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Check it out! I have listed a new property at 12107 136 AVE in EDMONTON.
Located in quiet residential area, this family bungalow has so much to offer. Huge living room will WOW you with wood burning fireplace, stone feature wall & hardwood under the carpet. Den has large window & shelving, perfect for your home office. This room can be converted back to another bedroom. Galley kitchen features cabinetry w/glass doors & gas stove with overhead micro broiler oven. Brightly lite, dining area has double door to back deck featuring overhead terrace. Master bedroom w/newer window & is good size for most bedroom sets. Downstairs family room is very retro w/dry bar, electric fireplace & is tastefully decorated typical of basement development era. Plenty of storage in laundry area & has newer HWT. Some upgrades are vinyl siding, soffit & shaker style shingles. Private back yard w/garage, concrete pad, gas lamp & mature trees. Close to Kensington Park, huge playground, schools & shopping. With quick possession & fantastic location, this home should be number one on your must see list! Call Mike at 780-242-5229 or email me to schedule a private showing.
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(BPT) - Flipping through the television channels, it's hard not to find a home improvement show about remodeling and do-it-yourself (DIY) projects. From "Property Brothers" to "Design Star," these popular programs give homeowners ideas on how to modernize their spaces. If you're planning your own DIY projects, here are three areas of the home that will give you the most bang for your buck when it comes to a makeover.

First stop: the bathroom

Bathroom remodels are the most popular remodeling projects because they have a high return on investment, according to the National Association of Home Builders. When you're ready to sell your house, renovating the bathroom typically has a return of 62 percent. A low-cost way to modernize the bathroom is installing new faucets. With signature styling featuring cylindrical, geometric shapes and distinct 90-degree angles, the new Moen Arris collection is an ideal choice for an iconic, modern update. Sleek, contemporary pieces like the new Arris faucet can add instant luxury.

Another idea for modernizing the bathroom is to add additional light sources. Bringing in more light will open up the space and make your bathroom come to life. The bathroom is often a place to unwind, and adding the right lighting can set the tone for a spa-like atmosphere. One way to do this, without breaking your budget, is by simply replacing the light fixtures. Add a modern touch to your bath with dramatic choices like chandeliers and sconces.

Second stop: the living room

Modern design doesn't have to mean uncomfortable. Homeowners love modern interiors for the sleek and streamlined look, which leads to less clutter and visual stress. Expand the modern theme throughout the home by updating furniture with unfussy and relaxed pieces. You don't need to buy everything new. Fabric covers, in an array of prints and colors, can instantly bring new life to old furniture. For pieces that need to be replaced, consider purchasing solid and neutral furniture. As trends change, you can switch out pillows and blankets to stay up-to-date.

Keep neutrals in mind when selecting paint colors, as well. White, black, brown and gray will go with just about anything. For a pop of color, paint an accent wall with a bold color, or add extra personality with drapery or area rugs. Use lamps, paintings and accessories to give a personal touch throughout the rest of your living space.

Final stop: the kitchen

Opening up shelving is a way to put a fresh, modern spin on your existing kitchen layout. You can order new cabinets with glass panels or simply remove the doors from your existing ones. Just make sure the exposed areas are not cluttered. Open shelving is a perfect place to display dishes. For a crisp look, try stacks of white plates and bowls. If you're looking for an edgy feel, try patterned or bright-colored ones. Adding new hardware to cabinets is also an inexpensive way to improve the look of your kitchen.

Since faucets are the most-used item in the kitchen, a new model can make a big impression. Swap out your old one for the new Align suite from Moen. Align faucets feature high-arc spouts and a geometric handle, emphasizing the simplicity and elegance of the design. To complement your new faucet, look to update your counters as well. Granite remains a popular choice because of its high style and durability.

Integrating technology into home design

It's not just about making your life easier, technology can also aesthetically enhance your living space with modern touches. Mirror technology allows homeowners to disguise the TV when it isn't in use. Available for all TV models, it will look like a mirror is in the room until the unit is turned on. The iCon Bed from Hollandia features a headboard equipped with speakers, an amplifier and docking stations for two iPads. The NestLearning Thermostat shares the same designer as the iPod, and automatically creates a temperature-control schedule personalized around your lifestyle; while also saving energy.

For more information about Moen products, visit moen.com or call 800-BUY-MOEN (800-289-6636).

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The Romans are on the march in home decor.

There was a time when one would confine roman shades to the important rooms of the house - the dining room and the master bedroom, perhaps. But that's all changing as the traditional roman shade - hobbled - is joined by the modern flat version with its well-tailored look. Now, you can indulge in roman shades in any room in the house, choosing from an exciting and growing range of fabrics to carry your room style though to the windows.
 

"I felt like a kid in a candy store when I opened our new sample book," says Mary Dobson, spokesperson for Levolor Window Fashions in Canada and also a guest expert on CityLine. "There is so much to choose from, and it's all beautiful. The stripes in particular set my imagination reeling with the possibilities."
 

In the past, when creating a traditional roman shade you required traditional sewing skills. But Mike Muyal, director of marketing for Levolor, assures that this is no longer the case. "Levolor has always offered a custom shade making service, and it applies to all the types of shades we offer, including Romans," he explains.

"Homeowners can select their preferred combination of face and lining fabric, hobbled or flat style, cordless or standard operation, and many other details of trim and installation, and have the finished shade delivered to their home. It's a popular service that is helping to bring the well-tailored look of Romans to windows throughout the home."
 

Although it is possible to review new products and colors and options on line, Mary Dobson strongly recommends working through an independent retailer, or selected home-improvement retailers, whose experienced decorators will help ensure a perfect fit and hassle-free installation.



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Check it out! I have listed a new property at 9713 88 ST in MORINVILLE.
Still looking in Morinville? Located on a quiet street, this immaculate 3 bedroom bilevel offers an ideal floor plan for a growing family. Living room features hardwood flooring, cozy gas fireplace with above TV niche, vaulted ceiling and large window for plenty of natural light. Beautiful kitchen has maple cabinetry, loads of counter space and double door pantry. Nestled in the back, master bedroom has full 4 piece ensuite & large walkin closet. Other 2 bedrooms are also a good size. Downstairs is ready for your personal touch with partially framed basement. Sufficient space to add more bedrooms, a family room plus roughed in for another full bathroom. Garage is fully insulated with 45,000 BTU hanging heater, extra overhead lighting & shelving and has it's own 60 amp panel with multiple 230 & 110 VAC plugs. Out back has a fenced backyard, raised 10'x14' deck with BBQ gas line and maintenance free garden shed. Located in an excellent neighbourhood, this well cared home shows great and is priced perfect. Call Mike at 780-242-5229 or email me to set up a private showing.
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Edmonton Home Police RAID

Drug cartel? Money laundering? Terrorist activities? Maybe this is why I must fill out the FINTRAC document. This could happen if you don't use a REALTOR® to find you an Edmonton home Wink



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(BPT) - "The bathroom sink drain is clogged!"

Those words strike fear and loathing into a homeowner's heart. Nothing can ruin a pleasant day faster than the thought of shutting down a crucial room in your home until the plumber arrives. But it's a fact of home-owning life: At some point, the drains in your home will become clogged. The question is, will you be caught by surprise, or be prepared and possibly avoid the problem altogether?

A little preventive maintenance now can go a long way when it comes to drain-related problems. Plan ahead, and you'll avoid the all-too-common clogged drain frustrations: an out-of-order bathroom, waiting for the plumber, a bathroom floor covered in water, etc. Believe it or not, all these nightmares can be prevented with a little planning.

What's the key to preventing a clogged drain? Choosing the best preventative products that allow you to live your life while minimizing those pesky drain issues for you. Choose wisely, and these products will save you from frustration, save you money and save you valuable time. Choose wisely, create a bathroom with a difference, and enjoy a carefree, clog-free life.

Here are few easy ways to avoid clogged drains:

For the kitchen disposal, you can run hot or cold water through the drain. Cold water run liberally through the sink will loosen stuck items, while hot water will help get rid of food residue. Instead of pouring hot grease down the kitchen drain, pour it into another container and then throw it away. Don't forget to clean the drain pieces regularly to keep them in good working order. If long hair or pet hair is a problem, consider strainers over every drain in the house.

While many companies offer drain-clearing products, we recently came across one with a completely different approach to addressing the issue. PF Waterworks focuses on eliminating the problem with a line of clog-prevention products that reduce the build-up of clogs and the need for drain cleaning products, thereby reducing frustration and saving time and money for the homeowners. For more information, visit www.pfwaterworks.com.

PF Waterworks will be introducing a new product: the FlushSAVER Dual Flush Converter reduces water usage by 30 percent or more, even in already low-flow toilets. A unique patented design converts single-flush toilets to dual-flush with easy installation, no tank removal and no tools required. The FlushSAVER could save up to 15,000 gallons of water per year for a family of four.

You can free yourself from the frustration of clogged drain hassles, expensive plumber visits and schedule-shattering plumbing issues by choosing and installing safe, effective products designed to keep money in your pocket, minimize household downtime and make your life much, much easier.

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(BPT) - Is your outdoor patio or deck looking a bit dated and dingy? Does it reflect your home's personality? Whether you're planning to host outdoor festivities with friends and family or just grilling up gourmet creations, a few changes can really liven up your outdoor space and add value to your home. Follow these simple steps for an updated look that will create a more enjoyable area.

Clear it off

The first step when updating any patio or deck is to remove all items from the area; this includes furniture, planters and even the weathered layer of grime that sits atop the wood. Use a power washer to really remove any mildew and debris. By starting with a clean surface, you'll be able to see the current state of the wood. If the stain is faded or wearing away, consider re-staining it. Wood exposed to the outdoor elements should be coated with an oil-based finish, never a latex or acrylic paint. Paint is more susceptible to weathering, fading and flaking. Oil-based stains soak into the wood and result in better and longer-lasting results.

Purdy mini-rollers are the perfect size for applying stain to railings, spindles and any other small areas of the deck. The covers are available in 4 1/2- and 6 1/2-inch lengths and come in all fabric types, including fabric that works well with oil-based finishes. If your deck is currently painted, be sure to scrape away any flaking areas from the deck flooring, the steps and handrails. A Purdy scraper is a great tool for removing peeling or flaking coatings. If the entire deck is painted, consider stripping with chemicals or power sanding, and then applying a high-quality stain.

Dress it up and add some color

Is your existing outdoor furniture looking a bit drab? Repaint it and dress it up with outdoor pillows and cushions. Change up the layout of the furniture for another fresh look. By moving furniture into a more square or circular shape, you'll increase conversations. If a focal point exists, such as a fire pit or great view, arrange furniture to face that. For a more embellished look to your railings, replace existing spindles and ball tops with more decorative ones. Repaint planter boxes and add in colorful accessories such as rugs, lawn ornaments and small plants. Flowers, herbs and many vegetables can be grown in planters, boxes and any other small space.

Lighten up your space

Many outdoor gatherings can carry on past sunset, so lighting your deck area is important. There are hundreds of options available to lighten up any outdoor area. You can create whatever atmosphere you prefer. Solar lamps are a smart, energy-efficient way to light the walk and seating areas, while Chinese lanterns hanging in the trees create a fun, party feel.

Lights lining railing walkways will direct attendees to and from the gathering areas safely, and an enclosed bonfire pit or portable fireplace is a great way to gather people for post-dinner carousing. Sufficient lighting will encourage guests to stay past dark and allow everyone to enjoy a warm evening.

By following these simple steps, you'll be spending more time outdoors and have a fresh space to enjoy with family and friends.

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(NC) A growing number of harmful counterfeit electrical products in Canada are raising concerns about consumer safety. These products by-pass the quality controls that ensure relevant safety standards are met to protect against electrical shock and fire hazards. The number of harmful counterfeit electrical products represented 12% of products seized last year. These can include electrical appliances, electronics and cables, chargers and adapters, extension cords and powerbars, lamps and ballasts, smoke detectors, and electrical components like circuit breakers, fuses, receptacles, ground fault circuit interrupters and conduit fittings. Using counterfeit electrical components for home renovations can be especially dangerous. If installed in a home's electrical system, these can advance electrical fire concerns from potential short circuits and overheating.

Follow these basic steps to beware and to buy safe:

  • Probe: Research electrical products to confirm there are no published recalls.
  • Place: Buy from established retailers or vendors, and use extra caution when buying second hand or on-line.
  • Product: Know the manufacturer or brand, and ensure the product quality and appearance are satisfactory.
  • Package: Look for a certification mark on the packaging, and ensure that manufacturer and product information is free of spelling and grammatical errors.
  • Price: If it is too good to be true, it probably is.

If you have safety concerns regarding an electrical product that you believe is unsafe stop using it and contact the manufacturer or retailer where you purchased the product, or Health Canada's Consumer Product Safety Division.

The Electrical Safety Foundation International Canada encourages you to share these consumer safety steps to protect family, friends and neighbours. More information can be found online at www.esfi.ca.



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Yahoo! I just sold a property at 9843 87 ST in MORINVILLE.
This elegant bi-level greets you with it's open designed concept as you step inside to the spacious foyer. This bright four bedroom home features a 4 pc. ensuite in master bedroom, vaulted ceilings, modern kitchen with island and walk in pantry, hardwood floors, contemporary light fixtures and plenty of nooks throughout to display your collectibles. Downstairs offers a fully finished basement with a second family room, recreation/games room, large laundry room and the 4th bedroom. Outside this beautiful home features a large covered back deck, a very large low maintenance back yard (plenty of room to build a garage) with a fire pit and a storage shed to store all of your gardening tools. Check out the virtual tour here. Call Mike at 780-242-5229 or email me to set up a private showing.
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(NC)-Custom renovations are often a great way to put your family's personal stamp on a home. However, you may want to reconsider if you plan on installing something as unique as an indoor waterslide.
 

"There is nothing wrong with transforming your home to reflect your family's style," says Carlo Racioppo, a broker with Royal LePage. "But whether your plan is to stay or sell in the future it is important to keep in mind that customizations do not always have a positive effect on the value of your home."
 

Racioppo recommends the following five tips to consider when customizing your home.
 

• Avoid extravagant personal touches. Before choosing to install built-in aquariums, bold wallpaper patterns or green marble countertops, remember that over-the-top personal touches can potentially decrease the value of your home.
 

• Stay away from outdoor spaces that are not climate appropriate. In Canada the majority of us can only utilize our backyards for half the year. Additions like outdoor kitchens or tennis courts might be something to reconsider.
 

• Beware of changing a room's function. Sometimes the easiest way to decrease the value of a home is to decrease the number of bedrooms. Consider how difficult it may be for future homeowners if you plan on changing a bedroom into a theatre room or home office.
 

• Reconsider the thought of having a pool. If having a pool will please your entire family, then by all means get one. But bear in mind a pool will never add monetary value to your home. Pools require maintenance and can be a safety concern for small children. These are issues homebuyers may not want to deal with.
 

• Think twice about turning your garage into a "man cave." There is no harm in turning your garage into an entertainment den but if you ever plan on moving, keep in mind the majority of potential buyers may prefer a useful garage.
 

More information about home renovations is available online at www.royallepage.ca.



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