October 2014

Found 21 blog entries for October 2014.

Finding the right Calgary home for sale does not necessarily mean finding the perfect one. Many times you will find a home that you love but you want to change a few things about it. This is where finding the right contractor comes into play. Once you have found the home you really want and have it closed, your next step will be to find a contractor that you can trust to do the work for you.

Sometimes it is very difficult to find a contractor. The good ones usually seem to be booked up for months and the other ones are often fly-by-night companies where it is a hit and miss situation. If you do find a good contractor that will make himself available for you, you'll have found gold and will need to hold onto him. In the first stages, however, you're

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There are a lot of mistakes that can be made when you're selling a home and knowing about them beforehand will help you avoid making them. Here is some basic information about selling your home that you should be aware of before you put it on the market.

1. Why are you selling your home?

Make sure that you know why you are motivated to sell your home in the first place. This will help you define your goals for selling your home and be more confident when the negotiations begin. You don't want to send mixed messages to the buyer or to your Calgary agent about your home sale. If you have any doubts at all about selling your home, get them out in the open first.

2. Should you be there for open houses?

In most cases your real estate agent will

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As you are going through the real estate listings you'll probably come across a Calgary house with a pool that looks interesting. While the pictures look great and the pool looks warm and inviting, if you've never owned a pool before you need to fully understand what you are getting into before making a purchase. Taking care of a pool is a big undertaking and you need to be ready for it.

A lot of people hire pool cleaners to maintain their pools for them. It takes a lot of time to take care of your own pool since you will have to constantly monitor it to see if it needs more chemicals. As well, you are going to have to understand the chemicals that need to be put into the pool and how often they need to be added.

If you have to go away for a few

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If you are buying a new home you'll have to call on the services of a professional moving company to help you out. A lot of problems can turn up if you are trying to move on your own. The odds are good that you’ll realize at the last-minute that it is a bigger project than it first appeared to be. Making moving plans can be a very stressful undertaking when you have just purchased a new home, but when you add onto it the actual move itself, it can get quite overwhelming very quickly.

When buying a new home it is always best to use a professional company for the move. These companies are insured and reliable. The last thing that you’ll want to have happen when you are moving into your new home is to discover that some of your belongings have been

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Whether you're buying or selling a house, you're going to need the best real estate agent in Calgary to work with.  Finding the right one may not always be easy, however, since there are so many to choose from. Here are some things that you should examine before hiring a real estate agent to represent you when buying or selling a home.

Examine the credentials

Once you sign up with an agent to work with you are going to be committing to him until the job is done and you have found the perfect home or sold the one you have. Before signing any type of contract with an agent find out what his credentials are. You’ll want to be sure that you are working with a professional that has plenty of experience in the field. Credentials that you can ask about

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One of the best ways to incorporate green real estate into your property is to take a look at your insulation. No matter what kind of energy you are using for your heat or to keep your place cool, you'll save money and use less energy by making sure that you have your house well insulated.

While there will be some expenses involved to upgrade your insulation and make your home draft-free, it is one of the most important ways that you can improve the cooling and heating efficiency in your house. Making your home as airtight as possible is a definite energy saver that needs to be looked at by every homeowner. Here are some of your options for green insulation.

1. Look for recycled cellulose materials that are manufactured from wool or cotton, which

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If you're thinking about investing in commercial properties in Calgary you'll have to also line up a property management company that you can work with. In most cases, property investment will take up too much of your time and you'll need help taking care of the building. This is especially true if you invest in an apartment block that has tenants arriving and leaving on a regular basis.

The property management company is going to act as a go-between for both you and your tenants. This is why it is so vitally important to find the right company at the beginning. There are a lot of people that have invested in commercial properties and have lost money because they did not properly select the right property management company to work with. The management

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If your house is currently listed, you can expect potential buyers to be walking through your home and some of them will be professionals in their fields. Always assume that the people you are talking to know more than what they are letting on, since you can easily be tripped up by questioning their intelligence.

For example, if somebody asks you about your roof and you don't really know the answer, just say that you're not sure. It's a lot better than trying to bluff your way through, especially if you find out that you are talking to a roofing specialist. People can ask some hard questions and unless you absolutely know the answer to them, it's best to say that you just don't know. You may be talking to a specialist in the field that knows a lot more

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There are some small things that will usually speak volumes about a house. It’s easy to conclude that a home with a large split in the wall and missing flooring may have further problems but there are some other things that you should be looking for that could indicate problems.

1. Large bushes in front of the home

If there are large bushes running along the edge of the home, don't be afraid to take a peek behind them.  In some cases a seller will try to hide a foundation problem by growing bushes right in front of the house.  In most cases, large bushes only indicate that the people inside care about the home and its appearance, but it never hurts to take a peek.

2. Clutter inside and out

When you are looking at a home and see building

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If you have put your house on the market the first thing you have to do is step into other people’s shoes to try to figure out what home buyers are looking for. Once you have nailed this, you'll be off to the races. When you know what people are looking for and you can offer it to them, you have a much better chance of selling your home much faster.

1. Think like a buyer

To effectively examine what home buyers may be thinking, clear your mind and imagine yourself as one. Visit one of your friend’s homes and look at it from a buying perspective. Would you purchase the home if you were looking for a new place?

One of the first things you’ll probably notice is the clutter in the home. Even a few children's toys left around and some dirty dishes

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