Renting Out Your Edmonton Home?

Fri, 23 Aug by edmontonhomepros

As Summertime comes to an end and September approaches, the thing on many people’s mind is back to school. The return of students at Edmonton’s post secondaries means increased, rush hour traffic, fresh faces in Downtown Edmonton and back to school commercials on T.V. But what can it mean to an Edmonton homeowner and how can they use it to their advantage?

Back entrance of an Edmonton home

Secondary entrances to the secondary suite are best.

If you’re shopping the market for an Edmonton house, consider a home that can help you generate more income with attractive features suitable for secondary suites.

There are many benefits for homeowners who have secondary suites, or basement suites:

  • Good for families who are looking to buy another home
  • Good for empty-nesters with the additional space available
  • Fixed income tenants, seniors, or retirees can receive an additional stable monthly income

If you are interested in adding a Secondary Suite to your Edmonton home the number one thing you will want to do is maximize your rent while maintaining a low tenant turnover.

Below are some additional tips to help you achieve this:

  • As much as possible, make the bedrooms large, bright, and with high ceilings
  • Add nice fixtures to the bathrooms and kitchen. This includes decent kitchen cupboards, shower head, and bathtub.
  • Secondary entrances to the secondary suite are best. Particularly if you are planning on renting your Edmonton home’s basement unit to a younger post-secondary student.

In Edmonton, you can build a secondary suite within an existing home or a new home. If you decide to do so, there are government grants available to financially support homeowners when developing or renovating their rental suites. For more information on this visit the City of Edmonton website.

When looking to buy or sell your Edmonton home, trust the Edmonton Home Pros. Stephen Lau and his team of real estate agents can help you find the perfect home to suit your needs and lifestyle. Contact them today!

Landscaping & Your Edmonton Home

Fri, 16 Aug by edmontonhomepros

This Summer, Edmonton Home Pros invites you to explore the world of Landscaping. Whether you are building a new home and want to give it a special touch, or creating an outdoor oasis, the team has some handy tips for you before you begin your next Landscaping adventure.

Research: Know your plants, facts, and landscape designs. Have fun with researching all the different options for your yard or backyard. Remember that you are not trying to “Keep Up With The Joneses,” you are creating an outdoor living space that’s right for you, based on your personal budget and taste.

Low Maintenance VS Regular Upkeep: Decide how much time you are willing to invest in your garden. While all Gardens require attention and tending, some need a little more than others. If you plan on having an elaborate garden setting, be prepared to keep it immaculately groomed with crisp clippings on your hedging and well-pruned flowering shrubs. If you prefer a low key garden, consider going with self sufficient shrubs, trees, and plants.

Calling A Pro: There is no shame in consulting with a professional on your Edmonton Home’s garden and landscaping plan. Don’t underestimate the amount of work associated with your project. Some homeowners setting up the landscaping on their Edmonton homes will require large equipment and intense labour. There are multiple landscaping companies in the city, so be sure to research each one and compare prices. Feel free to ask them lots of questions about your Edmonton home’s landscaping potential.

Do you have your own Edmonton landscaping tips, or stories to share? Leave your comments below. For all your Edmonton real estate needs, trust the Edmonton Home Pros team of professionals to be your real estate solution. Contact Stephen Lau today.

Colour Series – Red & Blue

Fri, 09 Aug by edmontonhomepros

What do the colours in your Edmonton home say about you? Whether you are thinking about painting a room or redecorating- the colour palette you choose will set the atmosphere and tone. Before you start making any major furniture or paint purchases, allow Stephen Lau and the Edmonton Home pros team show you colours and their meanings in Edmonton homes.

We conclude this series with fire and ice, two powerful tones that evoke different feelings.

Red: If you want to make an impression on a room of your Edmonton home, we recommend you add a splash of Red. By placing it in strategic locations, eyes will be drawn to certain features of your room. Add a Red pillow or bedding to accentuate the couch. Not only is Red the colour of romance and passion, but it has also been proven to stimulate appetite. Add hints of Red to your dining room for a Victorian feel. For a toned down look, choose earth tones such as brick Red or cinnamon.


Photo by: ooh_food

Blue: Who said Blue is for Boys? Over the years, Blue has proven to be an appealing tone to both Men and Women. Many Edmonton Homeowners choose to place Blue in bathrooms as it promotes a fresh and invigorating feel. Many interior stylists also recommend placing soft Blues in bedrooms for a soothing and relaxing ambiance. For a classic colour combination, pair Blue and White together.

We hope this colour series helped you better understand colours and their functionality. If you’re still hesitant or unsure about the colour scheme to use on the walls of your Edmonton Home, consider hiring a colour consultant. These professionals have a strong understanding of colour psychology and will help you dress your home’s interior and exterior.

For more great tips and advice on caring for your Edmonton home, trust the Edmonton Home Pros team. Whether you’re looking to buy or sell Edmonton real estate, let Stephen Lau and his team be your guides.

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