be doing or have already done. It helps ease the sale of your house, when the time comes to sell.
I will also be attending this information session to expand my knowledge not just for myself, but more so for my clients! Education and knowledge is never ending! It's always best to keep growing in these aspects! ✔✔✔ Hope to see you there! 💯
5 Ways to Bring Natural Elements Into Your Interiors
For those who love the outdoors, there's no reason to lock this affection out of your interior design. While skylights and sun tunnels can blur the dividing lines, there are unlimited ways to design organically, and bring your favorite landscape, inside!
Here's an easy blueprint to help establish your landscape look.
1. Choose your favorite outdoor locations for inspiration: Where do you find yourself feeling most energized and restored? By examining your outdoor pursuits, you can pull out bits of design inspiration and simulate them at home.
2. Source inspiration from your outdoor interests and activities: Are you an avid camper, hiker or canoer? Antique oars and painted walking sticks add texture to lonely corners. Keep things cozy even if the campfire isn't lit with jacquard wool blankets, shearling and faux fur throws.
3. Show your true colors: Maybe you want to base your palette on your favorite time of the day.
4. Become a hunter-gatherer: Some of the best finds can't be bought. Go outside and observe what surrounds you.
French Art Deco antiques are quite hard to come by and would probably cost you a pretty penny.
Though you can occasionally stumble across great imitations, genuine pieces of décor or furniture have become very pricey and can often be in poor condition. While it's so exciting to poke around countless antique stores looking for that hidden treasure, you may not have the time or energy.
Lucky for you, the look can be inexpensive and simple to reproduce on just about any object (or surface!) in your home.
DIY French Art Deco Stencilling – Shopping List Materials
Black paint (the type depends on your surface)
Gold acrylic paint
Paint brush or foam brush
Stencil in Art Deco style (arches, curved lines, fan shapes) – These can be found on craft sites like Etsy, or, with some searching, you can print your own for free ;)! Painters tape
Paint sealer to keep your stencil in tip-top shape for years to come
Make sure your surface is black!
Allow to dry completely.
Plan the spacing of your stencil across your surface. If this is on a flat surface, start in the middle, then work outwards.
Tape your stencil with painters tape to the spot you'd like.
Paint carefully with gold paint! Don't forget that this has to be VERY delicate and probably repeated more than once to create the desired effect.
Let dry between coats of gold paint.
You should seal your project with a paint sealer to keep paint from flaking over time and to add a sheen
For most pursuing post-secondary education, living in a typical stark, utilitarian dorm room was almost a right of passage. Bulky, outdated furniture, boring walls and small, shared quarters are just some of the cringe-worthy cons. The good news? There are many easy, low-cost ways to jazz up your dorm.
Here are some ideas to create a personalized and stylish space that will help make your space feel like a home away from home.
Cover bare walls: Decal stickers are a quick and easy way to add life to your walls without damaging them, and when it comes time to move out, they can be easily removed.
Personalize your space: Another fun option for covering your walls is to create a picture collage or gallery wall.
Use multi-functional pieces: Dorm rooms tend to be extremely tight on space. Choosing multi-functional pieces – like an ottoman with built-in storage – is both practical and will help reduce clutter.
Enhance the mood lighting: Lighting is essential for studying, but it can also enhance your décor. To achieve an urban vibe, try a trendy neon table light or a neon wall sign featuring your favourite word or quote.
BUYING BEFORE SELLING YOUR HOME ⁉️ So you've made the decision it's time to move from your current home. Now the million-dollar question presents itself: Should I sell my home first and then buy another property or buy first and then sell?
It is not an easy choice to make and it can be a very stressful one for a homeowner. The decision to move is an undertaking in itself and when you're buying and selling at the same time, there are a number of added factors to consider.
1. Should I sell first?
2. Should I buy first?
3. Add a contract contingency
4. Know the markets
5. Consider rental revenue
You need to have professional advice on either end and a REALTOR® in your market can help guide you… it's a game of give and take and you need to have professional advice on either end. There are many moving parts and that's why the consultation with a REALTOR® is important. They can sit down and explain what could happen.
Four Reasons Why Millennials are Choosing House Hacking
What is house hacking? It's a mix between buying a personal residence and an investment property. Simply put, house hacking is buying a multi-unit property, living in one unit and renting the other(s) for supplementary income.
How is house hacking a game changer for this generation?
The Pros and Cons of Buying a House With a Friend!! Giving up avocados isn't going to help you buy a house in Toronto or Vancouver thanks to still-high prices and the new mortgage stress test but there are still ways of becoming a homeowner. While there's nothing wrong with renting, if you do want to buy a home and can't afford it on your own, you can partner up with a friend or two and enter the real estate market together. It's becoming more common, with more millennials open to buying a home with friends.
Be warned, this isn't like renting where you can leave if it doesn't work out. When buying with a friend, you have to sit down, have an honest conversation about many, many things and sign a lot of paperwork. So if you're going to buy with a friend, know the pros and cons before you put down a down payment.
Get into the market earlier
Pooling your resources means you could enter the real estate market years earlier thanks to a bigger down payment, the possibility of qualifying for a bigger mortgage and splitting home costs like property taxes, hydro and other expenses.
The bigger the down payment, the more money you can borrow, which means you can likely afford more space.
Cheaper than rent (maybe)
Despite the new mortgage rules, housing prices haven't dropped that much, in Canadian cities and rent isn't much cheaper. If the numbers work, buying a home could be cheaper than renting but check your numbers first!
If you and your friend are contributing the same amount to the down payment and other expenses, then you can split everything 50-50. It gets a little more complicated when the amounts are different.
A long-term partner can shake up a comfortable living arrangement. If one of you ends up with a partner, that could mean selling the home or going from two to three people in the home. Then you have to have the budget conversation again.
Buying a home with a friend can work out well but whatever you do, don't rush it. Buying in haste could mean repenting with thousands and thousands of dollars and a broken friendship.
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Know When to Stay and When to Go. 5 Reasons It’s Time to Move!
So you've lived in your home for awhile but gnawing away at the back of your mind is an itch to move.
Sometimes the decision to make a move to another abode is an easy one. Your neighbourhood's crime rate spikes or your neighbours love loud music and blare it at ungodly hours.
But more often than not, the decision to move from one residence to another is one that is not taken lightly and comes after much deliberation and contemplation.
Here are five reasons for people to know when it's time to move:
1. When life changes
2. When you either run out of space/or have way too much space
3. When your property no longer suits your lifestyle
4. When your current location just doesn't work anymore
5. When you wish to use the large amount of equity tied up in your home.
Some people who bought their property years ago for let's say $100,000 or $150,000 – they may decide that the market timing and their personal circumstance line up and it would be a good time to sell their lifelong home for eight, nine or 10 times that amount,
Perhaps people wish to buy a vacation property and just rent or buy a little place. Or they are moving on to a facility that offers a higher level of care. The equity can be a large sum in many cases and can help determine the choices they make for the latter part of their life.
Years ago, it would have been unlikely for a family with children to consider living in a condo apartment. Single-family home living in the suburbs was the Canadian dream. After all, kids needed a yard to have fun in and frolic around and parents needed space for a garden or a garage, among other things.
But as musician and poet Bob Dylan once sang: The times they are a'changing.
Today, it's not uncommon to see families with young children living in high-rise condos in the heart of a city. And that trend mostly has to do with affordability and availability issues, especially in big-city markets in this country.
Condo-dwelling families may be a new trend but it shows no signs of slowing down — and developers are taking note.
The amenities being offered by new condos these days also fit into a growing family market. More people want condos to foster a communal lifestyle where neighbours can know neighbours — just like they were living in the suburbs.
🚨5 Renovations That Could Hurt Your Home’s Resale Value
1. Adding a swimming pool
2. Overly-personalized renovations
3. Trendy designs
4. Disparate finishes
5. Sunroom additions
When people undertake home renovations, they're typically aiming to upgrade their current living space while also increasing their property's value.
Everyone knows how a kitchen, bathroom, basement or landscaping project can often increase the value of a home. But not all home improvement projects are created equal. In fact, some upgrades could be off-putting to future home buyers.
Moving With Kids? How to Choose a Great School Near Your New Home.
1. Find the perfect school with http://REALTOR.ca's neighborhood information
2. Do your homework
3. Talk to your future neighbors
4. Map out the commute
5. Visit the schools
There are many factors to consider when searching for your dream home, including cost, number of bedrooms, layout and neighbourhood. But if you have children—or plan to someday soon—you need to think about another important selling feature: schools.
After all, you don't want to buy a house only to discover the local schools don't get a passing grade. These are a few tips to help you find the right school for your children, whether you're moving across town or to the other side of the country.
Different Types of Wallpaper and How to Use Them
Before you begin, it's important to know wallpaper generally falls under three application categories, listed here in order of difficulty from easiest to hardest.
First, there's self-stick (or peel-and-stick), where you simply peel to expose an adhesive backing and stick it to the wall.
Next, there's pre-pasted, in which you wet the paper to activate an adhesive coating.
Finally, there's non-pasted (or un-pasted), which means you'll have to apply a separate adhesive paste to the wall before applying the wallpaper.
- Traditional wallpaper
Application: Non-pasted only.
Pros: Traditional wallpaper is inexpensive and ecological.
Cons: It's difficult to install, hard to clean and does not hold up very well over time.
- Vinyl and vinyl-coated
Application: Self-stick or pre-pasted are most common, but you can also find the non-pasted variety.
Pros: Vinyl and vinyl-coated wallpapers are durable, stain-resistant, easy to install and remove.
Cons: They don't allow the walls to breathe and may give off toxic fumes, so they shouldn't be used in badly ventilated spaces or bedrooms. Their “artificial” look is not to everyone's taste.
- Non-woven wallpaper
Application: Self-stick, pre-pasted and non-pasted are all available for non-woven wallpaper.
Pros: Non-woven wallpaper is eco-friendly, easy to install and remove and stain resistant. It tends to have a higher-end feel than vinyl-treated wallpaper.
Cons: It's not as durable as vinyl-treated wallpaper. It will also show irregularities and wall imperfections more easily.
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