Posts Tagged "saving money"

Simone Says: Plumbing Tips for the Novice

Posted by on Aug 31, 2018 in Property Management | 0 comments

Simone Says: Plumbing Tips for the Novice

Whether you are a homeowner or a tenant, at some point you will be faced with a plumbing problem.  Even if you call your plumber to handle repairs, it’s worthwhile (and empowering!) to learn a little about the plumbing in your house.  We spoke with plumber, Simone Smith (#girlpower!), of David Hayward Plumbing Service (DHPS) for tips on plumbing fixes anyone can do on their own and avoid a service call. Improving Low Water Pressure Low water pressure is usually most obvious at your sink faucet.  The first thing to check is if the low water pressure is affecting both your hot and cold...

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Beyond Repair – How Maintenance Improves Home Value

Posted by on Nov 1, 2016 in Property Management | 0 comments

Beyond Repair – How Maintenance Improves Home Value

Whether your property is an investment vehicle or ‘home-sweet-home’, as a property owner your ultimate desire is for your property value to increase over time.  In order to maximize your property value, repairs and maintenance are key. “Repairs and maintenance” is often used as a general term for any work that is required at a property, but it can actually be broken down into categories. The first category is emergency repair work, which occurs as a reactive response when something goes wrong.  An example would be a blocked pipe or a leaking roof.  These repairs don’t improve the...

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Buyer Beware: Home Inspections

Posted by on Nov 26, 2015 in Property Management | 0 comments

Buyer Beware: Home Inspections

A home is typically the most expensive purchase a person will ever make. Because of this, as much as you may like that property you recently found, it’s critical to get it inspected before finalizing the deal. An inspection gives you an idea of the home’s physical condition, including the plumbing and electrical systems, the roof, attic space, walls, ceilings, floors, windows, doors, foundation, basement, tank and structural components.   A home inspection addresses what needs to be repaired now and what might need to be repaired in the future. If you have a property inspected before...

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The High Price of Ignoring Home Repairs

Posted by on Jul 15, 2013 in Property Management | 0 comments

The High Price of Ignoring Home Repairs

Home maintenance seems expensive – unless you’ve considered the astronomical costs involved with ignoring it. HomeInsurance.com and Redbeacon (a subsidiary of Home Depot) have teamed up to deliver this infographic, which examines some common home maintenance projects and the shocking costs that can result when they go neglected. Whilst the dollar figures are based on US costs, you still might just think twice before underestimating that leaky sink or faulty electrical outlet. Courtesy of: HomeInsurance.com and...

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Keep Calm and Hire Masterkey

Posted by on Apr 7, 2013 in Property Management | 0 comments

Keep Calm and Hire Masterkey

Work, reading to your children, caring for elderly parents, party planning, cooking your famous chili, waiting for the plumber, dining with friends, working out, studying, cheering on your sports team, taxiing kids to their activities, finding a new tenant, fundraising, laundry, vetting quotes for your condo development, planning vacations, paying bills, volunteering, walking the dog, writing reports, grocery shopping…..and the list goes on! Your life is hectic.  Your daily to-do list is overflowing with demands and you can barely manage!  You seek more time, less worry and more...

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Orchestrating a Harmonious Renovation: Ensuring you and your contractor strike a chord

Posted by on Feb 1, 2013 in Property Management | 0 comments

Orchestrating a Harmonious Renovation: Ensuring you and your contractor strike a chord

The buzz of the skill saw, the pneumatic bang of the jackhammer and the rat-a-tat of the hammer are the symphony of sounds that surround me.  Yes – I am in the middle of renovation project!   Finding a contractor who would perform quality work at a reasonable price was a daunting task. The following guidelines can help steer you away from unscrupulous, disorganized, inexperienced or financially troubled contractors who may deliver broken promises, bad work and blown budgets rather than professional results.   First Impressions: In any business, first impressions are important....

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