5 Things Homeowners Should Know About Selling This Spring

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Are you a homeowner considering placing your property on the spring market? As the seasons shift and the earth heats up, so does the real estate market. Spring is arguably the best time of the year to sell a home, and houses in Okotoks are selling quickly. Newly listed homes are snatched up fast by eager buyers, often drawing multiple offers.

As the homeowner, deciding to place your home during this “seller’s market” could get you an excellent profit. Make the most of your investment by taking advantage of the spring real estate market. Here are 5 things homeowners should know about selling this spring.

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Proper Deck Maintenance

Back of the house with wooden deck.With winter in the rear view mirror, everyone’s sight is set on the summer months. Nothing beats those hot summer days and those warm summer nights. Nights like that are just perfect for a barbeque with good friends or family outside on your deck.

Yes, there is something synonymous with decks and summer. They just seem to go hand in hand. Now that spring is here, it may just be the perfect time to get all of that deck maintenance out of the way so you can show off and enjoy that deck all summer long.

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Tips for Upkeep of your Home’s Exterior

stockfresh_2202588_new-home-house-exterior_sizeMThe exterior of your house is the shell that is your home’s first line of defense from all of the elements. Albertans know all about the elements and how hardy their homes must be to keep warm and cozy or dry or cool, depending upon what season is upon us.

That being said, it is highly recommended that you do as much upkeep as possible to keep your home’s exterior beautiful and strong enough to keep those elements at bay. We at Okotoks Real Estate are happy to offer the following tips for upkeep of your home’s exterior.

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In-Ground Sprinkler Maintenance

SprinklerYou probably don’t have a green lawn on your mind right now. After all, it’s barely the beginning of March. With all of the other spring cleaning tasks around the house, the last thing you are thinking about is proper in-ground sprinkler maintenance. However, a quick spring tune up is highly recommended and will get all of those kinks out of the system that may have developed over the winter months.

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Spring Cleaning Tips

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The winter of 2014/15 will be remembered as one of the mildest Canadian winters we have experienced in quite some time. This weather makes us feel that spring will arrive any day now.  Unfortunately, spring weather ushers in the inevitable tasks of spring cleaning – those not so fun chores that need to get done to keep your house in tip top shape year after year.

With these mild temperatures, why not get an early jump on those daunting spring cleaning tasks that need to get done?  Here are some tips to get your spring cleaning on its way.

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Helpful Lawn Care Tips Part II

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In our last article, we examined some pre-care tips for your lawn. These are the steps that can be taken as soon as the snow is off your lawn and should set the table for a healthy, lush and green lawn as we draw closer to the summer season. To quickly recap, we discussed how and why to aerate your lawn, why over seeding is an important part of proper lawn care and how to utilize fertilizer. We at Okotoks real estate would now like to offer you our tips on the more practical side of lawn care – the part of lawn care you are probably more familiar with.

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Helpful Lawn Care Tips

Front yard of a houseIt’s only February! One can’t be serious about lawn care, can they? Well, somewhere under that blanket of snow is your lawn. And once that snow has melted and spring has sprung (that day will come sooner than you think), it will be time to get that lawn in tip top shape.

We here at Okotoks real estate believe that a healthy lawn is one of the first things people see when looking at a property. A nicely manicured, green lawn is aesthetically pleasing. Here are some lawn care tips for you to get the greenest, healthiest lawn this side of Calgary.

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4 Secrets to Keep Your Carpet Looking New

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Your first instinct when buying something new is to keep it in mint condition for as long as possible. Houses are no different. New homeowners are looking to enjoy their investment while also keeping it safe. Carpet often poses a challenge to maintaining a fresh appearance in your home. Many opt out of installing carpet, or replace it entirely as they settle into their new space. If you love the soft, comforting look and feel of carpeted rooms in your home, do not rush to rip it out just yet; these 4 secrets to keep your carpet looking new will help your floors stay fresh and clean for years to come.

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5 Perks of Life in a Rural Area

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Everyone has their preferences of locations in which they would like to live. Some like the hustle of the city, others prefer family-driven suburbs — but there are many perks to living in a rural location that may outweigh the advantages of big city living. Here are five perks you should consider when deciding if life in a rural area fits your lifestyle.

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