While it may not feel like it right now, fall is just around the corner and that's a time when many people neglect their lawn in Salmon Arm and the Shuswap region.

However, these five steps can ensure your lawn not only stays green and lush, but is healthier throughout the colder winter months, then returns as a healthy, lush lawn in the spring. Keep in mind, Salmon Arm has watering restrictions (limited to two days a week) in place until Sept. 15, with no lawn watering on Mondays.

1. Keep Mowing & Watering Your Grass

Even though your grass won't grow as quickly now that the days get shorter, it's still important to keep the sprinkler on it and mow it when needed. The grass is still alive and needs those essential nutrients to stay healthy. Half…

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Summer is a time when people pack up the family and and head out on vacation. A great time to have some fun and build some great family memories! 

While away, security is often top of mind for homeowners, ensuring all the doors and windows are locked and someone is stopping by to pick up the papers. This is important to enjoy a worry free vacation. But are you ready for a potential disaster upon your return home? 

You might be thinking, what could happen? It's summer! No furnaces to quit working, no pipes to freeze, no snow to shovel. What can go wrong? 

What I'm referring to is the hot and cold water hoses that connect your washing machine to the taps. Have you noticed? Washing machine manufacturers are so thoughtful for supplying plastic or…

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Common home buying mistakes

1. Believing You Don't Need A Real Estate Agent

You might be able to find a house on your own through internet searches, or simply driving around neighbourhoods you like, but there are still many aspects of buying a home that can confuse a first-time buyer. An agent is key in helping you negotiate offers, handle inspections, financing and other details. The money you save by not using an agent can get quickly eaten up by a botched offer or overlooked repairs. Plus agents often have first access to the newest home listings that haven't shown up on MLS or the internet yet.

2. Setting Your Heart on a Home and Throwing Caution to the Wind

For many home buyers, you see a house that's amazing and you want it. No questions because it's the one for…

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Now that spring has sprung, many people are dusting off the roller and paint brush and giving their home a shiny, new interior coat of paint. However, it's not easy deciding what colour to use or even what colours are in style for 2017. Fret not. We have sourced through mountains of information to bring you five of the hottest spring colours for painting your home this year.  You'll find greens and moody blues are on the forefront for 2017. Hopefully you see a paint colour that you love!

Inchyra Blue (Farrow & Ball)

Part of the moody blue and green group, Inchyra Blue looks fantastic with white and dark wood, while giving off a regal feeling. This aged blue grey is inspired by the dramatic Scottish skies that act as a backdrop for the classic…

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valuable home renovationsMany people ask what are the best renovations they can do in order to not only improve their home's value, but will also allow them to recoup more of the cost. There are many things you can do, but when it comes to bang for the buck, these five do-it-yourself tips will bring the greatest return on the money you spend renovating, according to a new report in Remodeling Magazine.

Add Fibreglass Insulation to the Attic (Costs $1,200-$2,000)

While it's certainly not a sexy renovation, adding fibreglass insulation to the attic will see you recoup 107% of the cost. If you dont' sell your home right away, you'll definitely save a bunch of cash on your monthly heating bill.

Replace the Front Door ($1,500-$2,500)

A super-easy renovation that doesn't…

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Salmon Arm garage saleThe final tally is in for our Royal LePage Garage Sale for Shelter held on May 9, 2015 at our office here in Salmon Arm, BC. Between the sale items, the hot dog sales and the silent auction, we raised a total of $5,001.87 for the Royal LePage Shelter Foundation. The entire donation will come back to the S.A.F.E. Society Women's Shelter here in Salmon Arm. This is an outstanding amount with an increase of 40.2% over our 2014 sale!

The National Garage Sale for Shelter is an annual event held at Royal LePage offices across Canada. The first six years of the event has raised over $2,000,000 nationally and supports hundreds of women's shelters from coast to coast. This is our third year doing this event. In that time we have raised $10,888.95 through the…

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painting old chair before and afterIt's no secret that paint is an incredibly easy, and affordable, way to make a dramatic change to a new space. Whether it's painting the walls, or just adding in some accents, incorporating some new colours can completely change the atmosphere of any room or space. So whether you who have just purchased a property and don't think you have the budget to decorate or are looking to buy a house, but are having trouble looking past the ugly colours; here are a few different ways that paint can help make your new house a home.

1: Painting Walls

This is probably the most obvious way to use paint to make a new home match your style. Depending on the colour you choose, you can make a room feel cozy and relaxed or elegant and chic. Painting your walls sets…

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