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Summertime Home Renovations

Friday, June 23rd, 2017

Summertime brings to mind rest and relaxation, sunny patios and cold drinks. If you have a few home renovation projects on your list, it can also be the best time to get cracking. There are myriad reasons why this is the ideal season for upgrading your home: the nice weather means mud and snow don’t get tracked into your home by contractors; your heating system’s usually sitting idle, so changing out an old furnace (and maybe adding an air conditioner) couldn’t be more convenient; your home’s exterior and landscaping are uncovered, making it easy to spot and remedy problems; and vacation time is often more easy to come by in the summer months, meaning you can be around to supervise work and answer questions.


So what sort of things can you tackle right now? Here are a few popular projects:

Upgrade the windows

New windows can have a substantial impact on energy efficiency and home comfort, especially if your property is more than ten years old. Modern window technology can keep you cooler in the summer and warmer in the winter for a one time cost that may pay for itself with the reduction in furnace use.

Add an air conditioner

While this might seem like an extravagance in a city like Calgary, where summers aren’t usually excruciatingly hot, incorporating an air conditioner into your home’s heating system may not be as expensive as you think, and the improvement in your sleep and overall comfort throughout the summer may well be worth it. When selling your home, an integrated AC system can also be very attractive.

Redo your deck

Spending a weekend stripping and re-staining your deck, accompanied by a few beers and a stereo, can be a surprisingly enjoyable summertime project; doing this regularly will vastly extend the life of your deck, too. Just make sure there’s no rain in the forecast, as having an unexpected shower lift your stain right after you finish is a real bummer.

Update the landscaping

Most of us, at the very least, plant some annuals and tidy up the yard. But if you have a vision of a more substantive overhaul – which can boost curb appeal and just make you smile when you come up the driveway – summer’s the time to do it. Hiring a trusted landscape contractor, with good references and a solid portfolio, can save you time, money, and aggravation in the long term.

Power wash the house

A winter’s worth of grime can make your home’s exterior dull and uninviting: an hour with a power washer can rectify this, making your property look like new again. Depending on how thick the dirt is, power washing can even keep your home cooler, as lighter colours reflect the sun’s rays more efficiently.

Organize the garage

For most of us, the garage can quickly become a repository for stuff we don’t want to deal with, and throughout the winter it’s hardly an inviting environment in which to spend a few hours organizing. So do it in the summer! Raise the garage door, put on some tunes, and get your space clean and itemized so you can find what you need when you need it. Then call the charity of your choice to pick up all the things you discovered you haven’t needed in the past year.

Those are just a few ideas of summertime improvement projects. Have some that I missed? Mention them in the comments! Want to talk to an expert on the best places to put your time and money to make your home sale-ready for the fall? Contact me today!

New Listing in Strathcona

Sunday, February 12th, 2017



This home has had the same owners looking after it since nearly brand new. Neat as a pin; pride of ownership is evident throughout. Panoramic city view that including downtown from both the main and upper floors. In outstanding original condition with updated carpet and some recent paint. Detailed oak woodwork including wainscotting, built-ins, railings, trim; in addition to a wet bar in the living room and a pass through hutch in the dinning room. Enjoy the breathtaking views from the large, fully-enclosed sun-room, or perhaps from the upper deck off the master bedroom. Fully developed down with a large rec-room leading to an enclosed patio, perfect for a green house or perhaps a hot tub. The roof was recently replaced. All appliances are included, this home is move-in ready as-is, or could be renovated by new owners to suit.

To view floorplan, virtual tour and full listing details visit my web page.

New Listing in Canyon Meadows

Sunday, September 4th, 2016


427 Cantrell Dr SW

A renovation project with lots of potential. Located in a great neighbourhood. Popular floor plan for this Nu West bungalow, comprising of a formal living room / dining room plan and 3 bedrooms with a 2 piece en suite off the master. Lower level has some development; a fourth bedroom and a second half-bath. There’s a full bath upstairs near the bedrooms. Located near to both public and separate schools from K to 12, playgrounds, L.R.T., and shopping. The heavily treed lot has loads of privacy.

To view more photos and full listing details visit my web page!

New Listing in Silverado

Saturday, January 3rd, 2015

56 Silverado Range Cl SW

56 Silverado Range Cl SW

What a great place to call home! Perfect starter home in Silverado with lots of space; over 1600 sq.ft developed. Huge main floor with hardwood floors and soaring vaulted ceilings for that airy feel. Open maple kitchen with a walk-in pantry and a large breakfast bar. The master bedroom is big too, with a generous walk-in closet and views to the back yard. The family room boasts lots of space and big bright windows plus a fireplace. Low-maintenance landscaping with a great composite deck and fence and room for a 2 car garage. Also included are 2 sheds for extra storage. walking paths and a great playground are half a block away. Conveniently located close to public transportation, shopping, coffee shops and dining. There is tremendous value here.

To view more photos, floor plan, virtual tour and full listing details visit my web page.

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