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There are countless benefits to building a custom

home, most notably that you get to control all of the

details. However, if you are inexperienced in this area,

you may fall into a number of common mistakes. When

building a house, watch out for these common pitfalls

in the planning process to give yourself the best

chance of being completely satisfied with the results.

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your house clutter-free, but it is possible to go overboard

when building a house. Keep in mind that the

more closet and storage space you include, the less

living space you will have left over. Think carefully

about your priorities to determine whether a huge

walk-in closet is more important to you than having

a spacious, comfortable bedroom. Aim for a balance

between the two.

Underestimating the Costs Involved

Wasting Unused Rooms

This is one of the most common mistakes people make

when building a house. Many people begin a custom

home project with lofty goals and premium fixtures

in mind, only to discover that seemingly small costs

can seriously add up over the course of the project. Be

realistic with yourself about what you truly need and

what you can only add if there is room left in your budget.

Don’t forget to include a cushion in your budget to

allow for last-minute changes to your plans.

As you make your plans for building a house, it can

be tempting to create rooms for everything you might

want to do in the future. For example, a large guest

suite might be a great idea if you have loved ones stay

overnight frequently, but if you only host guests a few

times a year, that room will go unused most of the

time. The space might be better put to use as a home

office or gym. Think about how you will actually use

the rooms and try to make them do double-duty when

possible to maximize usage.

Inconvenient Kitchen Placement

Your kitchen will undoubtedly be one of the most-used

rooms in your home, so you’ll want it to be centrally

located for easy access. It is also a good idea to place

your kitchen near your main entry point, whether that

is the front door or the garage. This will make your life

much easier when bringing in groceries and taking out

the garbage. Make sure your kitchen is close to the dining

room and main living area as well, especially if you

like to entertain.

Neglecting Privacy in the Master Bedroom

To ensure you are able to get the best possible sleep,

you’ll want to arrange your master bedroom in a quiet

area of the house. This means placing it away from

the main living area. You don’t want to be sharing a

wall with others who are awake when you are trying to

sleep. Don’t place your master bedroom over the garage

either, as others coming and going at early or late

hours could cause disruption.

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To help you avoid these common pitfalls, it helps to

work with an experienced design team who can help

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6. See if your neighbourhood has changed

If local businesses change direction or close up shop,

your business might be exposed to more risk. Be sure

to let your insurer know.

7. Update your service area

10 steps to reviewing your business insurance

Anything from a crisis, recession or difficult weather

conditions can result in changes to your business.

If your organization now does business or online sales

outside your province or even outside Canada, it might

be a good idea to enhance your business insurance

coverages to reflect the change.

8. Document all the changes to your building

If you want to avoid unpleasant surprises in the event

of a claim, your business insurance coverages should

reflect your current situation.

After any business changes, we recommend you make

sure you still have the right coverage. Here are 10 steps

to help you do that.

Doing renovations to the building where your business

is located, whether by expanding or improving

the facilities, could affect its reconstruction value.

Document the changes and send them to your insurer

to keep your file up to date and have your amount of

coverage re-evaluated.

9. Update your list of security systems

1. Review your business activities

If you’ve added new products or services, like online

sales, you might need extra coverage. Notify your insurer

of any changes that affect your operations.

2. Assess the value of your business assets

Have you acquired any new business assets to support

your operations? Calculate the value of furniture, telephone

or computer systems, tools and other equipment

related to your business sector, and check if you still

have enough business insurance coverages.

3. Take a look at your inventory

Launching a new product can increase your inventory.

Do you still have enough coverages? Your business

insurance should reflect your situation.

4. Review your service offer

Some specialized fields involve higher risks. When

hiring employees to perform new tasks, you may want

to add business insurance coverages or increase the

amount of your existing coverages.

There are many ways to prevent your place of business

from being broken into. You may have installed

an alarm system or surveillance cameras to protect

your business when it’s vacant. Don’t forget to tell your


10. Talk to your agent

Are you buying a vehicle so you can offer a new service?

Are you offering a new service with one of your

existing vehicles? You might have to update your business

insurance policy.

Your insurance agent can advise you on what steps

to take after a change so you can make sure you have

the right coverages and avoid a lot of problems in the

event of a claim! Don’t wait until it’s time to renew

your business insurance to let your insurer know you’re

doing renovations to your building, buying new assets

or expanding your operations, for example.

If you have any questions about your insurance coverages,

contact Desjardins Insurance. Our Desjardins

Agents are available and ready to help.

Shelley Orvold


5. Update your business income

Did you land a new contract, change your service offer

or hire new employees? Your revenue will probably

increase, too. Be sure to tell your insurer!



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What to Do When Payments Stop: 5 Urgent Steps

So What to do?

Collecting debt has always been one of the most uncomfortable

and delicate tasks in business.

In a time of crisis, it becomes infinitely more challenging.

Previously reliable customers no longer pay on time—

if at all. Even the best ones have stopped taking your

calls and their voicemail is uncharacteristically full.

When they DO answer, it isn’t good. Apologies, but

they can’t pay for an indeterminate period because of


It’s not just you. Virtually all business models, both

B2B and consumer-facing, healthcare providers and

landlords, are in a similarly precarious situation.

There are 5 important steps every business owner

needs to take in order to minimize risk and be as proactive

as possible.

Assess the current situation. Take a look at your accounts

receivable and flag everything past due. Contact

all account-holders and make them aware that for

your business’ continuity you must be firm about due

dates. They should respect this need and do the same.

Alert past-due accounts that collection action is imminent—give

a specific date.

Take immediate action. Send all non-responsive accounts

and any that are more than 60 days past due to

MetCredit (as we remind our clients, 60 is the new 90

in the critical post-COVID-19 era). Our professional

debt collection agents will treat your customers with

respect, and establish a high payment priority for future


The customer in many cases has an impeccable history,

making this an entirely new kind of problem. Good

business is hard-won, cost of sales is premium and

customer relationships are precious. Most importantly,

your brand reputation is priceless.

But here you are. Even the best customers are holding

out, and you have growing obligations of your own.

It’s painful and a source of tremendous stress.

Here’s the kicker: the worst is yet to come.

The forced shutdown has only just begun to take its

toll on businesses and consumers. Many are sitting on

a shrinking cash stockpile, waiting for a turnaround

that isn’t coming soon enough. If they owe you money,

they are spending it on other things—until it the last of

it runs out.

And despite the rosy flourishes being painted by some

politicians, the crisis is worsening. The subsidies,

stimulus packages and deferrals must soon end. Buying

habits and patterns have been massively disrupted, in

a lot of cases permanently.

If your business is already struggling to collect money

owed to it, it doesn’t take a master economist to envision

what’s in store. And the real economists concur it

will be very bad, for longer than many businesses can


Fortify business processes. The way people paid you

in the past is probably not reliable enough for the new

normal. Risk reduction should be top priority: sales are

a dangerous liability when you can’t collect. Insist on

full payment or substantial deposits—and make your

credit application mandatory whenever you grant credit

(which is anytime you are not paid in full upfront.)

Be sure buyers understand when payment is due and

acknowledge their commitment to you.

Make it easy to pay—safely. We recommend Interac

eTransfer or debit payments because funds are immediate,

fees are low and there is little risk of chargebacks.

If you offer financing for larger amounts, partner

with a leasing or finance company that is equipped

to manage the risks.

Embrace the new normal. If you have been patiently

waiting for old buying habits to resume, don’t! Some

business models, such as airline travel, retail sales

and buffet restaurants will surely never be the same.

Instead of praying for the good old ways to come back,

find ways to help customers with their new needs. And

while you do it, protect your own business’ future.

This is a hard reset, not a speed bump. It is an opportunity

to become better, more efficient, and eventually

more profitable than ever.

Brian Summerfelt

President & CEO of MetCredit





Our pets are the loves of our lives. They are like our children.

We care for them and they give us unconditional love no matter


According to FengShui – having pets – whether cats or dogs, fish

or gerbils, is good energy. And when pets are thriving and happy

– you have a happy and prosperous household. Having pets is a

responsibility; and care, consideration and commitment need to

go into their upkeep in your home. That has to be something that

is agreed upon right at the get-go. Having unkempt pet areas and

unhappy pets are considered inauspicious.

How do you get to be pet smart? Consider where to place your

cat’s litter box or the dog’s bed; think about whether the gerbil’s

cage is practical to have in your child’s room; or ask who is going

to consistently and frequently clean the fish tank. Do you need

removable, washable covers for the couches?

Would it be a wise investment to have a good quality air purifier

to deal with hair dander, smells and attendant issues around

having pets in the house?

Who is going to invest time in training your dog/s to be obedient

and listen to commands – especially when family and friends visit?

Having pets that rule households is also not a healthy emo-



Pet stores have a variety of wonderful beds. Larger

more expensive items like attractively built wood dog

crates that look like end tables or wicker boxes might

be found online. Choose one or several comfortable

cloth beds that will co-ordinate well with your décor.

Place them in rooms where your family spends the

most time so your pets are happy to be wherever you


Pet beds are best placed in a safe spot – out of a heavily

trafficked area and preferably in a corner or with

the wall behind them so they have a good view of the

room. It is important to discourage pets from jumping

onto the sofa and sleeping on your beds. It sets up

a precedent that creates a domination scenario with

your pet. That’s vital to avoid if you want to maintain

healthy relationships with family members.

For your cats, you could also plan to make or purchase

units that house litter boxes and can be placed

in more public areas like your bathroom if you don’t

have a large enough laundry room. Unique furniture

designs housing litter boxes might be more expensive,

but the trade-off is that your home stays neat, clean

and organized. Eco-friendly litter is also a must. Find

a practical spot for your cat tower so it’s not in the way

Remember to use natural cleaners around the dog’s

bed, the litter box. When the weather is warm, you can

periodically shake out the bed and let it breathe outdoors

for a couple of hours while your house is being

cleaned. If you need removable sofa covers, these can

easily be washed and replaced so your furniture smells

fresh, stays clean and ensures longer furniture life. For

new puppies, a sour apple solution sprayed onto furniture

legs will stop them from chewing. Always have

their toys neatly stored away in their own special toy

box. When you are out, a good way to soothe and calm

pets is to have light and relaxing music playing. This

way, you do not have to fret coming home to a possible


It pays to be pet smart. You get to enjoy the unconditional

love of your pets that depend upon you for

nurturing, security and attention. Finding the right

balance so your house does not fall into disarray and

stays in the flow of harmony and good energy takes

time, consideration and careful attention.

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As you research exterior siding for your home, you will notice there

are a number of different products available for your Edmonton

Home. Making sure that you have the right siding for your home’s

needs is integral. Not only can you upgrade the curb appeal, but

you can make sure your home is protected against the harshest

winters that the Edmonton area has to offer. So, what should you

consider when looking for the right exterior siding for your home?

Energy Efficient

A sidings energy efficiency ratings is based on its R-value. The

R-value will differ from building material to building material.

Vinyl exterior siding is designed to be affordable, easy to install,

and energy efficient. Wood siding is one of the higher rated energy

efficient home sidings, It is not the most cost-effective and it does

require ongoing maintenance, but it does have one of the best


retain any heat. Although, this home is the most durable and can be

the most energy efficient, it does not carry one of the higher price

tags. Vinyl siding is also one of the more durable siding choices and

can last for years and years with proper maintenance and care.


Most exterior siding is versatile for your home’s needs. Both wood

and vinyl siding can be painted to suit your aesthetic desires. Metal

siding’s versatility comes from its ability to keep your home safe

form the elements, termites, and maintains its finish.

Whichever exterior siding you choose for your home, there will be

pros and cons to any building material. The outside of your home

is just as important as the inside of your home, so knowing your

options is an integral part of choosing the right siding. Understanding

the different benefits of each type of siding is the right step in

determining how to pick the perfect siding to suit your needs.


Metal siding is by far your most durable, weather resistant exterior

siding. This type of siding also helps to keep your home cool in the

summer months, as it deflects the sun’s heat and does not






The Invisible Force and Energy In Our Homes

Electromagnetic radiation is an invisible force in our homes and

properties, which comes from natural Geopathic stress zones.

Vortexes of radiation, dangerous hot spots, and also man-made

stressors like electronics, computers and cell phones to name a


The electromagnetic frequencies or EMFs create stress in the

body and are a common factor in most serious long-term illnesses

& psychological factors.

The earth has a natural vibration which when distorted by weak

electromagnetic fields created by subterranean running water,

certain mineral concentrations.

Do your research for companies who can test your homes and for

remedies to eliminate, reduce or transform harmful EMFs in your

home. You will experience:

Better quality sleep maximizing nutrient uptake and cellular


Optimized cellular energy levels & instant improved immune


Mental clarity, protection & prevention of feeling ill

Less stress, positive energy, relaxation, feeling more grounded,

alert & fully re-charged.

Fault lines and underground cavities become harmful to living

organisms. Geopathic stress disrupts our natural vibrations interfering

with the body’s ability to repair cells and combat disease.

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The most common indications of Geopathic stress in humans are:

resistance to medical treatment, feeling run down, exhausted,

depressed, nervousness, irritability, loss of appetite, food allergies,

headaches, sensitivity to electronics & depletion of vitamins &


Physical indicators of Geopathic stress on your property are dead

or stunted gaps in hedges & avenues of trees, non-productive fruit

trees, bare patches in lawns, moss & fungi, an infestation of slugs,

snails, insects, parasites, bacteria, viruses, ants, termite nests,

wasp nests and bees.


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Discover Edmonton’s Best Kept Secret!

Do you love saving money on quality items? Great! You’ve just stumbled

onto one of Edmonton’s best kept secrets – the Habitat for Humanity

ReStore! With four locations in the Edmonton area, you are not far

from finding that one-of-a-kind product you’re looking for.

Once you visit a ReStore, you won’t be able to keep this secret to

yourself! There are plenty of savings to be had by all at ReStore.

ReStore is a social enterprise that came to life in Winnipeg,

Manitoba. What started as a novel concept in the 1990s has now

blossomed into a major funding base for Habitat for Humanity.

ReStore accepts donations of new and gently-used building materials,

furniture, appliances, and more, and resells these products to the

general public. The high quality, value-priced products attract a multitude

of shoppers who peruse the shelves to find a hidden gem. All proceeds

go towards helping families gain access to affordable home ownership

through Habitat for Humanity.


At ReStore, every visit is a new adventure. You never know what unique product will be waiting for you!

Each of our ReStores is a bit different from each other in layout and product, but one thing that is not

different is the stellar customer service and great prices.


Every donation from a home or business can be dropped off directly

at one of our locations or picked up from your doorstep by our

ReStore Donation Truck. All you need to do is visit us at

HFH.org/restore or call us at (780) 477-4057. Your donation of

product to ReStore is also eligible for a charitable tax receipt.


If you like to meet new people, help customers find products,

and help a life-changing charity, then you’ll enjoy volunteering

at a Habitat ReStore. There are plenty of opportunities, and our

friendly staff would love to have you join us for a day or longer.

When you visit the Habitat ReStore, we know that you’ll find quality

items that are charitably priced, and you’ll be in the know on one of Edmonton’s

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See the world, but first see this

into giving all their money by not choosing ground

transportation wisely.

Visiting many countries around you is a great thing to

do and strongly encouraged. However, you want to do

so safely. Using these travel security tips, everyone can

stay safe and have a great time!

Be cautious when using public Wi-Fi

They don’t just come from environmental threats, rather,

some of the biggest problems are invisible to the

human eye.

When preparing for a trip, travelers need to make sure

their planning lists include personal wellness items

and good safety habits. Here are five easy healthy travel

tips everyone can follow.

Hackers can get easy access to your devices if you log

onto a public WI-FI. Always use a private VPN or wait

to your devices until you are on a private network

Plan your stay and update friends and family

Have an itinerary set out and make sure to share it

with an emergency contact. Leave this contact’s name

in all your items. Should something happen to you

while abroad, you want to make sure they’re notified as

soon as possible.

1. Always opt for Bottled Water

2. Utilize Hand Sanitizer at all Turns

3. Use a Bug Repellent With DEET or Icaridin

4. Use Sunscreen While Outdoors

5. Get Plenty of Rest Between Adventures

Prep a pet-friendly travel kit

Bring food, a bowl, leash, a waste scoop, plastic bags,

grooming supplies, medication and first-aid, and any

travel documents. Pack a favorite toy or pillow to give

your pet a sense of familiarity.

Be sure to pack plenty of water and avoid feeding your

pet in a moving vehicle.

Scan your passport and other identifying items

This is one of the biggest vacation safety tips. Instead

of waiting around for a couple of months to get a new

passport or other documents, using scanned copies

can also provide you with a way to have the proper ID

while out and about. Keeping scanned copies in cloud

storage is a great way to have access to them, no matter

where you are.

They don’t just come from environmental threats, rather,

some of the biggest problems are invisible to the

human eye.

When preparing for a trip, travelers need to make sure

their planning lists include personal wellness items

and good safety habits. Here are five easy healthy travel

tips everyone can follow.

Separate your cash and cards

It’s important to stay safe with travel safety tips no

matter where you are heading around the world. Not

only is exploring a new area intimidating, but it can

also mean that you’re not used to your surroundings.

Whether you’re on a trip to work as a volunteer or you

are a student or even if you are just taking an extended

vacation, being smart about where you go and who you

trust while traveling, you can have an all-around good


Instead of keeping everything in one area, place some

cash in your suitcase, in your wallet and in another

safe place. Additionally, spread your cards around

evenly to the same areas. This ensures that you always

have your cash on hand, no matter what happens.

Healthy Travel

1. Always opt for Bottled Water

2. Utilize Hand Sanitizer at all Turns

3. Use a Bug Repellent With DEET or Icaridin

4. Use Sunscreen While Outdoors

5. Get Plenty of Rest Between Adventures

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When spring rolls around real estate listing signs start popping

up like mushrooms. Suddenly the property market comes alive

and REALTORS® jump to a more hectic pace focused on their

buyers and sellers. The weather is warming and spring gardens

are colourfully flourishing. There is an excitement in the air –

inspiration enough to get out and about and see what properties

have come on to the market that might suit your families’ wish

list. A number of variants will determine timing and your decision

to either list your property or look to purchase one.

Most young families will choose to list or purchase in the spring

to be assured their school age going children are settled into new

neighbourhoods mostly before the summer, and before the new

school year in early September. Business executives or military

personnel might be relocated for the same reason. Listing in the

summer or winter might limit your exposure to the greater buying

market when families have their attention towards other realms

of life. And whether you are a seller or buyer, you might prefer

to move your family in the season of the year that supports the

physical moving process. Spring might just make good sense.

The truth is – after the excitement of spring with summer typically

a “time-off” period for family and other projects – fall is the

next best season to list or purchase a home. Remember that the

spring rush of numerous listings in your neighbourhood will create

more competition for your property. There are two possible

outcomes affecting buyers and sellers accordingly; spring buyers

will compete for the best houses that come on to the market –

keeping prices at a premium, or an overflow of inventory allows

buyers to take time and enjoy the range of choice. For this reason

you could consider your options carefully before deciding on

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any family considerations.

Is the inventory of homes at a premium or a low?

Your REALTOR® will also point to the fact that perhaps

the size and price point of your home may not be an

issue regarding timing and attracting the right buyer.

REALTORS® may discuss with you the preparation details

of listing your home, their selling strategies, and

the ease of capturing eager buyers if you are thinking

of selling at the most opportune time. Expensive

homes call for different considerations; as do holiday

homes. Sellers will be looking for that one right buyer

who will afford their home. That one buyer might be

looking regardless of the season. And first time buyers

could potentially be on the look out for a small home

and may not have any time constraints. Condos and

townhomes may have their own considerations in the

current marketplace.

Realistically there might be times when you have no

choice to make the change, nor the time or season for

your listing or your purchase.

Focus on the current market and property trends is


Who does the real estate market currently favour – buyers

or sellers?

What is the short and/or long-term forecast for the


How much competition is there on your street?

Which bracket does your home fall in to?

Which demographic will be interested in your home?

Are your families’ needs governed by certain priorities?

Is there a rebate for first time buyers? Is there an expiry


Is the season you move a consideration?

What does your REALTOR® suggest?

Will buying or selling in the fall season maximize the

potential for your wish list? Discuss all your primary

considerations, concerns, needs and requirements

with your REALTOR®. They will bring you up to speed

with what is happening in the market and how that

will impact the sale of your home, and/or your next

home purchase. The real estate market fluctuates and

changes from year to year. There are no hard and fast

rules. Make sure you proceed by planning strategically

and accordingly to get the most out of your real estate


What are comparable homes selling for in your neighbourhood

or the neighbourhood you are looking to buy






Thinking about power washing your deck, or roof in the coming

weeks? With water – freshwater – being a concern these days, it

would be prudent to consider the following facts prior to engaging

in power washing around your home.

Firstly, consider whether there is an alternative method to reduce

the amount of water that is ultimately used. Can you use absorbent

materials to wipe up any oil? Does the area require a good

sweep or vacuuming to remove debris prior to the wash?

Thought needs to go into the cleaning solutions you intend to

use. Are they environmentally friendly? Caustic chemicals corrode

surfaces they settle on, as well as being harmful to the environment.

Location is also important. Are you power washing close to

storm drains, or on a slope where runoff is going to land up in the

storm drains?

Water that flows down into storm drains is not treated and poses

potential hazards particularly if it runs off rooftops, or down

driveways where antifreeze or oil leaks, paint chips, roof particles

and so on, go unchecked into the lakes, streams and ultimately

oceans. Storm drains must be protected from this runoff.

What about water seepage into the soil?

Depending upon what you are cleaning, the following instructions

are recommended:

Do a dry clean-up before washing down. If possible, wash without

soaps. Contaminated water must be kept out of the storm drains

and if caustic, must be neutralized before being discharged to the

sanitary sewer. Dispose of dry waste into the garbage if non-toxic.

If materials have been used to soak up paints, solvents, cleaning

fluids and so on, they should be directed to a hazardous waste facility.

Wash water and solid residues with lead-based paints must

be contained and tested as a hazardous material and disposed of

at a licensed treatment facility. Keep the usage of freshwater to a


It is vital to place conscious thought as to the best and proactive

techniques to engage upon when power washing. Water is a finite

commodity that is precious and valuable. When you implement

practical, thoughtful steps to achieve the desired cleanup you

are looking for, you are protecting and improving water quality;

saving money on disposal costs, and saving the environment and

water systems from toxic run-offs.

Just as you would be proactive in ensuring the health of your

family, realize that the health of the environment is interconnected,

and just as important. The same measure of implementation

and concern is necessary for both – one is not mutually exclusive

to the other.
















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