Edmonton Real Estate Blog

Six Renovations You'll Want to Avoid

The joke about Canadian roads is that we have two seasons, winter and construction. The same can be said about the real estate market. That extends to homeowners that plot and plan all winter long on how they will improve their living space as soon as it’s warm enough outside to mix cement and swing a hammer. This is an admirable pursuit since maintaining and improving a home can not only make you more comfortable but also increase your home’s value. The trick in achieving the latter is knowing which home renovations to take on.

If you’re modifying your home to your personal taste and are planning on being there a while, go ahead and put in the bathroom with the purple walls and black star-studded ceiling. But if you intent is to put your place on the market in the near future, you might want to be a bit more conservative. The following are some renovation tasks you just might want to take a pass on because they do little to increase the value of your home and...

Smart Urban Designs Popping Up In Edmonton

Build a comfortable home on a lot only 25 feet wide? Surely you jest. But for members of the Infill Development in Edmonton Association, or IDEA, this is the new reality. The newly minted group, launched this past Thursday has 50 founding members. This is a private launch, with a public outing scheduled for the fall.

The group was formed after City Hall announced its intention to increase infill development throughout the city. Currently it’s at roughly 19 percent. City fathers want to see that grow to at least 25 percent. The changing of the zoning laws is getting a considerable amount of pushback, largely because the infill process is misunderstood.

Infill is basically taking a large plot of land and dividing it up, allowing homes to be built on smaller pieces. Opponents fear this will cause devaluation of their properties and the construction of structures that are not pleasing to the eye. The creation of IDEA is not only for those interested in infill construction....