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5 Step Guide to Refinishing Furniture

Posted by Earl Raatz on Jul 02, 2020

Breathing new life into some of your old furniture can give you a conversation piece that fills your new home with a style that is unique to you.

Whether it’s an old sideboard, armoire, or bedroom dresser, don’t be hasty to punt these things out to the curb! In fact, restoring well-loved furniture found in antique markets and online classifieds can be an excellent way to give your new home character without breaking the bank.

Top 20 perennial plants that thrive in our Calgary climate

Posted by Earl Raatz on May 26, 2020

When it comes to planting in our crazy Calgary climate, sometimes we can experience extreme weather changes which can be costly if you're not picking plants that can survive in our location. Walk into any garden centre and there is a vast spectrum of perennials to choose from. Some thrive in Calgary better than others. But how to choose the right one for your garden oasis? Firstly, one important fact you should know is that in 2016 Calgary’s hardiness zone was moved from a 3b to 4a. This change increased the variety of perennials that you can plant.  Most garden centres will carry plants that range in zone from 2 - 7, so be conscious of the choice you make and the zoning of your plant. The lower the number means the plant will survive in harsher climate, the higher the number the milder the climate.

Can I still buy a new home during COVID? How is it done?

Posted by Earl Raatz on May 21, 2020

It's natural for everyone to want their own home after all, a man's home is his castle ( or hers haha). During these unprecedented times of COVID, the sanctuary of a home is more important than ever. 

We take your safety and the safety of our team very seriously so we have ways around the current situation. It's our goal to make you all feel safe while helping you obtain home ownership.

What are your options?

It's simple. We have always had ways for people who can't be in town or who travel a lot for business to go through the process of buying their home. 

You can start here.

Going online to our website at NuVista Homes is a great place to browse plans and homes that are already being built such as our quick possessions homes.  I'm sure you already have communities in mind that you have a connection with. If you want to see which communities we build in and satellite cities, you can check out our communities page. Here are the simple steps to obtaining home ownership in safely as we value your and our reams safety.  Show homes are slowly and cautiously reopening following Alberta government guidelines for your convenience.


1. Virtual Walk throughs.   If you see a home online and you are interested, we have a couple of options for you. First you can view that quick possession home online through the photo gallery or you can contact our online concierge to see if there is an available walk-through video. If not, the online concierge can connect you with the area manager and ask them for a walk-through video in real time with you online so you can ask questions such as Facetime. If that doesn't appeal with you, we can just email you a video of us walking through the home. If you wish, we can arrange entry for just you and your partner to view the home while we wait out side. If you prefer, we can come in at a safe distance to answer any questions you might have.

 

2. Pricing and options.   This part is simple as we can talk via email, Facetime or on the phone to answer any questions you have regarding options, pricing and or financing . We can help you from the safety of your own living room and have done so for many customers who have used this service due to their job or living out of the country part of the year. 

3. Finalizing the details.   Once we finalize the details and we agree on on all your options and pricing, we then send you the final contract to sign through Docusign. What is Docusign? It's a safe, efficient and fast way to email important documents for a signature and returns them automatically. Your documents are encrypted and a complete audit trail is kept. A couple of taps on your smartphone, tablet  or home computer and you’re done. Then they are ready to be sent to your financial institution or we can do that if you so wish. If you need help finding a mortgage broker, then we can assist you there as well. 

 

4. When it's time to possess.   We will go through your new home thoroughly and list any deficiencies we see and mark them accordingly and then leave. You can then access the home as we will leave the door unlocked and will be waiting onsite nearby to ensure you gain access and to protect your home. You can then come out and call us ( we will leave our number on the counter ) saying everything is ok or that  you want to add something to the documents before signing them. Which is fine as our warranty technician will take a copy back to the office.  We will then make arrangements with you to complete any tasks.

All you need to know is that we are here to help you and work through this together.  

5 Easy steps to makeover your patio space that won't break the bank

Posted by Earl Raatz on Mar 31, 2020

With all the mayhem going on in the world, most people are choosing to stay home in the sanctuary of their own spaces. But what if your backyard space looks more like a prison than an oasis? Don't worry as we have the answers to making your backyard space a great place to relax and unwind this season.

 

How is your deck looking? 

Is it spectacular or a sight? Do you know re-staining your deck is not as expensive or hard as you may think? Preparation of the wood is the key in conjunction with a good stain product. Think of using a stain and sealant in one product to save time such as Olympic Maximum Stain and Sealant. 

1. Test your deck surface. A simple test is to put some water on your dry deck. If the water is absorbed after a few minutes then it's definitely time to re-stain. If it beads on the surface, then you'll have strip that sealant as it's still working. 

2. Clean that deck. You can just broom off the debris before you stain. To ensure your new stain lasts and looks even you should really clean the deck of contaminants first.  There are lots of deck cleaners out there, as well as pressure washing will ensure your surface is ready.

3. Do you need to sand? If you've never protected it or stained it you probably should sand. If you have stained it before and can remove stain by placing a piece of tape on it and pulling it off, then you'll need to sand as well. 

4. Time to stain. Once your surface is prepped, then you're ready to stain. A brush is the optimum way to apply stain but you can still use a roller or paint pad as well. The trick is to always have a wet edge and make certain you get in between the boards, cracks and edges.

5. Take your time and be consistent. If you have railings to stain, start with them first and use a drop cloth below to protect your areas.  For a great how to video from Lowes click here

 

Guest Room or no Guest Room?

Posted by Earl Raatz on Nov 14, 2019

Should you add an extra bedroom to your home to have as a guest room? When friends and family from out of town come to visit, we want them to truly feel at home. But the question is, is it worth having this extra bedroom for the guests that come to visit?

 

Making this decision is easy if you have a lot of guests who visit from out of town or are using the bedroom as a multifunctional room. If you are using this room solely as a guest bedroom you will have to figure if it will get enough use during the year. If this room is only going to be used one week out of the year there are other options to consider. You could purchase a hide-away couch, futon or even an air mattress for your guests to sleep on if you do not have a guest room. Maybe finishing the basement and having an oasis for guests on the lower level is the way to go. Another viable option is having your guests stay at a hotel if there is one close by. Without a guest room, your visitors may be inclined to stay at a hotel, which may bring you delight depending on your family situation! Having them at an alternate location will cut into the time you have with guests.


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