This Simple Question Can Save You a Lot of Money

Imagine this scenario…

You purchase a new home and move in. A few weeks later, you hear a strange rumbling sound. It’s the furnace. It’s only a year old, yet it’s sputtering like it’s twenty. You realize you’ll have to call in an HVAC contractor to get it fixed.

You’re thinking, “Ouch! This is going to be expensive.”

Well, maybe not. You see, since that furnace is relatively new, it might be covered by its original warranty — even for you, the new owner.

But a warranty is useless if you don’t know it exists.

Recent studies suggest that upwards of 50% of people pay to get items fixed that were actually covered by a warranty. So, when purchasing a new home, be sure to ask this simple question: “What warranties do you have for items, materials or workmanship in this house?”

Warranties are common on new stoves, fridges, washers, dryers and other big ticket appliances. Some such warranties are transferable, which means they are still in force when the items pass from one owner to another.

Even less expensive items, such as electronic thermostats and automatic garage door openers, may be covered by a transferable manufacturer’s warranty.

If the home you’re purchasing is relatively new (say, less than 10 years old), the builder’s warranty may also still be in force. That can be handy if a structural problem arises.

Even recent renovations, may have come with a labor and/or installation warranty of some kind.

As you can see, warranties are everywhere! The more you’re aware of them, the more you’ll save when something needs repair or replacement.

Painting Techniques that Bring a Hallway to Life

Some people don’t give hallways much thought when painting and decorating. Instead, they focus on rooms.

The fact is, a great looking hallway can have the same, if not more, impact than the most eye-catching family room or bedroom, especially when you need to go through the hallway to get there!

Here are some painting tips that can bring a dull hallway to life:

• Paint the hallway the reverse of the rooms around it. If the rooms are dark, use light colours in the hall. If the rooms feature simple colours, consider being more dramatic in your choice of hallway paint.

• In a longer hallway, using two shades of the same colour on perpendicular walls can make the space seem less tunnel-like. (The darker shade goes on the shorter walls.)

• Darker colours can work well if the space is well-lit and there are few, if any, shadows cast.

• If you decide to paint the halls white, select an off-white or eggshell white. Avoid stark white as it will reflect light in a way that’s unpleasant.

One more tip: Pictures can go a long way in making a hallway look inviting, regardless of the wall colour.

Good luck with the painting!

New price for this spacious and very little outside maintenance property!

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•  1380 sqft , 2 bath , 3 bdrm 2 storey “Semi” – FOR SALE  143900 CAD .
MLS® M112223

AFFORDABLE, SPACIOUS AND VERY LITTLE OUTSIDE MAINTENANCE! You’ll enjoy the location of this property as it easy access to just about anywhere from here. You are close to both Trans-Canada highways (2 and 15), close to Dieppe and downtown Moncton. This property is in great shape and has double paved driveway, not a huge yard, but ideal if you don’t want to spend too much time mowing your lawn. Directly from your backyard you can access the beautiful walking trail system that offers great views and many kilometers for you to get your exercise. The main floor of this home offers a spacious living room and large eat-in kitchen with plenty of room to add an island and it can accommodate a large table. There is also a half bath on this floor. Off the dining area is a patio with access to the backyard. The 2nd floor offers a very large master bedroom with walk-in closet and beautiful large window and sitting/reading area. There are 2 other good size bedrooms as well as a 4pc bathroom. The basement is unfinished and has plenty of room for storage and it also has rough-in for a 3rd bathroom. All flooring consists of hardwood and ceramic. Heating is baseboard electric with monthly equalized billing at $193 per month. You will not find a more affordable property in this area! Call today for your private tour!

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NEW PRICE on this property located walking distance to university

 

 

 

 

•  1353 sqft , 1 bath , 3 bdrm 1 1/2 story – FOR SALE  $99,900 CAD . NEW PRICE!  MLS® M109507 

PROPERTY LOCATED WALKING DISTANCE TO UNIVERSITY WITH UP TO 4 BEDROOMS AND FULLY FURNISHED AT GREAT PRICE! This property does need some TLC, however it sits on a large lot and is in close proximity to University of Moncton. The main floor offers an eat-in kitchen, dining room (or 4th bedroom), living room and large master bedroom surrounded by windows and vaulted ceiling. The 2nd floor has 2 additional bedrooms and the main bath which has double vanity. The basement is unfinished with low ceiling and great for storage. There is a leak in basement which will require repairs. Heating is baseboard electric and avg monthly bill is $355. All appliances and most furniture comes with the property. If you are looking for a great location, willing to do a bit of work, this property could be a great investment! Hurry and call today for your personal tour!

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No Homes for Sale in the Area You Like? Here’s What to Do…

Imagine there’s a neighborhood you’d love to live in someday, but, every time you drive through, you rarely, if ever, see a For Sale sign. It’s as if homes get gobbled up by buyers the moment they get listed.

It’s true, properties do tend to sell quickly in desirable, in-demand neighborhoods. Does that mean you’re destined to either hope for a lucky break or miss out on ever living there?

Fortunately, no. There are practical things you can do to increase your chances of getting into that neighborhood.

Your first step is to find out the kind of new home you can afford. You want to get your financial ducks in a row so when a listing does come up in the area, you’re able to respond quickly. Find out the average price range of homes in the neighborhood. Then, if necessary, talk to your lender or mortgage broker.

The second step is to get your current property ready for sale. You don’t necessary need to list it now, but you want to be in a position to do so quickly, if necessary. You may need to clean up and declutter, get repairs done, and spruce up your home in other ways.

The third step is to talk to me.

You see, listings in popular neighborhoods often move fast. By the time you see them advertised on the internet, they may be gone. I can closely monitor listings in that area for you, so the moment one comes up that meets your criteria, you can be alerted. This greatly increases your chances of getting that home.

So if there is a dream neighborhood you’d love to get into, give me a call.