Jimmy the Renovator: Is Your Contractor Out to Lunch?

Jimmy the Renovator: Is Your Contractor Out to Lunch?

Choosing a Contractor is so hard. Do you get a contractor from the newspaper, do you go to your local hardware store and ask for a referral. Do you use the contractor that shows up at your door. The best thing to do is get someone who is referred. Then go to a job site that the contractor is working on, and talk to the owners of the home. Then ask for another reference and talk to them.

Even with doing your own due diligence, your contractor might behave differently in your situation, here are some signs to watch out for.

1. He shows up late for the first appointment, or changes the appointment a few times.

2. He is asking for a larger than normal amount of deposit. Never give more than 50% before the job starts, and of course make sure you have a contract.

3. He wants you to pay cash. This is bad if you do not know the contractor personally. There is no proof that you paid anything at all and he could run away with your money. (more…)

Get Your Documents Ready

Get Your Documents Ready

 

When you are buying a house, you need certain documents to be ready for your mortgage broker and Real Estate Agent. Here is some of the documents which you should get ready before hand.

1. Notice of Assessment/T4: Your income statement is very important when getting a final approval from your bank or Mortgage broker. You will also need pay stubs from your current job. You will need this from the beginning.

2. Deed to the house: You need to make sure who is on title. Make sure there are no ex-wives or siblings on the title.

3. ID: You must fill out fintrac forms which show that you are not a terrorist. I’ll leave it at that. (more…)

Why are there no Pictures of this new listing?

Why are there no Pictures of this new listing?

One thing that my clients always complain about when we are looking for a house is bad pictures. I tell my clients that there is nothing I can do and sometimes I try to call the agent in the hopes that they might have some more pictures. They never have any more. Its hard to believe in this iPhone and smart device age that an agent cannot take more than one picture of the outside of the house. Here is why agents do not  take more than one picture if you are wondering.

1. You have a discount agent: If you pay your agent nothing then you will get nothing. You cannot expect work from your agent if you don’t pay them. You get what you pay for in this life. That motto is true in most cases.

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Tips to save your summer lawn

Tips to save your summer lawn

 

1. Aerate your lawn. 

If you’re like most people, your lawn is the highest use area of your landscaping, especially if you have kids or pets. This means that over time the soil beneath your grass can become very compacted. Even the weekly chore of mowing your lawn can cause soil compaction.

Compacted soil results in problems with air circulation, water drainage, and nutrient absorption. Additionally, beneficial soil organisms such as earth worms can’t establish in hard, compacted soil.

If you want to really green up your grass and make your turf healthier and more beautiful, you should regularly aerate your lawn. Lawn aeration simply means punching holes throughout your lawn to about 3 inches deep.
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How to Hire an Agent?

How to Hire an Agent?

It’s a good question to ask. Many people in a good market decide to sell their own home, or hire a discount agent. There are people out there that will never justify hiring a professional to sell their house. They believe that they can do a better job, save the money, and know more than a Real Estate professional. It may be true. It may not. There are also the people who think they can do all of the things that an agent will do and fail miserably. I come across these people everyday as well the truth is like any industry there are bad and good agents. One thing I noticed is that the very bad ones seem to always stay busy in the Real Estate Industry. The reason being is that they charge such a cheap rate that people are willing to hire them despite how bad they are. People say to themselves, hey I can save thousands of dollars here, its just posting on MLS anyway. While posting on MLS is very important that is just the tip of the iceberg when it comes to selling a house. 

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