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Founded in 1972, Emerald Management and Realty Ltd. has offered services in the greater Calgary real estate market for more than 35 years.

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For more than four decades, Emerald Management & Realty, Ltd., has been providing rental property services to national, local, and international investors. With experience in single-family homes, condos, and apartments, Emerald Management & Realty, Ltd., ensures that properties and residents stay safe.

Security is everyone’s responsibility. Please help yourself and your neighbors stay safe in your homes by considering some of the following basic safety measures in your house, condo or apartment building:

If you don’t know them … don’t let them in: No one should follow you in the front door and/or into the parkade without request. The same applies to your intercom or your own personal front door: if you don’t know them – don’t let them in. If you see someone that doesn’t belong, please take note. Contractors should all have identification and able to show this to you — we can’t imagine anyone that would mind providing proof when respectfully asked if they belong in the building or on the property.

Check the locks: Make sure that doors lock after you’ve entered or exited. Further, check your window locks to make sure they work properly.

Meet the neighbors: Residents who know the people in their building or on their block, are better able to spot strangers. Being familiar with neighbors also makes it easier to look out for one another by watching a neighbor’s space or pets when they are gone.

Get a safe: If a burglar gets into an apartment, condo or house, a secure safe may be the only other way to protect valuables. Safes can be purchased in a variety of sizes and for varying prices. Using a safe is also great for hiding possessions in smaller areas around the apartment.

Suspicious activity should always be reported to the non-emergency police line at 403-266-1234. If a break in is imminent and/or in progress – call 911. If you have been broken into, please report it to the police – call 911 and let your property manager know what has taken place.

Being mindful of the above steps along with the awareness of surroundings, can go a long way in the prevention of crimes and property break-ins.

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With more than four decades of experience in the arena of property management, Emerald Management & Realty Ltd. maintains a range of commercial and residential properties in Calgary, Canada. Emerald Management & Realty Ltd. encourages tenants to decorate their spaces to make them feel more at home.

For those living in small spaces, home decorating can seem daunting when trying to maximize every square foot. However, with a little creativity a small space can be attractive, comfortable, and functional. Here are a few tips for buying furniture for small spaces.

1. To maximize the space of a small home, consider purchasing pieces that can be used in multiple ways and that offer storage. For instance, some kinds of ottomans can be used as either a footstool or a coffee table while doubling as storage for blankets or other items.

2. When considering furniture purchases, make sure to measure the space before shopping to determine the correct size of your new furnishings. Buy items that actually fit the space; otherwise they overpower the room and make it look even smaller than it already is.

3. Finally, don’t forget about vertical spaces. Pieces that extend toward the ceiling, like bookshelves, lighting, and art pieces, redirects the focus of the room and can make the space appear more spacious. Taller shelving can also provide additional storage and added functionality to a smaller space.

Whether you live in a cozy studio apartment or want to get more out of a small room or cozy nook, these simple three tips can help create the feeling of more space regardless of the size of your home.

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Located in Calgary, Alberta, Emerald Management & Realty Ltd. strives to maintain safe, quality property management of apartments and homes for residents and renters. For instance, Emerald Management & Realty Ltd. checks fire alarms and emphasizes the importance of fire prevention for all the properties under management.

House fires kill and injure thousands every year. Many more are impacted by the loss of valued memories and possessions in fire related incidents that could have easily been avoided.

Whether your live in a house, townhouse, apartment, condominium, commercial office — smoke and fire alarms perform the life-saving function of alerting residents and building occupants of a fire. Therefore, it is an integral function of property management companies, property managers, residents and property owners to regularly check to make sure the alarms are working properly in accordance with local standards and regulations.

Better yet, prevent fires from starting in the first place with some simple steps you can take to lessen the chance of your home or apartment from becoming a part of this statistic. Residents can do a number of things to help make sure a fire does not start in terms of prevention and preparedness, such as:

Follow safe cooking practices. A person should not leave the room while they are boiling, frying or broiling food. Additionally, it is very important to keep your stove and oven clean, and to keep an eye out for grease accumulation. Keeping the area around the cooking surface free of flammable objects is a smart safety measure.
Check stove vent hoods and keep the filter clean.
Routinely check appliance power cords for any damage or defect, and replace if needed.
Be prepared by staying alert while cooking. Lots of accidents occur simply because of distraction and sleepiness.
Clean the lint trap and outside vent clean in your clothes dryer. Some dryers have internal ductwork which may become clogged and require servicing. The accumulation of link can be in machines can be extremely dangerous.
If you are using a space heater in the cooler months, make sure to keep the area around the heater free from all objects.
Never leave a candle or lit cigarette unattended and make sure to extinguish them when one leaves or before going to bed.

While the above are only some of the simple steps you can take in terms of prevention and preparedness, there are many many more. “Unfortunately, people often think an accident is something that is inevitable,” says Meri-K Appy, president of the US Home Safety Council. “But we know that almost every accident is preventable.” By applying these simple prevention measures, accidental fires can be prevented.

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Emerald Management & Realty Ltd. oversees properties located in and around Calgary, Alberta. Services that Emerald Management & Realty Ltd. offers also includes landscaping, particularly properties in urban areas.

Landscaping and maintaining properties located in denser, urban areas can present unique challenges. These properties tend to have smaller outdoor spaces to work with, and certain approaches to landscaping are better suited to these areas. More traditional landscaping approaches, such as cultivating grassy lawns, might not always be the best choice in these areas due to parking, pedestrian traffic and water limitations.

Instead of a grassy lawn, a landscaper might consider a courtyard area paved with stones, decorative floral accents and a interesting rock grouping or sculptural element. Similarly, a wide paved path with beds on either side with innovative lighting solutions might be a good choice to improve not only on the properties appearance but also minimize safety concerns. Pebbles can make for good ground cover, and areas of potted flowers and ornamental shrubs can provide visual interest and pleasing texture in small outdoor spaces. These solutions also offer easier maintenance in addition to an attractive appearance.

Additionally, a landscaper should pay close attention to proportion in urban outdoor areas. For example, large trees can be too much and overwhelm a small area and a poor fit for the overall landscaping scheme and potentially create unsafe areas. Instead, look for designs that complement smaller areas rather than overpowering them. With water conversation becoming more important than ever, there are a variety of options on the market to improve water consumption and efficiency of irrigation systems. The importance of dryscaping or xeriscaping continues to grow in popularity with the reinterpretation of the ‘traditional lawn’, with a new one created using beautiful yet drought-tolerant planting material and variety of visual elements. Not only is this good for the environment and water conservation, it is in many cases more interesting than sod.

Emerald Management & Realty Ltd. promotes that the exterior of your property is very important as it is your prospective resident’s first formed opinion of whether or not they see this as their home and a peak into what they can expect from the inside.

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The following tips cover preventative actions against a common problem – water leaks:

1. Inspect sink pipes and toilet water lines regularly.
Examine the pipes under kitchen and bathroom sinks for signs of deterioration and loose fittings. Kitchen sinks in particular often undergo heavy use due to cooking, washing dishes or hands, or making ice. In addition, slow-moving drains may indicate pipes require servicing. Toilet supply lines are another common water leak culprit and should be checked.

2. Watch for staining and soft spots in bathrooms.
Bathrooms are at higher risk for water leakage, particularly around showers and toilets. Staining or soft spots around walls and floors are primary signs of potential leakage that is hidden and taking place behind the walls or under the floors.

3. Check washing machine hoses regularly.
Look for signs of cracking, fraying, or leaking. Replace hoses every five years or sooner as-needed. Perform examinations at least once a year.

4. Pay attention to your water bills.
Review your water bills each month for unexplained spikes and increases in usage. If you cannot make a reasonable connection between the increased bill and your water usage that month, you may have a leak and should investigate further.

5. Periodically examine refrigerators and dishwashers.
Leaks from refrigerators and dishwashers are not always immediately noticeable and may go undetected for years. Periodically check under appliances for discoloration, and clean the area behind refrigerators at least once a year.

6. Create emergency guidelines.
Leaks cannot always be prevented, so it can help to establish guidelines on how to handle leaks ahead of time. Know where the shut of valves are for all areas of your home and have your emergency contact list for City services and preferred maintenance trades handy.

To address these types of situations and disasters for the properties under management, Emerald Management & Realty Ltd. has extended office hours with service 7 days a week and emergency support 24 hours a day.

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