by Ross PAVL
on Tuesday, October 20th, 2015 at 11:25am.
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.
If you, your friends or family are looking to buy or sell real estate please keep me in mind. Your referral is the best compliment I can receive.
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 -
Least expensive - $88,000 - Size: 282 sq. ft. in Applewood
Most Expensive - $3,769,500 - Size: 2,960 sq. ft. in Mission
- Townhouses -
Least expensive - $135,000 - Size: 1,238 sq. ft. in Penbrooke
Most Expensive - $1,850,000 - Size: 3,200 sq. ft. in Lower Mount Royal
- Single Family Homes -
Least expensive - $177,500 - Size: 340 sq. ft. in Ogden Millican
Most Expensive - $5,895,000 - Size: 4,086 sq. ft. in Britannia
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.