Home automation allows you to control systems in your home with a touch of a button. Where the first home automation systems were controlled only by a central panel, the latest in automation and mobile technology now allows homeowners to control their system from anywhere using a smartphone, tablet or computer. Home automation in Edmonton can be installed during construction of a new home and in existing homes. Home automation can enhance your lifestyle and enjoyment of your home by adding luxury and convenience, enabling you to control things like lighting, blinds, temperature, music and video. They can also help protect your home and family through high-tech security systems and help you save on energy bills through energy efficient…

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If you have older windows or if they are damaged, you could be losing a lot of energy and should consider a window replacement. Some tell-tale signs that your windows need replacing include:

  • fog or condensation build up
  • rot or mould on wooden window frames
  • obvious warping or damage to the frame
  • drafts
  • cracked or peeling caulking
Your windows are the biggest culprit for energy loss in your home. If your windows are suffering any of the symptoms listed above, you could be losing more energy than you think and paying way too much on your utility bills each month.

Save energy and money with ENERGY STAR certified windows.

If you’re in the market for new energy efficient windows, you should choose windows that are ENERGY STAR…

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Winter is best spent drinking hot chocolate and building snowmen, not re-roofing your house. Benoit Gosselin, operating manager at Safe Roofing Edmonton lists three main reasons why you should postpone your re-roofing project until springtime:

  1. Asphalt shingles become brittle when the temperature drops below 10 degrees centigrade. As such, bending, throwing and nailing shingles during delivery and installation may break them, resulting in increased material costs.
  2. Low temperatures will affect the asphaltic sealant’s ability to bond and seal shingles together. Experienced roofers pay close attention to the temperature, humidity and sun exposure when re-roofing a home. They may choose not to re-roof if they believe the current conditions will affect…

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What your kitchen looks like will play a major role in how fast you sell your home. An experienced real estate agent will tell you that the kitchen is the first room a potential buyer will look at when they are investigating your home, either online or during a showing. Photo Credit: Gem Cabinets Kitchen renovations also have a very high return on investment compared to other home renovations. According to Remodeling Magazine’s Cost vs. Value Report for 2016, a minor kitchen remodel will recoup over 83 per cent of its initial cost. That means that if you spend $20,000 on a kitchen renovation, you can expect the resale value of your home to increase by nearly $17,000. You don’t have to spend that kind of money to fix up the kitchen, boost your resale…

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Today we're attended the always informative Housing Forecast Seminar put on by the REALTORS® Association of Edmonton. We always get tons of insight on the market and what to expect at the seminar that I'll be sharing here. James Mabey; Chair, REALTORS® Association of Edmonton Single-family home sales were down 5.4% in 2016 compared to 2015, and condos were down 14%. A further decline of 1.7% in single family home sales in 2017 is predicted. Mortgage rates are expected to have minimal impact in 2017. Condo sales are expected to remain stable in 2017. Total residential sales are expected to decrease about 1% in 2017. Single family home sales hot spots were Summerside, Windermere and The Hamptons in Edmonton in 2016 and Westpark in Fort…

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Your heating system works hard during the winter to keep your home warm and comfortable. The last thing you want is for your furnace to break down in the middle of winter. Just like caring for anything mechanical, you should check and maintain your heating system, at least once a year, to keep it running efficiently and safely throughout all the seasons. Photo credit: Furnace Solutions Here are some reasons why you should need to have your furnace inspected and serviced regularly by HVAC companies in Edmonton:

Prevent Costly Breakdowns

Even if your furnace and heating system is relatively new, things can still go wrong. It is recommended that your furnace is maintained annually by an HVAC technician to help avoid costly and inconvenient breakdowns.…

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Photo Credit: D-Trac Construction Any experienced real estate agent will tell you that the two rooms a home buyer will look at first when interested in a home for sale are the kitchen and the bathroom. If your bathroom is outdated and you want to improve your home’s resale value you should consider a minor bathroom renovation. There are many benefits of bathroom renovations and with some smart and creative upgrades, you won’t have to spend a fortune to make your bathroom more attractive to potential buyers. Here are some tips for maximizing your ROI with bathroom renovations in Edmonton:

Replace Your Outdated Vanity

The vanity in your bathroom can be the focal point in the room. Replacing it would mean replacing the sink, countertop and faucet along…

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