Calgary Homeowner Tips: Calgary Homes

Marnie Campbell provides great tips for homeowners in Calgary. Browse her blog, for tips and information on home renovations, energy saving, home maintenance and more.

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Calgary Homeowner Tips

Great tips for Calgary homeowners, including home improvement, home decorating ideas, energy saving and green living.

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How do REALTOR® fees work? How much do you get paid?

Typically, the fees for both the listing and purchasing REALTORS® are paid for by the seller. The fees are determined at the time the home owners sign the listing agreement. The fees can vary depending on the type of service you’re receiving. What this means is there are different types of services that different REALTOR®and brokerages offer. Ask your REALTOR® what their fees are.

Questions to ask a REALTOR before you hire themIs real estate your full time or part time job?

Your REALTOR® should be a full time agent. Like any professional you work with you want them to have the most experience possible and competently immersed in their profession. Full time REALTORS® see more properties, know the market and are going to be there when you

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The countdown is on! You’ve purchased your next home and maybe even sold the current place you are in today, but the big move is still a work in progress. There are a couple essential notes to take to make your moving day as stress free and streamlined as possible.

1. Hiring a moving company or doing it yourself?

Do you call in all your favours and get your friends to help you move or spend the money and hire a moving company? A couple factors will probably play into your decision such as the time of year. Let’s face it, Calgary’s weather is a bit temperamental and if you’re moving the second week of January you might find out who your friends really are. You might need to sweeten the deal with eggnog lattes and take-out to swing the pendulum in

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Many of Calgary’s newer communities have Home Owners Association Fees or what's more commonly known as HOA fees. When you purchase a property in communities, like Auburn Bay, Mahogany or West Springs, you pay an annual fee to the community association which goes towards the maintenance of community amenities such as lakes, spray parks, tennis courts and outdoor skating rinks, to name a few.

Calgary's new communities have HOA fees.

Part of the appeal of these newer Calgary communities is that they are well looked after, with gardens or waterfalls welcoming you to the neighbourhood. So how are these great features taken care of? 

 1. What do HOA fees cover?

In different communities, the Home Owners Association Fees cover different things. For example, in Calgary lake communities,

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Call your Realtor® before you renovate.

It’s that time of year when you may be thinking of renovating your home. Many renovations can improve the value of your property, however unusual or excessive renovations can often do the opposite. Even if you are not thinking of selling, it's a great idea to consult your Realtor® before you start a sigificant reno project. A Realtor® can offer advice on which renovations may provide the best value for your home.

There are a number of renovations that can offer good return on your investment. Updating or remodelling the kitchen or bathrooms is a great place to start. New windows and doors, or basement renovations are also a good investment. Low cost improvements can include painting or updating the toillet or vaniety. Be careful anytime you renovate.

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Green tips for homeowners.

As a homeowner there are several little changes you can do to make a big difference to the environment and your energy savings. Here are some ideas that can help you "go green" easily and inexpensively.

Get a recycling bin. Most cities have a recycling program. You may be able to get a rebate on your recycling bin or even get it for free. Some cities even offer residential curbside collection for blue box recyclables, green bin organics, small appliances and seasonal yard waste. Keep a list of which materials you can and can’t put in your recycle bin on your fridge door, so that everyone in the family can participate.

Get a kitchen compost bin. Find out if your city has a compost pick-up program. If they do, get a kitchen compost bin or kitchen

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MaxWell Realty, Marnie Campbell sold property in Calgary, AB

The Alberta-based Maxwell Realty was founded in Calgary in 1999 by Realtors® Ron Stanners and Dick Oakes. Ron Stanners, broker at MaxWell South Star, and Ron Oaks, broker at MaxWell Canyon Creek, have built MaxWell Realty into a major regional real estate player.

Over the past 14 years, MaxWell Realty franchises have sprouted all over Alberta and British Columbia with several offices in Calgary including MaxWell Canyon Creek, and  MaxWell South Star, as well as, MaxWell Realty Edmonton, MaxWell Realty Group in Lethbridge, MaxWell Mountain Realty in Canmore, MaxWell Canyon Creek in Okotoks and MaxWell Realty Invermere to name a few.

MaxWell Realty has a built a reputation for providing exceptional real estate service, really caring about its customers

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I just had clients purchase a great rental property in south Calgary, which led me to think other clients or Calgarians might be thinking about buying income property too.

Calgary’s vacancy rate is currently low, and with increasing demands for labour, this offers lots of excellent opportunities for revenue property.

The first step is to figure out if you can afford an income property. The minimum down payment on a revenue property is 20%. Next, do a little research. What are rental rates in any given area? Will the rental cover a mortgage, property tax and incidentals? You also need to seriously look at location – which has a direct impact on the amount of rent you can ask for.

Things to consider when buying income property versus buying a home to

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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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