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Recently Sold Listing 1869 Peters Road, North Vancouver, BC


R2020856 - 1869 Peters Road, North Vancouver, BC, CANADAI have just recently sold this listing at 1869 Peters Road, North Vancouver.

New Listing 712 - 235 Keith Road, West Vancouver, BC


R2020926 - 712 - 235 Keith Road, West Vancouver, BC, CANADAView my new listing for sale SOLD at 712 - 235 Keith Road, West Vancouver and currently listed at $450,000.SOLD

Take a close look at Spuraway Gardens! A proactive well located development rich in amenities. This 2 bedroom 2 bath apt is like brand new. Everything has been renewed to a high standard. Enjoy gorgeous kitchen with stunning cherry cabinets , granite counters, beautiful engineered maple floors & open concept floorplan. Master quarters offer sumptuous ensuite & plenty of storage. The pool is just steps away...this is resort style living. Don't miss "the Lodge" which can be rented & the award winning gardens set on 8 acres. Ideal for the buyer who doesn't want high density living!  For an overview on Spuraway please go to http://spurawayhomeforsale.com/Welcome.html

Moving Packing Tips


roper packing is critical to a successful move. Your possessions represent both an emotional and a monetary investment which deserves the best care available.

Consider using a professional packing company to ensure your possessions arrive at your new home safely. Even if you are on a tight budget, it is recommended that you use the services of professional packers for your most delicate items like china and breakables.

If you decide to do some or all of your own packing, arrange for plenty of packing cartons, paper and tape. You can buy packing supplies from most local storage companies.

The key to good packing is organization:

  • Use the right size boxes. Put heavy items, like books, in small boxes; light items, like linens and pillows, in bigger ones.
  • Don’t leave empty spaces in the boxes. Fill in gaps with clothing, towels, or packing paper. Movers often won’t move boxes that feel loosely packed or unbalanced.
  • Pack as much as you can in one room before going to the next room
  • Pack the out of season items first
  • Pack the seldom used items next
  • Leave the must have items to last, such as soap, towels, toiletries, coffee, paper cups and plates, paper towels, kleenex, medications, etc.
  • Do not pack valuables such as jewellery, precious stones, coin and stamp collections or money. It is best to take these items with you.
  • Label each box with the room it’s destined for and a description of its contents. This will help you and your movers know where every box belongs in your new home.
  • Make sure all boxes can close properly and sealed so the tops are flat. If you over-pack a box, you risk damage to the contents.
  • Put curtain rods, and dresser, shelving, bed and table hardware, such as bolts and screws, in plastic bags and tape each bag to the item or label each bag and place in a carton labeled." set up box"
  • Do not exceed 50 pounds in weight per box and make sure the lids close flat
  • Do not pack dangerous or flammable items such as lighter fluid, paint, oily rags, matches, charcoal, pool chemicals, bleach, oven cleaner or ammunition as they can explode and cause damage to your shipment. Movers are not licensed to carry dangerous goods on the moving van.
  • Keep an inventory list of each box and its contents. This will be necessary if a box goes missing and you need to make a claim.
  • Get everyone involved by making a task list, then dividing out the jobs that each person can do. Organizing your household will not only save you time and energy, but will make your whole family feel like part of the adventure.

 



Winter Home Maintenance Checklist


With the winter just around the corner, it’s time to get your house in shape for the cooler months ahead. Although autumn can be one of the busiest seasons for homeowners preparing for winter, it’s also the best time to take advantage of the moderate weather to repair any damages before the first frost sets in. Here are some home maintenance tips that will keep your home running in peak condition all winter long.

Outdoor Preparation

  • Check the roof for cracked or missing shingles, bald spots on shingles, missing or damaged flashing, and other conditions that might allow leaks. Replace any roof shingles that are missing or damaged. Seal minor cracks or tears with roofing cement.
  • Check the gutters. If they are clogged with leaves and debris, clean them. Gutters prevent basement and foundation flooding and water damage to siding, windows, and doors.
  • Check the siding for cracks or damage and seal any leaky spots with clear caulking compound.
  • Windows and doors. Make sure they are properly sealed with weather stripping and replace any damaged parts. Weather stripping prevents drafts and winter heat loss.
  • Trim trees and bushes away from the house.
  • Cover air conditioner and barbecue to prevent winter damage.
  • Store lawn and patio furniture in a shed or basement. If space is limited, use weather-resistant covers that can protect outdoor furniture.
  • Close your pool before leaves start to fall and night-time temperatures begin to drop, otherwise you may risk an algae bloom.
  • Drain and shut off outdoor water faucets and remove and store garden hoses.
  • Store kids toys indoors or in an outdoor shed to prevent rusting and fading.
  • Check and repair exterior lighting before daylight fades.
  • Scrape peeling paint and apply touch up paint to your siding, trim and fences, and apply waterproofing sealer to your deck if necessary.
  • Examine driveways and walkways for cracks. Larger cracks should be sealed to keep out water.

Lawn and Garden

  • Prepare planting beds when the soil is relatively dry. By adding soil and mulch to your beds, you'll be a step ahead for spring planting.
  • Plant spring blooming bulbs and perennials.
  • Protect roses, saplings and small trees by sheltering them with a burlap screen.
  • Pull weeds to reduce the number of seedlings next spring.
  • Mow grass short for the final cut of the year by reducing the cutting height gradually to 3.5 cm (from 7.4 cm) until the grass stops growing.
  • Check ground grading around the house. All surfaces next to walls should be sloped to shed water away from the house. This is most important on warm winter days, as melting snow runs quickly across the surface of the frozen ground. If the grading is incorrect, water will potentially flow into the house, causing basement leakage. Now is the time to use a shovel to re-slope the grass, or call a paving contractor to correct a negatively sloped walkway or driveway.

Indoor Preparation

  • Bring container plants inside and make sure they are free of pests. Doing so may enable plants to survive the season and bloom again in spring.
  • Caulk around window and door casings to keep out air and water. If your house has wood siding with window frames that stand out from the siding, caulk the top and sides of the frame. Don't caulk under the sill as this space should be left open to allow moisture inside the wall to escape. If your house is brick or stone, with window frames that are set into the finish material, caulk all four edges of each frame where the brick mould meets the masonry.
  • Clean or replace furnace filters as needed. Check and clean dryer vent, air conditioner, stove hood and room fans. Keep heating and cooling vents clean and away from furniture and draperies.
  • Ensure that all smoke detectors, carbon monoxide detectors and fire extinguishers are in good working order. Replace batteries as needed, or at least twice each year.
  • Have your heating system checked by a licensed heating/air-conditioning professional. Most furnace manufacturers recommend annual inspections.
  • Have your chimney(s) inspected by a chimney service and, if necessary, cleaned. Cleaning is generally recommended at least once a year for an active fireplace.
  • Store plenty of salt or rock salt, snow shovels, and any other items you will need during the winter.
  • Examine the basement floor and walls for cracks or leaks; seal as needed.


If you plan to reside elsewhere during the winter months, you may want to partially shutdown your home. In addition to the tips above, consider the following:

  • Leave the temperature at its lowest setting, usually between 5 to 7 degrees Celsius or install a low-heat thermostat to maintain the air temperature at approximately 5 degrees Celsius
  • Turn off and drain the water heater; leave a reminder to refill before restarting.
  • Keep the electricity on so lights will continue to function (put lights on timers).
  • Unplug the microwave, clothes dryer, televisions and other appliances not in use.
  • To avoid large repair bills and the hassle associated with breakdowns, take the time now to develop an action plan for the coming months. You'll feel secure in your warm home or while you're away from home.

Winter can be hard on a house, following these steps will help preserve your investment and prevent any unnecessary chores or repairs that might be difficult to do during winter.

 



HOW BUYERS CAN GET AN ADVANTAGE


In this red hot real estate market buyers need an edge over the other buyers to secure a property. These days it's not unusual to be competing with 10 or more other buyers. How do you stand out from the others?
 
Here's one way...A standard real estate Contract of Purchase & Sale states that the deposit will be paid by an uncertified cheque within 24 hours unless agreed otherwise. To gain an advantage the buyers offer should be accompanied by a bank draft of at least 5% of the purchase price. If a regular cheque is used and it bounces it takes about 7 - 10 days before the bank returns it. The seller has now lost the opportunity created by the multiple offer scenario and must start over. Or what if an offer is accepted with a draft deposit to be paid within 24 hours of acceptance and the buyer wakes up the next day and changes his mind? That happened to me as a listing agent & when I contacted the other buyers they too, backed out.
 

Final Point - If there are numerous offers the seller with instructions from the listing agent may be inclined to counter-offer the one with the draft deposit so that they know the property is sold firm & final.