October 2020

There are 4 blog entries for October 2020.

Like many homeowners, you may have eyed a home improvement project in the past only to come up short on time or inspiration.

Don’t feel bad. Nearly half (43%) of all homeowners say their biggest challenge around home improvement decisions is finding DIY time, which also may explain why the same percentage of people say they have unfinished home improvement projects — typically two.

Since many of us are spending much or all of our time at home, now might be a good time to channel some of that cabin fever into a project that could add value to your home or infuse it with new energy.

Here’s a sampling of projects you can tackle alone — or with a pint-sized assistant in need of a play date.

Beginner projects

New faucets

Attention to detail

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To ensure your jack-o'-lantern is primed for Halloween, follow these tips.

While Halloween may look a little different this year, there’s no reason you can’t still have an amazing outdoor display. If you’re not interested in shelling out big bucks for a 12 foot animatronic skeleton, or if your style is more autumn chic than gothic gore, you have plenty of options when it comes to the traditional jack-o’-lantern. Before you cut into your sacrificial squash, check out these top tips for making a carv-tastic display.

Pumpkin selection

There are no rules for what size or shape makes for a great jack-o’-lantern. Any pumpkin can rise to ghoulish greatness. Do look for a pumpkin that isn’t bruised and has no mold around the stem. Who wants to cut into a

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You've probably heard that when you are searching for a new Vancouver home, you should make three lists. These lists tell your agent what your new home must have, what you would like it to have, and what it must NOT have. 

Today, with a scarcity of homes for sale, narrowing the choices to fit your lists can be difficult.

The solution? Instead of simply giving your agent a list of what your next house must have or not have, give him or her a list that includes WHY you've included those features. 

For instance, you may have said that you must have 4 bedrooms. Is that because you want an extra room for overnight guests, or because you plan to turn one bedroom into an office, a school-room, or a craft or exercise room? Is it possible that a 3 bedroom home

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When you're thinking of buying a home, visiting builder's model homes is fun, but beware. If you're serious about finding a home, it's best to take a knowledgeable buyer's agent with you on those visits. 

At the very least, you should already have a buyer's agent and should let the builder's representative know immediately. Give that representative your agent's card so there can be no mistake. 

Why? Because there's more to buying a new home than you might realize. Unless you are a construction expert yourself, you do need someone with experience safeguarding your interests. If you visit a model home without letting the representative know that you're working with an agent, you may not be able to bring in your own representation later. Different

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