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5 Tips To Make Your Units Stand Out For Top Rent

September 19th, 2017 by remax-realestate-stonyplain


As demand for condos has been cooling off for the past couple of years and vacancy rates for rental properties rising, property managers need to go the extra mile to fill empty units.

Rental spaces don’t just sell themselves, you have to make sure that when prospective tenants come knocking that you’ve done everything in your power to make the unit you’re showing as enticing as possible. Luckily, we happen to have a few tips to help you do just that.

  1. Get Rid of That Vinyl Flooring

Vinyl flooring is inexpensive and easy to replace, but that’s really where the benefits end for this dated floor covering. Remember, potential tenants aren’t merely looking for a place to hang their hats – they’re looking for a place to entertain their friends, and a place they’re proud to call home. Savvy tenants abhor this easily damaged material so much that it’s often enough to turn them right off of the property, particularly if it’s present throughout the home, from the bathrooms and laundry room to the kitchen.

Though admittedly more costly than a roll of vinyl, ceramic or porcelain tiles are much more stylish than vinyl and they’re much more durable to boot. A chic, well thought out tile choice can really make the difference between a tenant liking your space or loving it.

  1. Remember the Little Things

Walk through the space. Do any of the stairs creak? Do any of the doors stick? Are all the outlets working? Are there any leaks? These all might seem like no brainers to most, but the fact is, a lot of these little apartment nuances, particularly if they’re minor, end up going unreported by the previous tenant. Before you begin showing the space, take time to walk the property and make sure that all the little details are covered.

Consider going the extra mile by installing a security system. Doing so will show prospective tenants that you care about their security and well-being, and you should be able to leverage this security feature to secure a higher rental amount.

  1. Give Some Love to The Kitchen

For many people, the kitchen is the nucleus around which the family gathers. For that reason, it’s critically important that you consider giving at least a modest facelift to this space, especially if a long time tenant just vacated the property. If you don’t have the budget to modernize the appliances, consider a new countertop and complimentary glass-tiled backsplash, both of which are reasonably priced ways that can be used in your kitchen remodeling project. A fresh coat of paint, and some new stylish cabinet knobs can also help to make this important space more appealing. Oh, and you can never go wrong with a modern sink and faucet.


  1. Make the Space More Comfortable by Installing New Windows

Making the change to triple paned windows can not only help to maintain a comfortable temperature within the rental unit by limiting heat loss through conduction, it also greatly improves noise reduction. Noise can be a serious concern for units located in busy areas of the city so addressing noise reduction can be a significant differentiator, adding further value to your property. Energy efficient windows will help to keep utility costs under control regardless as to who is footing the bill – so this is one upgrade that truly is a win-win. If your rental agreement stipulates that you’re covering the costs to heat and cool the home, the windows will pay for themselves and then some, in the long term.

  1. Curb Appeal – More Important Than You’d Imagine

Since potential renters can view the rental space online it’s important that the outside of the rental property is appealing. A well-manicured lawn, some potted plants, and a well-maintained exterior will lead people viewing the space online, as well as passersby that your property is one that they need to check out.

Though it may be difficult to justify expenses like a new sink and faucet, ceramic tiling in the kitchen and bathroom, and other upgrades, it’s important to think about it as adding value to an existing space that you’ll be able to monetize. The more value you add, the better rental rate your unit will command.

New Listing – MLS# E4081334 – Courtesy of John Ryan & Dave Ryan

September 8th, 2017 by remax-realestate-stonyplain


Location is Incredible. This 2066sq. ft. 5 bedroom s and 4 bathrooms home that is nestled right in the corner of a Schoolyard / Park area of Dechene is the best Family house you will find. Your children can walk out the back gate and you can watch them walk to the school, or the older children as they walk to the transit stop to get a ride to University, it all works. Stunning home offers OPEN CONCEPT MAIN FLOOR w/9′ ceilings hardwood floors.There are so many features in this house you have to come and see it to appreciate all that it offers. The Yard is an Oasis of Landscaping Beauty. A fully finished home, masterful GOURMET KITCHEN w/Huge centre island c/w eating bar, corner pantry and upgraded S/S appliances, main floor laundry, elegant office, family areas galore will suit everyone. Large lower family room w/fireplace, 4 piece bathroom, 5th bedroom and plenty of storage space. A pristine home that boasts a huge Pride of Ownership that is Such a Rare find. Schools, Shopping, Transit, and the Henday.

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New Listing – MLS# E4080992 – Courtesy of Lee Smithson

September 7th, 2017 by remax-realestate-stonyplain

This is the perfect entry level home or a great downsize when the kids are all gone! This 862 sq/ft Bi-level has 2 bedrooms on the main level, 4pc bath, good size living room and a cozy kitchen! The lower level has a family room with a corner gas fireplace, another bedroom, 3pc bathroom, large laundry area and another storage area! The Storage area has a window so it can easily convert to a 4th bedroom! A driveway along the side of the home that has the extra opening in the fence should you want to store your RV! Backyard has a ground level deck and also a firepit!

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New Listing – MLS# E4080641- Courtesy of Darcy Torhjelm

September 5th, 2017 by remax-realestate-stonyplain


This great Adult Condo Bungalow has many upgrades. Well maintained with a Walkout Basement, Hardwood, 2 Bedrooms up and fully completed Basement. Additional extras include: Air Conditioning, back up generator, RO Water System, Composite Decking on Front and Back Decks, security system, stamped curbs and shrubs, insulated garage with heater and hot and cold water with sink, resurfaced garage floor, back up sumps, up and down window coverings. Total extras Approx. $98,000. Seller will also include a $6,000 Appliance Credit. This home shows A-1 and is move in ready. Great setting in Back and Condo fees include lawn and snow maintenance. Great trees and privacy in this small adult community. Easy access to Amenities. Square Foot size done with RMS Standard Measurement- Property was purchased with a 1,340 square foot measurement from builder.

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New Listing – MLS# E4080568 – Courtesy of John Ryan & Dave Ryan

September 1st, 2017 by remax-realestate-stonyplain

NEW Kitchen appliances, NEW Paint throughout, NEW Flooring in the entire basement development, NEW HWT. NOW is the time to buy. This 1100 sq ft unit is a perfect spot. With 2 +1 bedrooms and 2 bathrooms this open floorplan is ideal. Large kitchen with bright windows opens onto the spacious dining area. The living room is a great size and can accommodate plenty of entertaining. The master suite features a large closet. The 2nd bedroom is also a great size with a bay window with plenty of natural light. Basement is fully finished with an additional bedroom and 3pc bathroom. Lots of extra living space there for crafting and socializing around the gas fireplace. End unit so you enjoy that much more green space. Deck has plenty of trees around and a great spot to spend the evening! On Site RV parking Available. Wonderful location within walking distance of shopping, pharmacy and doctors offices. 40+ living in a very well managed, maintained and people friendly complex.

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New Listing – MLS# E4080424 – Courtesy of Lawrence LeMesurier & Ben Jespersen

August 31st, 2017 by remax-realestate-stonyplain


You are going to love this completely renovated 2 bedroom , 1 bath west facing condo unit on the second floor of Station 33. New paint, new vinyl plank flooring New kitchen cupboards and counter tops. This is one gorgeous condo. Located right across the street from the south park shopping centrer, which includes Safeway, Shoppers Drugmart, restaurants and banking.


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The Importance of Regular Furnace Maintenance

August 29th, 2017 by remax-realestate-stonyplain


Your heating system works hard during the winter to keep your home warm and comfortable. The last thing you want is for your furnace to break down in the middle of winter. Just like caring for anything mechanical, you should check and maintain your heating system, at least once a year, to keep it running efficiently and safely throughout all the seasons.


Here are some reasons why you should need to have your furnace inspected and serviced regularly by HVAC companies in Edmonton:

Prevent Costly Breakdowns

Even if your furnace and heating system is relatively new, things can still go wrong. It is recommended that your furnace is maintained annually by an HVAC technician to help avoid costly and inconvenient breakdowns. Even if you are covered by a warranty, you should know that some manufacturers are now requiring proof of yearly maintenance before any warranty work will be covered.

If you suspect you already have an issue with your heating system, furnace repair companies in Edmonton can come inspect your furnace and resolve any issues before they become an even bigger problem.

Ensure Health and Safety

If something is wrong with your natural gas furnace, you run the risk of carbon monoxide leaking and entering your home. Exposure to leaked carbon monoxide can be extremely hazardous. It is invisible, has no odor or taste and it can poison or even kill you. Symptoms of carbon monoxide poisoning include headaches, nausea, dizziness and shortness of breath. It is most harmful to infants, children, pregnant women, the elderly and people who suffer from heart and lung problems. Having your furnace checked and maintained regularly will help prevent elevated carbon monoxide. Read these smoke and carbon monoxide detector safety tips.

Save Money

Regular furnace maintenance will help you save money in two ways: by preventing costly repairs or even a furnace replacement and by improving your heating system’s efficiency. If your furnace is running at peak performance, it will be able to effectively heat your home more efficiently, resulting in lower monthly energy bills. If you want to reduce the cost of heating your home, then annual furnace maintenance is important.


What to Expect in a Furnace Inspection?

furnaceHVAC companies in Edmonton offer comprehensive inspections of your heating system. If they detect any problems, they will recommend repairs. Here are some things an HVAC technician might check during a furnace inspection:

  • Inspect and clean air filters
  • Check operation of thermostat and safety controls
  • Examine gas pilot safety system and service as required
  • Check the motor and fan
  • Maintain and check blower
  • Adjust and check fan belt
  • Inspect burners for proper combustion & ignition
  • Check gas piping to furnace
  • and others!

Stay warm this winter and gain peace of mind knowing your furnace is running properly, safely and efficiently.

New Listing – MLS# E4079870 – Courtesy of Lee Smithson

August 29th, 2017 by remax-realestate-stonyplain


This is a MASSIVE .28 acres (77′ x 157′) lot is fenced with chain link! Plenty of space for the kids/dogs to run and still store your RV and Boat! Less than a block to the lake! 24’x24′ Double Detached Heated/Insulated/220 GARAGE! This 1344 sq/ft home has a huge kitchen with loads of cupboards!! The main floor also boasts the living room, dining room, 3pc bath, front covered 5’x24′ veranda AND a 14’x24′ partially covered back deck!! The upper lever has a bath with a double shower, bedroom, bedroom/den and the Master bedroom with 2 walk-in-closets!! The upper level also has a covered 5’x24′ balcony in the front of the home AND the Master bedroom has its own 5’x24′ covered balcony!! Expect a lot of company…no problem because there is parking in the front AND sooo much more parking in the back! Municipal Sewer and Drilled well. A must to view!!


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New Listing – MLS# E4079585 – Courtesy of James Mramor

August 28th, 2017 by remax-realestate-stonyplain


What a find! Great home to start a family, investment or retire in! This 3 bedroom and 3 bathroom Mobile was built in 1998 and is only 10-15 mins north of Stony Plain and Spruce Grove! Great floor plan, nice and open rooms, walk in closet in the master bedroom, and has lots of potential! It has a Reverse Osmosis water system and a water softener. Lease rate for the park will be increased to $425 in October. PRICED TO SELL!!


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New Listing – MLS# E4079716 – Courtesy of Dave Ryan & John Ryan

August 28th, 2017 by remax-realestate-stonyplain


You’ve just found the WOW factor!!! This place will WOW you… your family and your friends from the moment you pull up! This trendy 2016 built 2-storey features over 1350 sq ft and looks like it came out of a magazine! Walk in the front door to the wide open main floor plan. Large living room with unique windows and gas fireplace. Move into the kitchen with quartz countertops, stainless steel appliances and a custom built rock wall. Then into the dining area with huge windows and plenty of space to entertain. 2pc bathroom is off the back entrance and out of the action for some “privacy”! Move upstairs to the master suite with plenty of space! Walk in closet and great 3pc ensuite with ample counter space. 2nd bedroom features large windows and vaulted ceilings! Great for a home office or a great bedroom too. 3rd bedroom has a big window with loads of light! UPSTAIRS LAUNDRY! Move up to your HIDDEN GEM… it’s a ROOFTOP PATIO!!! You’ll love entertaining friends or just escaping to your private getaway!!!


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