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Avoid Costly Home Maintenance with these Important Tips

New homebuyers often make the mistake of getting too excited. When they’re out shopping for a home, they tend to focus more on face value than on issues that lie below the surface.

That’s understandable for any newbie, but this could be an issue that could cost a lot of time and money in the long run.

A cautious buyer is a wise buyer. So, don’t let stylish exteriors and impressive landscaping mislead you. It (literally) pays to go in-depth when choosing a home for the first time.

Use these tips to avoid costly home maintenance issues right after you move in.
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Basic Home Security Tips You’re Probably Unaware Of

Your home is an investment and, as such, you will have to keep it safe and well-guarded.

Homeowners like yourself already know how to keep your home safe from possible burglaries. However, millions of home invasion cases across Canada are recorded each year.

Even if you think you already know a lot about home security, it’s still the little things that make all the difference.

That being said, here are a few small and yet critical home security tips you should know.

Secure your entry points at all times
Keep your doors and windows locked even during the day. Home invasions can still happen even in the afternoons. So, keeping your entry points unlocked isn’t a good idea, considering that 40% of burglars invade homes without forcing their way in.

Bring your key with you
If you think it’s a good idea to hide your key beneath the doormat or inside the doghouse, then you’re not making your home any safer. Burglars will try to look everywhere for hidden keys, so it’s better to bring the key with you when you go outside.

Upgrade your lighting
The lack of adequate lighting can provide burglars with a strategic advantage. To be sure, test your exterior lamps during nighttime and see if it causes any blindspots where thieves can use for cover. In that case, you may want to install extra lighting around your property.

Install protective measures
Having an alarm system is a great deterrent against burglars. Investing in a CCTV system can also provide your home with added protection.

Never flaunt your valuables
Burglars are likely to force their way into a home that has expensive items. So, showing off your expensive jewelry around town is like helping burglars find their next target!

Get more information from security experts
Local authorities offer seminars that homeowners can attend. Police and community watch organizations, in particular, often go around the community to teach about the importance of home security. You can use this opportunity to ask for more home security tips.

With these easy tips, you can keep yourself from any home invasion scenario. Just remember to be extra vigilant and cautious. A well-informed homeowner, after all, makes for a secure home.

Why You Need to Get a Home Inspector

If you’re out shopping for a home, it isn’t wise to end up in one that has a lot of issues. For that, you will have to pay a costly price for repairs and renovations. To avoid this situation, you will have to hire a home inspector before closing the deal.

A home inspection is vital to protecting you from a bad deal. Even if you think it’s in good shape, a house still has to undergo a thorough inspection. That said, let’s look at how a professional home inspector can help you out.

  1. Examine the smallest details
    When it comes to evaluating a home, a house tour isn’t enough. You will need a home inspector to check every aspect of the property. Using special tools, the inspector will take account of even the most minor issues. This will help you ensure the property is in good condition from top to bottom.
  2. Give you a more accurate valuation
    Your home’s value depends on its condition. However, there’s always the risk of paying more than the property’s actual value. An inspection can provide you with the details you need to negotiate a final purchase price. That way, you can make the most out of the resources you have.
  3. Save you time and money
    With a home inspection, you can handle any and all issues in a property before they get worse. At least you can spend a minimal amount of time and money on smaller repairs. You can only imagine the costs had these not been resolved earlier.
  4. Secure a healthier home for your family
    Doing repairs as a result of an inspection doesn’t only increase the property’s value. It also allows you to settle in a home that’s safe for you and your family. Issues such as pests and asbestos can bring a wide range of diseases to your home. Knowing about these issues and addressing them right away will give peace of mind.

Your home is an investment – a costly one at that. Whether you’re buying it off the market or constructing it from the ground up, your home should undergo inspection by a professional.

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REMAX Family Fun Day 2018: A Success in the Making!

Last Sunday September 16, ReMax successfully held its annual Family Fun Day at the Cardel Recreation Center.

Though it was a slightly overcast day, it didn’t dampen the mood for quality family time.

Everyone had fun, especially the kids who enjoyed the bouncy castle and the NEMO obstacle course. They also met beloved heroes and Disney princesses, and played laser tag with their friends.

Many more surprises were in store for everybody. All of this wouldn’t be possible without the support of sponsors. Of course, special thanks will go to the attendees themselves for their contributions. The proceeds will go directly to the Alberta Children’s Hospital Foundation, which has done marvelous work in promoting excellence in child care across the region.

I hope next year’s event will be even bigger, and I hope to see you there, as well!”

RE/MAX Family Fun Day 2018

Here’s one reason to get super excited for the month of September. RE/MAX is holding it’s Family Fun Day, and I would like to invite you and your family to this special occasion for the benefit of the Alberta’s Children Hospital.

When: Sunday, September 16, 11:00 am – 3:00 pm
Where: Cardel Recreation Center (at the Southwest corner of the Shawnessy Shopping Centre)
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Choosing an Eco-Friendly Flooring for your Home

Today, homeowners are becoming more and more cautious when it comes to renovating their properties. One thing’s for sure, people want to pursue healthier and more eco-friendly lifestyles. No doubt, this has resulted in an increased demand for sustainable home materials.

If you are going to make your home more eco-friendly, it’s always best to start with your flooring. Currently, there are a lot of options to consider when upgrading your flooring.

Bamboo

Aside from giving your home a more exotic look, a bamboo floor is also great for cooling the interior of your home. It’s also highly durable and can take a longer time to wear down than most hardwood materials.

Cork

Like bamboo, cork is also a highly sustainable material you can use as flooring. Not only is it eco-friendly, but cork is also a great way to absorb sound. As much as it is durable, cork is also comfortable to the feet, making it an ideal alternative to laminate flooring.

Recycled wood

Every year, countless trees are cut down to produce furniture and of course, flooring for many suburban homes. By using recycled wood from old structures and furniture, you are also taking part in preserving precious forestland. So, when buying wooden materials for your floor, you can ask the supplier about where these materials came from and whether or not these were made from recycled wood.

Other recyclable materials

Aside from wood, you can also recycle other materials for your flooring. For instance, you can look around for used tiles and glass panels you can install around the house. This will definitely help you reduce waste and save a great deal of money in renovating your floor.

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Renters for a Weekend or a While: What’s the Best Use of Your Investment Property?

The residential rental market is now the fastest-growing segment of the housing market. In the United States, the demand for single-family rentals, defined as either detached homes or townhouses, has risen 30 percent in the past three years. And in Canada, rental units now account for nearly one-third of the country’s homes, with particular demand for multi-family units, including apartments and condominiums.

At the same time, the short-term, or vacation, rental market is also booming. The popularity of online marketplaces like Airbnb, HomeAway, and VRBO has helped the short-term rental market become one of the fastest-growing segments in the travel industry.

Now, more than ever, there is an abundance of opportunity for real estate investors. But which path is best: leasing your property to a long-term tenant, or renting your property to travelers on a short-term basis?

In this post, we examine the differences between the two investment strategies and the benefits and limitations of each category.

WHY INVEST IN A RENTAL PROPERTY? The Top 5 Reasons

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Reasons Why Your Home is Not Selling

It’s always a pain when you can’t sell your property as quick as possible. Are you too worried that you may not be able to move until you sell it or are you still paying monthly mortgages while the home is still on the market?

Here are the Top Five reasons why your home is not selling:

1. Overpriced

A lot of homeowners will sell their property at a high value thinking it’s a good idea, but waiting for that potential buyer may take some time.

Think of the buyer’s perspective-they will always look for a home that offers great value.

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