Fort McMurray Real Estate Blog

Damaged Roof? Here’s What Every Homeowner Should Be Looking For

4 Ways You Can Identify Roof DamageIt’s no secret that roofs are made to endure all sorts of weather. They sit on top of our homes and protect them from every type of weather imaginable, so it’s no surprise that they will eventually need to be repaired or replaced to make sure they can continue doing their jobs. Because of this, all homeowners need to know what to look for when it comes to roof damage so they can either make repairs or consider replacing the roof. Even newer roofs or new home construction roofs are susceptible to many types of potential roof damage. Here are some of the different forms of roof damage homeowners should be keeping an eye out for.

The Roof Is Sagging

One of the most obvious ways a roof can show damage is by sagging. A sagging roof is also the most dangerous of all the different ways a roof can be damaged because if a roof is sagging, it means that the roof has significant structural damage and it means that the roof is close to collapsing. If a homeowner sees that their roof is sagging, they should call a professional roofer as quickly as possible in order to prevent damage to their home and to ensure the safety of anyone living inside it.

Light Can Be Seen In the Attic

An easy way to detect roof damage is by going into the attic and having a look around. The first type of damage the homeowner will notice is if there is light coming through cracks in the roof. If there are cracks in the roof big enough for light to come through, that means they’re also big enough...

Tips for Choosing the Right Real Estate Agent

How to Select the Right Real Estate Agent for YouMost new home buyers in Canada are entering a world they're unfamiliar with, full of terms, forms, and contingencies that they've never heard of before. A real estate agent is there to help buyers navigate through the process so they don't end up on the wrong end of the deal. That's why there's a lot of pressure on buyers to pick the right one. Before selecting one agent from the many professionals competing for business, keep these tips in mind before deciding.

For informational purposes only. Always consult with a licensed real estate professional before proceeding with any real estate transaction.

Decide on a Brand

Just like any other profession, real estate agents hone their skills for different types of homes. Buyers need to choose which experience best matches up with their goals:

  • New home sales: Buyers interested in new construction home should find a real estate agent with plenty of experience in new home sales. The offers and strategy will be different compared to a traditional home sale, and buyers will need to understand the seller's motivations to avoid potential hazards.
  • Negotiation tactics: Some real estate agents are good at holding a buyer's...

5 Advantages of Downsizing Your Home

Thinking About Moving? Why You Should Downsize Your HomeSometimes, families need a lot of space in order to live comfortably. Whether it’s due to the number of people living in the home, the amount of possessions acquired over the years, or another reason. However, as time goes on and family moves out or things are sold at garage sales, homeowners may find that their big home is just too big. If this sounds familiar, it may be time to downsize. Owning a smaller home has many advantages that many homeowners don’t consider, and here are some of the reasons homeowners opt for a smaller home over a large one when buying a new home.

1. Smaller Homes Require Less Maintenance 

Most people agree: chores aren’t fun, and they should take less time to complete. Owning a large home means that it needs more time dedicated to performing normal chores to maintain them, and if a homeowner spends more time doing chores each day, they have less time doing things they actually enjoy like hobbies or spending time with friends and loved ones. Owning a large home means a larger lawn that needs to be mowed, more floors that need to be mopped and vacuumed, more counters that need to be cleaned, and so on and so forth. Buying a smaller home can help homeowners have more free time.

2. Smaller Homes Are Greener Homes

Whether the homeowner is actively interested in reducing their...

Residential Solar Panels: A Guide

All About Residential Solar PanelsSolar power is a rapidly growing industry that supplies clean energy to homes all over the country. Homeowners who want to reduce their carbon footprint and protect the environment often turn to residential solar panels to power their home. Solar panels are a great way to make a home more energy efficient. Understanding how solar panels work, what makes solar panels more effective and how to sell a home with solar panels can help homeowners decide whether or not solar panels are right for them.

Purchase or Lease?

Homeowners who want to install solar panels on their home have the option of purchasing or leasing their solar panels. Some programs enable homeowners to lease without putting any money down, others require homeowners to make a small down payment. After the solar panels are installed, the homeowner makes monthly payments until the panels are paid off.

Once the panels have been completely paid for, the homeowner becomes the owner of the panels. Any revenues that are generated by the panels during the lease-to-own period may be used to pay the monthly lease for the panels.

The purchase option requires the homeowner to buy the solar panels outright. Once the panels have been purchased and installed, the homeowner has full access to any revenue that the panels generate.

In some cases, homeowners have a third...

Are You Ready to Live In A Condo?

Are You Ready to Buy A Condo?The decision to buy a condo is rarely an easy one. Knowing the benefits of buying a condo and the difference between a condo and other types of homes can help a buyer make the final choice.

For informational purposes only. Always consult with a licensed real estate professional before proceeding with any real estate transaction.

Differences Between An Apartment, A Condo and A Single Family Home

An apartment is a rental unit that is part of a larger building or collection of units. Often apartments are found in large buildings that contain many apartments of the same layout. Sometimes apartments take the form of town houses. Apartment dwellers pay a monthly rent, often comparable in cost to a mortgage. Rent money goes to the landlord, who in turn takes care of the property and often pays for some utilities.

A condo is like an apartment in that it part of a larger building or collection of units. Some condos take the form of townhouses. The difference between a condo dweller and an apartment dweller is that a condo dweller buys the unit and is responsible for paying for the repairs of anything inside the condo. The condo association cares for the building and the grounds where...