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Wednesday, July 25, 2012 - How to protect your home when you go on vacation!

Protecting your property while on vacation! When your mailbox is full, it's an indication the house or apartment is vacant.  Consider replacing a small mailbox with a larger one to keep your mail out of sight. If you are going to be away for more than two days, ask Canada Post to hold your mail and call the newspaper office to stop delivery until you return. Have a neighbour hold any free newspapers and junk mail for you. A pile of papers and mail is a clear sign your home is vacant.  Burglars ... Full Article...
posted in General at Wed, 25 Jul 2012 15:46:19 -0600

Sunday, July 8, 2012 - Deciding between buying and renting?

Whether you're looking to buy or rent ... it's important to weigh all of your options before signing on the dotted line. To help evaluate the pros and cons of the real estate market- Bankrate.com talked to a recent buyer and...READ MORE HERE
posted in General at Sun, 08 Jul 2012 11:21:39 -0600

Wednesday, July 4, 2012 - Have a hot tub? Did you get a permit:?

Hot tubs or whirlpools are considered the same as swimming pools under the Alberta Building Code where safety regulations are applied when the depth of water is greater than 600 mm (24 inches). Permanent hot tubs and whirlpools require both a development permit and a building permit regardless of whether they are stand alone or built into a deck. Temporary hot tubs and whirlpools do not usually require a development permit but may still require a building permit. Any mechanical work involved in ... Full Article...
posted in General at Wed, 04 Jul 2012 08:46:48 -0600

Wednesday, July 4, 2012 - Building a fence? Do you need a permit?

Two factors that need to be considered when building a fence are its height and location. Both are regulated by the zoning bylaw. If the height and location guidelines are followed, no development permit is required. Zoning Regulations The height of a fence/wall/gate should not exceed: 1.85m (6.1ft) in any portion of the rear yard1.2m (4 ft) (new height passed as of January 31st, 2011) in any portion of the front yard How to determine the height?  The height of a fence, wall or gate is ...
posted in General at Wed, 04 Jul 2012 08:41:43 -0600

Wednesday, July 4, 2012 - How to Lower Your Tax Bill

Falling prices cause homeowner's to question their tax bills.  If you purchased your home in the peak pricing time period you will want to check this out! Here is a great article on tax assessments and how to appeal them using comparable property sold values!  Click Here to Read the Article The link to the City of Edmonton taxation complaint page is HERE.
posted in General at Wed, 04 Jul 2012 08:31:54 -0600

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