Home Renovations – the key to selling faster in Calgary’s real estate market

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HOMES IN CALGARY ARE SITTING ON THE MARKET 24% LONGER THAN LAST YEAR BECAUSE MOST BUYERS ARE LOOKING FOR THE BEST DEALS AND READY-TO-LIVE-IN HOMES.

That is, they are looking for a “move in ready home” preferring not to do any renovations in their new home. If you want to sell your home fast in this buyer’s market you might need to give some TLC to get your home noticed.

Buyers look for reasons to “not buy your home”

Don’t let your property sit on the market!

Renovate your home before selling and increase the ROI of your renovation investment by:

  • Getting the full asking price for your home.
  • Less time on the market.
  • Easy payments with our financing options.

Common renovations that increase the value of your home

  • Develop or build a secondary suite in your basement
  • Renovate your kitchen
  • Upgrade your bathrooms
  • Replace your flooring
  • Change your home’s outdated layout (creating more open spaces)

SMITH Design/Build is Calgary’s leading turnkey renovation company. What this means is that we handle every single detail from design and conception, to implementation and completion of a variety of home renovation projects including kitchen, bathroom and basement renovations.

As a design/build company with extensive experience in the residential construction industry, we ensure that your home renovation is not only aesthetically beautiful, but also functionally enhanced for your family’s comfort.

Check your house for attic rain

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IT’S AFFECTING A LOT OF NEWER, MORE ENERGY-EFFICIENT HOMES IN ALBERTA THIS WINTER

Attic rain can be alarming. You have a new, beautiful home and all of a sudden you notice water dripping from the ceiling or down the walls.

Attic rain is particularly common in the Calgary area with all of our Chinooks.

You get attic rain when warm, moist air finds its way into the attic, freezes when it gets cold, and then melts when it warms back up again. The longer the cold snap, the more frost can accumulate and the better chance you have of experiencing attic rain.

Especially during winters like the one we’re experiencing this year, it’s a good idea to have a look in your attic for signs of frost and keep an eye on the exterior walls of your home when the weather begins to warm up.

If you notice either of these things talk to us and we’ll help you find the holes and seal them. If the total openings to the attic is limited to 4 square inches, attic rain can usually be avoided.

Learn more about attic rain here.

Building Energy Codes

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New building energy codes are designed to create minimum standards for builders to make your home more energy efficient. The increase in standards may result in a higher initial cost, however over time, the utility savings will offset the initial building costs.

There are some new energy codes that have been adopted in Alberta as part of its Climate Change Strategy. The goal with these energy codes is to increase energy efficiency and conservation. It’s one of the ways Alberta is trying to decrease greenhouse gas emissions and reduce the demand on Alberta’s energy resources.

We often get asked how these new codes will affect the building process, if they will increase the cost of building, and if they will create more red tape to get through when building your home.

The new codes affect several building components that need to be accounted for during the building process. The building envelope, lighting, HVAC, and service water heating are all affected. But, the codes have enough flexibility within that they won’t dictate how the house will be built. Smith Design/Build have many approaches to choose from that will suit your budget, location, and taste.

Yes, complying with the energy codes will add a little extra cost to the initial cost of most buildings. However, this may not impact your monthly household budget. There is some data suggesting the amount of money you’ll save because of increased efficiency and conservation will offset the increase in your monthly mortgage payment.

Inspection and approval processes will occur exactly as they do today without any additional time constraints. Enforcement of the energy codes will be the responsibility of the same provincially trained and certified Safety Codes Officers that issue building permits and inspect construction. As the officers get trained on these codes initially, there may be some added time to inspections. But, this won’t be a problem in the long run.

Find out more here.