Archive for March, 2015

Choose Your Own Spring Cleaning Plan

Wednesday, March 18th, 2015

Home Renovations Galore

Tuesday, March 3rd, 2015

As some of you may know, over the past 2 years we have been renovating so we thought it might be a cool idea to share our experiences since many of you will have taken on or are thinking about doing renos yourselves.

We had a reno plan set soon after moving, and boy are we ever glad that we didn’t proceed with it. Only after months of living in the space did we realize that we could simply ‘rearrange’ some of the developed areas and re-purpose some rooms, and then add some relatively minor renovations we could have the space set up as we needed. What a lesson!

So off we started…

Kitchen – new cupboards, same counter top, new backspash, same layout

Bathrooms – create larger ensuite, new flooring, heated floor in ensuite and basement BR, new shower in basement BR, make room for W/D in main floor BR

Windows – enlarge front window

Roof – reshingle, add roof section for covered front porch

Satellite – reposition satellites – this had to be done twice since we lost signal after shinglers were done

4 Season Room additions

When you are renovating spaces in a house you live in there are so many new experiences, not the least of which is the constant battle of keeping the floor/rooms clean and coordinating trades to do their work  and making time to meet them on site during work hours. It becomes a bit of a juggling act, the dog wonders what is happening and makes lots of new friends, plans are reworked when you open a wall and find a surprise or two, and you make great friends with those working on your house from the ‘shingle guys’ to the plumber.

We found that important things are to be well prepared, do your homework, be organized, use professionals that you have checked out, and be patient. Focus on renovating the rooms that matter most to the way you live, and make a phased plan to accommodate budget.

Of utmost importance when considering any renovations to a home is to maintain or improve the value of the home, not the opposite. There are limitations to what changes you should consider making to a home in order to accomplish this, too much customization may reduce the home value. Since your home is in most cases your largest asset, taking care to consider its re-sale value is critical. If you are unsure, ask a professional. We have consulted with many of our clients on renovations and floor plans.



What’s Your Realtor Done Lately?

Tuesday, March 3rd, 2015

We’ve said it before and we’ll say it again, the experience of a Realtor developing, buying and selling their own properties benefits their clients. It’s also a good way for clients to see if their Realtor ‘walks the walk’.
Ask them about their own property history, it’s an important question. If they haven’t done anything lately, it’s something for you to consider.

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