Real Calgary Savvy Blog

New Calgary Peace Bridge with view of downtown Calgary.

The Peace Bridge, which opened on March 24, 2012, has been very controversial. Either you think the 25 million was well spent or not. Either way, it has brought a unique flavour to downtown Calgary. It’s hard not to marvel at the modern, tubular, red and white bridge, and most pedestrians probably enjoy the scenic, beautiful walk or bike across the Bow River.

The Peace Bridge was designed by Santiago Calatrava, an award winning Spanish architect. His works include the Allen Lambert Galleria in Toronto, the Turning Torso skyscraper in Sweden and the Trinity Bridge in England.

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Lawn Care Tips

Calgary has had a lot of rain in June so remembering to water the lawn hasn’t been an issue. Here are a few summer lawn care tips, other than watering, to keep your lawn looking nice and green.

One of the most important tips for maintaining your lawn is to mow high, about 2.5 to 3 inches. Mowing too short will weaken the root system and allow those pesky weeds to grow.

Each time you mow, alternate the pattern you take. We are often creatures of habit, but for healthy lawns mowing in different directions will help prevent soil compaction from the wheels of the lawn mower.

The blade of your lawn mower should be sharpened at least one time per year. A sharp blade will reduce the time it takes to mow the lawn. A dull blade will tear at the grass

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Home Security Tips

Most Calgarians do the basics to protect their homes because they are confident they will not get burglarized. They lock doors and have a light on in the house when they are away.

Yet, there were 6812 break and enters in Calgary in 2010. So what else can you do to prevent your home from being broken into? Here are a few tips for home security:

  • Never hide a key outside. Thieves know all the hiding places. Instead, make sure all family members have a key.
  • Two-thirds of home burglaries occur during the day. So be extra vigilant about making sure doors and windows are locked while you're away during the day.
  • Surprisingly, most thieves are not daring. They are 2.7 times more likely to target a home without an alarm system.
  • Thieves will attempt
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I have recently had to tell a homeowner that the renovation they put time and money into, hasn’t increased their home’s value as much as they thought. The client’s home was in a SE Calgary community and although their renovations were beautiful, the amount of money spent exceeded what homes are selling for in that area.

It’s best to give me a call before you decide on a significant renovation (even if you are not thinking of selling).

Most neighbourhoods have a maximum selling price so you don’t want to out price the area making it harder to sell one day. Expensive kitchen and bathroom renovations or over specializing a room may be great for you, but someone else may not see the value. Some renovations will add more value to your home than

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