October is one of the most vibrant, breathtaking and festive months in Alberta. The colour of the leaves, the way the air feels and the sun shines in the afternoon, and the hustle and bustle of harvest, Thanksgiving and Halloween.
While you enjoy these last weeks before winter sets in, try to take in as many local festivities you can – we’ve listed a few below – but don’t forget to get your home prepared for the coming months. We’ve provided a checklist of the little things you can do now to save time and money later. There’s also a summary of how the local housing market has faired this past year – something to keep in mind as we close in on the end of 2015 and the surge of activity before the holidays.
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- Housing affordability continues to improve in Calgary market - Calgary Herald
- Calgary Municipal Land Corp shortlisted two firms for cleanup in West Village – Calgary Sun
- Edgefront Real Estate Investment Trust Announces September 2015 Distribution - CNW News
- Government delays housing regulations for disabled Albertans – Calgary Herald
- Cautious outlook for Calgary’s resale housing market - The Globe and Mail News
- Calgary commercial real estate market weathering the economic storm – Calgary Herald
- Illuminasia, Lantern & Garden Festival – Thursday, September 17 to Sunday, November 1
- Screamfest – October 2, 3, 9, 10, 16, 17, 23, 24, 25, 29, 30, and 31st
- Royal West – Thursday, OCTOBER 22 to Saturday, October 31
- Rocky Mountain Dancesport Grand Prix – Friday, October 23 to Sunday October 25
- Banff Mountain Film & Book Festival – Saturday, October 31 to Sunday, November 8
Our local housing market is diverse and constantly evolving. These figures for the lowest and highest price paid for homes so far in 2015 give you a sense of the wide range of possibilities in the city.
- Apartment Condos -
- Townhouses -
- Single Family Homes -
Data above are based on MLS Sales in Year 2015.
Attic Insulation –12-15 inches minimum of even insulation is needed to keep heat in the house and money in your pocket. Have your R-value checked by a professional if needed.
Change Air Filter – For healthy, indoor air, change your air filter once a month in the winter months. Your furnace has to work twice as hard with an air-borne allergen clogged filter.
Vacuum Vents – Take off the covers and hoses to your dryer, bathroom and stove vents and suction out lint and debris. This will increase efficiency and decrease fire hazards.
Furnace Cleaning – Have furnace inspected and cleaned once a year – before winter. A dirty furnace is less efficient. Call ATCO Gas to inspect your appliances. Free of charge.
Clean Gutters and Downspouts – Use a ladder, gloves and a garbage bag to remove debris from the past year. Run water from a hose through the downspots to ensure they are unclogged.
Install Gutter Guards – To minimize the amount of debris accumulated, gutter guards are a good idea but you’ll still need to check for clogs once a year in the fall.
Seal Foundation – Cracks and holes in foundation are inevitable and can lead to significant damage if not treated. Repair and seal holes with a quality caulking material.
Inspect Roof Shingles – Not just the shingles but metal flashing at all the roof joints to look for signs of leaking, rotting or damage. It protects everything in the home – don’t overlook it.
Check Shut off Valves – An important line of defense and if not cared for, they can deteriorate. Wipe valves clean, and open and close. This deters corrosion and ensures they work.
Drain Outside Faucets – Water pipes can freeze, swell and burst in the winter months, causing significant damage. Turn the external shut valve off and open the faucet until the drip stops.
Replace Batteries in Detectors – October is Fire Awareness Month so use it as a reminder to replace batteries in smoke detectors, carbon monoxide alarms and other safety instruments.
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