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Changing Your Edmonton Address

Plan ahead to make your move as smooth as possible and to avoid forgetting something in the shuffle! 

As soon as possible.... Notify family & friends, companies and institutions that your address will be changing, either by phone or by mailing the change of address cards available at Canada Post. This is also a great time to make the change from mail to online bill payments instead of waiting for the next Canada Post mail strike!


Changing your Edmonton Address - Canada Post


The following checklist will serve as a convenient reminder:

  • Accountant
  • Alumni Association
  • Lawyer (if different from your Real Estate lawyer)
  • Banks and Credit Unions
  • Lending Institutions
  • Insurance Companies
  • Revenue Canada (especially if you own a business)
  • Stockbroker
  • Credit Card Companies
  • Driver's License Including Vehicle Registration
  • Employer
  • Family Doctor and Dentist
  • Veterinarian
  • Frequent Flyer Program
  • Magazine and Newspaper Subscriptions
  • Cataloge Merchants
  • Place of Worship

I would also submit your change of address thru Canada Post to ensure nothing was forgotten.


If you have any other contacts, please let us know thru my contact page.

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What to Take With You When Edmonton Home Shopping

You will want to make the process of shopping for an Edmonton home as productive and enjoyable as possible. After all, you'll be on a quest to find your next dream home. That's why it's important to take the right items with you:


• Digital camera, so you can take pictures of the features you like in the properties you see. Note, you can only take these photos of the outside unless you have permission from the home owner for those interior pictures. Yes, you can use your cell phone camera.
Notepad on clipboard used for shopping for Edmonton homes image• Notepad, so you can take detailed notes. A clipboard is also useful if you have property feature sheets to write on. You can also  take notes on your tablet, too.
• Measurements of your largest pieces of furniture, so you can confirm they'll fit in the rooms of properties you like. Important for those large bedroom suites, sectional couch or even the height of your monster truck (will it fit into the garage?). Have those numbers ready
• Measuring tape to check those measurements. If you have have electronic measuring tools, bring those, too.
Some healthy snacks and beverages, (especially important if you're taking the kids along). Bottled water should be on this list.
Map of the Edmonton local area, so you can check out local parks and other neighbourhood features. Google Maps works, too.
Clear driving directions to each of the properties you want to see. A GPS could Chequebook used for deposit for offer on Edmonton proprty for sale imagebe useful, too. (yes, cellphone!)

• Your cheque book. If you find your perfect home, you want to write an offer before someone else snaps it up. Many Edmonton listings today are asking for bank drafts so this isn't as important as a few years ago.

• Slipon shoes, easy to get and out of those houses really fast. Snow on the ground, bring easy to put on boots. Stay away from lace up footware.


One of the best ways to shop for a home, and actually enjoy the experience, is to work with a great REALTORS® like Audey and Mike. Give us a call 780-910-5179 or 780-242-5229 or reach out through our contact page and we can go over the buying process to get you moving into your dream home. What else do you think we should bring? If you can think of anything else, just comment below.

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5 Legal Tasks You Should Do Before Moving to Your New Edmonton Home


As your Accredited Buyer’s Representative (ABR®), I'm always here to help. 

The Internet is full of checklists and resources to use if you are planning the move. There are definite packing timelines & there are lists with packing supplies. There are even directions on how to pack boxes properly! Moving is MUCH more than purging and organizing your personal things. There are legal tasks you need to also take care of. Here are 5 legal tasks you should complete before your move:

  1. Read your lease: Review your current lease to make sure you won't get into trouble for leaving early. You are responsible for paying rent for the entire lease term, even if you have vacated the property. If you need to move before the lease term is expired, read the lease to see if you can sublet or assign a new tenant. Check your new lease for these terms before you sign it and make sure you complete these tasks to protect your rights as a tenant. This mistake can cause lots of grief and loss of money.
  2. Protect yourself with insurance: Thoroughly read any contract with a moving company before you sign it for delivery times and insurance coverage. Reputable moving companies are required to provide some moving insurance but you should purchasing more. You should also consider stopping renter's insurance (if applicable) & start homeowner's insurance for your new home.
  3. Notify your creditors: Update your address with all of your bills to ensure you do not miss a payment. Bank accounts, car loans, RRSP & other savings comes to mind (heck, many years ago, I forgot to transfer my new address for my GIC's). Also be sure to complete a change of address with Canada Post and request your mail be forwarded to your new address. Rates are reasonable and you will thank yourself.
  4. Keep receipts if relocating/transferring for a new job position: You may be able to write off your expenses if you are required to relocate more than 50 kilometres due to a job change. Review Revenue Canada's requirements to qualify for this tax break or better yet, ask your accountant
  5. Update your estate plan: Provincial laws governing wills and estate plans differ. If you move to a different province, update your estate plan. Your family will thank you & just seems the right thing to do.

Can you think of anything else to add? If so, please contact us or call direct Mike at 780-242-5229 or Audrey at 780-910-5179

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Why Buy in Edmonton?

Why buy a house in Edmonton picture


Have you ever asked yourself that question? I know I have. I’ve questioned the idea in my head once or twice. What makes it so great from a business stand point, what is the job market like and is it really worth buying in Alberta? The short answer is: yes… wait, the answer is HECK YES! There is something great about Edmonton besides the Roger’s Place at the Ice District in downtown.

 

According to The Culture Trip, houses on average are roughly $350K. Which, for the most part, is true. Prices have not doubled in the last 10 years and have been surprisingly steady and unchanging in this period of time. Edmonton is one of the cheapest Canadian cities to live. With over 1.3 million people in surrounding areas and roughly 900K living in the city, the capital of Alberta has so much more to offer than our rival city, Calgary (there's that "Battle of Alberta" happening). 

 

Our Real Estate market has been receiving some hate due to the increased growth of the city within the last six months but it benefits those eager to buy. This means you'll receive a steal-of-a-deal that you won't get anywhere else. The best places to buy are downtown and the south side right now!

 

So the question is, why Edmonton? Why buy here? If you want more bang for your buck, Edmonton is relatively cheap. Cheaper housing than Calgary, one of the best job markets, minimum wage is one of the highest across Canada, awesome people and lower gas prices because we’re an oil province!  Go here to get started 

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