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House Hunting 101 and Why You Need a Checklist!

Starting on the journey to find your dream home can be both exciting and overwhelming. With so many options and factors to consider, it’s easy to feel lost. That’s where a trusty house-hunting checklist comes in! It’s your ultimate companion to keep you organized and focused every step of the way.

  • Stay Focused on What Matters: Your checklist is your roadmap, guiding you through the maze of available properties while keeping your priorities front and center. Whether it’s location, number of bedrooms, or budget constraints, jotting down your must-haves and nice-to-haves helps you avoid getting sidetracked by flashy features that might not align with your needs.
  • Communication Made Easy: Your checklist isn’t just for your eyes only – it’s a valuable tool for keeping everyone involved in the house-hunting process on the same page. Share it with your partner, real estate agent, or family members to ensure everyone understands your preferences and priorities, making collaboration smoother and more effective.
  • Remember the Details: Ever visited multiple properties in a day only to mix up which one had the cozy fireplace or the spacious backyard? Say goodbye to confusion with your trusty checklist in hand. By recording key details and observations for each property, you’ll have a handy reference to jog your memory and make informed decisions later on.
  • Stay Proactive and Accountable: House hunting can be a whirlwind, but your checklist keeps you grounded. Use it as a tool to stay proactive and accountable, setting goals for each viewing and tracking your progress along the way. With your checklist as your guide, you’ll feel empowered to take charge of your house-hunting journey and make confident decisions.

A house-hunting checklist isn’t just a piece of paper – it’s your secret weapon for navigating the real estate market in Comox with clarity and confidence. So, grab your pen and start jotting down those must-haves – your dream home is waiting to be discovered! Get in touch with me today if you want to put this checklist to good use!

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Painting Tips: Get the Job Done Faster

Unless painting a room is a passion, you probably want to finish the task as soon as
possible. You still want to do a quality job though and you want to be efficient.
Here are some tips for doing just that:

● One-coat paints. Having to do a second coat is time-consuming. Fortunately,
there are several “one coat” paints that can get the job done. They don’t work for
every type of project. But, if your walls are in good condition and you’re not
dramatically changing the underlying colour, a one-coat paint is worth

● Leverage various-sized rollers. Most people use rollers for the main wall surface
and switch to brushes for the tight areas. Instead of a brush, try a smaller roller.
That can speed up the painting considerably.

● Use quality brushes and rollers. Cheap brushes tend to not hold paint evenly and
can also shed fibres. Then you have to pick them off the painted surface. Good
quality brushes and rollers may cost a little more, but the paint will be applied
more smoothly and evenly. This will save you time.

● Wear your painter’s tape. When running painter’s tape to prep a room, wear the
roll on your wrist. That way, you won’t constantly be reaching for it.

● Wrap rollers and brushes in plastic. For longer painting jobs, wrap rollers and
brushes that are not in use in plastic wrap or baggies. Not a special type of
plastic, just wrap or a baggy you use every day That will keep the brushes and
rollers wet while you take a break.

● Start in the middle. Most people start at the end of a wall and work their way to
the center. You’ll paint faster if you do the opposite. In addition, you’ll avoid
applying too much paint in the corners. People are apt to use too much when
they start there.

Want more tips for preparing your home for sale? Call me.