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Home renovations are one of the least fun things in the world. Your life is thrown into chaos and it's always more cash than you figured it would be. Now, we can't do anything about the disruptions they cause but we think we might be able to help you with the cost angle.

1) Try not to do a complete remodel. By that we mean, refurbish existing fixtures. Replace handles, stain the cabinetry, replace drawer handles, reface moldings. These sorts of things can give your kitchen a significantly improved look without the enormous pain and costs of redoing a kitchen. In fact, restaining cabinets can save you 50% in regards to buying new cabinetry!

2) Pick decent,

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So as many of you may have heard, a fairly important new provincial budget just got released, and it did affect a lot of things. STC, libraries, cigarettes, BEER! But as it pertains to real estate, there was one significant change, and that was PST expanding to construction serves. Here's the basic rundown:

Starting April 1, the provincial sales tax (PST) will be expanded to construction services. After some initial confusion within the industry as to what that meant exactly, the province has clarified that it won't be a full six per cent applied to contracts.

So under the current system, PST is applied to building materials that go into a construction project.

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There have been long held vestiges of popularity in Saskatoon, and for the longest time our city of bridges has been very east/west side. Thankfully, we are starting to see these barriers being broken down, with many buyers looking for value on both sides of the River. Buyers are recognizing that their almighty dollar might stretch a bit further in some of Saskatoon's more-up-and coming areas. Here are some always popular areas with a fast sell time and high list-sale ratio currently in Saskatoon, as well as the areas that are now feeling the effect trickling down effect! If you live in one of these areas, and are thinking of selling, now may be the time!

1) Varsity View & Nutana and the effect

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Selling your house involves a lot of common sense things, namely decluttering, cleaning, putting away the disco ball...but the fact is, you still are allowing people you don't know into your home, and access to every room in the house. This means some basic safety guidelines are in order to protect your privacy and personal things in your home.

1) Hide your valuables. It's exceedingly rare for any buyer to have a seedy agenda when viewing a home, but it's still a good idea to have your important keepsakes tucked away from plain view. Also prescription drugs. Again, 99.9999% of buyers would never even consider illicit activity in regards to being grabby while viewing a house but why not err on the

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Let's be honest, March isn't the most fun month. For every beautiful glimpse of spring we see, we get two retreats back into the winter darkness. Everything melts on a Tuesday, Thursday brings down an 8 cm snowfall. But that doesn't mean you're excused from some basic home maintenance jobs that every responsible home owner should get on top of when March hits. The cool thing? These are all SO EASY, anybody can do these without searching youtube 'how to' videos.

1) Clean those gutters! Get those pine needles out of there, along with debris. . Overflowing gutters and blocked downspouts can damage siding and foundations. If you're feeling really conscientious, you can install a gutter guard, which

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If you just bought a new house, furniture shopping can be fun. Appliance shopping, generally not so much. Luckily for you, Team Turnkey looked into some clever little secrets behind buying them, and will share them here to make the process much less painful!

1) Look beyond advertised prices. Big manufacturers dictate the minimum prices stores can advertise for. BUT! That doesn't mean the actual cost is the same. If you approach a sale associate with this information in mind, there's a decent chance you can get it for less that advertised price. Consume Reports says that on average, people who haggle save around $200! I'd say that's worth the effort.

2) Time

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If you're reading this, you probably own a home. There is also a good chance that not only do you own a home, but you aren't exactly sure where all the really important things are in that home. Let's make sure you know where five of the most imporant ones are

1) Where is my water valve?

Every home is different, but you can likely find your main valve near the perimeter of your house, at ground level, nearest your water meter. If your water pipes are visible (in the basement, for example), follow them until you reach the main inlet and valve. It's possible it could be somewhere out of sight, like in a crawl space or closet but this isn't common. If you can't

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It's winter in Saskatchewan. We know, it's bleak and easy to get negative but if you're selling, there are buyers out there, and if your property is presented properly, they will come! Here are some mistakes to avoid when listing a house during a Sask winter:

1) Shovel that driveway/walkways. Perhaps you park in the garage and don't have to slug through a foot of snow to enter your home, but your buyers probably will. It right away establishes a negative mindset before entering the house. Also, there are safety/liability issues to be concerned about.

2) YOU may be bummed out about the winter doldrums but that doesn't mean your house should represent that!

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Over the last few years, Saskatoon has grown at a torrid pace. As such, we have a lot of of builders throwing their hat in the ring, a very cutthroat and competitive ring. At times we've seen buyers purchase a house directly through the builder, under the impression it's a prudent move to remove the REALTOR® from the buying process, and that's simply not the case, quite the contrary actually.

In general, builder's homes are represented by salespeople who work directly for and represent the builder. This means that oftentimes there can be a conflict of interest in regards to working with an agent who has it in their own best interest to keep working with said builder, and keep them happy in regards

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Last blog entry we showed you four things to DO when you're looking for your first home. Having said that, there are definitely some things one should not do as well during this exciting time, and today I'll share some big ones with you.

1) Don't assume you'll be in your home forever. The average Canadian owns 4-5 homes in their lifetime. I'm not saying this will, or won't be you, but the numbers do indicate people are moving a lot more frequently than before, so it's not out of the realm of possibility you will at some point move on from your first home purchase. It's called a 'starter home' for a reason. All this just means one thing: there will almost certainly be some aspects of the place not as

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