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With summer in full swing, there is no better time to move the cooking outdoors. If you are finding the kitchen too hot to handle, take the dinner party outside and enjoy a meal on your deck or patio. There may be nothing more alluring than the smell of food cooking on the barbecue. Here are some outdoor cooking tips from your premier Red Deer real estate firm to get you grilling.



Before you grill those steaks to a perfect medium rare, you need to make sure your barbecue is up to the task. Make sure to clean the grill with a wire brush before you start cooking. You do not want last week’s flavours on tonight’s dinner. Once your grill has been thoroughly cleaned, it is recommended that you grease or oil the grill to prevent any food from sticking to the grill. Keep all foods separate and use separate plates, utensils cutting boards before cooking to ensure any raw meats from contaminating any cooked food.



For whatever reason, almost all food seems to taste better when cooked on a grill. You can add extra flavour to your favourite dishes by marinating your food or choosing one of the many glazes that are available today. If you are choosing to use a glaze, use it during the last few minutes of cooking so it does not burn.

Another popular way to get more flavour from your food is to use rubs. These rubs can help marinate your meat and can infuse flavour deep into whatever you are cooking. Regardless of which cooking method you are using for your barbecue (charcoal or gas), adding smoke means adding flavour. Try using different types of chips or briquettes such as hickory or alder wood to your barbecue to bring out different flavours in your food.



When it is finally time to begin the cooking process, allow ample time for the barbecue to properly heat up to the desired cooking temperatures. Once you have a pre-heated barbecue, put your food on and close down the lid to prevent any smoke and heat from escaping, as this is what will flavour and cook your food. Do not stab or poke your food, and allow ample time for your food to cook before flipping it. This will allow the food to sear and lock in the flavours and keep it from drying out. Once you have cooked your food to your liking, take it off the grill and allow it to rest for a few minutes as the cooking process continues after your food has been removed from the grill.

Proper preparation, flavouring and cooking will ensure that your next barbecue meal is better than good. So get outside while the weather is warm and get creative on the barbecue. If you are in the market for a home with a gorgeous patio to do all your grilling, we be sure to take a look at our local listings!

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Summer is a great time to sell your Red Deer real estate. Motivated buyers are out in full force, looking for the perfect property that draws their attention with great curb appeal. Boosting the curb appeal of your property can make a huge difference in how quickly you are able to sell and the amounts offered by potential buyers. Summer is the perfect time to show off the outside of your home; use this to your full advantage. Here are a few tips that will help you to have great summer curb appeal this summer.


Give the Yard a Trim

Buyers find a nice, neat yard very welcoming. When the grass and shrubbery is trimmed in a uniform and tidy manner, it is much easier for potential buyers to picture themselves enjoying the outdoor spaces of the property. Having a neatly trimmed yard will let the Red Deer real estate shoppers know that you cared to properly maintain the home, providing them with a sense of reassurance. Be sure to mow your grass, pull the weeds and trim the hedges regularly while your house is on the market.


Show Off Green Grass

Having a luscious lawn will help make you a top contender on the summer real estate market in Red Deer. If you notice that your yard has bare or brown spots, invest in grass seed and touch up the dead areas. This simple quick fix can help boost your curb appeal to the next level.


Deep Clean the Exterior

Outdoor market preparations may be time consuming, but the work you put into making your home look its very best on the outside will draw more buyers. Take the time to really clean the exterior and make your home shine. Sweep the porch, patio or balcony areas and be sure to remove any cobwebs or dirt build up. If you are able, pressure wash the siding and leisure spaces of the exterior of your home. Additional touches that make a big difference in curb appeal include painting the doors, shutters and frames.


Stage with Patio Furniture

Staging is not limited to the interior of your home. Staging your outdoor areas can help to attract potential buyers. Investing in patio furniture or giving new life to existing pieces is a great way to boost curb appeal. Have a barbeque area set up to help buyers picture themselves enjoying favorite summer pastimes in your yard, and arrange furniture in a relaxing way that looks perfect and inviting on cool summer nights.


Get Fresh Flowers

Nothing says “summer” like vibrant, fresh flowers. Pick up some of your favorite potted plants to use as decoration around your outdoor spaces. Flowers are so welcoming and really help to put the final touches on a beautiful home.

Many homeowners spend too much of their time focusing on the interior of the home, forgetting that curb appeal is extremely important. By using these simple tips, you can give your home great curb appeal. For more information on placing your property on the market this summer, view our Selling Your Red Deer Real Estate page and contact a Benedict Devlin representative today.  



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Kids’ bedrooms can be the most fun and imaginative room in the house when it comes to decorating.  It is the one room that can go against the overall colour scheme of the entire home.  This is an opportunity to embrace your inner child and let your imagination run free.  You may be surprised with what you come up with.  Here are some tips and suggestions from Red Deer’s most experienced real estate firm to help get your creative side revved up and allow your kids to live in their dream home.


A Coat of Paint

A coat of paint can be the quickest way to change the overall appearance of your child’s bedroom.  Depending on whether it is a room for a girl or a boy will greatly determine the colour scheme you decide upon.  Softer tones such as a pastel lavender will give the appearance of a room with a slip into sleep sense and a very soft feel, perfect for a little girl perhaps. 

Another idea that is very unique is painting one of the walls in the bedroom with chalkboard paint.  This will allow your child to embrace their artistic side without getting mad when they are drawing on the wall.  Paint does not need to just be reserved for walls, either.  Bring your colour scheme to the furniture and give that dresser a coat of paint to match the wall or the bedframe or night stand.  Just with using paint, you can create quite a unique environment for your child.


Lots of Art

There are several interesting art choices to help give more of a personal feel to your child’s room.  Try taking a favourite photo, enlarging it, separating it into sections and then framing it.  Another option is to tie string or ribbon wall to wall to display some of your child’s masterpieces.  This will allow your child to showcase their art and have a meaningful display to help brighten their room.  One final idea is to frame some of your child’s art.  This will allow a constant rotation of their art to be proudly displayed in your home. 


Install Shelves

Shelves can proudly display any type of hobby or activity your child is engaged in.  The beauty of shelves is you can change up the theme on any shelf to match your child’s interests.  Shelves can proudly display that collection of stuffed animals when your child is young and can also hold their dinosaur collection a few years later. 

A child’s room is a place where imagination should be the theme.  Try to get out of the normal and into a child’s mind, or better yet, let your child be a part of decorating their room.  These are just a few suggestions that should help get you started when you begin to decorate your child’s room.  Enjoy the process and remember that the end goal is to have fun.  If you are in the market for a house that has the perfect room for your child, be sure to 

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