Home Care

Home Care

As the temperatures rise, keeping your home cool without skyrocketing energy bills becomes a priority. Especially with prices so high on utilities in Canada. Fortunately, there are several energy-saving strategies you can implement to maintain a comfortable indoor environment while also reducing your carbon footprint. It's a win-win! Here are some tips:

  • Close the curtains! Direct sunlight can significantly increase indoor temperatures. Close blinds, curtains, or shades during the hottest parts of the day to block out heat. Consider using blackout curtains or reflective window films for even greater insulation.
  • Use appliances sparingly! Appliances like ovens, dishwashers, and dryers generate a lot of heat. Try to use these appliances during…

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This summer it is going to get HOT. Our summers have consistently been experiencing higher levels of heat, for longer durations. While this makes some people want to stay inside, parked in front of the AC unit, we want you to still enjoy the outdoors! With that in mind, here are some tips for landscaping that beats the heat:

First, invest in a Pergola! These are your new best friend. The structure themselves offers shade from the sun, even more so in time as flowers grow across it. Not only is it functional for helping to add shade, but they look beautiful and can become quite the garden statement piece. Pergolas can also be adapted to any size or design you want, making them functional for any space.

Second, embrace nature! Instead of clearing…

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Outdoor lighting is so important for your home! Not only does it enhance safety, it can add to the ambiance and overall aesthetic of your home. 

Not sure where to start? Here are some tips for the different areas of your property:

  • Deck and Patio: If you have a deck or patio, proper lighting can turn it into a cozy outdoor living space. String lights, lanterns, and recessed deck lights add charm and functionality. Consider installing dimmable fixtures to control the ambiance according to different occasions.
  • Pathways: Pathway lights are essential for both safety and aesthetics. They guide visitors to your front door and highlight the beauty of your landscaping. Solar-powered stake lights are a popular, eco-friendly option that’s easy to…

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Spring is the perfect time to spruce up your home and increase its value! Whether you are planning to sell or simply want to enhance your living space, here are some renovation projects to consider this season. It may be forecasted to snow this week (YIKES), but you can start planning now.

Energy-Efficient Upgrades: Consider making energy-efficient upgrades to your home, such as installing a programmable thermostat, upgrading to energy-efficient appliances, or adding insulation. These upgrades can not only save you money on energy bills but also increase your home's value.

Curb Appeal Enhancements: Start with the exterior of your home to make a great first impression. Consider painting the front door, adding new house numbers, installing outdoor…

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Everyone judges a book by its cover, as much as we like to pretend we don’t. This is especially true when it comes to shopping for a home. As soon as a prospective buyer pulls up to your property, they are making a lasting first impression. You need to woo them at first glance!

One way to do this is to not only make the structure itself as beautiful as possible, but the property, too. Nice landscaping makes a huge difference in showcasing your property in its best light.

Here are some tips for landscaping that will boost your home’s curb appeal:

Plan Your Design: Before you start planting, take some time to plan your landscaping design. Consider the style of your home and the overall look you want to achieve. Think about the colors, textures,…

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After a long winter in Calgary, Alberta, there's nothing quite like the sight of new growth and the promise of a vibrant garden. To make the most of the upcoming spring season, it's important to prepare your garden properly. Whether you're a seasoned gardener or just starting out, these tips from gardening experts will help you get your garden ready for spring:

  1. Be sure it is the right time to get started: "Research should be the first task on your list. Before you start digging in your garden, make sure that it's the appropriate time to do so based on your agricultural zone... If the ground is still frozen and there's still a threat of frost, you'll mostly be wasting your time" (Martha Stewart).
  2. Clear away the old to make way for the new:…

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As the flowers bloom and the weather warms, it's not just nature that's getting a fresh start—homebuyers are also on the lookout for new beginnings. Spring is an ideal time to sell your home, and a thorough spring cleaning can make your property even more appealing to potential buyers. You're going to want to clean it either way, so here are some tips to help give your home a fresh start:

  1. Declutter! Start by decluttering every room in your home. Remove any items that are not essential or that you no longer use. This includes old furniture, decorations, and personal items. Decluttering will not only make your home look more spacious and inviting to prospective buyers, but it will help you ensure you don't pack up and haul items you don't want in…

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Here in Calgary, Alberta, Spring is the beautiful redemption on the horizon that follows a harsh winter. We eagerly anticipate the moment we can unplug our block heaters, store away mittens, and crack open the windows for the first time since the frost. 

Spring is the perfect time to give your home a little refresh! Declutter and recycle/donate/throw away items you no longer need. Wipe down all the nooks and crannies, and take out the outside furniture again.

The most fun part of the post-spring clean is decorating for the new season. Whether you choose to lean into the upcoming Easter holidays or not, spring decor is a great way to add some life back into your home following a cold snap. Here are some tips from the experts:

  • Lighter…

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The process of selling a home involves more than just listing it on the market. Creating an appealing environment that resonates with potential buyers can significantly impact the selling process. Home staging, which is the practice of decorating, organizing, and displaying your home in its best light, is essential. Here are some tips to stage your home in a way that will positively psychologically influence prospective buyers: 

  • First impressions are powerful and can significantly influence buyers' perceptions of a property. A well-staged home creates an immediate sense of warmth and welcome, setting a positive tone for the rest of the viewing.
  • Buyers often make decisions based on emotions rather than logic. Home staging aims to evoke…

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Renovating your property is not only a way to enhance your living space, but also a strategic investment to increase its value. If you're looking to sell now or in the near future, making sure you home is still attractive and trendy is important. Strategic renovations can significantly impact its market worth. Here are some renovation ideas to consider:

  1. Kitchen Remodel: The kitchen is often considered the heart of the home and a focal point for buyers. Consider updating cabinets, countertops, and appliances for a modern look. Adding a fresh coat of paint and new fixtures can also breathe new life into the space.
  2. Bathroom Upgrades: Bathrooms are another area where renovations can add value. Consider upgrading fixtures, installing a new vanity,…

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