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The best Halloween Events in Calgary

In only a few short weeks, we will be surrounded by goblins, ghouls, witches, cats, and pumpkins! The holiday of spooks and scares has finally arrived, and the anticipation can be felt throughout Calgary! If Halloween is your favourite time of year and a good ghost story or jump scare puts a smile on your face, you will not want to miss out on any of the following events this October. You'll also need a costume, so we'll provide some of the best places to shop and find inspiration. Take a look at the spookiest Halloween events in Calgary, and scare in the season of fright with events that will make your heart race faster!

Ghoul's Night Out: October 28-30

Calgary's Heritage Park hosts Ghoul's Night Out, featuring brand-new events this…

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Written by Elizabeth Jackson

Canada is a geographically vast country, made up of 10 provinces, each with its own unique characteristics. Some are known for their urban metropolises, others for their natural beauty and wilderness. Still, others are a blend of both. Some provinces are home to younger people and families, while others have a greater demographic mix.

And these factors may influence what types of homes in which people in these provinces choose to live. Apartments were most common nationwide, making up more than half of the units, while single-family homes made up at least 1 in 4. Often trailing behind these are row houses, which share common walls with other units, and semi-detached homes, duplex units often called semis,…

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Home Improvement Projects For Pros, Not DIYThere's a lot to be said about DIY home improvement projects—they're usually cheaper, give you more creative freedom, and can make your home look great. Yet, there are a handful of projects that you shouldn't take on unless you have a deep background in construction and design. Instead, reach out to a contractor or designer to help create the perfect final product. From painting your home's exterior to installing new flooring or plumbing, some things are best left to the contractors and interior design experts. By attempting to make these renovations on your own, you could put your home and health at risk.

In this article, we'll quickly explain just a few home improvement projects that you should outsource to people who know what they're doing.

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Where are the Greenest Cities in North America?

Greening a city isn't just good press. According to the U.S. Federal Emergency Management Agency, a more climate-conscious city supports economic growth by creating jobs, increasing property values, and improving public health factors such as better disease outcomes. By committing to improving air and water quality, cities can reduce their residents' exposure to harmful pollutants. Designing more green spaces can welcome cooler summers, reduce the risk of heat-related illness; and bring forth additional recreation spaces to the community, increasing opportunities for both physical activity and social engagement.

New Construction Real Estate in Calgary

New construction homes are often built with much higher standards for insulation and energy…

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7 Questions to Ask When Looking for a Security Installer in CalgaryWhether you want to protect your home, office, shop, warehouse, or any other space, the most secure option is to install a modern security system.

These days, with such extreme advancements in technology in recent years, finding the right access control company for your security can be easier said than done. To make the decision a little easier, here are some questions that you should consider when choosing the right security system for your needs, as well as the right installer in the Calgary area.

What Is Your Budget?

Ultimately, you may be restricted in your options by your budget, but security systems do come in a variety of service plans and configurations.

Nevertheless, determining your budget is a great place to start to filter your…

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How an Outdated Kitchen May Cost You Time and MoneyHomebuyers form their initial impression from the home's exterior, but what's the first thing they want to see once they go inside? Most of the time, it's the kitchen.

You can put as much energy as you want into gardening tips to increase curb appeal, but if the house has an old, outdated, or dingy kitchen, many buyers will look no further. If the kitchen isn't up to snuff, the home may sit unsold on the market no matter what other great features it has. Sellers that are avoiding kitchen upgrades might be losing time and money. Keep reading to learn why updating a kitchen can improve the home selling process.

Kitchens Sell Homes

When I ask buyers which rooms convinced them to buy a particular home, there's one overwhelmingly popular answer:…

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How to Handle Calgary Snow Removal Like a ProfessionalWinter in Calgary is a beautiful time of year, with snow gently blanketing our trees, lawns, and rooftops. Unfortunately, the snow also covers our sidewalks and driveways. If left unchecked, it can be a daunting task to remove. Keep reading to find the best snow removal tips from Steve Hyde of FT Property Services.

Use the Right Snow Removal Tools

An essential tool for snow removal is a quality snow shovel. There are many different types of shovels in an assortment of designs and materials. Curved blade shovels are best for pushing snow. Scoop-shaped shovels with sides are great for lifting and tossing snow to a new location. Ideally, it’s good to have one of both.

When it comes to material, shovels with metal blades are strong and able to…

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By Justin Havre

Lawn maintenance in Calgary may seem like an afterthought for many people. But if you think mowing your lawn, killing the weeds, and sprucing up the shrubs is a less-than enjoyable Saturday, let me tell you, there is a large financial incentive to lawn care — and I do mean very large.

How Neglecting Your Lawn Can Cost You Thousands

We’ve all heard that “curb appeal” is an important factor in a home’s resale value. It’s true, more true than many people realize. In fact, a joint study by the University of Texas at Arlington and the University of Alabama found that high curb appeal can increase a home’s resale value by 7%. This increases to 14% in competitive real estate markets, according to the study. The real estate market in Calgary is highly competitive, as we’ve seen home…

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Average Cost of Different Renovation ProjectsRenovations can go a long way in boosting the appeal of a home for resale. Buyers today are typically attracted to modern, contemporary, new features and move-in-ready homes or properties. When buyers see a home that needs renovation, they envision unexpected costs and a whole lot of work. This is why many sellers choose to renovate (or "flip") their homes before the sale, so they can get top dollar themselves and find those buyers who are ready to pay for a move-in-ready home. However, before a homeowner tackles a big renovation project, they should distinguish between their “must-haves” and “nice-to-haves” to clarify priorities. This can help them determine the budget for their desired upgrades. Here are some things homeowners should know about the…

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How to Clean and Maintain Homes With PetsNo matter how cute they are and how much we love them, pets can be dirty!

Cleaning with a pet can be something of an art. Whether a pet owner is selling their home, preparing for an open house, or hosting an event, a clean home increases hospitality and lowers stress. Here are some of the best ways to clean your home when you live with a pet, welcome a new furry family member, or make your home more pet-friendly. From last-minute cleans to preventative measures, we have you covered.

For informational purposes only. Always consult with a licensed real estate professional before proceeding with any real estate transaction.

Protect Floors from Messes

Use indoor/outdoor rugs or carpet tiles. Indoor-outdoor rugs are available in various colours,…

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