August 2012

Found 8 blog entries for August 2012.

You've finally found a new Calgary home that has all the features you'd like and you're ready to go ahead and sign the papers. One thing you should do before signing is a final walkthrough to make sure that everything is as you saw it the first time you viewed it. This gives you one last time to see the house you want to buy to solidify your decision.


Take a walk around the interior and the exterior of the home to ensure that the foundation, gutters, windows, lights etc. are all operating as expected. Take a look at the garage one last time and ask to use the garage door opener to make sure it's working properly. Take a peek at the interior walls, flooring and the baseboards one final time. Test the windows and any appliances that are going to be left

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Do you have to leave your Calgary home vacant while it's up for sale? If so, you’ll want to make sure that you put a few things in place so that it's kept safe while you're away.



Here are some things that you can do to keep the property safe when you're put in a position where you need to leave your home while it's on the market.

Maintain the exterior

Hire someone to keep the exterior looking its best. Not only will this need to be kept up for appearance’s sake but it will also indicate to potential criminals that there is indeed somebody still living in the home.

Check your insurance

You’ll need to inform your insurance company that the home will be left vacant for a certain amount of time. If you fail to do so, and your home is vandalized, you may not be

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This year Calgary can feel proud as the top donation provider in Canada for items in the Christian Children's Fund of Canada's catalog. These donations go towards helping children in third world countries by providing livestock, medical supplies, mosquito nets etc. With talk of the West Nile virus hitting Calgary, just be thankful that you don't live in a country that is plagued by malaria.

In 2010, malaria was the cause of death for 1.2 million people around the world and most of these victims were children. While you are busy stocking up on your bug spray and avoiding the wilderness think about what a mosquito net would mean to a family in a Third World country and help Calgary stay at the top of the list for donations. If this foundation isn't your…
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There are a lot of things that you can put in place to make sure that your home is kept as safe as possible for your children. Whether you are the proud parents of wonderful children or just have little ones visiting from time to time, you'll want to make sure that they are as protected as possible against the risk of a serious injury.

Here are some of the things that you can do right now to cut down on the number of possible situations that could lead to injuries in your home.

Pick up small objects

If you have young children or are expecting some young ones to visit you'll want to travel around the house and pick up any small things that have been left around that a child could put in their mouth and choke on. Kids naturally love to put things into their…
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There's no doubt that it takes some time and getting-used-to for a Calgary house to become a home. There's a warming up time period when you need to get acquainted with the ins and out of your new house. There are going to be a lot of new things to learn about your home and it may take some time.

Where are all of the closets? Why does this floorboard squeak? Who are the neighbors and will they accept my dog?

Hmm. It's a little bit like getting to know a new friend.

If you are changing homes you are also changing your memories. You'll be starting to build up new ones in this house of yours but you may not be ready for that switch yet. You may still be feeling some type of homesickness for your old house and might need some extra time to get used to the new…
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Calgary Real Estate ForumsCalgary is your city and we know you're the experts. That's why we've developed the Calgary Real Estate Forum, as a place to share knowledge and tips.

Do you have a favourite community, school or recreation centre? Are you excited about an upcoming event? Do you know the absolute best mechanic, restaurant or pub? We'd love to hear from you. This is your chance to get involved and share your knowledge about Calgary.

Our Calgary forums include classified ads, to help rent your home faster or find a new employee. We have space to talk about your favourite places, real estate successes and investment opportunities. We want to discuss everything from arts and culture, to the economy, to our beloved Calgary Flames. We are a strong community and these forums will…
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Canada's equestrian team made their way to London England this summer for the Olympics and as a result Spruce Meadows has now become a household name for many people not only in Calgary but across Canada. Even a lot of the residents in Calgary don't know much about this equestrian facility since showjumping doesn't attract the same type of audience as a good old-fashioned hockey game or a rodeo. Now that the equestrian team has made the news, it's time to learn a bit about this place that has the glory of developing an Olympic team.

Spruce Meadows is located in Calgary's southwest corner. It will take your breath away when you stand on the 146 hectares of land and take a look to the west at the Rocky Mountains. There's an Olympic type of feel to the

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Downsizing to a new home in Calgary can cause quite a dilemma if you're like most people and have a lot of special possessions that you simply don't want to part with. You want to downsize because you don't need all of the extra space you have now but at the same time it's hard to part with some of your treasured memories. Fortunately, there is a compromise.

Renting out self storage gives you the chance to downsize as needed while being able to hold onto the things that you simply can't part with. These storage solutions are relatively cheap and give you the chance to see your possessions whenever you want.

If you have had a lot of children, it can be very difficult to part with the special mementos that you have been given throughout the years. You may…
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