A Midsummer Night's Dream (until Feb. 9)
The Art of the Book (until Feb. 16)
Swingin' City Sundays (until Feb. 24)
Habitat for Humanity workshops (until Feb. 28)
Mommy Mentors for Professionals (until March 4)
Portraits Exhibition (until April)
Putting together your resolutions and goals for the new year is a great motivation to make positive changes in your life.
Although we sometimes fall off our resolutions quickly, we can think of our resolutions as a plan, and make it a habit to celebrate small milestones you’ve achieved to keep you inspired and excited throughout the year.
We searched the net and put together the 20 most popular resolutions that people write every year.
Body Worlds: Animal Inside Out (until Mar 21)
Volcanoes: The Fires of Creation in IMAX (Jan 10 – Jan 31)
Deep Freeze: A Byzantine Winter Festival (Jan 12 – Jan 13)
The Dark Crystal: PJ Party in the IMAX Theatre (Jan 19)
Ballet BC (Jan 22 – Jan 23)
The Art of the Book 2018 (Jan 22 – Feb 16)
A Night Under the Stars - Friend Raiser Gala (Jan 26)
Make Your Own Gingerbread House (Dec. 15)
Winter Wagon Nights (Dec. 20 – 23)
Christmas Group Show (until Dec. 22)
Snowshoe and stargaze (Dec. 22)
Salute to Vienna New Year's Concert (Dec. 30)
Upgrading your home is a significant, often life changing decision so it’s natural for sellers to wonder when’s the best time to make such a monumental move.
If you are upgrading homes — selling and buying — waiting means the price of home you are trying to sell also drops.
Buying and selling simultaneously means that you’ll still be ahead of the game because the price reduction on the new house is likely to be greater than the loss on the old home, if the new home is worth more — that’s just a simple math in terms of percentages.
Example of 10 per cent down market
$300,000 current home: Down 10 per cent of $30,000 would make it now $270,000
$500,000 future home: Down 10 per cent of $50,000 would make it now $450,000
$50,000 - $30,000 Gain = $20,000
$450,000 - $270,000 = $180,000 (i.e. you are spending an additional $180,000 to move into your dream home)
Housing markets drop but they also spike back up. Wait too long and you may be facing the opposite problem.
If your home goes back up to 10 per cent to $300,000, this is what happens.
Example of 10 per cent back up market
$300,000 current home
$500,000 future home
$500,000 - $300,000 = $200,000 (i.e. you are spending an additional $200,000 to move into your dream home)
While it’s important to look at the general market trends, trying to predict where they’ll head next can turn into a guessing game.
You simply cannot time the market perfectly but spending “time in the market” beats trying to “time the market.”
Before we move on to decorating for the holidays, let's continue on the fall home décor theme. Our photo gallery features some creative and unique door wreaths ideas you can use to beautify your home this fall.
Peter Shostak Exhibition (Nov. 3 – 15)
A chance to create art with various members of Edmonton’s Art Club.
Learn home building skills such basic tools training and painting in Habitat for Humanity workshops at their Prefab shop. Limited slots only.
Rozenvain Family Show (Nov. 17 – 29)
On the Verge (Nov. 29 – Dec. 8)
Creative solutions for accommodation are always popular — and who’s not on the lookout for a good property investment. One of the most attractive options right now are secondary suites because of the flexible options they present.
Secondary suites are self-contained units that are detached from the main residency — such as a backyard unit, a laneway house, a basement suite or an above-garage unit.
Secondary suites are gaining acceptance across the country and laws are slowly catching up to reflect this new reality.
In Edmonton, for example, there are about 3,500 registered secondary suites this year. The city is expecting 1,600 additional suites in the coming years.
Now is an opportune moment to jump on the bandwagon of building rental suites.
Councils in cities across Canada from Calgary to Edmonton to Vancouver are paving the way to encourage landlords to pursue this option — but the incentives won’t last forever.
Back in August 20, 2018, the council approved the amendments of the zoning laws to expand secondary suite opportunities in semi-detached, duplex, and row houses. The requirements on the minimum lot size and location on where you can build your secondary suite have been relaxed.
If this is a direction you decide to head in, keep in mind certain safety measures to protect life and property.
For example, the unit has to have an interconnected smoke alarm, adequate fire separation and proper ceiling height and window sizes, and at least one emergency exit that leads directly outside.
In order for a suite to be legal, there are several steps that must be taken. There is the application, permits, construction and inspections, and the final building inspection. For more info, you can download the city’s secondary suite guide here.
All this means that NOW is the perfect moment to look into legalizing a secondary suite. It’s not a difficult or complicated process but there are several steps and the sooner you act, the sooner you can reap the benefits of a rental investment.
No matter how large your home, extra storage space is always a blessing.
Sometimes, it’s just as simple as adding some cabinets but other times, solutions need to be a bit more creative.
Here are some ideas to spruce up your storage space this fall:
Storage chests act as a tasteful piece of furniture where you can place flowers or other decorative items while still hiding away bulky items.
Mudroom benches serve the double purpose of providing a space to sit as you pull on your shoes and also a place to dump scarves, mitts, hats and other items of easily tossed off clothing.
Coat racks are a must — they make all the difference when it comes to walking in the door and immediately have a place to put your jacket — and take up relatively squared foot space.
A storage ottoman looks like a centre table but, in reality, has plenty of space under the lid. It can act as anything from a coffee table to foot rest, depending on your needs.
Hang your television up on the wall so that, when it’s not being used, it can be hidden away behind closing doors alongside all the television knickknacks like the remote, DVDs and wires.
Use a storage bed where you can artfully stack boxes or tuck away drawers underneath the bedframe.
Lay your bottles out in a counter top wine rack that stacks the bottles up neatly, one on top of the other, so save up space that otherwise would be wasted. A great way to keep your collection of wine tidy!
On the wall pot hangers are the best way to get your pots and pans out of a tangled mess in the cupboard and somewhere easily accessible.
Create storage cubbies at your desk with layers of shelving where you can tuck papers, receipts, pens and other office supplies.