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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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Yahoo! I just sold a property at 26 171 BRINTNELL BLVD in Edmonton.
Welcome to Brintnell Landing. As you enter the home, you are greeted by the large foyer and ceramic tile flooring flowing thru to the kitchen, convenient 2 piece washroom & garage access. Maple kitchen has pantry, tile back splash, floor sweep and stainless steel appliances including self cleaning oven. Off the kitchen, enjoy commanding view from east facing balcony. Cozy living room features stone facing natural gas fireplace. Upstairs is 2 huge bedrooms with large windows, each with walk-in closets. Jack and Jill shared bathroom and office/computer nook finish this level. Ready for your personal touch, the walk-out basement has 2 large windows, roughed-in plumbing, lowered heat registers, central vacuum. Central air conditioned completes this home. Sliding door to walkout patio area with beautifully landscaped common areas. Complex is located across from a park and near Brintnell Lake walking paths. With quick possession, close to public transit & shopping, this home shows great and is priced right! Call Mike at 780-242-5229 or email me to view this home
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Do you feel that? There's that recognizable chill in the air. Fall's back with its shorter days and changing leaves. It's time again to shut down the cottage for the winter.

You spend so much time and money on your family cottage, that it only makes sense to do all you can to protect it. By being as thorough as possible, you'll not only keep out the weather and little critters, but according Desjardins General Insurance, you'll also keep your property insurance costs down by reducing the chance of damage over the winter and any resulting claims.

Keep in mind that on average closing your cottage can take up to four weekends. Aim to be finished by the Thanksgiving weekend because the cold and frost tends to arrive earlier in cottage country. Here's a brief check list to help you stay organized:

• Take a good look around your entire property. Identify anything that may need an emergency repair before you close for the season and make sure there's time to get it done. A good example is roof repairs because snow and ice over the winter could make the problem much worse.

• Animal and weather proof your place:

Clean out the gutters and the chimney. Before you leave for the season, be sure to cover the chimney to keep out the weather and animals.

Check for and seal any small openings.

Secure and seal all the windows and doors.

• Make your cottage burglar-proof. Ultimately, you want to your place as uninteresting as possible. If you have a gate at the entrance of your driveway, chain it up. Tidy up outside, packing up all outdoor furniture and removing any fire hazards. Inside, close your blinds, curtains and/or shutters.

• Clean out your kitchen and fridge. Canned food can expand and possibly explode over the winter and other food items can attract mice. Leave your cupboards spotless so that you won't come back to any surprises in the spring. If you'd rather not bring it all the way back to the city, consider throwing an end-of-season party for your neighbors or donate it to a local food-bank.

• Turn off the water, electricity and in some cases the natural gas. Be sure to drain the pipes to prevent freezing and cracking. Pouring environmentally friendly non-toxic antifreeze (used in RVs) into your toilets is a good idea if you're unable to drain them completely.

• Last but not least - enjoy the winter!

For more tips on how to save money on your cottage insurance, visit Desjardins General Insurance at www.desjardinsgeneralinsurance.com.

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Your home is your paradise and if you are planning to renovate your home, go for the changes that are not only eye-catching but also comfortable for you and your family. If you are going to change the flooring in your home, here are some tips for flooring the different parts of your house.

Bedroom flooring:

There are plenty options when it comes to flooring in your bedroom. Being the most private and personalized part of your home, your bedroom is the place which grabs a big part of your budget whenever you are remodeling. You can use carpet, tile, hardwood, bamboo, cork or laminate. Play with different materials in different rooms. You can opt for striped light and dark shades in your boy's room so that if your son is going to create mess, which is unavoidable, the flooring can withstand the burden. Also the flooring can bear heavy traffic of the folks coming in the bedroom. For more powerful scratch and water resistant flooring you can choose laminate.

Living room flooring:

It is the most used area and withstands most of the traffic coming in and out of the house. It is highly recommended that the flooring should be strong enough that it can endure all such amendments done with your furniture or to the increasing and decreasing ratio of visitors. For this purpose you can opt for hardwood flooring. Being classy and sophisticated in look it is the perfect choice for your living room whenever you are remodeling your home.

Kitchen flooring:

Design the floor of your kitchen in such a way that it not only looks pretty but also gives a practical impression. You can choose from vinyl, tile, natural stone, wood, cork or laminate. A floor covering that is water resistant and durable such as tile is a best choice to protect against potential water damage. Make sure when you choose your floor to order a little extra of the product in the event that you drop something like a pot on your floor. If the flooring material is damaged, you will be sure to have enough to repair the floor because often floor manufacturers have high turnover of their products to insure a continual buying cycle. Most flooring contractors add 5-10% additional square footage of the flooring product to their purchase order to insure they have enough for the project and to provide the client with a little extra flooring for future use.

by: Builder Brian 
http://www.articlecity.com/articles/home_improvement/article_7342.shtml
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Check it out! I have listed a new property at 302 6315 135 AVE in Edmonton.
At almost 700 sq ft, this luxury 1 bedroom condo in located in Holland Gardens, a highly desirable complex close to Londonderry Mall. Situated on third floor for security, this non-smoking home includes a modern open concept floor plan. Good size kitchen has plenty of cabinets & counters including large working island. Features include large bedroom, insuite laundry with storage room, laminate flooring and a beautiful south facing view from your private balcony of the centre courtyard. No more winter scraping with TWO underground parking stalls, each with their own secured storage cage. Complex offers a complete fitness room plus plenty of visitor parking stalls & on-street parking. Condominium contributions include UNLIMITED ELECTRICITY, HEAT, WATER, lawn care with snow removal and all exterior maintenance. Close to public transit, thorough ways & all shopping. With a quick possession, this home shows great & is priced perfect. Call Mike at 780-242-5229 or email me to view this home
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If you're like many homeowners, you consider the patio an extension of your home. So it's fair to ask: Would you be just as comfortable nestled in with your favorite book or preparing a meal in your outdoor space as you would in your living room or your kitchen? As you contemplate ways to improve your outdoor area, think about projects that can both extend the hours you spend outside and make the time you spend there more relaxing.

Just as technology continues to make life indoors easier, more sophisticated awning systems, heating options and lighting can make your outdoor space that much more pleasant. Here are a few areas to consider as you plot your next round of improvements for your outdoor living space:

* Temperature control: One of the best ways to make your patio pleasant for more of the day - and more of the year - is to add simple temperature control features. If you live in a place where it gets uncomfortably hot during the summer, install misters around your favorite sitting areas to cool things down. Likewise, if you often find yourself heading inside because it gets too chilly in the spring and fall, a few strategically placed overhead heaters can extend your patio season.

* Shade matters: Awnings and umbrellas also play a huge role in regulating the temperature and comfort of your deck or patio. And now, shading options have become more sophisticated and easier to maintain than ever before. You'll never have to worry about damaged awnings on a windy day with a motorized awning system with wind sensors that work together to automatically retract your awnings when winds become too high. Retractable awning systems can also be accessorized with sun sensors that signal motorized awnings to open as soon as the sun rises, keeping your outdoor space cool from the start of the day. If adding a hint of warmth is needed, simply install an awning heater. All of these accessories can be managed by the same remote that controls your motorized awning. With a system like this, you can leave the days of fiddling with fussy patio umbrellas behind.

* An outdoor kitchen: No patio is complete without a grill, but do you find yourself making frequent trips inside for other prep work? Make outdoor cooking easier by adding a prep island that can be placed near your grill. And if you really want to go all out, look for options that feature outdoor sinks or small refrigerators hidden under the countertop.

* Entertainment connectivity: Well-placed speakers can bring the stereo sound of your indoor system out. By upgrading your system so it can be controlled from your wireless device, you can bring the conveniences of your digital music system outdoors and eliminate the need to get up to turn up the volume or flip to the next song.

* Take look at your lighting: High-powered outdoor lights on sensors might be helpful when you're bringing in the groceries at night, but patio entertaining calls for a little more subtlety when it comes to lighting. Consider zero-energy solar-powered fixtures around the perimeter of your patio for a gentle ambiance to light up your evenings. Motorized systems can also be connected to your lighting, allowing you to adjust brightness as needed from the comfort of your patio lounger.

Now is the perfect time to plan for next year's patio season, and with the right improvements, you can make it the most comfortable one yet.
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Yahoo! I just sold a property at 6011 164 AVE in Edmonton.
As you enter this exquisite 5 bedroom, 1600 sq ft family home, you are welcomed by the spacious foyer with ceramic tile and vaulted ceiling. Kitchen has black appliances, attractive ceramic backsplash, natural light solar tube, corner pantry & centre island. Large living room has hardwood flooring, huge bright window, decorative niche, warming gas fireplace & access to south facing deck. Two good size bedrooms and main bathroom complete the main level. Stairs with wrought iron hand railing lead up to master bedroom featuring deep walk-in closet & ensuite bathroom with jetted corner tub. Access fully developed basement conveniently from either front or back staircase. Downstairs is a large family room with 2 more bedrooms, full bathroom & lowered air registers for superior heat & cool air flow for central air conditioner. Fully fenced yard has gate for access to out back walking path. Close to the Anthony-Henday, Military Garrison & all shopping, this is a fantastic home for a large family. Call Mike at 780-242-5229 or email me to view this home
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Yahoo! I just sold a property at 16210 2A ST NE in Edmonton.
Nestled in prestigious community of Quarry Ridge, this executive 5 bedroom family home offers over 3100 sq ft of living space. As you enter this exquisite home, welcomed by spacious foyer with porcelain tile & wrought iron stair rails. Impressive kitchen features stainless steel appliances with side-by-side freezer & fridge, gas stove, raised breakfast bar, solid maple espresso cabinets & back splash matching home's d?cor. Master bedroom graces upper level with vaulted ceiling, study area, full ensuite & deep walkin closet. Downstairs, full family room with fireplace, 2 additional bedrooms, full bathroom & oversized storage room. Entertain family & friends on covered deck while admiring impressive ravine view. Other features are Hunter Douglas blinds, triple paned windows, tankless hot water on demand, central air conditioner, 3 tiered deck & dedicated dog run. Built on half acre lot in quiet cul-de-sac close to Quarry Golf Course, this is an ideal home for professionals needing that home of distinction. Call Mike at 780-242-5229 or email me to view this home
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* Create terrifying tombstones. Set the stage before trick-or-treaters even hit the front door. Use wood, cardboard or thick Styrofoam to create tombstones that you can put in your front yard. After cutting out the desired shape, use a matte gray spray paint to cover the surface, and then use black paint to write creative epitaphs such as "Dare to Disturb" or "Happy Haunting."

* Get creative with pumpkins. Everyone enjoys a good jack-o-lantern, but why not choose to think outside the box when decorating with pumpkins this year? Instead of carving, try spray painting or using your favorite Halloween candy to decorate pumpkins in fun, spooky patterns. Plus, this is a project that even the littlest witch can enjoy.

* Download a haunted playlist. Nothing is quite as spooky as the sound of doors creaking or ghosts shrieking. Put together a haunted playlist that you can listen to while guests arrive, or stick speakers near an open window to entice the nearby trick-or-treaters to stop by for some candy.

* Serve spine-chilling treats. Use your free time on Halloween to make these simple but yummy treats designed to look like spiders. Serve them when guests arrive to kick-off the scary festivities.

Reese's(R) Peanut Butter Pumpkin Spiders

(6 Servings)

Ingredients:

6 Reese's (R) Peanut Butter Pumpkins

1/4 cup Hershey's (R) Milk Chocolate Chips

Large pretzel twists (2 -1/2 to 3 inches)

12 yellow Reese's Pieces (R) Candies

Directions:

Line tray or cookie sheet with wax paper. Remove wrappers from peanut butter pumpkins and place alongside each other on tray leaving 1 inch of space between each peanut butter pumpkin. For each spider, cut 8 matching curved sections from pretzels which will form the legs. Set aside remaining pretzels pieces.

Place milk chocolate chips in small microwave-safe bowl. Microwave at medium 30 seconds; stir. If necessary, microwave at medium an additional 10 seconds at a time, stirring after each heating, until chips are melted and smooth when stirred. Transfer to small heavy duty plastic food storage bag. Cut off one corner of bag about 1/4 inch from the tip.

Attach pretzel legs and yellow candy "eyes" to spider with melted chocolate; place dot of melted chocolate on each eye. Allow chocolate to set before moving spiders.

 
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Have you heard of the window covering device called Panel Track?

It is mounted on or near the window frame for many practical and esthetic reasons. Designed by Levolor Window Fashions, this specialty track gives you a selection of vibrant shades and draperies - and it also filters incoming light. The Panel Track contributes color and texture to the style of the room; panels move smoothly and stack neatly.

"Other window coverings can do this, but only Panel Track can do it on the largest possible scale, covering and uncovering a whole wall of ceiling height windows and walk-outs," says Mary Dobson, spokesperson for Levolor in Canada and also a guest expert on CityLine. I think this option is brilliant for homes with large windows and patio doors. Now I can say it with even greater conviction, because this fall the company is launching an enhanced collection of fabrics that will extend the appeal of Panel Track in open concept homes - and also in condos and lofts, because it functions so well as a room divider."

Dobson points out that the track is modern, sleek, easy to operate, and it reduces light and glare without sacrificing the view. It can be mounted within a window frame, on the wall surrounding the frame, or hung from the ceiling. And combining it with other shades - such as roller shades - couldn't be simpler, because Panel Track shares the same extended range of fabrics as the other window fashions for a totally co-ordinated space.

"We have been seeing a steady increase in the use of soft window treatments, Panel Track included," says Mike Muyal, director of marketing for Levolor. "We expect this trend to accelerate in the fall, with the new fabric collections. Now, we truly have something for everyone - sheer and solid, woven and natural, with many designer patterns in subtle shades."

Take a look at Panel Track and the expanded range of fabrics at www.levolor.ca.

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