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Now that we’re full swing back to school and other activities, keeping the house clean can feel like a huge task.  The last thing we want is to sacrifice an entire Saturday’s family time for cleaning.  If you can manage about half an hour each day you can stay on top of chores! Take a look at this handy list from Hollen Home:

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Winter is coming! Is your House Ready?

It’s that time of year Saskatoon and surrounding areas, to get the last of all your fall chores done around the yard. As much as we hate to admit it, the cold weather is coming and we should be prepared! Take a look at the list of tips and pointers to assist you in getting your home winter ready!

  • Check your furnace and to make sure your heating system is working
  • Check all weather stripping on windows and doors
  • To offset winter dryness, check your humidifier and change out the filter and increase the humidistat
  • Turn off outdoor taps and drain sprinklers and garden hose lines
  • Clean out gutters and downspouts to avoid flooding and check flashing along eavestroughs and the roof to ensure water cannot
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One of our agents, Kent Braaten, wrote a great blog on fixing your credit and saving money.  These are two things that are central to the financial well being and the ability to buy a property in todays market.  If you follow some of these simple tips you just might get some very positive results.  Click here to read the full post

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You’ve purchased a new home, and now it’s time for the move!  Here’s some do’s and don’ts for moving:

Do clean – Don’t pack items that are dusty or dirty, clean items before packing them. 

Do pack a suitcase – Pack two weeks of clothing and supplies, make sure to include any items you use daily.  Be sure to put your bag in the car before movers arrive so it doesn’t get lost.

Do pack and label before moving day – Give yourself plenty of time.  You need to ensure everything is packed and labeled before movers arrive, to avoid the headache of scrambling to pack while the movers start loading boxes.

Don’t place small objects directly in boxes – Label sandwich bags or small containers for your small items, making putting everything back together a

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Should I remodel my kitchen or bathroom?

Ideally, a lot of us would like to remodel the kitchen and bathroom at the same time.  Unfortunately, that’s not always possible.  Here are a few things to help you decide which to complete first:

Kitchen remodels tend to have a better return on investment if you plan your project well and spend wisely you’ll get the most for your money while likely adding the optimal resale value to your home.

Consider what suites your lifestyle best.  If you don’t plan to sell your home in the foreseeable future a kitchen renovation might be a better option if your family spends a lot of time there.  However, if you enjoy long soaks in the tub and the kitchen is only used to unpack your takeout, then a bathroom

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How to find the home right for you

You've gotten your finances sorted and you've now been pre-approved with a budget in mind, what should you do? Well, now comes the fun part. Searching for the house that's right for you.  

Wants. vs. Needs - First I recommend to sit down and determine your wants vs. needs. This is a big one that will help you determine what is important to you and what you are willing to negotiate on. In an ideal world, you will be able to find a home with all of your wants and needs under budget, however, realistically, you may have to decide what you're willing to give on. Use my Wants vs. Needs checklist found here to help you and come up with a better picture of what it is you are looking for.  

Research - After we've

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