If you have a renovation project in mind – make sure they're renovations that will actually pay you back in the long run. Before you renovate your home it’s a good idea to contact your Realtor. Even if you're renovating primarily for your own benefit, you should try to assess the post-project increase in the value of your home, just in case you ever want to sell down the road.

Best Renovations for the Money

As far as getting a return on your investment, the best money is in upgrading or remodeling your kitchen or bathroom.

Kitchen remodel

  1. Minor bathroom remodel
  2. Minor kitchen remodel
  3. Exterior improvements (vinyl siding, paint, updated front entry)
  4. Major kitchen remodel
  5. Major bathroom remodel
  6. Deck, patio or porch addition
  7. Basement remodel

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The City of Calgary is proud to have 17% of the designated park space as off-leash space. With 150 off-leash dog areas in and around the City there’s sure to be one close to home. Dog parks are full of people who share their love for their best fur friends, where you can meet people from your area and join in different dog groups to give Fido (and you) an opportunity to make new friends.  

Off-Leash Dog Etiquette 101

 Many of Calgary’s off-leash areas are shared spaces with natural environments which can lend themselves to having the occasional non-trained wildlife, so it’s important to remember to that all dog owners share the responsibility of protecting our family, both the two and four legged variety.

Dog park etiquette

  • It is illegal for dogs to chase,…

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When buying a home in a newer community, you could be paying a Home Owners Association Fee.

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, Springbank Hill 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.

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? By Home Owners Association Fees.

1. What do HOA fees…

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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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