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A recent real estate consumer survey* has unveiled an unsettlingly low level of knowledge reported by today's homebuyers and sellers that has resulted in a feeling of post-transaction regret for many.

The survey reveals that 41 percent of surveyed homeowners and 45 percent of first-time homebuyers wish they had done something differently when buying or selling their home, for example:

  • Having a better grasp of the process (buying process: 26%; selling process 12%)
  • Seeing more houses (buying process: 21%)
  • Having a home inspection (buying process: 15%)
  • Understanding the contracts involved better (buying process: 14%; selling process: 9%)

Knowledge is power, and education about the buying and selling process surrounding one of the biggest financial decisions of your life is paramount to easing the stress and eliminating any uncertainties you may have about your real estate transaction. Before running the risk of any post-transaction regrets, sit down with your real estate representative to brush up on all the basics before taking the first step towards buying or selling a home.

Now that the busy spring season is here, you'll want to make sure you're on top of the latest real estate issues. Please call today so we can go through all your questions and concerns thoroughly, ensuring that when you're ready to make a move, you're confident about all your decisions.

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You know from first-hand experience that there's a whole lot to love about condo living. But it might be time for you to consider the switch to a house if:

  • You want to be the rule-maker. Condo rules and regulations are often credited with keeping the peace and fostering a sense of community among neighbors. But perhaps you're no longer content to simply follow the rules and want to be the one making them instead.
  • You want to control the purse strings. Condo fees are what make low-maintenance living possible for condo dwellers, however they are out of your control. Are you ready to start calling all the shots (and assuming all the responsibility) as to how, where and when money is spent on your home?
  • You want more privacy. Some like the sense of security and community close quarters provide, but sharing walls, floors and ceilings isn't for everyone. Are you tired of dealing with noisy neighbors? Or do you want to make more noise yourself without having to worry as much about disturbing others?
  • Your family is expanding. While condominiums are increasingly becoming family and pet friendly, you may be one of the many people who feel that a house is simply better suited for your growing family, whether that means a couple of kids or a couple of dogs.

Let's get together to talk through the different types of housing options in today's market and what would work best for your individual situation.

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Source: www.604inspections.ca

Here are some eco-friendly and energy-saving tips to consider.

Energy use

Air conditioning and heating account for more than half of the home energy bill. To trim that:

1. Change filters regularly on the air-conditioning and heating unit.

2. Adjust the thermostat. Raising the temperature just one degree saves 7 percent to 10 percent on cooling costs.

3. Install a programmable thermostat.

4. Choose a more energy-efficient air-conditioning unit. The higher the seasonal energy efficiency, or SEER, rating, the more efficient the unit. Look for a rating of 13 or greater.

5. Replace the clothes washer, dishwasher, refrigerator and dryer with Energy Star appliances.

6. Add ceiling fans and portable fans to help circulate the air and cut down on air conditioner use.

7. Add attic insulation.

8. Add a ridge vent on the roof to lower temperatures in the attic.

9. Replace incandescent bulbs with compact fluorescents.

10. Replace compact fluorescent lights with light-emitting diode, LED, tiny light bulbs that fit into an electrical circuit. They use one-third the energy and last five times longer than CFLs.

11. Consider a tank-less or instantaneous water heater.

12. Replace an electric water heater with a natural-gas water heater.

13. Set water heater temperature to 120 degrees.

14. Install the water heater near the kitchen.

15. Buy a wind turbine if you’re in a rural area.

16. Plant trees on the west, south and east sides to shade the house.

17. Replace windows with Energy Star ones.

18. Add solar screens.

19. Wash laundry in warm or cold water and rinse in cold water.

20. Clean the dryer’s lint filter after every load.

Roofing

21. Choose a light-colored roof to decrease heat transferred to the attic.

22. Buy a roof made of “cool” shingles.

23. Add a durable metal roof.

24. Purchase rooftop solar shingles to help offset your energy use.

25. Purchase a rooftop photo-voltaic solar system.

Indoors

26. Consider carpets made from corn fiber or wool. Some carpets release volatile organic compounds, VOCs.

27. Clean with vinegar and products free of phosphates, chlorine and petroleum distillates.

28. Install counter tops made of bamboo.

29. Choose counter tops made of recycled glass.

30. Consider reclaimed wood flooring.

31. Opt for cork floors.

32. Use concrete for counter tops or floors.

33. Buy linoleum made of linseed oil, cork and jute.

34. Use unbleached paper for paper towels and coffee filters.

35. Consider milk-based paint.

36. Use acrylic paint that gives off low volatile organic compounds.

Water use

37. Run full loads of laundry and in the dishwasher.

38. Consider adding plumbing to recycle gray water from sinks and tubs to toilets.

39. Replace toilets with low-flow or dual-flush models.

40. Repair dripping faucets promptly.

41. Install low-flow shower heads on showers and aerators on faucets.

42. Install a water softener to minimize mineral deposits and prolong the life of the water heater.

Outdoors

43. Inspect sprinkler systems for leaks.

44. Collect rainwater to water plants and lawn.

45. Buy energy-efficient LEDs for exterior light. Bonus: They don’t attract bugs.

46. Xeriscape. Plant drought-tolerant shrubs and perennials and give them the proper amount of sunlight.

47. Start a compost pile. Not only does composting recycle kitchen waste, the end product is a nourishing amendment for gardens and planting beds.

48. Use a manual lawn mower.

49. Leave grass clippings on your yard as mulch.

50. Reduce the size of your lawn.

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Source: Gary Ladwig CMHI, A-Z Home Inspections

Old man Winter can do damage to your home so these are simple things you can do to save energy and repair costs.

  1. Change your furnace/ air conditioning filter
  2. Change batteries in smoke detectors and carbon monoxide detectors.
  3. Hook up your hoses to the hose bibs and check for leaks.
  4. Consider a seasonal maintenance check up on your air conditioner.
  5. Make sure your gutters are clean and pitched toward down spouts.
  6. Ensure that down spouts extend away from your home.
  7. Exterior GFCI electrical receptacles should be tested and or reset.
  8. Clear out window well drains and driveway drains.
  9. Check exterior wood surfaces for flaking paint and wood damage.
  10. Inspect roof from the ground for loose, curling, missing, cracking and cupping shingles. Binoculars work very well for this.
  11. Check masonry chimneys and siding for loose brick and mortar.
  12. Check chimney caps and vent openings for insect infiltration and bird nests.
  13. Look for water damage on fascia boards and soffits from over flowing gutters and down spouts.
  14. Check driveways and walkways for cracks and trip hazards.
  15. Check exterior wood steps and decks for slippery sections.
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Source: Blue Crest Electric Ltd.

1. Check to see if the power outage is isolated to your home or if your neighbors are also affected. If the power outage is also affecting your neighbor's home, call the BC Hydro Trouble line at 1-888-POWER ON  (1-888-769-3766) or *HYDRO (*49376) from a cell phone, to report the problem. Visit the BC Hydro Lower Mainland Map View site for a possible power loss explanation. You will need to find a computer that has power or use a cell phone with internet access. This site is updated every few minutes so you should be provided with relatively current information.

2. Stay far away (at least 10 meters / 33 feet) from fallen or compromised power lines. Never try to remove ice, branches or downed trees from or near the power lines yourself. After power has been safely restored, hire a professional to remove any branches still spanning power lines on your property.

3. If the power loss is isolated to your home, check your electrical circuit panel as you may need to Reset a Tripped Breaker. This is where a  Correctly Labeled Electrical Panel is helpful as it is important to quickly identify the correct breaker in the event of an emergency. Call us if we can help you with either of these tasks.

4. When the power is restored, regardless of the cause of the outage, a power surge may follow. Therefore, it is important to turn OFF or unplug all electronic appliances before the return of power, to prevent possible damage or injury should a surge occur. This step is not necessary if a whole home surge protector has already been installed directly on the electrical panel. Learn more about Power Surges and Surge Protection here.

5. If you are experiencing a partial power loss, a correctly sized extension cord may be used to keep essential appliances such as the freezer, refrigerator and sump pump working until the problem is repaired.

6. Take extreme caution if using a portable backup generator or an alternate heat or light source during a power outage. Although candles may provide a nostalgic touch, a flashlight is a much safer option. Follow the manufacturer's directions meticulously when using a portable backup generator, portable stove, barbecue or any other fuel burning equipment. This equipment should never be used indoors as it emits an odorless, invisible and deadly carbon monoxide gas. Furthermore, incorrect use of portable generators can create a back feed situation and thereby pose a serious safety risk to electrical crews working on damaged lines near your home.
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