In the competitive world of Calgary real estate, standing out from the crowd is crucial when selling your home. While granite countertops and walk-in closets have long been the norm, buyers are increasingly seeking unique and unexpected amenities that set a property apart. 

Here are some unusual home features that pay off big time when it comes time to sell your home:

1. Secret Rooms and Hidden Passageways: There's something inherently intriguing about a hidden room or secret passage within a home. Whether it's a concealed home office, a wine cellar behind a bookshelf, or a hidden playroom for children, these covert spaces can add an element of surprise and delight for potential buyers.

2. Home Theater and Gaming Rooms: With the rise of…

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In recent years, there has been a significant shift in the way people view and approach residential construction and design. The rise of green homes, also known as sustainable or eco-friendly homes, reflects a growing awareness of the environmental impact of traditional housing and a desire to create living spaces that are more energy-efficient, resource-conscious, and in harmony with nature.

Green homes are designed and built with a focus on reducing their carbon footprint and minimizing the use of non-renewable resources. Here are some key factors contributing to the rise of green homes:

  1. Environmental Awareness: Increased awareness of the depletion of natural resources has prompted homeowners, builders, and governments to seek…

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When it comes to decorating your home, a limited budget doesn't have to limit your style and creativity. With some resourcefulness and a few clever ideas, you can transform your living space into a cozy and stylish haven without breaking the bank. Here are some practical tips and ideas to help you decorate your home on a small budget:

  1. Plan and prioritize: Start by creating a plan for each room in your home. Determine which areas require immediate attention and focus your budget on those spaces. Prioritizing allows you to allocate your limited resources effectively and avoid overspending on unnecessary items.

  2. Embrace DIY projects: One of the most cost-effective ways to decorate your home is by embracing do-it-yourself (DIY) projects.…

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Did you know that Calgary has one of the highest people : dog ratios in all of Canada?

That is right! Here in YYC we love our furry friends. Part of caring for a dog is making sure they have the space to roam and play outside to get some fresh air. That being said, here is how to make your backyard dog-friendly:

Purina writes, “Keeping your backyard fenced in is a great first step to creating a dog friendly backyard and ensuring that your dog is safe during his time outside. Make sure your fence is: Tall enough for your dog (some larger breeds of dogs need considerably higher fences, especially if they are energetic and like to jump around), free of gaps (it’s important to make sure that there are no holes or gaps in your fencing for your dog to…

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We've all heard it before: that house has good bones! But what are good bones? Today you're going to find out. 

First, what does it mean when someone refers to a home having good bones? defines it as this: "In general, a home with “good bones” is considered to be a good home with the potential to be a great home. It typically describes a fixer-upper or some sort of neglected house (think: diamond in the rough) that features quality, well-made construction – hence the good bones meaning."

A home having good bones is a great thing! You certainly shouldn't buy a home with bad bones. However, you need to proceed with caution. A home having good bones can sometimes be another way of saying that the home needs a lot of work; the bones are good,…

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Bedrooms are a place for ultimate rest. Here are some ways to make yours more cozy and restful:

  • Create Ambiance with Lighting: "A cozy bedroom needs light, but not just any kind of light. Turn off the overhead fixture after dark and concentrate on low light. The key to an intimate mood is incorporating various sources of lighting, including soft bedside lamps and strategically mounted ceiling lights for a touch of drama." (Architectural Digest)
  • Use Dark & Warm Colours: "While light colors are great for making a room feel larger, a darker hue envelops the bedroom, creating the perfect space to relax and slumber." (HGTV)
  • Choose Calming Art: "Art selections are intensely personal and taste-driven, but Julie Daniel, from Los Angeles-based…

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With Albertans feeling the crunch of utilities, here are some easy tips to save this winter:

Get an Energy Audit: Save On Energy writes, "you can't save on energy unless you know how you're using it. Getting an energy audit is the best way to understand what upgrades you should be making and it helps to identify if your home is running efficiently and effectively." Some households may be eligible for a free audit, so get some quotes today to find out where your home is expending the most energy!

Add Property Insulation: "None of the changes you make on your roof will improve home energy efficiency unless you have a quality ventilation system. Make sure all areas in your house such as attics, basements and crawlspaces are properly insulated. This…

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It's still a little chilly outside, which means that most of us would rather be curled up inside with a warm drink instead of out in the cold. While temperatures are expected to rise soon, you can never be too weary when it comes to weather in Calgary, Alberta. Our friendly groundhog Phil may have promised winter was at it's end, but that does not mean our toes will be thawing anytime soon. For now, we're going to keep our sweaters on.

During cold winters a fun pastime is scrolling through Pinterest, dreaming of all the fun projects you can do once it is warm enough outside. This is especially true when it comes to home renovations, which most people tend to complete during the summer months before a big freeze. After all, most home renovations…

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Autumn is the perfect time for finishing renovation projects you started in the spring/summer and beginning new ones to prepare your home for winter. Remember that home renovations are an important part of keeping your property up to date and in the best condition possible. They add incredible value to your property!

Here are three great renovations for your home this fall:


  • A fresh coat of paint is a great way to spruce up your home’s aesthetics. Not only will paint make your home look fresh and new, but there is also a psychology behind painting. Certain colours can elicit certain psychological responses. For example, blue is a colour that is great for productivity. You may not want to use extreme bright or dark colours, so look…

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Working from home was essential as businesses shut their doors to the public following strict quarantine rules. For some, working from home was the dream scenario. Who doesn't love working with their pet at their side and their favorite tv show playing in the background? For others, working from home became a nightmare. Enter scenes of kids yelling and coffee spilling on the laptop keyboard.

This work from home movement meant many spare rooms became overnight office spaces. Even though some businesses are reopening their doors and calling their employees back into cubicles, some are continuing to ask employees to work from home for the time being. Whichever office space you fall into, we thought it was time for some office organization tips. 

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