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<strong>Winter</strong> Garden<br />

Preparation<br />

Viruses, bacteria, and insect larvae<br />

in the soil can be detrimental if not<br />

cleared away properly. Pull out weeds<br />

that have sprung up at the end of<br />

summer, and add them along with<br />

other vegetation from your beds and<br />

leaf raking to your compost heap.<br />

All cut plant material that is diseased<br />

or questionable must be discarded<br />

and not added into the<br />

compost pile. Divide up<br />

the summer plants from<br />

the <strong>spring</strong> plants. Perennials<br />

can be cut back to<br />

soil level. Rake the beds<br />

clean for further smaller<br />

weeds and plant debris<br />

like roots.<br />

Autumn is a good time to plant your<br />

<strong>spring</strong> bulbs. Place them into the<br />

ground while temperatures are still<br />

warm and the ground soft. You can<br />

also plant bright mums for those<br />

wonderful bright fall colours.<br />

Organic matter is beneficial as an insulator<br />

as it protects perennial roots,<br />

plants and the soil. Adding material to<br />

your beds provides the richest mulch<br />

when <strong>spring</strong> eventually comes along.<br />

Natural mulch will include all your<br />

grass trimmings, fallen leaves and<br />

other organic materials.<br />

Make sure to add a good 3 to 6 inches<br />

of mulch over your beds. Screen<br />

Fall is the time of year where your flower and vegetable<br />

gardens require most of your attention. It’s important to<br />

ensure all beds are cleared as much as possible of old,<br />

decaying organic debris.<br />

young evergreens with burlap<br />

wrapped around the trees to protect<br />

them from harsh cold winds. Collect<br />

and package seeds from the plants<br />

you allowed to go to seed. Harvest the<br />

rest of your vegetables. If you have<br />

a small vegetable garden, whether<br />

boxed or in beds, pull out all the roots<br />

and place in your compost heap.<br />

You can till and turn the earth with<br />

discarded leaves into the soil a couple<br />

of times until the ground hardens<br />

with the cold.<br />

Your soil will benefit from the nutrients<br />

of the organic matter. Wash and<br />

thoroughly dry your flowerpots so<br />

all trace amounts of soil are cleaned<br />

away, with no chance of mold from<br />

dampness. Place them<br />

along with all your washed<br />

and dried garden tools in<br />

your garage or tool shed.<br />

Turn off all corresponding<br />

faucets from the interior,<br />

and allow the outer faucet<br />

to drain, ensuring no water is left<br />

in the pipes or wall that will freeze<br />

during winter.<br />

Thorough winter garden preparation<br />

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Security<br />

is PEACE<br />

of MIND<br />

It used to be that alarm<br />

companies would install wires and<br />

contact sensors in every window<br />

and entrance to your home.<br />

These systems have proved<br />

to be sometimes problematic<br />

when it comes to changing<br />

window systems to the new<br />

energy efficient window systems.<br />

Suddenly you might find yourself<br />

with wires sticking out of the<br />

window frames with no ability to<br />

connect the sensors.<br />

Today these systems are becoming<br />

obsolete in the face of smart wireless<br />

technology.<br />

Some smart equipment will include<br />

a base tower and you can easily<br />

install the rest of the components on<br />

your doors and windows. All these<br />

components connect wirelessly with<br />

each other.<br />

The base station has a power backup<br />

in case of power outages, and has<br />

a SIM card in it, which calls for help<br />

if there are any issues. There is no<br />

drilling into walls or window frames<br />

as sensors have sticky tabs.<br />

Some systems come with contact<br />

and entry sensors, motion detectors,<br />

key pad, panic siren; smoke detectors,<br />

carbon monoxide, leak detectors<br />

and freezer detectors.<br />

With cameras and sensors installed<br />

around your home and property,<br />

surveillance, monitoring and control<br />

can be done from your cell phone.<br />

Monitoring by alarm companies is<br />

done remotely too, and alerts are<br />

sent directly to your cell phone.<br />

And in case you forgot to turn off<br />

some lights, or the fireplace, or close<br />

the electric blinds you can do that<br />

from the comfort of your location if<br />

you are away from home.<br />

This new technology makes it far easier<br />

for people to travel, be away from<br />

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their property is secure. Parents can<br />

also check in on their family and pets.<br />

One concern you should be aware of<br />

though with this kind of technology<br />

is that it has been proven, it’s possible<br />

that the system can be hacked<br />

using technology to pick up pin<br />

numbers when they are punched in<br />

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Alarm companies are working to<br />

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The onus is on the homeowner to<br />

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Traditional Kitchens<br />

vs.<br />

Modern Kitchens<br />

This Article is Provided by Tony Hilderman from Tormynak Contracting<br />

Tormynak Contracting has a very diverse knowledge<br />

in custom cabinetry and has been serving Airdrie and<br />

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Tony Hilderman, the hands on owner has over 20 years<br />

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Tormynak contracting has a couple of key specialties that<br />

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CABINETRY. They have expertise in matching to existing<br />

cabinetry. Like Tony says: “Why change it all if we can<br />

match what you have?”<br />

There are many factors to consider before making the<br />

choice of going for a “Traditional Design Kitchen” or<br />

“Modern Design Kitchen”.<br />

• the Style of your home and other houses in vicinity<br />

• the value of your home<br />

• the budget<br />

• MOST importantly, it’s a matter of personal taste<br />

Modern Kitchens can offer homeowners a more dynamic<br />

and innovative style of kitchen that is anything but ordinary.<br />

A couple of the advantages of modern kitchens are<br />

that they are easy to maintain and there are many options<br />

and accessories available to customize your kitchen to<br />

make it right for you.<br />

Traditional Kitchens look stellar in period homes, including<br />

Victorian and traditional style houses. They tend to<br />

be more rustic and have a “homey feel”. These types of<br />

cabinets boast gorgeous wood that dominate the space.<br />

Remember, Tormynak Contracting are experts in retro-fitting<br />

and matching up with existing cabinets.<br />

We always suggest that our customers do thoughtful<br />

research as they have to live with their decision for a long<br />

time. Gone are the days when the kitchen was only for<br />

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A reverse mortgage allows Canadians 55 and older to unlock up to 55%<br />

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Hot Condo Topics<br />

Current condo hot topics include<br />

the Condominium Property Amendment<br />

Act and amended Human<br />

Rights legislation regarding age<br />

restricted housing.<br />

Condominium Property Act<br />

amendments have been created<br />

to improve protection for buyers<br />

of newly constructed units (new<br />

units sold directly by developers)<br />

and existing owners/purchasers of<br />

resale units. Some of the amendments<br />

regarding developers include<br />

strengthening the province’s power<br />

to inspect, investigate and enforce<br />

rules respecting sales, expanding<br />

purchase disclosure information<br />

including a final date by which the<br />

unit must be ready for occupancy<br />

and options to cancel a contract if<br />

that date is not met.<br />

Amendments with regard to existing<br />

owners (or purchasers of<br />

existing condominium units) to be<br />

addressed in regulations supporting<br />

this Act include new restrictions regarding<br />

the registration of a caveat<br />

against a unit’s title for a charge ($)<br />

to a unit for monetary sanctions<br />

imposed under a bylaw or other<br />

debts claimed by the corporation<br />

(may only be registered against the<br />

unit title by caveat if the sanctions<br />

for debts are found by a court to be<br />

valid but remain unpaid), capping<br />

expenses with regard to preparation,<br />

registration, enforcement or<br />

discharge of a caveat, limiting the<br />

amount of monetary sanctions that<br />

can be imposed in accordance with<br />

the bylaws, enabling certain types<br />

of votes to be conducted electronically,<br />

prescribing maximum fees<br />

that can be charged for a corporation’s<br />

documents and clarifying<br />

insurance, maintenance and repair<br />

obligations of the corporation and<br />

those of unit owners. These amendments<br />

are also geared towards<br />

raising standards in Alberta’s condominium<br />

management sector by<br />

designating the Real Estate Council<br />

of Alberta (RECA) as the regulator<br />

of condominium managers and enabling<br />

this body to establish licensing<br />

requirements for condominium<br />

managers, including education and<br />

training requirements.<br />

A new tribunal system will be<br />

framed to be an affordable and<br />

efficient forum/decision maker for<br />

certain types of condo disputes<br />

between Boards, owners, occupants<br />

and other interested parties. The tribunal<br />

will operate under rules and<br />

procedures set out in the regulations<br />

to ensure that hearings are fair<br />

and efficient, but will only operate<br />

in a limited geographic area (such<br />

as Edmonton or <strong>Calgary</strong>) during the<br />

pilot phase. It will be expanded later<br />

to hear a wider range of disputes in<br />

a greater number of locations across<br />

the province. Courts will continue<br />

to hear disputes that fall outside of<br />

the tribunal jurisdiction including<br />

disputes such as unit foreclosure or<br />

modification of the Condominium<br />

Plan.<br />

Changes to Alberta’s Human Rights<br />

legislation prohibits ‘age’ as a form<br />

of discrimination in condos (and<br />

other areas) and other types of<br />

community housing (co-ops and<br />

mobile home sites). Condominiums/<br />

community housing will be allowed<br />

to continue age restrictions from<br />

55 years and above (including the<br />

spouses and significant others under<br />

the age of 55). Condominiums<br />

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55 years will be grandfathered for<br />

a period of 15 years. This means<br />

that between now and approximately<br />

2032, condominiums with<br />

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(and change their bylaws) to either<br />

eliminate the restriction altogether<br />

or set their age restriction at<br />

55 years. There is a national trend<br />

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amendment will help to create a<br />

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Fireplace Cleaning<br />

&<br />

Health<br />

There is nothing more pleasing than<br />

contemplating a heartwarming fire<br />

going in the hearth as the weather<br />

starts to cool. Fall is probably the<br />

best time to make sure all is in good<br />

working order ahead of the cooling<br />

weather. Typically chimneys, fireplaces<br />

and vents should be inspected and<br />

cleaned just prior to, and after the<br />

winter to work optimally.<br />

This will ensure regular maintenance<br />

clears debris and blockages, and<br />

venting works efficiently. Check<br />

with a flashlight to see whether the<br />

creosote is thicker than 1/8th inch,<br />

and if so, the job needs to get done. If<br />

you are not comfortable getting onto<br />

your roof you can clear your chimney<br />

from the bottom up. Chimney brush<br />

sizes and shapes are determined by<br />

whether you have a round or square<br />

shaped flue. Small brushes make the<br />

work of cleaning the flue a lot harder;<br />

the size should be snug enough – just<br />

slightly larger than the flue to move<br />

with ease. Fibreglass rods can be purchased<br />

for straight chimneys. Make<br />

sure the brush has the same connection<br />

type as the rod.<br />

The rod lengths will be the height<br />

from your chimney to the damper.<br />

You or someone can drop a rope<br />

down from the top of the chimney to<br />

determine the length. Make sure to<br />

wear gloves and have the surrounding<br />

floor covered with a protective<br />

mat or plastic liner. To start, attach the<br />

brush to your first rod.<br />

As you move it up the flue add the<br />

additional rods for ease. As you get<br />

your brush through the damper, push<br />

further up to attach additional rods.<br />

Push through to get an up and down<br />

scraping, sweeping motion.<br />

Once you have completed cleaning<br />

the creosote and debris, pull your<br />

broom out and use a brush and bucket,<br />

or an ash vacuum to pick up the<br />

ash from the floor and inner ledge.<br />

Keeping your chimney regularly<br />

checked and clean will ensure you<br />

don’t have any issues when colder<br />

weather comes to stay. With this work<br />

done, you can now relax and enjoy an<br />

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12 Tips<br />

To Protect Your Credit Score<br />

From<br />

Written by Brian Summefelt<br />

President and CEO of MetCredit<br />

Identity theft. We continue to hear of fraudsters hijacking<br />

someone’s ID to access money or get credit. The victim is<br />

burdened with proving “that wasn’t me!”<br />

Identity theft also destroys one’s credit score, so you<br />

can’t get a mortgage, vehicle loan or credit card until you<br />

resolve things—a process that takes endless frustrating<br />

hours. It’s not just negligent or careless people who have<br />

their identity stolen.<br />

It even happened to me. A photocopy of my identity<br />

documents was compromised by a hotel administrator: an<br />

inside job by a trusted professional. Having been a victim<br />

despite my hyper-vigilant nature, I know the frustration<br />

and vulnerability that accompany being targeted.<br />

Prevention is key. These 12 tips will help reduce your risk<br />

of identity theft:<br />

1. Use biometric wallets like Apple Pay, a hardware-secured<br />

payment system that uses one-time tokens rather<br />

than credit card numbers and codes. Face and fingerprint<br />

recognition safeguard against unauthorized use.<br />

2. Remove any ID from your wallet or purse that you don’t<br />

often need, and lock it away.<br />

3. Swipe or tap your own payment cards on readers. Nearfield<br />

communication (NFC) information used by contactless<br />

cards can be scanned and later replicated.<br />

4. Don’t open suspect emails or click on links within them.<br />

Never open an unexpected attachment, no matter who it<br />

appears to be from.<br />

5. Be on guard for phone calls, visits, texts or emails from<br />

strangers asking for personal information. Never give<br />

out your date of birth, bank account number, or personal<br />

information.<br />

6. Refuse copying of your ID (at hotels, for instance) and<br />

offer less invasive means of confirmation.<br />

7. Shred all private and financial documents before discarding.<br />

8. Update all financial institutions of any change to your<br />

contact info.<br />

9. Routinely check your credit reports, bank statements<br />

and credit card bills line-by-line. Report anything suspicious.<br />

10. Subscribe to a credit monitoring service, especially if<br />

your identity might be compromised.<br />

11. Look for the “https” (with an “s” for Secure) and padlock<br />

icon beside a website’s URL indicating information is<br />

encrypted in transit.<br />

12. Never store your credit or debit PINs anywhere near<br />

the cards. Use an encrypted password app.<br />

If you suspect your identity has been compromised, get<br />

help.<br />

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Carpet Cleaning<br />

Professional?<br />

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The Co-Signor,<br />

The Guarantor and<br />

the Indemnitor<br />

Mortgage Smarts (the book), explains the differences between a co-signor, a guarantor, and indemnitor in case you are<br />

not aware of these categories of support when it comes to applying for a mortgage.<br />

Co-signor<br />

If you have little or no credit history,<br />

or if you do not have enough financial<br />

strength, the lender may require you<br />

to have a co-signer. The lender must<br />

be satisfied that the co-signer has the<br />

financial ability to pay off the debt<br />

if you default, and usually requires<br />

that the co-signor go on the title as<br />

well as you. If your financial situation<br />

improves, the lender may allow the<br />

co-signor to be removed from title.<br />

Les bought a pre-sale condominium<br />

from a developer. His parents were<br />

willing to help him by putting $5,000<br />

towards the down payment and<br />

co-signing the loan. They were included<br />

with Les on the title as tenants in<br />

common.<br />

The parents were insistent that the<br />

only way Les would get the $5,000 was<br />

if they were also on title.<br />

So, the sale completed and five years<br />

went by. Les enjoyed his condo and<br />

all seemed well. Then water became<br />

a problem in the building and it fell<br />

into the “leaky condo” category,<br />

requiring full rehabilitation. The cost<br />

per unit was $40,000. At the time, the<br />

government provided interest free<br />

loans to owners who earned below a<br />

certain income. Luckily, Les qualified<br />

for his loan. However, when he made<br />

the loan application it was noticed<br />

that his parents were also on title.<br />

Since they had ample money, they<br />

were forced to borrow $40,000 to pay<br />

the assessment, so now Les had to pay<br />

them back $40,000 plus interest.<br />

His parents were less than gracious<br />

about having to pay the assessment<br />

fee up front and it caused problems<br />

between them and Les. However, had<br />

they considered the ramifications going<br />

on title at the beginning, the<br />

situation would have been averted<br />

and the loan for Les would have been<br />

interest-free.<br />

Guarantor<br />

If you cannot financially qualify for a<br />

mortgage, you might have a family<br />

member or friend who is willing to act<br />

as a guarantor. A guarantor provides<br />

additional security to the lender, but<br />

does not go on the title like a co-signor.<br />

This person would have to qualify<br />

financially with the lender. If you<br />

defaulted in your mortgage, the lender<br />

would foreclose on the property. Any<br />

financial losses the lender incurred<br />

would be payable by the guarantor if<br />

you were unable to pay the required<br />

amount. The guarantor’s promise to<br />

pay is called a guarantee and is a written<br />

document, which may or may not<br />

be attached to the mortgage.<br />

Indemnitor<br />

An indemnity operates much like a<br />

guarantee in that the person providing<br />

an indemnity guarantees payment of<br />

the loan. The main difference is that<br />

the lender does not have to go after<br />

the borrower first before being able to<br />

claim for its financial losses. The lender<br />

can call upon the indemnitor at the<br />

first sign of trouble. The current trend is<br />

to choose this form of security rather<br />

than a simple guarantee.”<br />

Life experiences always teach us after<br />

the fact if we’re not careful in considering<br />

all the options and unexpected<br />

possible scenarios that could occur. In<br />

the case of Les and his parents, the RE-<br />

ALTOR® made a number of suggestions<br />

to find a solution for Les. In the end it<br />

did not work out so well for the family.<br />

Ask your mortgage broker all the questions<br />

you need to be aware regarding<br />

signing as a co-signor, guarantor, or<br />

indemnitor. In the end, improbable<br />

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Brown the New Black<br />

This winter warmth can be<br />

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colonial brick and terracotta<br />

reds, as well as deep forest<br />

greens. Whether you choose<br />

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Stain-wooden beams dark<br />

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Time to put away the all-white<br />

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and planters, rustic and rural rugs and accessories will pull<br />

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Trends still continue to create space that is devoid of any<br />

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Have fun this winter season. Creativity is at its best when<br />

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windows. Clean and fix where necessary.<br />

If you have a garage, straighten<br />

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Going inside now, check the basement<br />

and make sure that all items are<br />

stored neatly in order to create a spacious<br />

appearance. If necessary, paint<br />

the floor. Now, it’s time to check the<br />

plumbing. Repair all dripping faucets<br />

and leaky toilets.<br />

Once the plumbing is looked after,<br />

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cooling system and get any needed<br />

repairs done. Then clean the exterior<br />

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Next, take a look at the lights<br />

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switches. With that mission accomplished,<br />

take a look at halls and stairs<br />

and remove clutter to give narrow areas<br />

a wider appearance, and examine<br />

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Now, consider your home’s general<br />

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Dust, wash, and paint where necessary,<br />

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Once that work is complete, consider<br />

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To make your rooms feel more roomy,<br />

store unneeded items in out-of-sight<br />

areas. Then check your carpets and<br />

remove all unsightly spots.<br />

We have come now to the critical<br />

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closets. Make the stove, fridge and<br />

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