Tuesday, September 17, 2019   /   by Sergey Korostensky

Calgary resale homes among most buyer-friendly in Canada per square foot

A new study on real estate suggests buyers in the city are getting more bang for their dollar per square foot of space than other major centres in Canada.
A recent report from Royal LePage found Calgary and surrounding area has among the lowest cost per square foot for resale homes and condominiums among Toronto, Vancouver, Montreal and Ottawa.
Single-family homes, for example, in Calgary proper had an average price of $310 per square foot with Greater Calgary coming in at $302 per square foot as of the end of July. Both are down more than six per cent from the same period last year.
By contrast single-family homes in Vancouver had a cost of $1,279 per square foot, while Toronto the cost was $747.
Of the five cities surveyed, only Ottawa and Greater Montreal had lower costs per square foot than Calgary. (Royal LePage did not provide data for Edmonton, Winnipeg, Halifax and other mid-sized cities.)
The fact Calgary is now a value market for resale homes comes as no surprise to Dawn ...

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Wednesday, September 04, 2019   /   by Sergey Korostensky

3 Home Lighting Mistakes to Avoid

Good lighting can enhance the look of a space. contributor David Warfel, a lighting design specialist, recently shared the common mistakes he sees with interior home lighting in an article on the home remodeling website. Problems he sees the most often include:
Too many lights shining downwards in the kitchen
Warfel notes that many kitchens have more light shining on the floor than on the countertops, where it has the biggest impact. “Adding well-positioned recessed lights, pendant lights above islands, and under-cabinet lighting are among the ways to ensure our kitchen work areas have enough light,” he notes.

Failing to illuminate distinct details

Light in most homes tends to spotlight the drywall, the least expensive surface in a home, Warfel notes. “Instead, position lights to selectively illuminate other details such as molding, arches, and shelves,” he writes. For example, highlight the stone walls in a living ro ...

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Wednesday, September 04, 2019   /   by Sergey Korostensky

5 Tips for Prepping a Lawn for the Winter

How homeowners treat a yard this autumn can determine the quality of their yard next spring and summer. Kris Kiser, president and CEO of the Outdoor Power Equipment Institute, offers up the following checklist for homeowners who want to lay a strong groundwork for a great yard next spring:
Keep mowing. Grass still needs regular care to stay healthy. Grass that is too high may attract lawn-damaging field mice. Shorter grass is more resistant to diseases and traps fewer falling leaves. Cutting the grass low also allows more sun to reach the crown of the grass. However, cutting off too much at one time can be damaging, so never trim more than a third of the grass blades off in a single cutting, Kiser says. Put mower blades on the lowest settings for the last two cuts of the season.
Aerate your lawn. Compressed soil can hurt the health of the grass. Aerating punches holes in the soil and lets oxygen, water, and nutrients into a lawn. Use a walk-behind aerator or get an attachme ...

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Wednesday, July 31, 2019   /   by Sergey Korostensky

4 Cleaning Hacks of Stagers When They’re in a Rush

A home often has to be show-ready in a hurry when a buyer calls asking for a property tour. Professional home stagers have plenty of cleaning tricks up their sleeve to get a home ready in a hurry. They recently shared with Apartment Therapy some of their best cleaning secrets, including:

Use a hand steamer.

A handheld clothing steamer can be used to remove grime on glass shower doors or curtains, Justin Riordan, founder of Spade and Archer, told Apartment Therapy.

Scrub with a “magic eraser.”

Remove scratches on walls or imperfections by buffing them with a magic eraser, as melamine sponges are often called, suggests Cathy Lorenz with Cathy Lorenz Designs in New York City.

Grab baking soda.

Baking soda is one of stagers’ favorite hacks because it can help remove funky smells. Sprinkle some baking soda on upholstered furniture or on the carpet, let it sit for 15 minutes, and then vacuum it up, suggests Lorenz.

Let natural light in.

Open up the w ...

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Thursday, July 25, 2019   /   by Sergey Korostensky

4 Effective Updates to a Bathroom Remodel

In a bathroom remodel, homeowners have a lot of choices, from tubs, sinks, tile, and more. But it’s the small details that could have some big impact.® recently featured an article on the smaller details that can help elevate a bathroom’s look, including:

A luxe showerhead

“These days, many people opt for massaging showerheads and models that can remember your temperature preferences,” Rob McDowell, a master plumber with All Star Plumbing in Columbia, Mo., told®. Low-flow showerhead systems and models that detach from the wall are trending. Designers also suggest raising the showerhead a foot or so higher. “When people ask us for the secret to the perfect bathroom, we always recommend raising your showerhead,” McDowell says. “Older homes typically have showerheads, so raising yours will bring your bathroom into the present at very little cost.”

Clean tile grout

Grout has the potential to make a ...

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