Bungalow For Sale in Saskatchewan, Rosthern Rm No. 403

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•  3183 sqft , 3 bath , 9 bdrm bungalow “House” FOR SALE  CAD729,900 .
MLS® SK866494

This 158.8 acre quarter section includes 114 acres of cultivated land, about 20 acres of fenced pasture, plus the yard site. The yard features a 3,183 sq/ft Bungalow with 9 bedrooms, 3 bathrooms and an absolutely massive kitchen/ dining area. This house was operated as a fully licensed care home/ foster home. The kitchen boasts extensive maple cabinets, premium granite counter tops, 3 fridges, freezer, raised dishwasher, double walled oven, 2 cook tops (with BBQ grill), 2 sinks with garburators and 2 skylights. Main floor laundry with front loading washer/ dryer on pedestals. His and her walk-in closets accentuate the master bedroom. The basement has 2 bedrooms, bathroom, cold storage room, slate pool table (included), water softener and reverse osmosis (the well water is very drinkable). A large, fully cover deck, punctuates the front of the house including a fully screened-in room. Right next to the house is a 24’x15′ enclosed gazebo with a 16’x7′ swimming spa. In the back you will find a fenced in fire pit, large swing set and fruit trees/bushes. The 30’x24′ insulated, double door, detached garage has in-floor heat plumbed into the slab, it just needs to be hooked up the main coal burning boiler that heats the yard site. Sellers will convert it to wood or natural gas if requested. Mechanics will appreciate the 30’x50′ in-floor heated shop with a bathroom. Extra storage is available in the 40’x80′ quonset with dirt floor (front-right corner has a concrete slab). Horse enthusiast will enjoy the 200’x150′ outdoor riding area, complete with roping boxes. The hip roof barn has a tack room, and heated storage area which leads out to the 5 cattle/horse pens and shelter that includes 2 watering bowls. There are 2 wells and 3 septic pump outs throughout the yard site. Two 1,650 Westeel grain bins on a concrete slab are included. Heated chicken coop/dog kennel. The heated butcher shop has a walk-in cooler and bathroom.

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For Sale in Elstow, Elstow

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•  FOR SALE  CAD9,900 .
MLS® SK859188

Looking to escape the city? Here is your chance with 4 consecutive titled lots in Elstow, just 38kms South East of Saskatoon on highway 16. Four 50’x120′ lots are included with the purchase price, totaling 200’x120′ (24,000 sq/ft). There is natural gas along the North side of the lots, power is along the West side of the lots (back alley), public water line is along the East side of the lots (along the road), sewer line is along the East side of the lots (along the road) for liquids only. An underground septic tank will need to be installed on the lot for holding the solid waste, it would need to be pumped out when full (usually once a year depending on the size of the tank and number of people in the household). Elstow also has garbage and recycling pick up.

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Bungalow For Sale in Saskatchewan, Duck Lake Rm No. 463

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•  1413 sqft , 2 bath , 3 bdrm bungalow “House” FOR SALE  CAD499,900 .
MLS® SK867418

Scenic acreage with a 1,413 sq/ft bungalow and 30’x32′ double detached garage. Built in 2017, this bungalow has 3 bedrooms + den and 1.5 bathrooms on 27.93 acres. There is laminate flooring throughout the home and ceramic tile in the bathrooms. The kitchen has 5 stainless steel appliances, large pantry, eat-in island and open concept living space. There is a partial basement for the utility room and the rest is a heated crawl space with additional storage. The large, covered 32’x10′ deck utilizes maintenance free, composite boards. The large garage, with its 10′ ceiling, is custom designed and built for a handy man, by a handy man. Fully insulated and 220V heated, with an exhaust fan and pine wood. The oversized 9’x14′ door will fit almost any vehicle and the LED lighting provides plenty of illumination for your projects. This acreage is beautifully landscaped, fully fenced for horses and surrounded by lots of trees. The well is tapped into a large underground aquifer for a secure and safe source of water, even in dry years. There is a heated water bowl and dugout for the horses as well. The septic system features a 2,000 gallon holding tank and a Type 2 mound which is pressurized and has better ground filtration to help prevent possible water contamination. A productive garden and 8’x8′ shed with lighting/electrical plugs, round out the property. Peaceful acreage living awaits you.

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For Sale in Saskatchewan, Prince Albert Rm No. 461

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•  FOR SALE  CAD149,900 .
MLS® SK841012

Lots like this doesn’t come on the market very often. This private, 10 acre parcel of land features plenty of mature trees and is surrounded on all sides by farmers fields for maximum privacy. The yard site already has power and natural gas hook ups. All buildings are included. The mobile home is not livable but can be used for storage, the Sellers will remove the mobile home if requested. This is a newly subdivided parcel so you can build on your own terms and timelines. Located just 2kms North of Macdowall and 25kms South of Prince Albert on a twinned highway.rnCall your real estate agent for a viewing today!

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Bi-Level For Sale in Rosthern, Rosthern

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•  1245 sqft , 3 bath , 4 bdrm bi-level “House” FOR SALE  CAD284,999 .
MLS® SK748812

Large family home in a great location in the growing town of Rosthern. 1,245 sq/ft bi-level, 4 bedrooms, 3 baths, and double attached garage with insulated door and keyless coded entry. The spacious foyer invites you upon entry, with front and rear access. The main floor boasts a large living room that flows into the dining room and eat-in kitchen. Master bedroom has a 2 piece en-suite bathroom and the main floor has upgrades such as new luxurious vinyl plank flooring, tile backsplash, and main floor laundry. The basement is bright with large windows and features a family room, 2 bedrooms, 3-piece bath, extra games room and dedicated storage room. There is plenty of storage, with a newer furnace, 50 gallon water heater, central air conditioner and water softener system. The yard features gated RV parking, 2 storage sheds, patio and is fully mature. Only a few blocks to the pool, park, rink and ball diamonds. Rosthern offers full access to a wide range of amenities including golf, schools, shopping, hospital, and churches. Don’t miss out on this one, call your REALTOR today.

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Smart Home Improvement Tips To Save You Time, Money, And Aggravation

Fixing up your house can bring great joy, and also personal satisfaction when you pitch in and DIY some of the tasks. But proper preparation is key to getting things done right. Take a short cut and you’ll likely end up with a project that that takes longer, costs more, looks like it was DIY’d and hurts more than your bank balance along the way.

Measure thrice, cut once

It’s the oldest tip in the book when it comes to renovation and it’s every bit as important as you think it is to make sure you have the right measurements before you start up that power saw. In fairness, the rule is typically, “Measure twice.” But let’s face it: Some of us need a little more assurance. If you’re not super skilled at using power tools, if you have tricky cuts to make, or if you’re doing anything with mitered corners or involving angles, do yourself a favor and take one more look before you slice away.

Buy more materials than you actually need

It can be incredibly tempting to buy only what you think you need when it comes to flooring materials, backsplash tile, or wall coverings, in an effort to save money. But problems can arise for a variety of reasons – some of the tiles are cracked, you cut some of the wallpaper incorrectly, some of the wood for the floors is warped, you didn’t account for all the cuts you have to make when measuring the space – and soon you don’t have enough materials to finish the job.

You can always order more, but now you’re behind schedule. And, you may run into additional problems with your flooring if the new pieces don’t precisely match the existing ones because they’re not from the same batch. That’s why experts recommend that when you purchase your materials, you add 20% to the actual measurements. It may add a few bucks to your bottom line, but it will save your butt in the long run.

Invest in some quality tools

You’re an adult now. You can have a real hammer and a drill and a pair of needle nose pliers. If you’re just setting out on your own or it’s time to do a little tool upgrade.

Try it before you install it

The well-meaning contractor who installed this faucet forgot about one thing: The space needed to actually wash your hands. Installing the faucet too close to the sink left insufficient space, so hand-washing is reduced to an awkward placement and cupping/pouring exercise. Before you drill those holes, give it a test run!

Buy the right ladder, and use it properly

There are more than 164,000 emergency room-treated injuries and 300 deaths in the U.S. that are caused by falls from ladders. Falls from ladders are the leading cause of deaths on construction sites and the number of people who have died from falls from ladders has tripled over the last decade.

If you’re thinking those falls must have been from a roof or tall commercial building site, here’s more sobering news: Most ladder deaths are from falls of 10 feet or less.

The most important thing to remember is this: Use your common sense. Use the ladder properly, don’t balance on the paint tray, don’t overextend the weight limit, make sure it’s in proper working order – you know, the basics.

Glove up, glasses on

While we’re talking safety, there are other measures you’ll want to take to protect yourself. The last thing you need is a nail through your hand or your eye or anywhere else, for that matter. Gloves and goggles are basic go-to’s. And if you’re doing your floors, think like a soccer player and get out those knee pads.

Hanging art

Between picture hangers and specialty nails and screws and laser levels, there are so many tools available to help you hang art that we should all have it nailed (pun intended!), right? Yet picture hanging remains one of the most frustrating tasks.

There are numerous tricks and tips that aim to help, but these are a few of our faves:

  • Use a little bit of toothpaste (yes, toothpaste). Place a dab of toothpaste on the back of the frame on the hook or string (whatever will touch the nail). Then hold the frame up to the wall, position it carefully, and press it against the wall. The toothpaste will leave a mark that you can hammer a nail through, then wipe away.
  • “Instead of moving the photos up and down, place the photos on the floor and line up some tape from hanging point to hanging point. Then mark each point with a dot. Next, put the tape on the wall and use a level to make sure it’s straight. Then use those dots to put in your screws, and hang!

Keep the mess away

We love this easy tip for keeping the site clean when hanging photos or drilling/hammering into walls for any other reason. If you hate having to clean up afterwards…don’t. A sticky note is all you need.

Open House in Warman

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I invite everyone to visit my open house at 105 Haichert Street, Warman on July 9th 2017, 02:00pm – 4:00pm

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How To Make A Small Kitchen Feel Bigger

Small Kitchen

Many people complain about a small kitchen but tiny spaces aren’t always to be dreaded. If you’re selling your home and your kitchen is, well, compact, know that you can find ways to achieve big appeal with a little creativity.

  • Bring in the light.Sometimes small kitchens can be dark, making them feel even smaller. But if you remove the curtains from any windows in your small kitchen, it’ll let light in and open up the area. Instead of curtains, you can use small blinds that are recessed inside the frame of the window. These are easy to clean and still provide some privacy even when the blinds are open.
  • De-Clutter the counter tops and the walls.Most people have a tendency to let kitchen clutter build up on the counter tops and walls. Removing items from the counters, kitchen table, and even off the walls will make the space feel bigger. Yes, I know these items on the counters are useful but when you’re selling your home, a little inconvenience may help you receive a higher offer and you’ll probably agree, that’s worth it! Take the appliances and either store them in the kitchen cabinets or, if there isn’t enough room, pack them up. You’re moving soon, anyway.Clearing off photos and miscellaneous papers that are stuck on your refrigerator door or kitchen walls will also help make your kitchen look bigger. If you’re tight for space, mounted storage units can be added to your kitchen walls to free up limited counter-top space. But again, too many storage units, even the decorative kind, will give people a feeling like the walls are closing in on them. The same goes for hanging pot racks from the ceiling. Be sure to leave some open wall space and to use storage units that aren’t completely solid. The open units, if the shelves aren’t stuffed, will give a less closed-in feeling.
  • Opt for lighter and brighter wall color.Going with lighter colors tends to open up a room. Light and bright colors are also very inviting and friendly, making them a perfect choice for the kitchen. You can use a darker accent trim to create some contrast. You can also use decorations including floral arrangements or even some colorful kitchen appliances to add spice to the kitchen.
  • Wall-mounted appliances and reduced counter-top depth.Wall-mounted or under-the-cabinets-mounted appliances can save valuable kitchen counter-top space. You might even have a way to wall-mount your kitchen faucet. In one small home design, the faucet was mounted to the wall, creating a very distinctive look. The counter-top was a standard 24 inches deep but elsewhere the counter-top was reduced just slightly down to 21 inches–very subtle and hardly noticeable but it allowed more floor space in a tiny kitchen.Small kitchens don’t have to be an eyesore. Some even prefer less space because there’s less to clean. If you know the audience you’re marketing your home to, you can play up the home’s best features–including, perhaps, a small, quaint, and simple kitchen.

How To Patch Your Driveway Cracks Like A Pro

Driveway Crack

Patching your driveway cracks will slow down the deterioration and give your driveway many more years of useful life.

The main reason for fixing concrete cracks, aside from looks, is to help keep moisture from leaching into the soil causing expansion and contraction that further damages the concrete.

Before you begin the repair, scope out the general area and try to get a feel for what caused the crack. Tree roots and standing water are two common causes. Before you begin fixing the actual crack, try to identify and eliminate the source. That could mean cutting out an offending tree root or filling a depression in the concrete.

Preparation

Regardless of the size of the crack, job one is preparation. It’s critical to clean and perhaps widen the crack to create clean surfaces that are ready to bond with the repair material you choose. You’ve got weeds, so first use a herbicide to kill them. Spray the weeds and give them a week or so to die.

Begin preparing the crack by breaking off any loose pieces of concrete with a cold chisel. The goal is to get a solid surface to bind to the patching material.

After the chiseling is done, use a wire brush to loosen any remaining debris.

Remove as much loose debris from the crack as possible. The gold standard is to use an air compressor, but if you don’t have one available, use a shop vac to vacuum out the crack. Your goal is to clean out all of the dust and chips.

Fixing cracks less than 1/2 inch

Textured caulk, concrete sealer or pourable concrete grout are options for repairing small cracks. Choose a product that is flexible. It should give a little with earth movement. Read the labels and ask the salesperson at the home center for recommendations.

Whichever product you choose, be sure to follow the manufacturer’s instructions. Completely fill the crack and use a pointing trowel or your thumb to push the grout or sealer into the crack.

Fixing larger concrete cracks

For cracks wider than 1/2 inch, use a cold chisel to undercut the crack to make sure that the crack is wider below the surface than at the surface. This will keep the patching material from popping out of the crack as the concrete expands and contracts.

If using pourable concrete grout, apply it in 1/4-inch increments. Another alternative is to partially fill the crack with damp sand leaving 1/2 inch to the surface of the crack to be filled with the grout. Either way, multiple applications are required to allow for proper drying and shrinkage. Overfill the final coat to compensate for the slight shrinkage the grout will experience as it dries.

If using vinyl concrete patch, mix only as much as you can use within the pot life of the product, usually less than 20 minutes. Begin by wetting the crack with a spray bottle or hose. Spread the patch material into the crack forcing it into the crack with a pointing trowel or your finger. Again, fill the crack in layers no thicker than 1/4 inch to account for shrinkage. Again, damp sand can be used to raise the depth of the crack to 1/2 inch.

If using textured caulk, it has to be applied to a dry surface. If the crack you’re repairing is deeper than 3/8 inch, fill the crack with sand or foam backer board. Cut off the tip of the applicator to a size that matches your crack, not exceeding 1/4 inch (refer to the caulk manufacturer’s guidelines). In addition to completely filling the crack, apply some overfill to account for shrinkage as the caulk dries.

When finishing each of these options blend the final patch material with the surrounding concrete to form a good seal of the crack. A small brush, a broom or even a block of wood rubbed across the patch will do the trick.

What To Consider When Buying A Fixer-Upper

Fixer Upper

Buying a home to fix up seems like a good, but is not without risk.

There are basically two types of “fixer” buyers. One is the flipper who buys a home, spruces it up quickly and sells it at a profit. The goal is not to hold the property as an investment, but to find a buyer as soon as possible after the redo is complete.

Flippers should avoid buying homes that have major problems to remedy, which will eat into profits. A way to maximize profit and minimize carrying costs during the rehab period is to buy at a low price with all cash. Buy in areas where employment and transportation are good so that you will have a pool of buyers for your product when it’s ready to sell.

Select the neighborhood carefully. Is it conveniently located? Are homes selling quickly? What is the average “days on market” from list date to sale date? This information is critical to knowing how fast you can turn the property over to a new buyer.

The other type of fixer buyers are those who buy for their own use. They do not intend to flip the property, but want to increase the value of the property over time while providing a roof over their heads. This type of buyer may be able to pay more for a property than the flipper, but the price paid and the amount spent on improvements should always be well researched before making a purchase.

HOUSE HUNTING TIP: Don’t pay a Cadillac price for a home that needs a lot of work if you want to make a profit on a fixer-upper. Find out the sale price of recently sold homes in the neighborhood that were similar to the one you’re considering, but in much better condition. Be sure to overestimate how much the renovations will cost. There will always be unanticipated costs, so there’s no point in skimping on your estimate to make the numbers work.

Keep a close eye on the costs of your renovations while you’re working on the project. There’s always the temptation to improve more than you had intended once you see how good the improvements you have made look. Even though you’re improving the house for yourself, remember that you will be selling someday and you want to make a profit on the time and money you invested.

THE CLOSING: A well-informed, level-headed approach is the best bet.