Spring Cleaning For Your Edmonton Home

Fri, 19 Apr by edmontonhomepros

Spring Cleaning is more than scrubbing your home spotless.

Decluttering is the key to an effective Spring Cleaning, both in our Edmonton home and in your Edmonton office. Stephen Lau and the Edmonton Home Pro’s team has put together a handy 4 step Spring Cleaning Guide for your Edmonton home and office.

Edmonton Homes - Spring Cleaning

  1. Eliminate Clutter. You must first determine what parts of your home are “clutter-spots.” Whether it’s the side table or the dining room table, every Edmonton homeowner has clutter piles in their homes- usually located on a flat surface. Clear out these areas of your home and replace the space with a decorative vase or plant. Place the clutter culprits in storage, recycling, or the garbage, or establish tactics to contain the clutter. For tips on how to contain the clutter see step two.
  2. Contain The Clutter. Stay organized by using trays, baskets, or vases for small items such as change, keys, or pens. Be sure to encourage your family’s participation in using the “communal key-holder.”
  3. Don’t Forget About The Kitchen. Remember the saying, “out of sight, out of mind?” When Spring Cleaning, people tend to forget about their pantries and kitchens. Sort through your pantry shelves and toss out any expired items. This pantry tactic, will also help prevent you from over-buying next time you’re at the grocery store. If you want to be as organized as possible,take an inventory of what you have and what you will need for the week ahead.
  4. Hire Extra Help. If your budget allows, hire a cleaning company for a detailed Spring Cleaning. During the months of April and May, many Edmonton homeowners are doing their Spring Cleaning, as a result many cleaning companies will have promotions. Compare prices and see who is willing to do a detailed cleaning i.e: Baseboards, blinds, windows, and chandeliers.

There are many items in your home which could be donated, recycled or even thrown out. Start your 2013 Spring with a clean, organized, and de-cluttered Edmonton home. Stay tuned to Part 2 of this series: Spring Cleaning For Your Edmonton Office.

Have any cleaning tips of your own? Comment below!

Steps To Calculating Your Home Buying Budget

Fri, 05 Apr by edmontonhomepros

So you’ve decided to purchase a home, congratulations! Before becoming a homeowner you must calculate your budget and keep in mind that it’s all about balance. Yes, you want to find the perfect home; however, you want to do so at an affordable cost.

97% of Canadians agree that cost in the most important consideration when choosing a home.

The Edmonton Home Pros team help future homeowners from day one, until the moment they move into their new home. Below are three simple steps to help you calculate your home buying budget:

Homebuying Budget 1. Find your options. Do you know the difference between variable-rate and a fixed-rate mortgage? Do you know what amortization period best suits you? Take the time to learn about your options, it will help you make a better informed decision. Payment flexibility is also important to keep in mind if you are looking to pre-pay.

2. Crunch some numbers. Search for your desired Edmonton home with confidence- knowing that each property you view is within your budget. Download an online mortgage calculator to compare different mortgage options and payment plans.

3. Get pre-approved. You can do this at your home bank at no cost or obligation, it also gives you the perfect opportunity to go in and talk to a mortgage specialist. By doing so, you will be prepared when you find the Edmonton home you want.

Looking to buy an Edmonton home? Contact Stephen Lau today for your complimentary home buyers consultation. Alternatively, you can also begin searching for Edmonton homes for sale.

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