2011 Mountain View Reader’s Choice Survey

Hey loyal Gold Seal blog readers, here is a chance to win $500, 500 smackeroos, dineros, greenbacks…whatever you want to call it.

Each year the Carstairs Courier and it’s associate papers have a Reader’s Choice award for various local business and organizations.  By clicking on the link on the left, and filling out the form, you can be entered in a chance to win.

Cheeky self promotion part: Don’t forget to fill out who your favourite builder is!

Cheers! (and thank you)

Murray

Is White the new Green? Bye-bye Formaldehyde

In 2002, the Johns Manville company converted its entire line of building insulation to formulations that do not contain added formaldehyde. Prior to 2002, there had been limited use of acrylic binders to replace formaldehyde by Johns Manville and its competitors, and JM’s conversion was the first full-scale application of the technology. In 2005, Gold Seal Homes introduced this insulation into it’s building practices in an effort to improve indoor air quality as part of our commitment to the BuiltGreen™ Program.

JM certified Formaldehyde-free fiber glass insulation—as a smart alternative to formaldehyde-based building materials — helps achieve a healthier and safer building by reducing overall indoor formaldehyde exposure.  Gold Seal Homes is committed to researching and offering our clients the safest and healthiest products for their homes.  Here are some other benefits of the insulation we have selected for our homes.

Recycled Content.

According to the North American Insulation Manufacturs Association, fiber glass insulation is the largest secondary market for recycled glass containers. The recycled glass used in fiber glass insulation saves more than 27 million cubic feet of landfill space every year. That’s 2.2 billion pounds of recycled post-consumer glass.  What’s not made from recycled materials is made mostly from sand, an abundant and rapidly replenished resource.  When a building is remodeled or demolished, fiber glass batts, rolls and loose fill can often be reused.

Many of our insulation products contain a North American average of 25 percent recycled glass content, with at least 20 percent being post-consumer glass.

Will not support mold growth.

Mold requires an organic material as a food source. As an inorganic fiber, fiber glass is naturally resistant to mold growth. In addition, several Johns Manville fiber glass products are treated with an EPA-approved mold inhibitor to protect them from mold-related damage.

Naturally fire resistant.

Unlike many organic insulations, fiber glass does not require toxic fire retardants. Fire retardants may leach out of other insulation types over time, leaving them without protection from heat and flame.

Feature Home of the Month: The Perth

Vaulted Bonus Room, His and Hers walk in closets, Covered Master Suite Coffee Deck, Study Room and a 34′ deep Garage that you can drive through…

This month’s feature home (The Perth) is a wonderful home for those people who wish for a larger rear yard. The ‘carriage-style’ design with the garage beside the home as opposed to it being out front allows for more rear yard area. The Master suite is to die for, featuring a 4 pc. Ensuite, two walk in closets, a vaulted ceiling and a covered rear deck that overlooks the Carstairs Golf Course.

 

From $384,900
(inc. lot & net GST)

1813 sq.ft.

  • 3 bedrooms / 2.5 bathrooms
  • 4 pc. ensuite
  • Vaulted bonus room
  • Vaulted Master Bedroom
  • His & Hers walk in closets
  • Covered deck off to M. Bedroom
  • Mainfloor laundry / boot room
  • 22′ x 34′ garage

Mountain View Music Fest Artist line up confirmed

Click logo above to go to MVMF website

The organizers of our annual music fest have released the short list of performers for this years event.  The event is scheduled for the first weekend in August (5-7th) and will b eheld again in the Memorial Park area adjacent to Gough Rd. in Carstairs.  Entrance to the Fest is by donation, and the organizers are still looking for volunteers. Click here to fill out an online form.  8 hours of volunteering over the course of the weekend will not only get you a T-shirt, burgers, Big Rock Beer (if of legal drinking age) but you’ll
also be promised 2 acres of ocean front property in Carstairs.

The Artist line up is as follows:

Charlie Major
Lunch at Allen’s, Tim Hus, Lynn Miles, Rob Szabo, Souljah Fyah, Frank Schaap, Kinjo Brothers, Matt Masters, Cam Penner, Cara Luft, Keister Family Fiddlers, T.Buckley, Brent Tyler, 100 Mile House, The Ruminants, Magnolia Buckskin, Ben Sures, David Mark Sadlier-Brown, Wheat & Water and our very own, and world wide famous: The Polyjesters

and many many more…

Gold Seal Homes is proud to be a Platinum Sponsor of this event again this year and we hope to see you all down there.  For more information click here to visit the MVMF website.

Calgary home prices static in March

First quarter see prices, sales and listings fall compared with 2010

By Dina O’Meara, Calgary Herald

 CALGARY — Calgary’s real estate market is in balance, with March seeing lower prices, sales and listings compared with a year ago, according to the latest report by an industry association.  That’s good news for people on the prowl for a new home as the average price for a single family home fell by two per cent from a year ago, the Calgary Real Estate Board said Friday.  The average price of $462,947 was virtually unchanged from February, the board said.

During the first quarter, sales were up four per cent to 3,309 from a year prior, driven by a combination of stable prices, low interest rates and stronger job numbers, president Sano Stante said.  “We’ve come to a period where we have a combination of good affordability, low interest rates and large selection,” said Stante. “That makes it a really attractive market to buy in to.”  Single family homes are more affordable in a wider area of Calgary, enabling people to buy into neighbourhoods which used to be out of their price range, he noted.

The less happy news for realtors is the number of single family home sales in the city slid three per cent last month from March 2010, to 1,355.  However, a 19 per cent drop in new listings, year-over-year, could support the market heading toward the spring.  Sales in Calgary’s northwest quadrant were the strongest, seeing a 13 per cent increase over the first quarter in 2010.  The most affordable quadrant in the city remains the northeast, where single family homes averaged around $282,713 during the first quarter.

Meanwhile, the southwest recorded the highest single family average home price during the quarter, at $570,748 compared with an average price of $464,990 in the northwest and $422,821 in the southeast.   The board considers quarterly results moreindicative of overall real estate trends.

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Avoid Basement Flooding

It’s no April Fool’s joke to have water in your basement.  I have experienced it first hand as a homeowner and have witnessed the damaged caused by water when the proper measures are not taken.  I have taken an excerpt from the CMHC web site regarding how to prevent water entering your home where you don’t want it.

 

Why Do Basements Flood?

Water can enter your basement for a number of reasons. Water in your basement is most likely to occur during periods of heavy rainfall, or when snow is melting rapidly during a spring thaw. In these cases, your basement can be wet because of:

  • a leak or crack in your home’s basement walls
  • poor lot drainage
  • failure of the weeping tiles (foundation drains)
  • overflowing eavestroughs or leaking/plugged downspouts

Basement flooding may also occur because of:

  • a blocked connection between your home and the main sewer in the street
  • a back-up of wastewater in the sewer system (or a combination of wastewater and rainwater from the sanitary or combined sewer system)
  • failure of a sump pump (in some areas) used to pump weeping tile water

Practical Measures to Avoid Basement Flooding

Basement flooding problems are best diagnosed by working your way down from the eavestroughs and downspouts, to the lot and foundation drainage, and then to the plumbing system — both inside your home and beyond its connection to the municipal sewer system.  This article link expands on all the topics below. 

Eavestroughs and Downspouts: Water pours off your eavestroughs into downspouts. If the downspouts are dumping the water right beside your foundation, it drains directly to the weeping tile and can easily overload your home’s drainage.

Lot Grading: If the land around your home slopes in toward the foundation, rainwater heads right for the weeping tile around the basement and can overload your foundation drainage system.

Floodproofing Devices: If your home drainage system or the neighbourhood’s drainage system overloads, you may still be able to prevent rain water and sewage from backing up into your basement by installing one or more floodproofing devices, such as sump pumps or back flow valves.

Sump Pit Drainage System: A sump pit drainage system includes a sump pit, a sump pump and a discharge pipe. (See diagram above)

For more information on connecting a Sump Pump and the proper maintenance of a disc hard system click here.

What’s your program?

Not all Programmable thermostats are created equally.  If you are considering upgrading your thermostat, there are many brands and models available to the consumer these days.  Gold Seal has tested many different models and manufacturers and we have found that the Honeywell company offers the best series of ‘stats to suit varying budgets and needs.  Some of the features we suggest you look for:
 
  • Energy Star rated
  • CSA or CMHC approved
  • 5/2 or 7 day programming
  • Humidifier interface -humidistat
  • Furnace filter change reminder (keep your heating/cooling system operating at peak performance)
  • Low battery indicator

Other things to consider that are more convenient than a necessity are: back-lit displays (great for night-time), daylight saving time clock feature, touchscreen displays (these are kind of cool looking) and of course look for a warranty.

Make sure that the unit you purchase is compatible with your type of heating system, and if you have an air conditioner, look for a unit that will control that as well.