Julie Parry Real Estate Team

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1. WINTER TIRES

When the temperature drops below 7⁰C, winter tires perform the best. Although, all season tires marked as M+S (Mud & Snow) can legally be used in winter in most provinces, winter tires are specifically made for harsh winter conditions, have more traction, and will stop quicker in an emergency. In addition, ensure the air pressure is at recommended levels. Check air pressure on a monthly basis and adjust as required.

2. OIL CHANGE

If you have not had an oil change done, now is the time to do so! There are specific oil types recommended for winter conditions because they have less viscosity (thinner) and will help the engine work more efficiently.

3. BATTERY CHECK

Have your battery tested and ensure it has enough power to start your engine on a frigid -35⁰C morning.

Additionally, check the cable connections, remove corrosion, and tighten to ensure good contact.

4. WINDSHIELD WIPER BLADES

Wiper blades break down over time and should be regularly examined for wear and tear. There are also wiper blades specifically designed for handling snow, ice, and other stresses of the winter months.

5. WASHER FLUID

If you are in the habit of using water as your windshield washer during the summer months, beware! For winter, you need a washer fluid that can withstand extreme cold conditions, ideally down to -40⁰C.

6. BLOCK HEATER

Check that your car’s block heater is working before winter comes. If you park within a well-insulated or heated garage, plugging in your car may not be required. However, outside parking in temperatures below -15⁰C for extended periods require that you warm up your car engine for a few hours. This will ensure the engine starts up and warms up faster. Plug in the car for about 4 hours before starting up. A block heater timer can help you save on the amount of electricity used.

7. COOLANT CHECK

Ensure the coolant in your car is at appropriate levels and in good condition.

8. CAR FLOOR MATS

Rubber mats designed for your car’s make and model can help to hold the snow that you transfer into your car and which melts when the car is in use. They are easy to clean up and should be cleaned/drained often.

9. GENERAL TUNE-UP

Fall is a good time to tune-up your car in general. Check the brakes, belts, filters, ignition system, heater/defrosting systems, lights, etc.

10. EMERGENCY KIT

Emergencies happen! Always be prepared for getting stuck in a snow storm or your car breaking down when you are out in the middle of nowhere. Carry an emergency kit stocked with first aid supplies, flash light, thick blanket, booster cables, ice scraper, small shovel, snow brush, emergency reflectors, candles, matches/lighter, etc. & a fully charged cell phone of course...

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1) Stake and tie up any young trees or shrubs that may break under the weight of wet snow or ice. Use soft (but strong) ties around the bark of trees, as wire or twine can cut into the bark and cause serious damage. Consider old T-shirts cut into strips.
2) Water newly planted conifers and broad-leaved evergreens (such as rhododendrons) until the ground freezes.
3) Wrap the stems of young and newly planted trees with white cloth or white plastic tree wraps. This will help to prevent sun scald on their bark and will also help to protect young plants from damage by rabbits and voles.
4) Dump snow away from shrubs and young trees. Dumping large amounts of snow on trees and shrubs can cause serious damage. In the spring the mounds of snow melt and gradually sink, pulling at branches and leaving salt behind. Alternatively, snow on top of a perennial bed can be a good insulating layer.
5) Don't forget the birds! If you have a bird feeder, make sure that you are dedicated to keeping it filled throughout the winter. Many wintering birds become dependent on bird feeders during extremely cold or stormy weather.
6) Mulch gardens if you didn't get a chance to do so earlier. When using leaves, do not apply a thickness of more than about 10 centimetres (four inches). Any deeper will smother bulbs and perennials trying to grow in the spring.
7) Find out who has visited your garden this winter. Have some fun and learn to identify animal tracks after a fresh snowfall. In some cases, if you follow their paths in the snow, you may notice shrubs or other plants that they may be eating and can take early steps to protect your garden.
8) Once deciduous trees drop their leaves check them for pests (e.g. scale) or diseases that may have been hidden by summer foliage. It is also a great time to examine the tree to determine if some spring pruning will be needed.
9) As you wind down the garden season, make notes on what worked and what didn't work, to help you plan for a successful garden next year. You are more likely to remember key points now rather than next April or May!
10) Join a local garden or horticultural society. Many organizations meet over the winter on a monthly basis and provide interesting speakers who can help chase away the winter blues and provide you with great ideas for your upcoming garden season.
We hope that you find this advice helpful? Please don't hesitate to contact us if we can be of any assistance with your real estate requirements.
Julie & Eddie.
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HEATING
A routine maintenance check each autumn will help ensure your furnace is running properly and efficiently. Also, if you have an older thermostat, consider replacing it with a programmable one to save money on heating costs. 
WINDOWS & DOORS
In order to prevent heat loss, make sure your windows and doors are properly sealed. Check the weather-stripping around windows and door frames, and replace where necessary. Also check for drafts and caulk both inside and out where necessary, to keep the heat in and the cold out.  
EAVESTROUGHS
It’s important your eaves are free of any debris such as leaves, dirt and sticks. Clogged gutters prevent the draining of rain and melting snow which could result in household leaks. Also, make sure your downspouts extend away from your house by at least five feet to ensure that water runs away from your house and not towards it. 
ROOF
While cleaning your eaves, inspect your roof for any missing, loose or damaged shingles. If your roof needs attention call a roofer to help you with the repairs or maintenance. Also ask them to look at the caulking around the chimney and air vents. 
OUTSIDE TAPS
Water left undrained can freeze, which can cause the pipes to burst. Disconnect your garden house and drain the remaining water. In most homes you can find a bleeder valve in the water line (inside the mechical room). Close off the water supply taps (normally in the mechanical room), open the outside taps then open the bleeder valve (in the mechanical room) with a container underneath to catch the water. This will ensure the water line to the tap is empty.
TREES/BUSHES
Make sure any overgrown bushes or trees are trimmed back away from your house and electrical wires. This will help decrease your risk of property damage and power problems.  
We hope that you find this advice helpful? Please don't hesitate to contact us if we can be of any assistance with your real estate requirements.
Julie & Eddie.
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Vote for your favourite in the Foothills. It only takes a moment and it certainly means a lot to the recipients. We really do appreciate your vote! (Julie has won Best In Foothills Gold for the past 5 years which we are thrilled about)
Just copy & paste the link below and vote for your Best In Foothills (Best Local Real Estate Agent is #34). After you have done your voting just fill in your details, submit and you will be put in the draw to win a $300 gift certificate. 
Thank you so much for your time.
Eddie & Julie.

https://www.westernwheel.com/article/best-of-the-foothills-2018-20180606

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Hi Guys
Well it's that time of year again (my how time flies!) to vote for your favourite in the Foothills.
Julie wins numerous awards for her hard work (#1 in her office this year), but by far the most important is Best In Foothills as it is voted for by YOU!
Julie has won Best In Foothills Gold (Best Local Real Estate Agent) for the past 5 years thanks to you guys. We really do appreciate your vote!
Just copy the website below and vote for your Best In Foothills (Best Local Real Estate Agent is #34). After you have done your voting just fill in your details, submit and you will be put in the draw to win a $300 gift certificate. The recipients of the awards really do appreciate your votes....
Thank you so much for your time.
Eddie & Julie.


https://www.westernwheel.com/article/best-of-the-foothills-2018-20180606

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So with the forecasted Chinook on its way (Yippee!!!) It is a really good idea to read this advice from the City of Calgary to avoid any unwanted water in your home
-Shovel snow away from the foundation and window wells to prevent seepage into your basement.
-If you are moving or piling snow, make sure it doesn’t block furnace and exhaust vents, which could cause a buildup of carbon monoxide. 
-Make sure your downspouts are clear and pointed away from your house.
-Once the melt begins, clear snow away from the storm drain.
-If the storm drain is iced over, do not try to remove it yourself. Call 311 and a crew will clear the ice for you. Don’t chip away at ice on storm drains as you may damage it or injure yourself.
If water pools by the storm drain, give it 90 minutes to drain. The City of Calgary has special devices in the storm drains that allow the water to drain slowly and not overload the stormwater system.
-If you see pooled water on a roadway, be careful – don’t drive through deep water as you can’t see potential risks.
-Check the function of your sump pump.
-Clean out your back flow prevention valve (it should be cleaned every six months anyway).

As always if you have any questions please do not hesitate to contact me.

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Hi, with all the snow we have had recently it is really important to check your furnace air inlet and outlet at the side of your home to make sure they are clear of ice and snow. It is also important to make sure basement window wells have not got snow sitting against the window as it could leak into the basement when it melts

 

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Clean your eavestroughs and downspots

Anyone who watches Mike Holmes knows that water is your home’s worst enemy. As leaves begin to fall they will undoubtedly fill your eavestroughs and downspouts, blocking water from making it off your roof and away from your house. While time-consuming, cleaning them out regularly until all the trees in your area are leaf-free is a good idea to help stop water from finding a way inside.Full gutters and downspouts are also an invitation for critters, who will nest in them before eventually attempting to get into your attic and potentially causing a lot of damage. If you’re not comfortable cleaning them yourself, check with contractors in your area, as many offer services to do this for you. There’s also many products on the market that can be installed on your eavestroughs to keep leaves and critters out while still letting water through. Check with your local home improvement store or a local contractor for recommendations on what works best on homes in your area.

 

Caulk around windows and doors

Caulking around windows and doors prevents cold air from getting in and your conditioned inside air from getting out. Even if you did this in the spring, it’s a good idea to do a perimeter check to see if you need to add more caulking in spots. Having a good seal around these openings will not only make your home more comfortable, but will also help you waste less energy and save you money. Besides windows and doors, caulking around vents (such as your dryer and bathroom exhaust fan) and cables and pipes that run outside of your house is also a good idea.

 

Check/replace weather stripping

Weather stripping loses its effectiveness with age and needs to be replaced every few years. Do a visual check of the stripping around exterior doors and windows (including your garage door) and replace if it appears worn or cracked. If the stripping appears fine but you can feel air moving when your doors and windows are closed, check that the stripping has been installed properly or that you’re using the correct stripping (there is a difference between door and window stripping, and a difference between foam and rubber stripping).

 

Inspect your roof and chimney

You’ll be very thankful if you catch a problem with your roof now before water starts dripping on your head in the middle of a November downpour. The average lifespan of an asphalt shingled roof (the most common in North America) is between 15 and 20 years if installed properly. Factors such as critters, severe weather and whether you’re in a highly populated tree area will speed up the deterioration process. From the outside look for signs of worn, loose or missing shingles and shingles with mold or rot on them. Check eavestroughs for granules from the shingles (a sign of heavy wear) and ensure that your eavestroughs and flashing (the metal lip between your shingles and eavestroughs) are securely attached. If you have a metal, tiled or roof with solar panels it’s best to have a professional do an inspection. You should also inspect around vents for missing caulking and broken seals and do a visual check of your chimney to ensure there are no crumbling bricks or bird or squirrel nests inside. From inside your attic check the underside of your roof for water damage and holes. Also make sure there are no nests in your attic insulation and that vents in your soffits are not blocked. (Soffits connect the overhang of your roof to the top of your exterior walls and help vent unconditioned attics. Keeping these vents clear is important in having a healthy home). If you are not comfortable going onto your roof or into your attic you should hire a professional to inspect it. If you do find signs of an infestation call animal control or an exterminator immediately.

 

 

Put your air conditioner unit to rest

Removable A/C window units should be removed and properly stored according to the manufacturer’s instructions before winter in order to protect the unit and help keep cooler outside air from getting inside.

Whole home A/C units should be powered down from the breaker in your main electrical panel. If you have a safety shut-off switch located outside by the A/C unit that should be turned off as well.

 

Shut off and drain utside taps

The faucets you use outside in the summer to wash your car, soak your garden and hose down your kids are susceptible to freezing. If proper care is not taken to shut-off and drain these lines before winter, it can lead to pipes and faucets bursting or cracking and can create a huge, potentially expensive, disaster. All faucets that exit your home should have a shut-off valve located inside. These shut-offs are usually located close to where the faucet exits the basement to the outside, but can also be located further back in the home closer to where the pipe for the faucet branches off from the main water source. If you don’t have shut-off valves or can’t find them, contact a licensed plumber to have them installed. Once the water is turned off inside, open the outside faucet to let it completely drain. If the inside shut-off valve has a drain plug — a small cap on the side of the shut-off — open it while the outside faucet is still turned to the on position (make sure to have a bucket under it when you open it as water will come out). Once all the water has completely drained from the line, close the drain plug on the shut-off valve and turn the outside faucet back to the off position.

 

Clean and inspect your furnace

Even if it was pumping out air conditioning to keep you cool, most people neglect their furnace during the summer months. Now that you’re about to turn the heat back on and spend most of your time breathing the air it pushes around, it’s recommended you do some general maintenance to keep it running in top form.

The first thing you should do before kicking on the heat is to clean or replace your furnace filter. This not only helps the quality of your inside air, but also keeps your furnace running more efficient (and the more efficient your furnace runs the less money you waste heating your home). If you have a permanent filter, follow the directions on how to clean it and only use the recommended cleaning solutions (you breathe the air that passes through the filter so cleaning it with harsh chemicals will only contaminate the air and could be potentially dangerous, especially if the cleaning solution is flammable). Replaceable filters come in all different sizes and ratings. Ensure you’re getting one that is the correct size to fit your furnace and then choose the level of filter protection you want.

Filters are rated using the MERV system, or “Minimum Efficiency Reporting Value”. The higher the MERV rating the more particles the filter will remove from the air. If you have allergies or pets, a filter with a higher MERV rating will help keep your air cleaner. Of course, it’s not that simple as a higher MERV rating also means less airflow, which in turn could end up doing more harm to your furnace than good. Check with your furnace manufacturer to see what the highest level of filter you can use is before going for maximum protection. Filters should also be replaced every 90 days. Doing a good vacuuming around your furnace and inside your floor and air intake vents also helps keeps air moving better so your furnace doesn’t have to work as hard. If you have pets (or have just moved into a newly built house) having your ducts professionally cleaned is highly recommended.

If your furnace is over 15-years-old you should have it inspected by an HVAC professional to make sure everything is still in proper working order before firing it up (HVAC stands for heating, ventilating and air conditioning). A good HVAC professional will be able to detect potential problems and will also be able to give you advice on running your furnace more efficient. If your home is heated with baseboard or radiator heating, they should be cleaned and inspected for potential hazards as well.

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Hi Guys
Julie has been the recipient of Best In Foothills Gold (Best Real Estate Agent) again this year (that is 5 years in a row). It is so important to us as it is voted on by you! We do really appreciate your votes and Julie is thrilled to bits!
Thank you so much :)
Eddie and Julie.

 

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Immaculate upgraded 4 bedroom home with a fully finished basement & a double detached garage. This gorgeous home is better than new as everything is completed, you can just move in & relax! As you walk in you are wowed by how bright the home is, the spacious living room has laminate flooring, a beautiful fireplace with dark stained mantle & plantation shutters. The kitchen has extended height, dark stained maple cabinets, granite counters, large central island with eating area, upgraded appliances including a gas stove & refrigerator with ice/water & a corner pantry. The dining area has tiled floor & patio doors leading onto the deck with covered BBQ area. There is also space for a workstation too! Upstairs are 3 good sized bedrooms, the master has a large walk in closet and a 3 piece ensuite with 5ft shower. There is an upstairs laundry & 4 piece bath too. In the bright & airy basement is a huge family room & a large bedroom with ensuite. VIEW 3D TOUR! 

 

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Spend This Summer At The Lake

Beautifully maintained bi-level in the fantastic community of Lake Sundance - spend summer at the lake! This awesome 3 bedroom home has vaulted ceilings, gleaming hardwood throughout the main, updated kitchen and huge deck backing onto greenspace. The spacious living room has beautiful hardwood flooring, vaulted ceilings and is bright and airy. The updated kitchen has gorgeous dark cabinets with soft close drawers, stainless steel upgraded appliances, stunning backsplash and lots of counter space. Relax whilst having your meal overlooking the greenspace behind this unit or step out onto your massive deck and dine outside! The Huge master bedroom also has hardwood floors and overlooks the greenspace. Also on this floor is another large bedroom and a 4 piece bathroom. In the developed basement is a massive family room with laminate flooring, another good sized bedroom, a 3 piece bathroom and laundry. The single garage is really long with a recess at the back for bikes etc. Check out the 3D tour!

 

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Absolutely Immaculate 2 bed 2 bath condo in Okotoks

Gorgeous west facing 3rd floor condo with 2 underground parking spaces. This awesome condo has lake access too and is a great complex which includes a fitness centre, indoor putting green and is just steps away from the golf course! This beautiful 2 bedroom, 2 bathroom unit features 9 ft ceilings, gorgeous kitchen with large island with eating bar & corner pantry. Spacious living room & dining area with a west facing balcony - great for those gorgeous sunsets! The large master bedroom features a walkthrough closet and a 3 piece ensuite with a spacious shower. The 2nd bedroom is also a good size and again has a walkthrough closet to the 4 piece ensuite. There is lots of storage and a stackable frontloading washer and dryer. The courtyard of this complex features a gazebo and lovely greenspace. The titled parking spaces are together on an end so no one else is parking next to you. Come see this beautifully cared for condo and check out the 3D VIRTUAL TOUR!

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Absolutely Immacuate Upgraged Property On Large Lot in High Country High River

Stunning renovated 4 bedroom home with a fabulous floorplan. You are wowed from the moment you walk into this home, spacious entrance with gorgeous tiled floor, high vaulted ceiling in the family room, beautiful hardwood, a dream kitchen & fantastic renovated bathrooms. The floorplan is perfect for family living, relax in the living room with its stacked stone wall & modern fireplace, or share a meal in the huge dining area with stunning built in cabinets with quartz counters & another beautiful stacked stone wall. The kitchen really is special with a massive island, quartz counters, soft close cabinets that extend to the ceiling, under cabinet lighting, an impressive stainless steel gas stove, upgraded appliances & a beautiful stacked stone backsplash! Upstairs are 3 bedrooms, the master has a renovated ensuite with stunning tiled shower & a jetted tub. In the basement is a great gym/hobby room, a huge family room with built in speakers, bathroom & a large bedroom #4. VIEW 3D TOUR, then come & look!

 

 

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*SOLD*  Just Listed In Okotoks - Check out 'our listings' to see more pictures and view the 3D virtual tour!

Gorgeous upgraded 3 bedroom home with bonus room, just steps away  from the walking path system & playgrounds. This stunning home features tiled entrance with laminate throughout the rest of the main floor, 9ft ceilings, quartz counters throughout the home and beautiful Samsung Stainless Steel appliance package. The staircase features dark stained maple and iron railings and is finished to the basement. The large living room features a lovely fireplace with huge recess above, tiled surround and shelving either side. The gorgeous kitchen has extended height cabinets, huge quartz island with eating bar and upgraded Samsung stainless steel appliances. The dining area has patio doors leading onto the deck - perfect for entertaining! Upstarirs are 3 spacious bedrooms, the master has a walk in closet and a lovely ensuite with tiled floor, deep soaker tub, dual sinks with quartz counter & separate shower. There is a vaulted bonus room and an upstairs laundry too! Home comes with Alberta New Home Warranty. Please contact us for more details or to book a showing.

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We put a lot of time and effort into putting a home on the market. It takes several hours to complete the photos, measuring and 3D virtual tours, but the time is time well spent! It is so important to make what is probably your biggest asset look as desirable as possible when it hits the market. I never understand why some homes are initially put onto the market with very few, or even no pictures. Your home will get most attention when it first hits the market, so why wouldn't you want it looking its best? When we list a home we walk around checking everything looks good before we start taking pictures. The 3D tours are awesome, they really showcase the property and people love viewing them, but they are also very detailed so everything needs to look tidy and de-cluttered. We normally end up moving some things around, but we also give the homeowner tips on what to do before we start taking pictures and video. When potential buyers view you property, the less they feel they need to do, the more it will appeal to them. Here are a selection of some of the tips we give.

De Clutter & Clean

A lot of people (including us) have too much stuff in their house. We usually suggest if there is room, move stuff into the garage (unless the garage is gorgeous) or rent a storage container. People want to view a de-cluttered house and the property will look much better with that 'staged' look. Clean off kitchen counters and take any magnets etc off of the fridge doors. Pack up your knicknacks, or if you really don't want or need it either donate or throw it (perfect opportunity for a purge). Ensure the property is cleaned throughout. 

De Personalize 

There is nothing wrong with having pictures of your loved ones all around your house, or your large collection of a particular art throughout the house, but you want people to visualize themselves living in the property, so de-personalize it a little.

A Fresh Coat Of Paint (Done Properly) Goes A Long Way

If any of the rooms need a fresh coat of paint, or a carpet needs stretching, then try and get it done.Ensure you use subtle, neutral colours (don't let buyers describe your home as the one with the bright orange bathroom!) We can look at your property and advise on what to do.

 

Major Work

Some people have said that they are thinking about getting their basement developed before putting their house on the market. Sometimes this isn't economically viable. In most cases you will not get the money back that you have spend on the basement development! We can certainly advise you on the best way to go.

Small Repairs

Patch, paint and repair any damage to the walls or doors. Finish any unfinished DIY projects. Replace any blown bulbs, replace any cracked tiles (if possible) and fix any leaky taps. If you are thinking about getting new bedspreads, now may be the time to do so.

Curb Appeal

Mow the lawn and keep the paths well cleared. Trim any over grown bushes, repair any broken fences and if possible (depending on the time of year) paint any faded paint.

Pets

We absolutely love our dogs, we have 2 gorgeous German Shepherds. Sometimes you can definately smell that pet smell inside a home. If this is the case ensure that your carpets have been cleaned and any poop cleaned up from the yard. Ensure any cat litter trays are cleaned out before each showing. Also arrange to have your dog taken out before each showing. If you have cats we always warn any Realtors showing not to let the cat out!

 

Please don't hesitate to contact us if you have any questions.

 

 

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We just sold this lovely home in Tuscany. If you would like to know more about how our marketing stategies could work for you (including our fabulous 3D VIRTUAL TOURS) then please dont hesitate to contact us for more details.

 

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