I have listed a new property at #100 5054 274 AVE W in DE WINTON.
Fantastic location on this gorgeous custom built hillside walkout bungalow offering over 4000sqft of developed living space on a beautiful 3.3 acres. This open concept floor plan with views of the rolling country side and mountains will impress any discerning buyer. Vaulted ceilings, gourmet kitchen with tons of cabinet space, beautiful sunken family room with wood burning fireplace, and a large dining room with space for up to 12 people. Huge master bedroom with walk-in closet and spacious ensuite. Two other large bedrooms, main floor laundry, mud room and walk in storage area round out the upper level. Massive open basement offers lots of natural light, high ceilings, wet bar, entertainment & games area, two large bedrooms, full bathroom, room for the home gym & more. Oversized attached triple garage can house up to 5 cars with 9x9 doors. This home also offers a central vacuum, beautifully landscaped yard, pond, and lots of storage space. Close to all amenities, schools and recreation.

With the recent and tragic events that have unfolded in Southern Alberta I figured some information on water and flood restoration may be helpful. The information below is courtesy of CSI Restoration Services.

Stay safe and there and take care of each other....

Water Damage


Water DamageWater damage arises from fire damage, broken pipes, blocked drains, malfunctioning appliances, storms and other causes. The appropriate treatment depends on the nature of the damage. Some water carries contaminates and should be considered hazardous (see sewage and Flood Damage, below). Whatever the origin, the prospects of restoration depend largely on the speed with which your building and personal property can be dried. Even clean water can generate mildew and other bacterial growth if neglected.


  • Ventilate wet areas. Turn on air conditioning for accelerated drying in summer; in winter alternate cycles of opened windows and heating.
  • Remove standing water from flat surfaces by sponging and blotting.
  • Take up saturated rugs and carpets when hardwood floors are at risk.
  • Stay out of rooms were ceilings are sagging from retained water.
  • Transport computers to a dry environment, remove cases and blow dry with low pressure air.
  • Remove lamps, telephones and decorative items from wet furniture tops.
  • Open drawers and cabinet doors for interior drying, but do not force open stuck drawers or doors.
  • Freeze valuable books and documents to retard mildew growth until drying can be performed.
  • Place aluminum foil squares, china saucers or wood blocks under furniture legs to avoid carpet staining.



  • Operate TVs, vacuums or other appliances while standing on wet carpet or floors, especially not on wet concrete floors. Serious injury may result.
  • Use heat to dry closed building interiors; mildew and expanded moisture damage may result.
  • Leave wet fabrics in place; space them apart and dry as soon as possible.



Sewage & Flood Damage


Flood DamageRaw sewage and flood waters contain bacteria and other micro organisms which are extremely hazardous to human health. These can be transmitted by touching contaminated items or by tracking them into uncontaminated areas on shoes. Children and pets are especially vulnerable. Frequent handwashing is an important preventive measure. Absorbent materials such as carpeting and drywall may not be restorable after direct contact with sewage-contaminated or flood-contaminated water.


  • Treat all water-impacted surfaces and furnishings as toxic, until properly decontaminated.
  • Keep children and pets out of contaminated areas.



  • Track contaminated material into undamaged areas.
  • Attempt to decontaminate surfaces with sprays and other over-the-counter germicidal products, which may not fully disinfect contaminated surfaces.

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by CODY STUART on JUN 23, 2013

While recent numbers coming out of Calgary’s housing market may stress the need for buyers to act quickly when buying a house, presenting your home in the best possible light is still sound advice for sellers. In addition to seeking advice from your REALTOR®, here are a few easy and affordable tips to make your house an eye-catching piece of real estate for potential buyers when it comes to selling.

Now that summer has arrived, adding a little lush to your lawn could be the difference between a potential sale and a missed opportunity. Ensure your lawn is mowed, garden weeded and hedges trimmed for maximum appeal. Flowerbeds should be given fresh mulch and annuals can be planted to provide serious curb appeal.

Calgary’s harsh winter months can leave your deck and driveway looking dreadful. In addition to any minor repairs, both should be given a serious power washing to remove stains, mold, dirt and cobwebs. For those who like to use the area under their deck as storage, either find a less conspicuous place to stow those old chairs or get rid of them altogether. For oil stains on your driveway, use cat litter to soak up the oil, remove, then apply dish soap and scrub.

In addition to washing down your deck and driveway, wash windows, inside and out giving potential buyers the best perspective. If showing in the spring, renting a power washer to remove collected dust and debris left by winter storms gives a home a more inviting look. However, special care should be taken when washing under siding courses or in soffit vents where moisture can cause damage.

De-cluttering and de-personalizing your home for pre-sale allows potential buyers who see the home to imagine their things in the space instead. If you haven’t used something in over a year, you probably don’t need it, it could be donated or thrown away. Before viewings, everyday, essential items can be tucked in a small box and stored in a closet.

Houses tend to show better with fewer pieces of furniture, so one option is to rent a storage unit for excess and leave enough pieces to hint at the purpose of a room. Another idea is to hire a personal home stager to utilize your furniture pieces to their full potential. In addition to arranging your own furniture in the best fashion, many stagers also have their own supply of fancy furnishings for your home.

Affordable updates can be made to make your home more modern and appealing to potential buyers. Changing paint colours can vastly change the mood and feel of a home. For example, if your child’s room is a bright pink, consider painting it a more neutral colour like a beige or taupe. A neutral palette in a home that’s for sale makes it easier for potential buyers to imagine their furniture and knick knacks in the space.

Minor repairs can be made throughout the house taking little to no time at all but making a huge difference in the look of a space. Change burnt out light bulbs, patch holes in the wall; re-caulk tubs, showers and sinks.

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