Finding an Honest Home Improvement Contractor

You can’t call yourself a dentist unless you have specific hard-earned credentials. Just about anyone, however, can hang a shingle and call himself a home improvement contractor. That’s why choosing a reputable one is so difficult. Here are some tips:

• Find out if he or she is truly in business full-time. A part-time or occasional contractor may not have the experience necessary to do a great job.

• Ask about licenses and other credentials. Some contractors have accreditations from professional and trade associations.

• Review his or her project portfolio. A reputable contractor will have photos and other evidence of work completed for similar clients.

• Check online for reviews. If there are more than five poor reviews within the past three years — that’s a red flag.

• Ask for references. Then, call at least one.

Finally, the best contractors are those that get recommended by people you trust.

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2 Story For Sale in Fox Creek, Dieppe

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•  1,782 sq. ft., 3 bath, 3 bdrm 2 story “Semi” – $162,900 CAD.
MLS® #M106904

– IF STYLE, SPACE, CONVENIENCE AND PRIVACY & RELAXATION SOUND APPEALING TO YOU, THEN LOOK NO FURTHER! You can get all of this for a great price! Located in a newer subdivision in Dieppe, this 5 yr. old semi sits on a beautiful treed lot. The layout gives you a feeling of spaciousness and openness! The main floor features a large living room open to kitchen and dining area. There is also a half bath on this floor. The 2nd floor offers a large master bedroom with walk-in closet and entry to the main 4pc bathroom. The separate laundry room is also conveniently located on the 2nd floor along with the other 2 spacious bedrooms. The basement features a large family room and a 3pc bathroom and lots of storage. Your backyard is a true delight featuring a large screened gazebo with extension for the hot tub. You’re covered and can enjoy all year round. There is also an attached uncovered deck for barbecuing and sitting, as well as a large storage shed with garage-style door. Other features include central vac and accessories, double paved driveway and super neighbours! Call today for your personal tour!

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2 Story For Sale in Champlain Gardens, Dieppe

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•  2,742 sq. ft., 4 bath, 4 bdrm 2 story – $274,900 CAD.
MLS® #M106801

– IMMACULATE CLIMATE CONTROLLED HOME IN POPULAR CHAMPLAIN GARDEN AWAITS NEW FAMILY! This property sits on a beautifully landscaped lot in a quiet neighbourhood in Dieppe. The property shows pride of ownership the minute you walk in. On the main floor you will find a large entrance, open concept kitchen, den and dining area, living room with natural gas fireplace, half bath and a mudroom/laundry just off the garage entrance. The kitchen offers a beautiful backplash with stainless steel hood fan venting outside. The 2nd floor features 2 good size bedrooms and a large master bedroom with 4pc ensuite and walk-in closet and a family bath. The basement is completely finished with family room, play room, 4th bedroom, 4 pc bathroom and storage/ laundry (hook-up) area. There is also a good sized screened porch to enjoy 3 seasons of the year. There is a large attached garage 22×24 and extra wide paved driveway. Many extras included with this property: Natural gas, AC, Natural gas hook-ups (2 BBQ’s, kitchen stove, dryer+ water heating) with electric option still available, electric air purifier integrated in the forced air system,crown moldings throughout and central vac. This property offers tremendous value for the price and is sure to please! Call today for your private visit.

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How Much Time Should You Spend Viewing Homes?

Figuring out how much time you should spend viewing properties for sale is a little like asking, “How long should I spend trying on shoes?”

The answer seems obvious: As long as it takes to make a decision!

Buying a home is significantly more complex than purchasing shoes – and the stakes are higher too! You need to make sure you have all the information necessary to confidently make the best decision.

There are basically three stages to viewing a property:

1. Macro

2. Micro

3. Professional

When you view a home on a macro basis, you’re looking at it from an overall perspective. For example, you may do a general walk-through to get a first impression and determine if the property has the basic features you need, such as the number of bedrooms and the size of the backyard.

Macro viewing is often the fastest stage in the viewing process and can sometimes take just a few minutes.

If you like what you see, then it’s onto the micro stage. At this stage you take a closer look at the details of the property. You might, for example, spend extra time in the master bedroom imagining how your furniture would look and fit.

The micro stage takes longer simply because the home is now on your shortlist. You’re interested and are considering making an offer.

Finally, the professional stage involves getting a qualified home inspector to go over the property with a fine tooth comb. That typically occurs after you’ve made an offer.

As your REALTOR®, I will guide you through a viewing so you’ll know what to look for and can make a smart, informed decision. Call today.