Fort McMurray Real Estate Blog

Top Home Safety Hazards Homeowners Should Beware Of

3 Home Safety HazardsYoung children and the elderly may be particularly prone to experiencing accidental physical injuries in a home. Measures often need to be taken to address potential home safety hazards and reduce the risk of injury to occupants, especially after buying a new home and not being familiar with the home.. Know more about home safety hazards found in Canadian homes today.

Risk of Falls and Injury

1 in 5 older adults that fall may incur broken bones or head injuries. Injuries from falls has become a common household hazard. Homeowners may want to take measures to:

  • Remove clutter around front steps and walkways;
  • Improve lighting around entrances and paths;
  • Secure existing railings; and
  • Provide better traction on slippery stairs.

Grayling Terrace homeowners would do well to avoid the use of throw rugs and scatter mats, as well as keep high-traffic areas free of toys or clutter.

Injury and Loss of Life from Smoke and Fire Hazards

The use of working smoke alarms can do much to prevent home fires, injuries and more. Monthly testing, and replacement of batteries every six months can help ensure smoke alarms are working when needed. Multiple smoke alarms are recommended in larger homes and should be installed at every level. Lives have been saved from having working smoke alarms...

Buying a Home In a Sellers Market? Tips for Success

All About Buying in a Seller's MarketIt's hard to be a new home buyer in a seller's market. Under these market conditions, many buyers must make several offers before one is finally accepted. Being prepared and making a competitive offer can help. If you've never bought a home before and are unfamiliar with the home buying process, here's what you need to know.

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

What Is a Seller's Market?

A seller's market is what happens when buyers are abundant and not many homes are listed for sale. Usually, those homes that are listed for sale are priced high. Most buyers in a seller's market usually have financial resources and are able to make big offers. Buyers who are on a tight budget are often shut out of the market and find it difficult or impossible to buy a home.

What Can Buyers Do to Be Prepared?

Buyers who want to purchase a home must position themselves to make the most competitive offer they can.

Keep the Price Range Realistic

In order to make a competitive offer on a home, buyers must ensure that they're looking in a price range they can afford. Sometimes this means that the buyer must purchase a "fixer upper," or a small starter house. This...

Think You Have Foundation Trouble? What You Should Know

All About Foundation TroubleFoundation problems are a homeowner's worst nightmare. Often, foundation troubles are expensive to repair, and sometimes they can be dangerous for people living in the home.

A home that is experiencing foundation problems cannot be renovated or improved until the foundation itself is stable and strong once again. As a homeowner, it's important for you to be able to identify the signs of foundation trouble, especially before trying to sell your home. When you see that your home is having a foundation problem, taking quick action can help prevent the problem from getting bigger and more expensive to repair. Here's what you need to know.

Identify the Foundation Trouble

Knowing the signs of foundation trouble can help you take the first steps toward repair. Often, the first signs of foundation problems include cracks in the foundation. These cracks may be found outside the home, or in the basement.

Horizontal cracks more than about 6 millimetres in width are a serious sign of trouble. Cracks that take a stair-step shape between the cement blocks are another sign of a problem. Sometimes, the homeowner will see the wall of the basement bowing inward, or the exterior wall of the home bowing outward. This could be a sign of serious instability, and should be addressed right away.

In addition to the cracks in the foundation, other signs of foundation trouble include:...

Want a Greener Home? Try One of These Eco Friendly Flooring Options

5 Green Flooring Options For Your HomeNowadays, it’s more important than ever for everyone to do their part to help take care of the environment. Whether that means using reusable bags at the grocery store, driving an electric car or using residential solar panels, there’s many different ways for people can take steps to become more environmentally conscious. Even the flooring used in a home can have an impact on the environment. Here are some of the different flooring options on the market for homeowners who want to help make their home a bit greener.

Wool Carpeting

Carpeting is easily one of the most popular flooring choices to use in homes. It’s soft and stylish, but traditional carpeting is made of synthetic material will end up filling landfills because it doesn’t degrade. Homeowners who like carpet can instead purchase carpet made of wool. Because wool is 100% natural, there isn’t a risk of it lasting hundreds of years, and it has additional benefits as well. Wool is a renewable material that can be gotten from many different animals without hurting them, and it naturally resists dirt and is fire retardant. 

Bamboo

Homeowners love the look of hardwood floors, but traditional hardwood is both expensive and can encourage deforestation if it isn’t harvested responsibly. A greener alternative to traditional hardwood floors is ...