How to Arrange a Bachelor Apartment

When people come across a rental bachelor apartment, they are often overwhelmed by the wide open and empty space. It causes people to turn away and look for other options because they don’t want a place where the kitchen would be in the same room as the living room and the bedroom. What people don’t realize is the immense potential these spaces have. If you properly arrange these types of apartments, the possibilities are endless in the ways you can use your living space. There are various strategies that can assist in make the space comforting, filled, and less intimidating. Adding walls is a great way to separate spaces or play with your furniture arrangement. This is a type of apartment that is not restricted by any odd corners or random walls. The room is yours to do what you will with it! So, what are some strategies you can utilize to make the space work for you?

 

Adding Walls

In today’s day, there are solutions to any home problem or need, even adding walls! Wall partitions are a great way to separate rooms in a bachelor-style apartment, letting you decide how big or small a “room” will be. Wall partitions don’t simply have to be a grey stand on wheels, like we see in so many offices, there are many unique styles and colors out there to fit your own décor style. You can use beams, windows, a wall made of pallets, curtains, or even a large shelving unit filled with your favorite things. By adding walls, you will create a smaller feel to the large apartment, leaving a cozy space for you to work, sleep, eat, or do whatever you need to do away from the other spaces.

 

Furniture Arrangement

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If you aren’t interested in setting up a wall in the middle of your apartment, but still want to create the illusion of rooms, furniture can easily be arranged to make this happen. Depending on the direction you face your furniture it can act as a barrier, therefore enclosing off a room. Have your couch facing away from the kitchen table – that way if all of your furniture is turned away from the kitchen and is instead facing the other living room furniture items (television, arm chairs, coffee table, etc.), then you will create the sensation of a “separate room.” This can also be done with cabinets and dressers, bookshelves (be sure they are securely fastened and stable), or coat racks.

 

Fill the Walls

Wall art and standing décor will assist to fill those seemingly empty spaces of a bachelor apartment. With such a large room, you don’t want to over-load it, but you also don’t want to leave the space looking un-lived in. Purchase art that matches your colors and themes and put it on your walls. Although it is hanging on a wall, it will give the space a comfortable feel. If you want to fill the space even more, purchase larger décor that can sit on the floor but has height to it. This will give the room a vertical look and it will not be focused so much on the pieces that are sitting on the floor.

 

Stay Organized

When clutter begins to build, it is these times that bachelor-style apartments can look messy, unorganized, and cold. Come up with unique and creative ways to store your stuff. Use baskets, shelving units, or drawers that fit under couches or a bed. Get your stuff out of the way so that the apartment can look neat and tidy, and therefore more welcoming. When purchasing furniture for your apartment, be sure to invest in larger dressers, side tables, and bookshelves that have many options for you to get your stuff organized and avoid the clutter. The other option is to buy ingenious furniture that can double up as storage – there are beds you can purchase that will lift up and have drawers and shelves underneath!

 

Use Lighting to Your Advantage

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One of the worst things you can do for your bachelor apartment is hang heavy curtains over the few windows you may have. When less light is let into the apartment, the feeling of duskiness and emptiness will ensue. A great way to add personality and fill your space is by adding hanging lights. There are various styles that can add style and light to your rooms, so you can maintain your theme throughout the apartment. Instead of filling your floors with standing lamps, making the room appear more cluttered than it is, get the light fixtures off the floor and use find the type of lighting that best fits. Chandeliers, basic lamps, string lights, fake candles, anything that will match your space and brighten in up!

 

Color 

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When painting your apartment, it is important to consider which “rooms” will be the most lit. If your bachelor-style rental does not have many windows, you will want to avoid using dark colors that will make the room feel dreary. Focus on your lighting and use color to brighten up the darker areas of the space. Almost any shade of white or yellow will artificially brighten up a room, these colors are great to use because they can be paired with almost any accent color of your choosing. Use your accent colors to make the large space feel more welcoming is by adding those pops of color on throw pillows, décor, art, and carpets. These will draw the eye and fill the room, without taking away from the overall style you have created.

 

See the Potential in a Bachelor Apartment

Next time you are viewing a bachelor apartment, alter your perspective and instead of seeing a large empty room, see the vast potential that the space has to offer! By using these tips and tricks you will end up with a large space that has been made cozy. The space has no walls but can still be functional. Create rooms using different arrangements, and add your own style and personality to your walls and décor. Once you have put your stuff in its place you will be in awe of how that large empty room suddenly became a home!

Community Feature: Inglewood in Calgary

Official contest rules for our Facebook giveaway are at the bottom of this post.


Oh Inglewood. Officially named as such in 1911, Calgary’s oldest neighbourhood has ripened into a vibrant and eclectic hub of old and new, aged and fresh. Walk brick pathways along charming storefronts filled with beautiful textures and savoury delights. A street over, the river slips by verdant forests. Peaking between buildings of 9th Avenue, a street that used to hold the title of Calgary’s main street, downtown’s towers stretch into a blue sky. Here, you are simultaneously at the heart of inner city living, in a close-knit small town and in the rustic outdoors.

There’s a lot to see and do in Inglewood. An arts and culture district with more than 100 shops and eateries, the community is also home to the Calgary Zoo, Inglewood Bird Sanctuary, Bow Habitat Stations, Inglewood Wildlands Park and Sam Livingston Fish Hatchery.

Thinking to join the ranks of the 4,000 or so residents of Inglewood? Or just want to indulge in Calgary’s oldest neighbourhood? We took the time to roam the boutique stores and restaurants of Inglewood, talk to residents and capture some shots of this feature community – and trust us, what you see and hear here is only the beginning of inimitable businesses to visit and sites to see.

Local Laundry is a modern and fresh apparel company devoted to making clothes that represent Calgary and its communities. Their classic apparel featuring modern YYC graphics are staple items for any proud Calgarian’s wardrobe. The founders, Connor Curran and Dustin Paisley, were inspired by the pride that people have in their neighbourhoods and communities, which is why they have jumped on board to help us celebrate the community of Inglewood.

Local Laundry is dedicated to giving back to the Calgary community by donating 10% of their profits to local charities. We love the work they do! Use the discount code RENTFASTERLOVESLOCAL for 10% off your order at www.locallaundryapparel.com.

Rosso Coffee

The flagship location of a local Calgary business, Rosso Coffee Roasters in Inglewood came to fruition on the dreams and hard work of two brothers, David Crosby and Cole Torode. Rosso has amazing coffee, but even more than that is a nod to a local team doing direct fair trade sourcing and their own roasting. Enjoy a stellar cup of coffee and bask in their richly-coloured, sunny café on 9th Avenue.

Junction 9

As you come across the iconic Inglewood bridge from downtown and hit 9th Street and 9th Avenue, you’ll find Junction 9. Named for more than the location, this wellness hot spot is a hub for community and achievement. Check out yoga, pilates and fitness in this community of supportive folks on their own journeys to better their wellbeing. They also have a full-service café featuring some of Calgary’s favourites like Phil & Sebastian coffee and tea, True Buch Kombucha, Juice Because cold-pressed juice and Tea Trader teas.

Plant

Started up by Kyle Chow, originally from Moose Jaw, Plant is the response to cold winters on the prairies – a chance to bring something beautiful, living and restoring into the home. This unique and undeniably cool little shop on 9th Avenue sells a selection of terrariums, indoor gardening and landscaping supplies, natural artwork, functional vintage goods and more. Most of their products are created in the store, including a growing line-up of holders that are unique as they plants they sell. They also provide workshops too.

Bite

This fabulous independent grocer on 9th Avenue adds an element of modern to the area, but had humble beginnings as a small niche speciality store. Now one of the best grocers and eateries in the area, Bite has everything including a fresh bakery, full-service butcher, organic and local produce, curated cheeses, specialty oils and vinegars. Stop in for groceries but stay for a delectable meal at the eatery.

Stash

A niche store that is stocked on everything yarn, Stash is a charming house-turned-store that offers classes, a huge line-up of gorgeous products for the knitter and loomer, and a cool vintage place to check out when you stroll through Inglewood. Veronica Murphy took over Stash in 2012 and immediately set to work on a vision of creating a multi-purpose, multi-craft learning and workspace. New and seasoned knitters alike definitely need to explore this great space and community.

Hose & Hound

Inside a 1907 fire hall, this iconic neighbourhood pub has an audience of locals and city-wide Calgarians alike. This is not only a funky spot to hang and enjoy the historic décor, but they have a solid line-up of pub foods, a long list of beers on tap, and long-term staff who know what they’re doing. Outside are two patios and one is covered and heated.

The Apothecary

This unique store is a delight to the senses. Carrying natural bath and body products along with over 80 essential oils, The Apothecary in Inglewood began when owner Jill Hawker finally set up shop after years of successfully creating and distributing her own brand of products – All Things Jill. Stop in to treat yourself to an aromatherapy gift and shop for teas, handmade cards and some other goodies.

Ironwood Stage & Grill

Ironwood is an all-ages outpost with live music, cocktails and upscale pub far in a low-lit setting nostalgic of old blues bars filled with smooth acoustics and good energy. In the heart of the community, this Inglewood staple resides in the old Gary Theatre and showcases over 300 shows a year. Rich in history and flowing with character, this is a must-see venue for Calgarians and visitors alike. Check out Open Mic night each Wednesday and Big Band Brunch each Saturday.

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It’s no surprise espy founder and owner Megan Szanik was a Top 40 Under 40 in 2014 – she’s created a unique, local clothing experience and some seriously great charitable endeavours. The espy experience for men and women is focused on styling, affordable fashion and community involvement. The designer boutique has a wide range of pricing and brands, and is staffed by professional fashion stylists. Be prepared for a warm welcome, truly useful service and some satisfying additions to your wardrobe.

 


OFFICIAL CONTEST RULES for the Inglewood Local Business Giveaway on Facebook (posted November 25, 2016)

No purchase is necessary and winner will be chosen in random draw. Each comment gives one entry; multiple entries per person allowed. Contest is open to any Calgary resident over 18 years of age (or within 20km of Calgary). Contest is open until December 9, 2016 at 11:59 PM. Prize includes $50 gift card to Rosso Coffee Roasters, $50 gift card to Plant, t-shirts from Local Laundry and a 5-pass yoga card to Junction 9. Approximate value of $250. No substitutes or cash replacement allowed. Skill-testing question required.

Winner will be contacted via Facebook within one week after contest close and has one week to respond to claim prize or a new name will be selected. Odds of winning depend on entries. Gift basket will be delivered by hand to winner’s address by December 31, 2017.

This promotion is in no way sponsored, endorsed or administered by, or associated with, Facebook. We hereby release Facebook of any liability. 

GIVEAWAY – One Year FREE Storage

RentFaster.ca wants to help you de-clutter your home or rental property!

To do that, we are excited to partner with YYC Storage to give away FREE STORAGE FOR ONE YEAR (a value of up to $1200)!

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ENTRY CRITERIA

Enter this giveaway by heading to RentFaster’s Facebook page and complete the following entry criteria:

  1. like RentFaster.ca on Facebook
  2. like YYC Storage on Facebook

You can also share the post for an extra entry!

Make sure you comment below the post or send a direct message to RentFaster.ca or YYC Storage to let us know you have entered!

Already liked RentFaster.ca and/or YYC Storage? Awesome! All you have to do to make sure you have liked both pages and comment to let us know. Remember to share the post if you want an extra entry.

CONTEST PERIOD

Contest opens Wednesday July 27th and closes Wed Aug 17th at 8pm.

WINNER SELECTION AND CONTACT

After Wed Aug 17th at 8pm, the winner will be randomly chosen and notified via the comment section of the contest post and via direct Facebook message.

PRIZE REDEMPTION AND DETAILS

YYC Storage terms and conditions, including eligibility, finalist selection and notification, and prize details, can be found here.

Thanks for participating and good luck!

NEW FEATURE: Online Tenant Insurance

RentFaster.ca strives to provide the highest quality service to the landlords and renters who use our site. As part of this commitment, we aim to provide many tools and services that create an effective relationship between landlords and renters that extends beyond the initial match of a renter to a property for rent. We want the best for our customers!

RentFaster.ca and Nuera Insurance have partnered together to bring an exciting new feature to RentFaster.ca for landlords and tenants – Online Tenant Insurance. We have made the process so simple, fast, and convenient for tenants to purchase comprehensive insurance and for landlords and property managers to ensure their tenants have appropriate coverage.

Online Tenant Insurance has many benefits for landlords, property management companies, and renters that we are happy to extend through this service.

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Landlords and Property Managers can begin the process by following these 3 simple steps:

https://www.rentfaster.ca/insurance/

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We know that finding a good fit between renters and landlords can be a complicated process. We hope this new feature makes the process a little easier and your overall experience a little better. As always, thank you for using RentFaster.ca and Nuera Insurance! Questions and feedback are welcome in the comment section below.

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Top Things to Ask About Your New Rental Property

Written By Guest Blogger Mary Sauer of Modernize

 

Choosing a house or apartment to rent is a big decision. At Modernize, we believe in creating a space that feels like home, whether you own the property or will simply be renting for a short time.  Even though the commitment isn’t nearly as long-term as buying a house, it is still important to take the decision seriously, as choosing the wrong rental property could greatly inconvenience your life for the length of the lease.

The rental market in Alberta is changing with more options available to tenants. There are 10,000 Alberta listings on RentFaster.ca, an increase of almost 40% from this time last year. Asking the right questions is the best way to be sure you are getting what you need from a rental property and that you are taking advantage of the market in Alberta.

 

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Making Sure Your Rental Property Meets Your Expectations

Before you begin negotiating any changes to your lease, you will want to ask questions that ensure your basic expectations are being met by your rental property. Start with the basics, asking questions about the terms of the lease and the basic amenities included with the property. Appropriate questions might include:

  • How much is the rent? Is there a security deposit required? Are any utilities included in the rent?
  • How long is the lease? What are the penalties for breaking a lease?
  • Are pets allowed in the apartments? Is an additional security deposit required?
  • When the lease is up, are renters responsible for paying for professional cleaning services?
  • When will my security deposit be returned to me?

 

Negotiating Additional Amenities or Terms Into Your Lease

 The questions above cover the basics, but with the abundance of rental properties available in Alberta, motivated landowners may be willing to negotiate additional amenities or terms into your lease. Take advantage of the current market by asking that the owner of your property consider working with you to incentivize you to sign a lease. Appropriate questions might include:

  • Can I negotiate a shorter lease?
  • Are there any rent discounts available if I sign a longer lease?
  • Will you include landscaping or snow removal services in the lease?
  • Can I make changes to the rental property like painting the walls or hanging artwork on the walls?

 

Ask for Every Negotiation be Added to the Lease

If you are able to negotiate added amenities or make changes to your lease, it is important to make sure every change is put into writing. Without a written record of your agreement, there is no proof of the promises made by your landlord. Finally, before signing your lease, review it one last time to make sure no changes have been made without your knowledge.

 

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Reading through a lease and negotiating each of the terms may seem unnecessary and time consuming, but it is worth the effort. Save yourself a headache and make sure you have chosen a property that will truly feel like home by carefully touring each property and asking these stress-saving questions.

RentFaster Helps: Charity Competition Edmonton vs Calgary

This holiday season RentFaster.ca would like to help those experiencing poverty and homelessness in the communities of Calgary and Edmonton by donating to The Mustard Seed.

The Mustard Seed provides housing, shelter, food, clothing, employment, health services, and emotional wellness care to Calgarians and Edmontonians in need. This cause is so important, especially during Alberta’s harsh winters.

To help involve the communities we work with and, of course, to add an element of good old-fashioned competitive spirit between our favourite cities, we are hosting an EDMONTON VS CALGARY Charity COMPETITION!

Let’s see if we can channel the rivalry for some GOOD and help many Calgarians and Edmontonians this holiday season! RentFaster.ca will donate $1 for every person who participates.

If you’d like to participate, head over to our Facebook Page and Comment CALGARY or EDMONTON on this post:RentFaster Helps Facebook

 

Or head over to our Twitter page and quote the tweet with a comment of which city you’d like to designate your donation!

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Our hope is that through this competition we will be able to feel a stronger sense of community with our fellow Albertans and most importantly join together in the spirit of giving this holiday season. It’s easy to lend your support – let’s see which city comes up with the most!

This competition will run until Tuesday, December 22nd, 2015 so we can deliver checks to the Edmonton and Calgary Mustard Seed locations before Christmas.

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Competition Rules

Enter for this competition on the RentFaster.ca Facebook Page or the RentFaster.ca Twitter Page. On Facebook, entry is achieved by commenting “Calgary” or “Edmonton” below the post. On Twitter, entry is achieved by Quote Tweeting the tweet with either a “Calgary” or “Edmonton” comment. Each entry counts toward a $1 donation, up to our maximum donation limit of $2,000.00 CA (combined limit for both Facebook and Twitter entries). Other comments are welcome but will not count toward a donation. One entry per person per social media platform is allowed. Any comments made after Dec 22nd, 2015 11:59 PM MST will not count toward a donation. Donations will be made before December 25th, 2015.

 

Thank you for participating and we hope you enjoy joining us in giving!

RentFaster.ca is Hiring!

RentFaster is hiring

 

RentFaster.ca is looking to fill the role of a Customer Service/Technical Support Professional.

 

RentFaster.ca began in 2003 to help homeowners advertise their vacancies and renters find their perfect home. We are now the leading online home listings service for Calgary with plans to grow in Edmonton and beyond.

RentFaster.ca has rapidly changed over the years as our knowledge of the rental industry and available technology has evolved. We strive to provide the most technologically advanced yet user-friendly site by constantly updating with new features geared towards renters and landlords.

We are looking for the right candidate to join our pursuit of excellent user experience and top-notch customer support. We are seeking someone who can wear a few hats with ease and enthusiasm and who is comfortable in a flexible, autonomous role.

CUSTOMER SERVICE

You’ll handle incoming calls/emails from clients and, while resolving their issues, explore their needs and current service experience.  Success in this role requires:

  • Superior communication skills allowing you to present ideas, concepts and support in a clear and accessible manner.
  • A professional style with a sympathetic approach.
  • The ability to work in a fast-paced, dynamic environment.
  • A competitive personality willing to go the extra mile to achieve personal and team goals.
  • Strong proofreading ability in order to review listings and written communication quickly for accuracy and potential issues.
  • If you have an appetite for and ability in social media writing and sharing, we would love to make that a small part of the job, especially since more and more of our customer service may be through these channels.

WEBSITE SUPPORT

In this role, you will be an expert in providing basic technical guidance coupled with world-class customer service as you work via phone and email to maintain various aspects of the website. Success in this role requires:

  • A basic technical foundation; expectation that you will easily navigate the website, email  and other various technical items. Experience in technical support or completion of a related course of study would be an asset, but not mandatory.
  • An ability to work quickly and independently to review listings, manage expiring ads, address alerts and provide back end support to ensure quality of the website
  • A sense of excitement and ability to embrace change when dealing with new people, ideas and technology.
  • The ability to learn and adapt quickly as our website, app and features tend to do the same.

At RentFaster.ca, we are a small but growing company with lots of opportunity for contributing in different ways. Our small ownership and operational teams are young and have a knack for playfulness and idea-sharing. And our space in the beltline is a central, cool place to work with some flexibility for home-based work if you please. When we find the right experience and skill set in someone, we will reward it with compensation, culture and opportunity.

 

Please forward resumes and inquiries to jobs@rentfaster.ca

Feature Community: Calgary’s East Village

Courtesy of East Village Experience
Courtesy of East Village Experience

The East Village is continuing its evolution into a dynamic and iconic community in Calgary with the ground breaking for the N3 residential tower on November 17. At the corner of 8th Ave and 4th Street SE, N3 is notorious in our city for being the first car-free condo building (each sold unit comes with a Biria bike and $500 towards Car2Go and Enterprise Rent-a-car).

Love it or hate it, the N3 is just one component of what is quickly emerging as one of the trendiest neighbourhoods in the city. With the new riverwalk (open), St. Patrick’s Island and bridge (open), the Simmons Building with its tasty dining options (open), 5th Street Square and the heart of events like the food truck festival (open), the National Music Centre and ‘music mile’ (2016), and more…these are all elements that are transforming what was a lonely chunk of land into a pretty amazing place.

Check out this cool video from the Calgary Municipal Land Corporation to get an idea of where things are heading:

There are already four buildings in the east village with plans for more. If you like the vibe of the East Village, consider calling it home. The East Village ranked 49th in Avenue Calgary’s Best Neighbourhoods 2015, but don’t let that discourage you. It’s a work in progress with several advantages already working in its favour. It’s walkable. Tied for 7th rank out of every community in Calgary for walkability, the East Village certainly puts you close to downtown and amenities. It’s got personality. It’s a great mix of history and newness, art and culture, and it’s backed by a corporation that needs it to become a renowned area. It’s active. Being riverfront and near the newly revamped Saint Patrick’s Island along with all the action of programs and events makes the East Village appealing to youthful, energetic folks.

The majority of rental opportunities are for condos in the new buildings (Evolution, First, Verve, N3 by Knightsbridge and Ink). RentFaster.ca has 71 listings in the community with more expected, and an average monthly rent of $1,887 (and a maximum of $5,000)*. Compare this to neighbouring communities Inglewood, Ramsay and downtown with average rents of $1,700, $2,180 and $2,019 respectively. Click here to peruse East Village listings.

 

*as of November 17, 2015

Remembrance Day sites you must see

Albertans are proud to honour the soldiers that have fought, died, and continue to fight for our freedoms, our safety, and our beloved country. They are also proud to host some truly breathtaking and moving ceremonies commemorating the brave women and men that are in our thoughts and hearts this Remembrance Day.

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Here are some of our favourites in Calgary and Edmonton:

 

The Field of Crosses – Calgary

Location: Memorial Dr. between 3rd St. NW & Centre St., Calgary AB

Date: November 1st-11th, 2015

The field of crosses displays 3,200 white crosses representing each Southern Albertan soldier who has been killed in action. Each cross is inscribed with a soldier’s name and adorned with a single poppy. Walk among the crosses anytime or visit at sunrise or sunset for the flag raising ceremony that takes place daily. A special Remembrance Day service begins at 10:45 a.m. on November 11.

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Wreath Laying Ceremony – Calgary & Edmonton

Calgary Location: Jubilee Auditorium,  1415 14 Ave NW, Calgary AB

Date: Wednesday November 11, 2015   10:30am-11:45am (doors open 9:30am)

The ceremony includes the laying of wreaths by political, veterans, military, civic and community organizations. Following the ceremony, there is also a march outside the west side of the auditorium.

Edmonton Location: City Hall Plaza, Edmonton AB

Date: Wednesday November 11, 2015   10:50am-11:30am

A beautiful outdoor ceremony by the City Hall cenotaph, where wreaths are laid in honour of our fallen soldiers.

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Light the Bridge – Edmonton

Location: High Level Bridge, Edmonton AB

Date: Wednesday November 11th, 2015

If you are in the area, you won’t want to miss the High Level Bridge aglow in white and red for Canada’s military. A breathtaking sight against the night sky.

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Royal Canadian Legion Remembrance Day Service – Edmonton

Location: West Edmonton Mall Ice Palace, Edmonton AB

Date: Wednesday, November 11th, 2015    10am

This service put on by the Royal Canadian Legion will fill you with such pride as you observe those who salut in uniform.

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Highway 11 Flag Display – Sylvan Lake AB

Location: Highway 11 near Sylvan Lake AB.

This unassuming stretch of highway displays 116 flags for the 116,000 Canadian soldiers that have died since 1900. Knowing that each flag literally represents an army of 1000 soldiers who have paid a price for our freedom makes a bold statement. If you plan to travel north or south to Calgary or Edmonton this week make sure to look out for this extremely moving site.

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A full list of services offered in Edmonton can be viewed here.

A full list of services offered in Calgary can be viewed here.

How to take professional-looking photos with your phone

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A sure way to get more interest from potential renters is to include great photos of your property in your rental ad. You may think that producing an impressive set of interior photos of your home requires hiring a professional photographer or using an expensive camera. Although these options do result in great photos, this can be an added expense you don’t have built into your budget. If that is the case for you, don’t worry; it is possible to take a great set of professional-looking photos…with your phone!

If you have an iPhone or a smartphone, you also have access to a high quality camera and easily downloadable apps for editing. Give the following tips and tricks a try and in no time, you will have an impressive set of photos of your home, ready to upload to RentFaster.ca to ‘wow’ the thousands of potential renters that view our site daily.

 

3 tips for taking great property photos with your phone:

1. Use natural light

Plan to take your photos in the morning or early afternoon when the sunlight is bright but not direct or harsh. The soft, even sunlight at these times will filter in through your windows to create natural shadows, making your photos look bright, fresh, crisp and clean.

Turn off your flash and turn off all artificial lights, such as lamps and overhead pot lights or light fixtures. Artificial lighting creates unpleasant shadows and an overall yellowish tone, which can make your room look smaller, older, darker, and duller than it really is.

If you have to take photos in lower natural light conditions (i.e., in the evening), your photos are likely to look grainy and discolored. To get the best photos possible, make sure to: open the windows and make use of all natural light you have; avoid using the flash; use overhead lighting instead of lower lamps to help avoid shadows; and see our editing tips below to increase the brightness and adjust the yellowish tone of the photos.

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2. Capture a flattering angle

Where and how you hold your phone can dramatically effect your photos. First of all, make sure the horizontal angle of your phone is level with the floor. Use the grid function on the camera and lineup the grid lines with the natural straight lines in the room, such as a table top or a window frame. For iPhones, see how to turn your camera grid on here. Whenever possible, take your photos in landscape orientation (as opposed to upright); this orientation creates a better composition.

Make sure the face of your phone is not tilted up or down. You want to shoot the room straight-on with your phone pointed straight toward a flat surface.  When you tilt the camera, the vertical lines in the photo look distorted which won’t look professional. Take your photo lower than eye level, around the level of a light switch. This will create a more intimate feel because the viewer will feel like she is standing in the room.The room will also look bigger from this angle. For tight spaces such as bathrooms or small bedrooms, shoot through a door or move furniture around so that you can keep the camera low and as to not create weird angles in order to get the whole room in the shot.

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3. Stabilize the camera

Even a very slight movement of your phone while your photo is being taken can result in a blurry photo. It can be challenging to hold the phone stable with one hand while you press the ‘photo’ button with the other. So, try to hold your phone as still as possible. Attach your phone to a tripod if you have one handy. Or place the phone on a stable surface like a counter or the back of a chair while you shoot. If you are able to keep your phone stable, your photos will be crisp and clear.

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Even when keeping these tips in mind, it is not always possible to achieve perfect lighting and angles when photographing your home. For instance, some rooms do not have windows so will lack a lot of natural light, and it is actually really difficult to hold your phone perfectly straight. Luckily, these flaws can easily be edited away with an editing app and the swipe of a finger.

Afterlight is a simple and effective photo editing app we love to use. Afterlight is available for iPhones and androids. For iPhones, purchase in the App Store for $0.99 . For Androids, purchase in Google Play for $1.08 . There is a free version, but it does not offer the editing features you will need; we promise, spending the loonie is well worth it.

Below, we’ve created a photo tutorial highlighting the most useful editing features from Afterlight that can make a huge difference in perfecting your phone photos: brighten, straighten, and temperature. Adjust the brightness of your photo if it was not possible for you to shoot in natural light, or simply to make your photo even more bright and vibrant. Straighten your photo to remove any slight angles in the lines of your photo. The temperature feature is important to use if you were not able to shoot with natural light. You will be able to adjust the color of your photo from its yellowish hue to a more natural tone.

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We hope you find these tips helpful and that using them will enhance the quality of the photos in your next rental ad. If you have any questions, ask us below.