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Tools Every Homeowner Needs and How to Keep Them OrganizedFor many people, buying a new home means learning to do housework and home repair. To do this, many people need to buy tools. For people who have long been renters, it's hard to know what tools are necessary and useful around the house. Below are some of the most helpful tools that you can buy when making the transition from home renter to homeowner.

Hammer, Nails, Mallet

Every homeowner needs a hammer and nails. Some homeowners buy nails as they're needed, but it's good to have a supply up front. Buy a variety of lengths and gauges, some with wide flat heads, and some with small heads.

Buy a hammer for pounding in the nails, and a mallet for pounding on something that could be damaged by the hard head of a hammer. For example, you might use a

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Business Spotlight: Deepwater Farms

Deepwater Farms brings a new look to sustainable farming in Calgary. With indoor farms that host crops as well as fish, around-the-clock farming and optimized crop cycles, the Deepwater Farms team is stepping into the future and combatting food scarcity here in Calgary.

The Creation of the Deepwater Aquaponic Farm

During his university days, Paul Shumlich researched food security and became intrigued by Aquaponics, a system of aquaculture where waste from marine life fertilizes plants that are grown in water. Closing the loop, the plants purify the water in which the fish swim.

Shumlich thought that aquaponics was a forward-thinking solution for year-round food security. With co-founder Kevin Daniels, the two built prototype systems in

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Best Brunch Locations in CalgaryDo you love to have Sunday Brunch? Calgary has some great places for you to indulge in all your brunch time favorites. What ever you are craving you will find it in Calgary.

River Café

You will find the River Café nestled inside the river park. This café can only be reached by foot because of its location within the park. The atmosphere is rugged, yet friendly and inviting. The meals are created with ingredients found within Calgary, and a good portion of them are organic or free range. With each season new dishes are offered.

There is a wood-fired oven, which provides an amazing aroma that fills the restaurant. Meat options include wild game, seafood, Alberta beef, duck, and fish. River Café serves up a homemade crusted bread, which is a

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Selling a TownhouseWhat types of people are looking for a townhouse in Calgary? Narrow down your selection and you'll be able to better market your home.

Marketing can be done very precisely when you figure out who your target market is, and that leads to a quicker home sale in almost every case. If you don't know the kind of people that are actively searching for townhouses, how can you point out the exact things that they are looking for?

"But It's My Agent's Job To Do The Advertising..."

Technically yes, but he can't do it alone. There will be plenty of potential buyers that will want to speak to you directly about the townhome you are selling and you should be ready to answer their questions.

Families, Families, Families

There aren't too many single

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What to Know About Calgary Sports

Does the thrill of the game keep you on the edge of your seat? Do you enjoy rooting for a local team, urging them towards the championships? Are you getting inspired to improve your own skills? Calgary is the place to do it all!

The city of Calgary is a place where sports of all kinds are abundant. Not only has our city been honored to host the Winter Olympics in 1988, we have also been the city to host multiple Grey Cup finals, the Special Olympics, Stanley Cup finals, and may even be hosting the upcoming Winter X Games! Calgary is known for many of our professional and amateur local sports teams whom have succeeded greatly in their sport, and we are proud to support them all!

If you are new to Calgary or are looking for more information

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As the summer approaches you'll want to be ready to soak up the sun during the afternoon or to enjoy a barbecue in the backyard with your friends. When summer arrives the only time you may want to spend inside is when the rain starts to come down and if you're like most people you're going to be spending all the time you can in the great outdoors.

Finding The Right Outdoor Furniture

Are you a wood, wicker, plastic or metal type of person when it comes to choosing the materials for your outdoor furniture? Wicker should only be used in places where the elements of nature can't reach it while wood, plastic and metal furniture can usually withstand more. Most of your wood options will require yearly maintenance, however, and metal furniture will also

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As a landlord it is your responsibility to always look for the perfect tenant every time you rent out a unit. By looking and striving for perfection you'll have a much better chance of finding the right type of tenants for your building, even if they don't end up being perfect!

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Here are some of the things that you'll be looking for when you're searching for the perfect tenant:

Responsible For The Monthly Payments

Of course, this is a top priority. You need to find someone that has a good financial track record and will be able to keep up with the monthly payments on the unit without fail. The best way to find out if a person is responsible with their finances is to do a credit check on them first before asking them to sign the rental

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How to Protect Your Rental HomesRental homes are a great investment but you"ll have to make sure that you manage them properly. The property manager on sight has minimal powers and cannot always take immediate action or make certain decisions regarding damage to the building.

It is important for you as the owner to visit your rental homes at least once annually. Here are a few reasons why:

Fraud

It is common knowledge that supervising from a distance will work 1 out of 3 times. The instructions given to the manager on the grounds can easily be overlooked in your absence or communication lines may get messed up.

Regulations

Tenants might, without your knowledge, break certain city laws, which can get you into trouble. Unreported damages to public utility systems like

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Home Sizes of Common Single-Family Home StylesWhen you're looking around for a new home one of your main considerations is going to be the size of the house. While there are a lot of different kinds of homes that are available in Calgary, we are going to take a look at 2 common ones to compare the sizes of each.

Single Family Detached Homes

A lot of the detached homes that have been designed for a single family in Calgary usually have 2 to 3 bedrooms and are commonly 1,200 to 1,700 ft.² in size. In most cases you'll be able to park in front of the house and you'll be able to sit back on your front porch and read the newspaper on warm summer evenings.

These detached homes often have a garage that is separate from the main house so you'll have to be prepared to walk outside to get to your

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Business Spotlight for Eau Claire Distillery in Calgary

Eau Claire Distillery: Making a Masterpiece with No Compromises

The Eau Claire Distillery pays tribute to everything that makes Alberta wonderful.

The distillery and its in-progress gardens sit on a historic site where MacLeod #1, #2, #3, #4 drilled for oil from the late 1920s until being decommissioned in 2018. For David Farran, founder and president, this connection to Alberta is just the beginning of the distillery's story.

"There are a few reasons behind the name," Farran says. "Firstly, Turner Valley was the operating area of the Eau Claire and Bow River Lumber Company during the early days of Alberta, and made a significant impact on the economy and town during that time. Secondly, "Eau Claire" means clear water in French. Since the

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