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The Cam Family
I would like to recommend Audrey and Mike to any prospective buyers and sellers. As a team, they were always on hand to guide us through the sale of our home. We had a short time line, before our big move to Germany and therefore, we were extremely motivated as the house had to sell before we left the country. They insured that we were always kept informed on the progress of our sell, even during our...
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Richard and Julie C.
Just wanted to say thank-you for all your hard work, in helping us sell our home.Your advice and direction made it all a breeze. Thank-you for the referral for a real estate agent in NB. She was awesome. If we ever have to move back to Alberta we will be sure to give you a call. Thank-you again.
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Power Tool Shopping for the Edmonton Man Who Has It All

Edmonton home owner working some yard tools for his home picture

Every year, women spend countless hours trying to come up with creative gift ideas for their fathers, husbands, and brothers, but it is always the same story – Edmonton men are hard to buy for. Surprise.....we are not! Here's a little tip to help you with your shopping: Studies show that after personal responsibilities like car payments, repairs and gas, guys spend most of their dough on clothes, eating out, electronics and booze. What's missing from this list is the ultimate guy present – power tools!
 

Husqvarna Canada, reported to be the world's largest producer of outdoor power products, helps rev up your gift-giving this year with a list of the most in-demand power products for your man (Woot!):
 

  • Leaf blowers: Truly the tool for the man who has it all, we are not talking about your father's leaf blower. Modern varieties are ergonomically designed with lots of power for clearing leaves and debris. Plus, some double as a vacuum for lawn and garden.
  • Chainsaws: Millions of chainsaws are sold every year and millions of men drool (we do!) over those millions of chainsaws every year. It doesn't matter if he lives in a condo. He will be the envy of his neighbors, his friends, his brothers, his co-workers. Just get him one!
  • Snowblowers: Shoveling snow results in hundreds of thousands of injuries each year, and a snowblower might be just the answer (yes!). Plus, pretty soon he'll be competing with the neighbors to see who gets to plow the little old lady's driveway down the street.
  • Trimmers: Most homeowners have a trimmer for those hard-to-reach spots and for finishing touches, but it is amazing the difference quality makes. When purchasing a trimmer, look for something that's light and comfortable, easy-to-start, and high-powered with rapid acceleration.
  • Lawnmowers: Many mowers are hand-me-downs, but at some point, it's time to invest in the real deal. Whether that's an eco-friendly manual, a tailor-made push mower, or the big kahuna – a rider – new models are better for your lawn and gentler on the environment.  

If you got anymore manly power tools for Edmonton home owners, let me know thru my contact page.

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Underground Irrigation for Beautiful Edmonton Gardens

Edmonton irrigarion for beautiful lawns inmage

An Edmonton garden is a glorious thing. Regimented flower beds, perfect lawns, riots of color, scent and shape. So why spoil it with trailing hosepipes, unsightly watering cans or even lengths of visible irrigation piping? Underground irrigation is simple, effective and affordable – the perfect way to ensure every plant in the garden receives all the water it needs, without marring the look of the place.

Underground irrigation is exactly what it sounds like: a network of tubes and feeders running under the soil, which carry water to all the right places. The tubes in an underground irrigation network rise to the surface at predetermined points, where they eject water through nozzles, spray heads or pop up sprinklers: which not only hides the workings of the garden's watering system, but also enables the gardener to pinpoint exactly where water is needed and deliver it efficiently, without spilling a single drop. Excellent!

The true beauty of underground irrigation lies in this two-fold use. No-one likes to see a beautiful place covered in hosepipe and drag marks – and no-one, in our resource-impoverished world, wants to waste water. By tracking water exactly to where it is needed, underground irrigation can save up to 80% of the water a person would need to use when watering the garden using hosepipes and watering cans: and by being hidden, underground irrigation ensures that nothing upsets the layout and design of a domestic outdoor space.

Underground irrigation is as flexible as it needs to be. The network of piping used in underground irrigation can be added to at will, which means that any underground irrigation system can start simple and develop in perfect step with the garden it has been installed to water. Controlling an underground irrigation system is equally easy: the watering nozzles and pop-up spray heads are driven by water pressure, so there are no power issues. In the simplest form of underground irrigation a gardener just turns on a tap and watches the water pop out at all the stations along the chain.

Gardeners who require more control in their underground irrigation systems can add electronics – a range of keypads and control centers can be bought, which allow underground irrigation systems to deliver different amounts and rates of water at different times of day or year. In this model, underground irrigation systems can be sectioned into programmable areas, whereby differing amounts of water or types of delivery are activated at nominated times of day and night.

Underground irrigation offers a perfect combination of invisibility and control, suitable for any garden. And with its water-saving capabilities way beyond any other method of garden feeding, it's an ideally sustainable way of keeping domestic outdoor spaces blooming.

Just want to add, don't forget to clear any water in your lines when preparing your house for our Edmonton winters. This will save you grief for the next spring.

If you have anymore tips for underground irrigation for your Edmonton home, please get a hold of me thru my contact page.

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Tried Light Blocking Curtains in Your Edmonton Home?

Light blocking curtains for your Edmonton home image

In your Edmonton home, light blocking curtains, sometimes known as blackout curtains or lined blackout curtains, can be a very appealing and functional interior design touch. Once you understand the main elements involved in choosing your light blocking curtains, you'll be able to successfully install and utilize them to maximum effectiveness. With our almost 20 hours of Edmonton summer daylight, you may learn a few tips.

 

  • Take Measurements: Blackout curtains, drapes or blackout window curtains come from the factory in many different sizes, shapes and styles. Since the main purpose of these curtains is to perform the function of blocking out daylight, it's essential to take accurate measurements around all of the windows and glass doors in which you intend to hang them. You need to always measure a little wider and lower so that the drapes extend past the corners, bottoms, and sides of the glass where all possible outdoor light can come in.
  • Are they Dark Enough?: Blackout curtains come in several colors. But they're all usually dark enough to serve the purpose of blocking the light out of your home, apartment or condominium. If you're buying them because you want to be able to sleep comfortably during the day when the sun's bright, then you should carefully choose the darkest color you can find, as this will successfully block out more sunlight than lighter versions. But if all you want to do is block out the often blinding glare of the sun that's coming into your living room, you can go with a lighter color to match your interior decor.
  • Materials and Textures: Many of these lined blackout curtains are made of heavy-duty thermal material since thermal textures are more efficient at blocking out the strong, harsh rays of the sun. You have to understand that when this type of material gets dirty from dust and other airborne pollutants, you'll have to eventually clean them. This will often mean removing them and taking them over to the dry cleaner, as household steam cleaners usually aren't effective enough for a thorough cleaning and a full disinfecting procedure. But the many benefits of these heavy, rugged textures also include keeping out the intense heat of the sun in summer time, saving on your air conditioning energy consumption costs, and helping prevent the sun from color fading of your carpets and furniture, especially the leather, velour and suede variety.
  • Price: You can find these blackout curtains selling for a wide variety of prices depending on which brand you buy and from which online or physical retail location you choose to purchase at. Wider, longer and heavier ones will always cost more. So will ones with custom designs and weaved patterns on them. These are the upscale, high end brands. Many homeowners are content to buy the least expensive, simplest designs and just color coordinate the curtains with their carpet, hardwood floors, wall coverings, and sofas. Well priced light blocking curtains are also going to be incredibly durable. They won't fade due to the strong sun hitting into them all day long, so they make an excellent household investment.
  • Versatility: Because light blocking curtains can be used in so many home window applications, they have become very popular over the years since they first came out. Blackout window curtains can be used instead of ordinary blinds to block out much more sunlight. They're certainly ten times better than even the darkest standard curtains. And these light blocking curtains can be installed over either windows that rise vertically or over ones that roll inward towards the room. They can also be used on sliding glass doors that lead to patios, porches and decks.

If you have more ideas about light blocking curtains for your Edmonton home, please let me know thru my contact page.

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I just sold a property at 11019 137 AVE in EDMONTON.
This is positively an affordable home for a growing family. With plenty of upgrades, this 3 bedroom, 2 full bath bungalow has so much to offer. Main floor living room offers laminate flooring & large picture window. Generous sized eat-in kitchen features newer cabinetry, beautiful back splash, under the cabinet lighting & ceramic tile floor featuring decorate mosaic centre piece. Fully finished downstairs offers 3 piece bathroom, family room with cozy wood burning fireplace & wet bar. Second family room can be converted into fourth bedroom or kids playroom. Off the utility room is an established cold room perfect for extra food & preserves storage. Other features are updated main bath, new carpet in all bedrooms, newer interior doors, all newer main floor windows & central air conditioner. Fenced back yard has huge deck, clothesline, double car garage with new automatic door opener & garden shed. Close to shopping, public transit & major through ways, this is a great place for a family to call home. Check out the virtual tour here. Call Mike at 780-242-5229 or email me to get exact address and set up a private showing.
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Uses of Wall Tiles in Your Edmonton Home's Bathroom

Edmonton bathroom & kitchen tiles in your house imageWall tiles have always been popular because of the huge range of styles and colors available and the fact that they have so many uses. Think of wall tiles in the home and a lot of people will instant think of the bathroom, but that isn't the only room in your home where they can be used and will look great.

Obviously the bathroom is the most popular room in the home for wall tiles because not only do they look great but they are also impenetrable to water, meaning that they can be used in showers and on the wall between the top of your bath tub and the ceiling to provide a waterproof barrier. They can also be used as a splash-back behind wash basins as this area can often get wet and wall tiles are better for dealing with this than painted walls, even if bathroom specific paint has been used. As these three areas are usually covered with wall tiles in a lot of homes, people decorating will often tile all remaining walls in a bathroom to give continuity and also because wall tiles are so easy to clean, are hard wearing and long lasting.

Showers have become increasingly popular in modern Edmonton homes over the past 20 to 30 years, with more and more people seeing them as a quick and convenient alternative to a bath. A lot of these homes now have a shower that is combined with the bath tub as this is cheaper than having a separate shower cubicle installed. It is also a space saver in a room which is normally the smallest room in the house. If you have a shower in your bathroom then it is essential that you completely waterproof the area that will be in contact with water. Failing to do this can have disastrous consequences. Flooding into downstairs rooms is common in Edmonton homes where bathrooms haven't been properly insulated and leaks can also affect wooden joists causing them to rot and making the structure of your home unsafe. Ceramic wall tiles combined with waterproof grout and waterproof sealant specifically made for baths and showers is the most cost effective way of making this area completely waterproof.

If you have anymore Edmonton bathroom tile ideas, please share them here or let me know thru my contact page.

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Better Insulation Delivers More Solace-and Silence-in Your Edmonton Home

Edmonton home owner enjoying solace in her energy efficent home image

As the daily grind gets busier, many of us yearn for a space where we can rest and relax without interruption. Yet, with the neighbor's lawnmower buzzing, aircraft flying overhead, cars and trucks whooshing past plus other noises, it can be increasingly hard to find a quiet place to chill out from the hustle and bustle of life.

Have you looked at the effective ways to soundproof your home?

Heavy soundproofing drapes and double-glazed windows are a good start to minimizing external noises, but they are often only effective for certain rooms. A far more versatile option that will noticeably minimize unwanted noise is the handy and increasingly popular spray foam insulation.

Applied throughout a home's wall and ceiling cavities, spray foam insulation (like that available from Icynene) addresses common airborne and flanking noises in places such as home theaters, workshops, garages and even from outside. The whole house can benefit with its sound dampening qualities and it works in harmony with other sound dampening materials such as double-glazed windows.

Spray foam insulation seals gaps and holes through which airborne sound moves within a home, adding value and comfort to create a quiet, peaceful environment.

 

If you are interested in having an Energy Audit conducted, please call me direct 780-242-5229 or thru my contact page.



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