There are 8 blog entries for August 2011.
Wednesday, August 31st, 2011 at 12:04pm. 474 Views, 0 Comments.
The results are in, and after a fantastic turnout, we’ve got a winner for our Back to School Contest!
Congratulations, Owen, you’ve won a $100 Staples Canada gift Card! Owen was chosen via random.org, the random number generator.
We at Smart Calgary Homes would like to thank everyone for entering, be sure to stay tuned as we’ve got another contest coming up next week!
Image courtesy of: Staples Canada
Friday, August 26th, 2011 at 7:37am. 2957 Views, 0 Comments.
Home staging is a key marketing tool used by savvy Realtors and homeowners to prepare their properties for sale.
Buyers are inundated with photos of the latest stylish homes on the internet, magazines and television shows. Most don’t see past minor changes like paint/personal decor and will choose a home that is move-in ready based on their tastes. Professional home stagers have been trained to provide cost effective solutions that deliver noticeable results as well as respond to your buyers wish list.
Some Interesting Facts:
• The average home buyer is younger than the average seller, this is important to remember when styling each room.
• 74% of home buyers drive by before touring a home, it is important to keep your curb appeal at its best (2009…
Friday, August 19th, 2011 at 3:24pm. 995 Views, 0 Comments.
While we can usually manage to keep ourselves cool during the hot months of summer, we often forget to make sure our furry little loved ones aren’t overheating. There are simple measures you can take, however, to prevent heat exhaustion and heat stroke in your pets.
Photo: Calgary Sun
Here are 5 ways to keep Fido cool:
1. Don’t leave him in the car. Ever. Animals will overheat quicker than we will, and it takes only a few minutes for the heat in a car to become dangerous.
2. Keep them hydrated. Have water on hand at all times, and keep drinking bowls in the shade. Add ice cubes to keep it extra cool, or feed the cubes directly to your pup for a fun, cooling snack.
3. Avoid pavement. Have you ever noticed how on a hot day, tar will sometimes melt on…
Tuesday, August 16th, 2011 at 10:27am. 4465 Views, 0 Comments.
Now is the perfect time to prepare your home for fall and winter, and avoid hefty costs and troubles in the seasons to come. Here are 5 easy ways to get ahead and winterize your home:
1. Get a furnace inspection: Ensuring your furnace is working properly now can prevent costly repairs down the road. It’s better to pay a little now, than a lot in the future.
2. Seal your windows: A faulty window can cost you a fortune in heating bills, as the breeze coming in your house can make your furnace work overtime. If buying new windows isn’t in the budget, simply use some rubber sealant along the sills, or cover windows with clear plastic. Either method will make a big difference.
3. Insulate your pipes: This one is simple, but making…
Friday, August 12th, 2011 at 8:03am. 978 Views, 0 Comments.
While it’s still not even mid-August, I’m sure you’ve noticed that the days are getting shorter and the morning air is just a little more brisk.
Don’t let that discourage you from thoroughly enjoying the rest of your summer; rather, let it push you to enjoy it as much as possible in the little time that we do have left!
Photo: Calgary Area
Here are five things you must do before September:
1. Enjoy the city’s parks: There are a ton of parks in Calgary (click here for an interactive map) that are absolutely gorgeous and fun for the whole family. Pack a picnic, some tunes, and a Frisbee, and make a day of it. Want to venture out of the city? Check out Big Hill Springs (NW of Calgary) or the new Glenbow Ranch provincial park.
2. Go ziplining: Gear up in…
Tuesday, August 9th, 2011 at 11:13am. 644 Views, 0 Comments.
Calgary is finally following in the footsteps of many North American cities – Vancouver, New York, and Seattle, to name a few – by starting its very own food truck revolution.
On Thursday, August 11 from 11:00am to 3:00pm, eight food trucks will be making their official debut on Steven Avenue, giving Calgary a taste of what they have to offer.
The debut of the Food Truck Pilot Project will bring delicious eats to the streets of our city, dishing up a variety of cuisines such as Eastern European, Mexican, prairie-style, and much more (including the famous Alley Burger from Charcut!).
So if you’re looking for a new experience and a full belly, head downtown on Thursday – your tastebuds will thank you for it.
Image: Mayor Nenshi's Blog
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Friday, August 5th, 2011 at 10:06am. 1872 Views, 2 Comments.
While we’re still in the prime of summer, back-to-school commercials on TV are abundant, fall clothes are already featured in stores, and that fall feeling that September brings is looming.
We at Smart Calgary Homes want to help you relax for the rest of the summer, and get an early start on your back-to-school shopping by giving one lucky reader a $100 gift card to Staples!
How to enter:
1) Go to our Facebook page and tell us which school supply you (if you’re in college/university) or your child (if you’re a parent with a child going to school in September) cannot live without, and why.
2) Bonus Entry: follow us on Twitter @calgaryremax (let us know in your initial entry on our Facebook page that you follow us).
3) Bonus Entry:…
Tuesday, August 2nd, 2011 at 11:39am. 560 Views, 0 Comments.
Farmer’s markets are at their peak right now and it’s the perfect time to go pick up a bundle of seasonal goodies.
So what’s in season?
Photo: Global Dish
Here are some of the items you’ll find in abundance, and for a good price:
String beans, beets, broccoli, green and red cabbage, carrots, cauliflower, corn, cucumbers, kohlrabi, green onions, peas, bell peppers, radishes, spinach, tomatoes, and zucchini are great local vegetable choices. Berries are the main selection of local fruit that is available, but keep your eye out for apples and pears from BC, especially toward the end of the month.
The best way to eat local? Aside from shopping at farmer’s markets, plant your own crop in your back yard. Berries (especially raspberries, gooseberries, and sour…
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