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.
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
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.
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.
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!
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!
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!
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!
*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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
*SOLD* View pictures & 3D virtual tour under 'our listings' on this website!
Fabulous Air Conditioned bungalow backing onto the Sheep River Pathways with gorgeous views! This impressive bungalow has vaulted ceilings, gorgeous hardwood, in floor heating, new siding, shingles & a great floorplan. On the main you have a large living/dining room with a gas fireplace, gleaming hardwood & lots of natural light. The large kitchen has dark stained extended height cabinets, central island & corner pantry. The nook area is tiled & overlooks the sunroom. Relax in the summer in the sunroom & enjoy the awesome view! The spacious master has hardwood floor, walk in closet with laundry chute & a 4 piece ensuite with jetted tub. Handy mud room & 1/2 bath also on this level. In the open to below basement is a massive family room with wet bar, gas fireplace with built ins & in floor heat. There are 3 large bedrooms on this level - perfect for a large family, bathroom with dual sinks, den/bed #5 & large laundry/storage. In the landscaped backyard is a Hot Tub & useful dog run. VIEW 3D TOUR!
Check Out This New Listing Situated In Lake McGregor Nr Vulcan. This Home Is Situated In A Resort Like Setting And Is Located Just 1.5 Hours From South Calgary. Check Out 'Our Listings' On This Website and be sure to view the 3d virtual tour!
If you are looking for a lovely home or a great family vacation home then check out our new listing which is situated at Lake McGregor Estates near Vulcan. This is a lake communty which boasts a resort like setting, a community centre, swimming pools, tennis court, volleyball, basketball, baseball, golf driving range, playpark and of course the lovely McGregor Lake and its beach. Bring your boat and enjoy a great family get away or make your permanent home in this lovely resort. Your friends and family can bring their RV's and stay in the on site RV park. The property is lovely and the views from the deck are breathtaking. Check out this listing under the "Our Listings" section of this website. CHECK OUT THE 3D VIRTUAL TOUR!
The views from this home (centre property) are absolutely incredible.....All this just 1.5 hours from South Calgary.
We have many clients who have pets and we have two German Shepherds, two cats and a rabbit ourselves. Moving can be a stressful time and can make your pets anxious as well. Here are some tips to try and make life a little less stressful for your pets.
- Ensure you pack easily accessible food for your pet (and favourite toys). Also ensure that you have easy access to any medication that your pet may be on.
- When you transport your pet to your new home, ensure that your pet is secure until you get into your new home.
- Once in your new home try and make your pet as secure as possible. If your pet is a dog or cat, maybe you can already have moved their favorite bed or blanket into a quiet part of the house! This will ensure that they have familiar objects and smells around them.
- It is great idea to have you pet stay with a friend who is familiar to them during your moving process.
- After you have moved ensure that you update their tags or microchip details with the new address.
- Fish can be easily trumatized whilst being moved. It is a good idea to seek advice from a local aquarium store.
*Sold In Just 22 Days*
Fabulous fully developed 3 bedroom villa that has been beautifully cared for by the original owners & backs onto greenspace. This great home has an OPEN FLOORPLAN making it bright & airy with VAULTED CEILING & gorgeous HARDWOOD floor! The kitchen features a LARGE ISLAND with raised eating bar, lots of counter space & oak cabinets. The spacious dining area has a recess for hutch & is great for social gatherings. The large living room overlooks the rear yard & is a great place to relax. Enjoy the morning sunshine on the low maintenance COVERED DECK overlooking the greenspace. The master bedroom is huge & features a walk in closet & great ensuite with soaker tub & separate shower. Also on the main level is another good sized bedroom, a half bath & laundry/mud room. In the fully finished basement is a huge family room with STACKED STONE fireplace, large 3rd bedroom, a 4 piece bathroom with tiled floor & huge storage room. The landscaping & snow removal are taken care of by the HOA. View to appreciate!
Please don't hesitate to contact us if you would like more details on how we can list your property!
We hope that you had a great Christmas and we wish you all the very best for the new year....HAPPY NEW YEAR!
We wish you a fabulous Christmas and a very sucessful 2017!
Warmest wishes from Julie, Eddie & Family
Christmas is generally a slow time for selling real estate as potential buyers are busy organizing their Christmas and many budgets are strained, but there are always some determined house hunters braving the elements. Having a stylishly decorated home can make all the difference! Decorating your home at Christmas is a very personal thing, but if your home is on the market over the Christmas period, make your decorations as neutral as possible. An example of this would be to step away from inflatable snowmen and big light displays. I think that some of the bright decorations i see around look very festive, but if your home is on the market you want simple lighting to show off the properties architecture or draw attention to the gorgeous fir tree in the yard!
Inside your home before you put up any Christmas decorations ensure your home is de cluttered and staged. Adding Christmas decorations to an already cluttered looking space just ads to the overcrowding! Don't go overkill on the decorating and ensure that your Christmas decor compliments your homes decor. If you have a gorgeous view from a window don't block it with stick on snowflakes! If you have a gorgeous fireplace don't hide it behind Christmas stockings!
A tall Christmas tree can really show off an open to above space, but make sure that the tree isn't so wide it overwhelms the space! I recently saw a friends Christmas tree in their home and it looked great. It was simple but effective and looked really nice! It had small white icicle lights and pale blue and white glass balls which looked really effective!
THIS CHRISTMAS KEEP IT SIMPLE, BUT NEXT CHRISTMAS WHEN YOU ARE IN YOUR NEW HOME, YOU CAN HAVE WHATEVER DECORATIONS YOU WANT!
Please don't hesitate to contact me if you have any questions about decorating during the Christmas period or if you have any other real estate questions!
Take care, Julie.
Hi, with the cold weather it is important to winterise your outside taps....even if they are frost free ones. The reason I say about frost free ones, is because if they were not installed at the correct angle, they can still freeze, causing burst pipes.
Close the shut off valve inside the home, you may have multiple shut off valves depending on how many taps you have. Most homes however will have all outside taps leading to one shut off valve.
Open the outside taps and allow them to drain. Leave it open incase the tap pressures up due to a faulty shut off valve. Check throughout the winter to make sure no icicles are forming due to a leaky shut off valve.
Go back to your shut off valve inside the house with a bucket, place the bucket underneath the shut off valve and open the bleeder valve. This is a little screw valve normally located at the shut off valve. Opening this valve will remove any remaining water from the pipe in the wall. Close the bleeder valve and your exterior water taps are winterized.
Please don't hesitate to contact me if you have any questions!
Stay warm, Julie