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Self Storage Simplifies Your Move

Self Storage Simplifies Your Move

 When you’re moving, it can be hard to think outside the boxes – where to get them, what to put in them and where to store them. It adds up to extra stress in an already stressful time, which could explain why storage locker rentals are on the rise.

“Self storage is about simplifying and de-stressing in a period of transition,” said Celeste Blackmore, who handles national promotion and sponsorship for Sentinel Storage. “It’s a great way to prepare for listing a home by decluttering and staging the residence. When you’re ready to move, it’s so much easier, as all those boxes are already packed and ready to move to your next home.”

While a move can seem overwhelming, companies like Sentinel Storage ease the strain with a full-service approach. In addition to storage rental, they sell boxes and moving supplies, provide free move-in vans (based on availability) and offer advice to guide you through the process from start to finish.

“Putting things in storage lets your REALTOR® stage the home more effectively, which gets you a better sale price in the end,” said Blackmore. “If you have a delayed closing at your new home and need temporary housing, it becomes less of a chore when many of your belongings are safely stored away.”

Should your new home require some improvements, self storage again comes in handy, as contractors can move freely and complete your project quickly, while keeping your belongings away from the construction dust and movement.

“PEOPLE ARE REALLY SEEKING FOUR THINGS WHEN IT COMES TO SELF STORAGE: CONVENIENCE, SAFETY, SECURITY AND SIMPLICITY.” – CELESTE BLACKMORE, SENTINEL STORAGE

Unsurprisingly, the items stored vary as much as the people who store them. Some are personal items, such as skis, bikes or family heirlooms. Sales reps store products and samples, while tradespeople often store their equipment and supplies.

To make the most of your storage experience, Blackmore advises making use of the whole space. Customers are often surprised how much will fit when they stack their boxes from floor to ceiling. Items with common-sized boxes maximize the volume of the storage space as well.

“Our staff is well trained to guide you and work through those checklists,” she said. “Prior to moving, you might forget to cover your mattress to protect it, but we are here to remind you and conveniently offer these moving supplies for sale.”

As the need for this type of guidance grows, so does the self-storage industry. Sentinel Storage, for example, now has 15 Calgary and area locations and almost 200 nationwide.

“People are really seeking four things when it comes to self storage: convenience, safety, security and simplicity,” said Blackmore. “They want to know that their treasured belongings and possessions are safely stored, and that some of that moving anxiety will be relieved. Self storage can offer all of that and more.”

credit – Creb Now published by Geoff Geddes April 12/2019

Spring Time and Your Air Conditioning Maintenance

Spring Time and Your Air Conditioning Maintenance

Spring is here and summer is right around the corner! When you’re spring cleaning, don’t forget to add cleaning your Air Conditioning System (Central Air) to your to do list. While inspecting sometimes I see this neglected.

Some quick tips for you “do it yourself”ers:

– Replace your filters

– Spray out your condenser coils and fins using a garden hose but be careful not to damage the fins. (Always disconnect your power first)

– If your fins are bent, you are able to purchase fin combs though a local distributor to straighten them out. Bent combs will affect the efficiency of your unit and can cause the unit to become unoperational.

– If you suspect Freon issues, contact an HVAC professional. It’s important to ensure no harmful gases are leaked into the atmosphere

– If you don’t have time or patience, call a professional HVAC technician

 

On The Fence. What You Need To Know Before You Wall In Your Property

On The Fence. What You Need To Know Before You Wall In Your Property

 

As spring starts to arrive in Calgary, homeowners might be looking ahead to the warmer months and the possibilities for home improvement or building something new on their property.

Many of the most popular projects involve fences, whether building new or breathing life into an old one. However, fence building can be fraught with frustrations: Who is responsible for fence construction between two properties? What are the costs? What should it be made of?

Here are some key considerations to think about before beginning any fence project, big or small.

Materials
Hardware stores like Home Depot and Rona sell fencing packages that are pre-configured and help reduce costs. Deciding which materials to use can be difficult, but the main options are cedar, wrought iron, vinyl and aluminum. Regardless of the material, fences need to be maintained over each season to extend their life.

“Treated cedar is usually the most cost effective and will last between 10 and 15 years if properly cared for,” said Ray Vodden, a sales specialist at Rona in Calgary.

“SIGHT LINES FOR VEHICLES AND PEDESTRIANS ARE A SAFETY CONCERN AND FENCES CANNOT INHIBIT THE VIEW.” – LEANNA MCMILLAN, CITY OF CALGARY MEDIA RELATIONS

Cost
Fencing costs will largely depending on the materials used in construction and the area being fenced in. For eight linear feet of standard brown treated cedar, which is one of the most common in Calgary, the cost would be $150 plus a gate package at $200. Multiplying this by the number of feet on your property should provide a fair approximation of total cost.

Choosing another building material might lower your costs, but the resulting fence could be less than ideal for cold weather. “With vinyl and aluminum … You have the problem with hot to cold, so it’s not designed to go between those temperatures,” said Vodden. “Aluminum will discolour over time as well.”

Permits and bylaw
There are several bylaw considerations that need to be respected when planning a new fence. According to the City of Calgary, fence heights should be two metres for the backyard, 1.5 metres in the front and gates should be no more than 2.5 metres. Posts must be dug four feet deep in order to avoid frost damage.

Calgarians can always call 311 with specific questions or to deal with any issues that appear.

Common issues
Disputes between neighbours over fences are a matter for civil courts and not under the purview of the City of Calgary. However, there are other issues where the City may be forced to intervene.

“One consideration that often surprises homeowners on corner lots is the corner visibility triangle,” said Leanna McMillan, a media relations contact with the City of Calgary. “Sight lines for vehicles and pedestrians are a safety concern and fences cannot inhibit the view.”

 

Credit of Article – CREB Now Stefan Stangman Published Apr 5,2019

Weekly Calgary Real Estate Update April 15/2019

Weekly Calgary Real Estate Update April 15/2019

7717 homes for sale in metro Calgary (up 177)

1358 homes sold in the last 30 days (up 38)

5.68 months worth of inventory (down 0.03)

17.60% of the homes statistically to sell in the next 30 days (up 0.09%)

Market Conditions: Buyers

Average List Price: $476,019 (down $9,173)

Average Sale Price: $459,174 (down $8,595)

Average days on market: 58 (down 3)

Average list to sale price ratio : 96.52% (up 0.03%)

*Numbers in the brackets are a comparison from last week’s stats. Ideally, we want the number of homes selling in the last 30 days to increase weekly, the months of inventory to decrease (meaning demand is matching inventory) and the % of homes to sell in the next 30 days to increase

 

 

Weekly Calgary Real Estate Update April 8/2019

Weekly Calgary Real Estate Update April 8/2019

7540 homes for sale in metro Calgary (up 332)

1320 homes sold in the last 30 days (up 40)

5.71 months worth of inventory (up 0.08)

17.51% of the homes statistically to sell in the next 30 days (down 0.25%)

Market Conditions: Buyers

Average List Price: $485,192 (up $123)

Average Sale Price: $467,769 (up $516)

Average days on market: 61 (down 1)

Average list to sale price ratio : 96.49% (up 0.04%)

*Numbers in the brackets are a comparison from last week’s stats. Ideally, we want the number of homes selling in the last 30 days to increase weekly, the months of inventory to decrease (meaning demand is matching inventory) and the % of homes to sell in the next 30 days to increase

 

The New Budget and You – Barb Eglauer one of our Preferred Service Provider

The New Budget and You

 

If you’re a first-time homebuyer, the recent federal budget announcement may help you get into your first home.

The Federal government introduced two measures in their recent budget to address first time home buyers and affordability — A withdrawal increase to the RRSP Home Buyer’s Plan and a new Shared Equity mortgage program.

These measures are aimed at helping first-time homebuyers like millennials and new Canadians break into a housing market. The Shared Equity program, with its interest-free loan program may help earners most affected by the stress test.

Here are the two announcements:

Home Buyer’s Plan Withdrawal Increase. First time home buyers can now withdraw up to $35,000 from their RRSP, tax free, up from $25,000, for a down payment. If you have a co-borrower, that total could be up to $70,000.

First Time Home Buyer Incentive. Billed as a “shared equity mortgage”, the government will lend first-time home buyers’ money to buy a home. According to the budget document, this new incentive “enables homebuyers to reduce the amount of money required from an insured mortgage without increasing the amount they must save for a down payment.”

The loans can be worth up to 10% of the purchase price of newly built homes, or 5% of the price of resale homes. The program is available for buyers with household incomes under $120,000 annually, and the loan portion has a cap of four times annual income.

Shared-equity mortgages do not require interest payments or continuing principal repayments, with the loan repaid when the home is sold.

While that might not seem doable for many households, especially in higher-priced markets, the program is aimed at first-time homebuyers who have been shut out of housing by new mortgage stress-test rules.

Mortgage Professionals Canada, the association for mortgage brokers has estimated that the original stress test would compel about 200,000 potential home buyers to change their plans in the first two years of operation. This program may help a number of those people.

Of course, the devil is in the details, which are still being worked out and I will keep you up-to-date on any new information.

If you would like to know more or have any questions, please call me today. (780) 720-5185

Weekly Calgary Real Estate Update April 1/2019

Weekly Calgary Real Estate Update April 1/2019

7208 homes for sale in metro Calgary (down 3)

1280 homes sold in the last 30 days (up 32)

5.63 months worth of inventory (down 0.15)

17.76% of the homes statistically to sell in the next 30 days (up 0.45%)

Market Conditions: Buyers

Average List Price: $485,069 (down $4,725)

Average Sale Price: $467,253 (down $5,037)

Average days on market: 62 (down 2)

Average list to sale price ratio : 96.45% (up 0.02%)

*Numbers in the brackets are a comparison from last week’s stats. Ideally, we want the number of homes selling in the last 30 days to increase weekly, the months of inventory to decrease (meaning demand is matching inventory) and the % of homes to sell in the next 30 days to increase

 

Weekly Calgary Real Estate Update March 25/2019

Weekly Calgary Real Estate Update March 25/2019

7211 homes for sale in metro Calgary (up 199)

1248 homes sold in the last 30 days (up 107)

5.78 months worth of inventory (down 0.37)

17.31% of the homes statistically to sell in the next 30 days (up 1.04%)

Market Conditions: Buyers

Average List Price: $489,794 (down $1,998)

Average Sale Price: $472,290 (down $1,977)

Average days on market: 64 (down 1)

Average list to sale price ratio : 96.43% (up 0.05%)

*Numbers in the brackets are a comparison from last week’s stats. Ideally, we want the number of homes selling in the last 30 days to increase weekly, the months of inventory to decrease (meaning demand is matching inventory) and the % of homes to sell in the next 30 days to increase

 

Weekly Calgary Real Estate Update March 18/2019

Weekly Calgary Real Estate Update March 18/2019

7012 homes for sale in metro Calgary (up 185)

1141 homes sold in the last 30 days (up 51)

6.15 months worth of inventory (down 0.11)

16.27% of the homes statistically to sell in the next 30 days (up 0.30%)

Market Conditions: Buyers

Average List Price: $491,792 (up $9,405)

Average Sale Price: $474,267 (up $8,354)

Average days on market: 65 (same)

Average list to sale price ratio : 96.38% (down 0.01%)

*Numbers in the brackets are a comparison from last week’s stats. Ideally, we want the number of homes selling in the last 30 days to increase weekly, the months of inventory to decrease (meaning demand is matching inventory) and the % of homes to sell in the next 30 days to increase.