September 2013

Found 9 blog entries for September 2013.

The newest trends are heating up in Calgary. Whether you are looking for a trditional type of fireplace complete with real logs and splinter wood or would prefer a newer and more modern gas fireplace, you'll be thrilled to see the newer models that are now available.

When you want a modern look

If you want your traditional type of fireplace to reflect the modern decor that you see in the rest of your room, you'll run across models complete with linear lines. The newer designs come with more glass and less metal so that you can have full view of the lighting within.

Outdoor fireplaces

Create an exciting new atmosphere in your backyard with an outdoor fireplace. It's going to be one of the hottest fireplace trends for 2014.

Gas fireplaces

Don't worry about

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If you're a first-time seller you may not understand all of the costs that are associated with selling a home. Here is a brief rundown of the expenses you may run into when you put your home on the market and are preparing to sell:

Examine the costs of the new home

Are you going to be living in the same area or moving out of town? If you're planning a move to another city, you’ll want to find out whether the cost of living in this new town is higher than what you're currently used to. You'll need to examine the affordability factor of living in the new place versus staying in the old one.

Making your home more marketable

Sometimes you can get away with just painting your home to make it more marketable while at other times it will require a

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There are some projects that you can do to add to the curb appeal of your home while others would be best left to the professionals. When you're on a tight budget, here are some of the things that you can accomplish on your own without having to worry about the complexity or the safety issues of the project.

The front door area

Make sure that the front door area is spik and span and this includes the front door itself. Make sure that the lighting is bright and replace any light bulbs as necessary. If the front looks dull at all you can always add new shiny hardware to the door on your own.

Landscaping projects

Most landscaping projects around the house can be done on your own. Make sure that the lawn appears neat, all clutter has been put away and the

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If so, you are part of the growing group of Calgarians that no longer want to head down into the deep dark dungeon of the basement to do their laundry. When you consider that the average family is processing from 8 to 10 laundry loads per week, it makes sense to have the washer and dryer closer to the main living area.

Laundry rooms can be multifunctional

A lot of the laundry rooms that are popping up on the main floor are being used for other purposes as well. If you’re a crafter, for instance, you can set up a small shop in a part of the laundry room. You can even do your laundry between working on your craft projects!

Accessible laundry rooms also provide extra storage space so that you can keep things that you'd like to have handy on the main

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Living with the neighbours! It can be a difficult situation at times if you're not getting along. Sometimes things can get so heated that you feel like it would be in your best interest to just move out. Fortunately, there is something you can do about it especially if your neighbours are breaking some of the condo rules. You'll want to tread carefully here though since taking things too far can cause irreparable damage to the rocky relationship that you now have.

Discuss things with your neighbour

Although this seems obvious, most people haven't really taken the time to approach their neighbour to talk about their differences. In many cases there has just been some comments thrown back and forth during a heated moment. Instead of going any further

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When you find the perfect home the next step is setting your name to the contract to make things official. It's an exciting time, that's for sure, and your adventure is about to begin. You've made it through the first stage of shopping and finding the right home and now it's time to enter phase 2 of the process. After the signing has been completed, here are some of the things that you can expect to have happen next.

Finalize the mortgage

At this stage you'll need to get your mortgage finalized. Hopefully you've been pre-approved for a home loan already and it's just a matter of crossing some T's and dotting some I’s at this point.

Home inspection

If there was a constituency clause in the contract regarding a home inspection, you'll want to

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No matter who you talk to, everyone that loves Canada has their own reasons why they feel country and why they feel it is so great. When all of these reasons are put together through a survey though you can see an overriding consensus between Canadians about the things that make this country stand out from all others.

This year, a study was performed by the Organization for Economic Co-operation and Development showing exactly what the highlights are of our country based on the comments given by Canadians and research. Here are some of the highlights from the report:

Community spirit

Overall, Canadians only spend 2 minutes per day working as a volunteer, which was approximately half of the average that was recorded in this report that took 36

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You're planning on putting together some funds for your retirement and want to go about it the right way. Who do you turn to for this investment advice and how do you know who to trust? You work hard for your money and want to do what's best by it in order to secure a safe and financially free type of lifestyle in your golden years. Here are some hints to help you find the right financial advisor so that you can feel confident about your money investments.

1. Look at the credentials

If you make an appointment with a financial advisor you may see his walls strewn with all sorts of credentials. For the average onlooker, you won't be able to make heads or tails of these fine-looking pieces of paper with all sorts of letters showing that the advisor has

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Summer is starting to wind down and the kids are heading back to school. While the stores are advertising back to school items and starting to stock their shelves for Halloween, they are also trying to clear their stock of summer items and some of them you can pick up for a steal right now.

Need a new lawnmower? How about a new barbecue?

If you've been having problems with the lawnmower this summer watch for the fall specials and pick one up this year. Lawn mowers and barbecues take up a lot of space in the store and these outlets don't want to have to keep them around all winter in storage. Besides, the newest and greatest lineup of barbecues and lawn mowers are going to be hitting the shelves in the spring so the retail stores want to get rid of

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