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Is It Time To Replace Your Windows?

August 15th, 2017 by remax-realestate-stonyplain

 

If you have older windows or if they are damaged, you could be losing a lot of energy and should consider a window replacement. Some tell-tale signs that your windows need replacing include:

  • fog or condensation build up
  • rot or mould on wooden window frames
  • obvious warping or damage to the frame
  • drafts
  • cracked or peeling caulking

Your windows are the biggest culprit for energy loss in your home. If your windows are suffering any of the symptoms listed above, you could be losing more energy than you think and paying way too much on your utility bills each month.

Save energy and money with ENERGY STAR certified windows.

If you’re in the market for new energy efficient windows, you should choose windows that are ENERGY STAR certified. These highly-efficient windows can save you an average of 8 per cent on your energy bills.  Windows that qualify for the ENERGY STAR Most Efficient designation are up to 40 per cent more efficient than a standard window. Your regular energy savings can add up month-to-month and could eventually cover the cost of your window replacement.

Window replacements will boost your home’s resale value.

Not only do your windows enhance your curb appeal, they are one of the first things a home buyer will investigate when considering your home for sale. Replacing old or damaged windows on a typical 3-bedroom home can cost between $6000 to $10,000. That is an expensive job a buyer would rather not have to worry about when purchasing and moving into a new home. Having that job done for them, combined with the draw of energy savings that come with newer windows, is a huge selling feature.

Not only will a window replacement make your home more marketable, it will also increase the overall value of your home. According to Remodeling Magazine’s Cost vs. Value Report for 2017, a window replacement using energy efficient vinyl windows will recoup 73.9% of your initial cost. According to the report’s numbers, if you spend about $9,000 to replace 6 windows, you can expect your home’s value to go up by $6,770. Though you won’t recoup 100% of the cost of a window replacement, the increased value combined with improved curb appeal and marketability will definitely help you when it comes time to sell your property. In the meantime, you’ll benefit from the energy savings.

What kind of windows should I buy?

Most Edmonton window companies manufacture and install energy efficient windows that are approved by ENERGY STAR. You should look for a window that holds a high R-value. The R-value will show you how well a window prevents energy from transferring through it. The higher the R-value, the better thermal performance you’ll get from your windows.

You should also purchase windows that have low emissivity or Low-E. This is the method that window manufacturers use to reflect the heat to the warm side of the glass. That means that in the winter the heat will stay inside your home and in the summer it will stay out!

Whether you choose to replace your windows yourself or hire an Edmonton window company to do the job, a window replacement will improve your home’s efficiency, help you save money on energy bills, boost your curb appeal and enhance your home’s resale value.

New Listing – MLS# E4077260 – Courtesy of Darcy Torhjelm

August 10th, 2017 by remax-realestate-stonyplain

 

This great Bungalow in Keephills has 3 Bedrooms up and potentially 3 bedrooms down. Spacious Floor Plan with plenty of space for everyone. Large Family/Rumpus Room in basement and fully developed allows for that TV/Games Room. Large 42×26 Garage fully insulated and power supplied. Great Yard located in Keephills that has that cozy wonderful feel to raise a family and enjoy the outdoors. Close to Lakes and plenty of Recreational activities. Room for the toys. Fruit trees allow for that morning coffee on the deck enjoying the Summer Days and a quick exit on the Quad or Snowmobile in the winter. Great Year round fun at this location.

 

You can find the link at realtor.ca below!

 

https://www.realtor.ca/Residential/Single-Family/18525660/25-51515-RGE-RD-32A-RD-Rural-Parkland-County-Alberta-T0E0N0-None

Advantages of a New Concrete Driveway

August 8th, 2017 by remax-realestate-stonyplain

 

If your driveway is cracked, sinking in areas and generally looking worse-for-wear, it might be time for a new concrete driveway. Not only will a new driveway improve curb appeal, it will also boost resale value, make shoveling snow easier and give you extra space to park your vehicles.

Here are the advantages to installing a new concrete driveway:

Concrete will increase property value.

Boost your curb appeal and you’ll boost your home’s resale value. If you’re planning on selling, a good first impression can actually add value to your home. The driveway and walkways are the first things a potential home buyer is going to see when they check out your house. If your concrete is sinking and in dire need of replacement, it might give the impression that other parts of your home have been lacking regular maintenance too. A new concrete driveway is worth the investment.

Concrete is long-lasting.

If your driveway is properly installed by professional concrete contractors in Edmonton, you can expect it to last a very long time. Your driveway will be durable and will require far less maintenance than other driveway materials like asphalt or gravel. In many cases, a good concrete driveway can last 30 years or more before needing replacement.

Concrete is versatile in design and style.

Choose traditional brushed concrete or get creative with your concrete design. A concrete contractor will offer a variety of colours, textures and design styles including pattern stamped concrete or acid stained concrete. You can have your driveway mimic the look of tile or cobble stone or get creative with earthy tones and other colours.

Concrete is eco-friendly.

Made up of rock ground to a powder, mixed with water and a few other components, concrete is basically a natural, green building material. Compared to asphalt, the installation and maintenance is far less damaging to the environment and your old concrete driveway can be recycled.

New Concrete makes clearing snow easier.

There’s nothing worse than trying to shovel your driveway on a cold winter’s day and having your shovel get caught up in cracks, sink holes or in bumpy asphalt. The smoothness of concrete makes shoveling a breeze and is a better surface for removing snow with a plow or snow blower. This is the best choice for our snowy climate.

Want to install new concrete yourself? Learn how to make concrete here.

 

 

New Listing – MLS# E4076987 – Courtesy of Dave Ryan & John Ryan

August 8th, 2017 by remax-realestate-stonyplain

 

Great Starter Home in a Fantastic Location in Stony Plain! Over 1200 sq ft in this 5 bedroom and 3.5 bathroom home. BRAND NEW CARPETS, NEW PAINT and NEW APPLIANCES! Large living room the moment you walk in the door with big windows. Open kitchen and dining area with more big windows to allow loads of natural light. Large pantry and loads of prep space in this kitchen! Dining area has plenty of room for family and friends! Huge back entry to for space when everyone comes in at the same time! The master suite has great east morning light through the windows. 4pc ensuite with full tub/shower combo. Walk in closet and plenty of space for a king size bed! 2 more bedrooms plus another 4pc bathroom as well upstairs. Basement is FULLY FINISHED. Currently 2 more bedrooms but one could easily be used as an additional family room. Another 4pc bath and separate laundry and storage. WEST FACING BACKYARD with a handful of mature trees. Concrete parking pad with power ready for garage. GREAT LOCATION!!!

 

You can find the link at realtor.ca below!

 

https://www.realtor.ca/Residential/Single-Family/18516310/146-BROOKVIEW-WY-Stony-Plain-Alberta-T7Z2X7-Brookview

New Listing – MLS# E4077233 – Courtesy of John Ryan & Dave Ryan

August 7th, 2017 by remax-realestate-stonyplain

 

Affordable Adult Living with class. This 1118 square foot 18+ exclusive condo gives you the independence you want with maintenance outdoors being looked after. This comforting home with 3 bedrooms (2up + 1 down), 3 bathrooms boasts laminate flooring, ceramic tile and warm carpets. Your kitchen has it all! Maple cabinets, granite counters with tile back splash and stainless steel appliances. Main floor laundry is a bonus with upgraded front load washer and dryer. A large walk in closet and 3 pc en suite in the Master Bedroom works well and you can open the garden doors to the deck and view of some great greenery and privacy. With a Newer Fully Finished Basement you have an extra bedroom, bathroom, Family Style room and plenty of storage for those extras, it is great for the family visits. Parking works with a single car garage and 2 car pad and extra visitor stalls. Looking for a home close to shopping, restaurants and easy to commute from, then you have found it. There is more than enough room with this home.

 

You can find the link at realtor.ca below!

 

https://www.realtor.ca/Residential/Single-Family/18525514/25-WILLOW-WOOD-CV-Stony-Plain-Alberta-T7Z0E4-Willow-ParkSTPL

 

 

How to Get a Good Return on Investment with a Bathroom Renovation

August 5th, 2017 by remax-realestate-stonyplain

 

Any experienced real estate agent will tell you that the two rooms a home buyer will look at first when interested in a home for sale are the kitchen and the bathroom. If your bathroom is outdated and you want to improve your home’s resale value you should consider a minor bathroom renovation. There are many benefits of bathroom renovations and with some smart and creative upgrades, you won’t have to spend a fortune to make your bathroom more attractive to potential buyers.

Here are some tips for maximizing your ROI with bathroom renovations in Edmonton:

Replace Your Outdated Vanity

The vanity in your bathroom can be the focal point in the room. Replacing it would mean replacing the sink, countertop and faucet along with it. You can reface or refinish the cabinetry and just replace the countertops and sink, or you can visit a kitchen and bath store and choose an all-in-one vanity for quick and easier installation. If you want to move the location of the vanity in your bathroom, you should contact one of the best plumbers in Edmonton to ensure it’s done properly.

Replace Broken or Worn Out Faucets and Fixtures

bathroom-fixturesSimply replacing your faucets at the bathroom sink and in the bathtub or shower can go a long way in giving your bathroom an upgraded look. You can find a wide selection of faucets and fixtures at a store that offers plumbing supply in Edmonton.

If you’re still rocking that avocado green bathtub and toilet, it’s time for a replacement!  Shower conversions have become popular in bathroom renovations and could help attract buyers, however, make sure you keep at least one bathtub in your house for good resale.

If you’re planning on selling your home right away, don’t spend a fortune on the bathtub and toilet. Remember that no one makes buying decisions based on the type of toilet is in the bathroom, so you don’t have to get the most expensive one. Just make sure you purchase one that looks up-to-date and works well.

Invest in New Flooring

Since your bathroom is small, replacing the floor won’t break the bank and will greatly enhance the look of the room. The most attractive flooring option for home buyers will be tile. Not only does it look great, it’s durable, water resistant and easy to clean. There are also some more affordable vinyl and laminate flooring products out there that can mimic look of natural tile or wood flooring.

Install Good Lighting

Good lighting is essential in any bathroom renovation and you don’t have to purchase the most expensive fixtures to get a good return on investment. Proper lighting can show off the works you’ve done in the bathroom and make your new fixtures and features sparkle! Make sure there is good lighting at the mirror and vanity. It’s also important that your lighting doesn’t cast too many shadows, as that will make it hard for someone to put on their makeup or get ready in the morning. Here are more tips for lighting your home.

Paint the Walls

Painting your bathroom walls is the easiest and most affordable way you can upgrade the room. A fresh coat of paint will cover up blemishes, dings, dents and stains. It will also help protect the walls from moisture. Be sure to choose light and neutral colors as these allow buyers to imagine the room with their own bathroom accessories, towels and décor.

New Listing – MLS# E4076953 – Courtesy of Lawrence LeMesurier & Ben Jespersen

August 4th, 2017 by remax-realestate-stonyplain

 

Great recreational property with 40-50% tree coverage, Would also make a great acreage/hobby farm property. Direct cut line access to property through subdivided lots, or along eastern edge of North property. Services at property line. Located just north west of Busby.

 

You can find the link at realtor.ca below!

 

https://www.realtor.ca/Residential/Vacant-Land/18516334/TWP-580-Range-Road-11-Rural-Westlock-County-Alberta-T0G0H0-None

New Listing – MLS# E4076339 – Courtesy of Dave Ryan & John Ryan

August 3rd, 2017 by remax-realestate-stonyplain

 

WOW!!! There are no other words for this picture perfect country setting just minutes from Sherwood Park. This over 2000 square foot bungalow was fully renovated just last year from top to bottom with no expense spared. Brand new kitchen, bathrooms, flooring, painting, stone work, concrete… the list goes on! Spray foam insulation in the attic and crawl space. This house is built to entertain with very open floor plan and loads of natural light. Huge master suite with 4pc en-suite and large walk in closet. 2 more bedrooms and 1.5 more bathrooms too! Triple car garage is heated and a great space to work. There is even a fully serviced double car garage to serve at the ultimate man cave or work space as well! The 60×60 barn is ideal for animals with new stalls as well as water and power. Just under 80 acres with mostly new wood fencing and cross fencing. 2 automatic waterers. Plenty of pasture land and bush. Hunt on your own land! Less than 1/4 mile of gravel to this fully private getaway!!!

 

You can find the link at realtor.ca below!

 

https://www.realtor.ca/Residential/Single-Family/18504414/50534-Range-Road-224-Rural-Leduc-County-Alberta-T0B3M1-None

 

 

New Listing – MLS# E4076454 – Courtesy of Dave Ryan & John Ryan

August 3rd, 2017 by remax-realestate-stonyplain

 

Absolutely one of the best place to start home ownership! Built in 2003 this home features over 15oo square foot with 3 bedrooms and 2 full bathrooms. You OWN the land with this property too! Immaculate condition inside from the moment you walk in the door. Great living room with plenty of space to relax after a long day. Open kitchen and dining room with space for a little home office or den as well. Master bedroom is a great size with a perfect 4pc en-suite including a jetted tub. 2 additional bedrooms are a great size for kids or guests! Well cared for yard with great deck space and a private spot for the hot tub. Big storage shed to keep stuff tucked away safely. Located on a quiet cul-de-sac you have easy access to shopping and highway 16A.

 

You can find the link at realtor.ca below!

 

https://www.realtor.ca/Residential/Single-Family/18508527/21-GRAYWOOD-CV-Stony-Plain-Alberta-T7Z2P3-Graybriar

 

 

New Listing – MLS# E4076869 – Courtesy of Brian Ray

August 3rd, 2017 by remax-realestate-stonyplain

 

This 3 bedroom home backs onto a park reserve green belt with paved walking trails. It comes with 2 and half bathrooms and a double attached garage. It is located in the heart of Brookview, a neighborhood close to shopping, hospital, restaurants and quick access to Hwy 16A, A great feature of this 2 storey home is an open concept floor plan with partial two storey open ceiling with large windows that let in plenty of sunlight. The kitchen has plenty of nice wood cabinets, a corner pantry and patio doors to a rear deck. The convenient main floor laundry is off the half bath. Upstairs are 3 generous sized bedrooms and a bonus room. The master bedroom has a large walk-in closet and a nice 4pc ensuite. The basement is ready for you to complete to your own design. The large back yard is nicely landscaped, fenced and faces south, perfect for enjoying the summer sun!

 

You can find the link at realtor.ca below!

 

https://www.realtor.ca/Residential/Single-Family/18516210/186-BROOKVIEW-WY-Stony-Plain-Alberta-T7X2X7-Brookview

 

 

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