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SASKATOON REAL ESTATE expert's TRUSTED TIP on adding value to your home on The SASKATOON DIRECTORY of excellence

 TRUSTED Saskatoon Realtors Real estate TIP

Does it really add value to your home?

But do you need it? Various house toys weigh in. Of course a basement waterfall and grotto is a practical and useful addition to any home. That’s pretty much the only thing standing between you and the playboy lifestyle you’ve always dreamed about, right? But who’s going to clean it? It’s easy to fall in love with certain features of a home, but to find out that those same features, in the long run, are your least favorite.

Here are a few common ‘extras’ and a quick assessment of their relative values.

1. In-floor Heating Also referred to as radiant heat, in-floor heating is a brand new invention. Well, except that the Romans did it a couple thousand years ago by channeling hot air under the floors of their villas. And Frank Lloyd Wright did it in the thirties with hot water, but other than that . . . For: In-floor heat comes in two primary forms: hot water heat and electric heat, and there are many advantages. The dramatic energy savings promised shouldn’t prompt you to ask for a decrease in salary just yet, since the more popular hot water radiant heat usually requires a second hot water heater and won’t shave too much off of your bill, but there are some notably appealing elements to in-floor heat in general. Radiant heat is just that – even and consistent, without the up-and-down temperature shifts associated with most conventional heating systems. It’s also silent and invisible, with no bulky radiators or even register vents ruining the feng of your shui. Radiant heat also won’t dry the air, and won’t have you hopping about looking for your slippers on a cold morning. Against: In-floor heating systems are still considered a luxury, and can add a fair bit to the value of a home. They are new, and potential long-term issues have not been entirely worked out. A handful of people also are leery about the prospect of piping a significant amount of water throughout their cherished home for fear of potential leakage. All relatively minor concerns. Assessment: Find someone with in-floor heating who doesn’t love it. I dare you.

2. Backyard Pool It’s the quintessential luxury item that announces once and for all that you are a big dog, even in parts of the country like this one where it can only be used about ten minutes per year. It is the swimming pool. From pools that are little more than big pits of standing water to jewel-encrusted infinity pools that usually adjoin large bodies of water, pools were once the thing. Are they still? For: A 2004 4-state NAR study found that having a pool increased property values from 8 to 15%. The idea of kicking back all summer with a piña colada, sitting next to the lapping water with friends can be quite attractive. And rightfully so. Against: Safety issues have not been blown out of proportion by the media. Pool deaths happen all the time, there’s no getting around that fact. Pools are expensive to maintain, even without hiring a pool cleaner, and are a lot of work. As beautiful as a pool can be when it is maintained properly, it can be an eyesore if it is not. A pool tends to negate having any significant usable space for a backyard. Am I missing anything? Assessment: The issues involved with owning a pool can be overcome, and many people enjoy having a pool very much. You just have to want one really badly for it to be worthwhile.

3. Dream Kitchen Kitchens do cool things these days. Appliances paneled to look like cabinets, an extra tap above the stove for filling large pots of water, $15,000 pounded-copper range hoods, and 460 different countertop materials . . . For: Kitchens are finally being designed with maximum utility in mind. When shopping for a home, focus on the kitchen – it is where you will likely spend a great deal of your time, and the room in which every party tends to congregate. Before you fall in love with that Kohler faucet, however, analyze the kitchen’s layout from a purely utilitarian standpoint. Is the magic triangle of sink-stove-fridge arranged conveniently? Are cabinets and other storage in logical places? Is there sufficient light? And most importantly, is this a space you will feel comfortable and happy in? Don’t underestimate the importance of a functional and attractive kitchen. Against: Be careful not to fall in love with the impermanent fixtures in a kitchen. While those glass-front, backlit uppers may brilliantly display the seller’s Royal Daulton bone china, will your mixed collection of garage sale Melmac have the same effect? Likewise, if your idea of cooking is heating up last night’s pizza, perhaps space would be better used elsewhere. Assessment: The kitchen is the hub of virtually any home. Don’t underestimate its importance.

4. Activity Rooms This is an overly broad categorization, of course, but activity rooms like workshops, games rooms, and exercise rooms tend to hold common appeal – and common drawbacks. For: Having the right setup for a particular activity can be inspiring. Having a single power tool in each room of your house and each corner of the garage and shed is not exactly the ideal situation for building that crib you started on for your daughter and are determined to finish before the birth of you granddaughter. Likewise, if you have the latest elliptical trainer and weight set in a room next to your bedroom with a 12 foot plasma TV facing it, perhaps you will find that six-pack after all. Against: If you can’t make a dovetail joint, all of the tools in the world will not give you that knowledge. If you haven’t lifted anything heavier than a handful of pork rinds in the last decade, a workout room will likely soon become just a TV room with uncomfortable seating. Unreasonable expectations usually develop into unreasonable decisions. Assessment: Your home should inspire you and will, to a certain extent, dictate your lifestyle. Be rational in your decisions, however, and aim for versatility rather than rooms that are locked in to a particular use that may not be as useful in the future. The Bottom Line With all of your dream home features, try to let reason prevail (or at least get a word in edgewise). You may absolutely worship the tumbled marble rainforest shower with the heated towel rack, but it will be of little comfort every morning and night when you are cursing the home’s lack of closet space. It is often the most boring attributes of a home that will give you the most pleasure. Now, off to luxuriate in my rainforest shower. I had to take out the bedroom to install it, but that’s okay, I don’t mind sleeping in the kitchen . . .

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Gibbon Heating and Air a SASKATOON FURNACE expert on the Saskatoon Directory share a Trusted Tip on FURNACE MAINTENANCE

Gibbon Heating & Air Conditioning has been serving Saskatoon and surrounding areas for over 25 Years, Gibbon is a "Total Service" company with trained technicians who are able to provide customers with solutions to all their SASKATOON Heating & Air Conditioning and SASKATOON Plumbing related requirements!

Here Kate from Gibbon provide a Trusted Tip on FURNACE MAINTENANCE

Kate from Gibbon's Tip: A well maintained furnace with a clean filter is key to furnace safety!

The most important furnace safety tip is an annual furnace checkup. Having a professional inspection and cleaning each year to help prevent any issues from arising. If you do not have your furnace regularly cleaned, dust and dirt will accumulate over the filters, ducts and other parts resulting in a multitude of problems. From dirty air that can cause you to become sick to an inefficiently working furnace causing your bills to be higher, an unmaintained furnace is something that no homeowner should live with.

This service call is typically done in the fall but if you haven’t already had your furnace inspected this year, I recommend making an appointment today. Choosing a Pro is Important! A licensed and experienced HVAC contactor will ensure that your system is operating safely and at its peak efficiency. During the process the heat exchanger will be inspected, burners will be cleaned and valves and sensors will be tested. Finally, the air filters and humidifier pad (if your system has one) will be checked during the inspection.

You can find Gibbon Heating and Air online www.gibbonheating.com or check out their listing here in the AIR CONDITIONING & FURNACE Category on THE Saskatoon Directory of excellence..they are your Trusted FURNACE EXPERTS Right here in Saskatoon!

 

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SASKATOON HEALTH EXPERT provides a TRUSTED TIP on NON SURGICAL Cosmetic Treatments on the SASKATOON DIRECTORY

 

Do you find that flaws in your appearance stand in the way of your confidence?

A non-surgical cosmetic procedure may be the solution you are looking for to improve your self-esteem! Global Healthcare can connect you to Botox treatments, laser treatments, and Restylane treatments to enhance your natural appearance.

What is Botox?

Botox is a drug made from a toxin produced by the bacterium Clostridium Botulinum. It’s the same toxin that causes a life-threatening type of food poisoning called botulism. Doctors use it in small doses to treat health problems, including: temporary removal of facial wrinkles, severe underarm sweating, cervical dystonia, uncontrollable blinking, and misaligned eyes. Botox injections work by weakening or paralyzing certain muscles or by blocking certain nerves. Side effects can include pain at the injection site, flu-like symptoms, headache and upset stomach. Injections in the face may also cause temporary drooping eyelids. You should not use Botox if you are pregnant or breast feeding. ( See the You Tube Video below for a Demonstration- and before and after shots)

What are Laser Treatments?

Laser treatment is a popular non-surgical way to deal with various skin conditions. Laser treatments provide effective lasting results. These treatment sessions take various times and allow you to return to work or daily activities immediately after a session. While some patients may be able to tolerate a laser treatment without the use of anaesthetic, others may find the application of an anaesthetic cream helpful. The anaesthetic cream can provide adequate relief from discomfort during the procedure. Fortunately, the complications of laser hair removal are rare if it's done by an experienced and skilled physician. You should expect a certain degree of pain, swelling and redness after each treatment session.

What is Restylane?

Restylane is a temporary injectable that consists of a stabilized hyaluronic acid and a physiological sodium chloride solution. Restylane is a gel that is injected into the skin to add volume to lips and lift wrinkles and folds. Restylane consists of hyaluronic acid, which is a natural substance already present in your body. Once in the skin, Restylane works by creating volume. Restylane can be used to smooth wrinkles, enhance lips and shape facial contours. The most common areas are the glabella lines (between the eyebrows), the nasolabial folds (from the bottom of the nose to the corner of the mouth) and the lips, although other sites can also be treated. During treatment, crystal-clear Restylane gel is injected into the skin in tiny amounts with a very fine needle. The gel produces volume under the wrinkle, which is lifted and smoothed. The procedure is simple and results are practically instantaneous. To optimize your comfort during the procedure, your physician may anesthetise the treatment area. Restylane dissolves naturally with time, and a follow up treatment will be needed if you want to maintain the results. Restylane, like many non-surgical procedures, does not have to be performed by a plastic surgeon, but care should be taken when choosing a clinic.

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Trusted Tips for BUSINESSES on the SASKATOON DIRECTORY of experts and excellence.

Trusted Saskatoon is more than a SASKATOON DIRECTORY...it is a growing resource library of Tips ..some provided by our Trusted Partners who really are THE LOCAL EXPERTS in their industries in Saskatoon...and some consumer and business tips provided by us here at Trusted Saskatoon !

Click here for our first 4 CONSUMER TIPS that ran on our weekly Trusted Saskatoon Business Tips spot on Global Saskatoons Morning Show.

Lets face it ...if you can deal with the experts that share their knowledge freely...why would you go anywhere else? Trusted Saskatoon is here to work for you the consumer ...we want to save you TIME, STRESS and MONEY....we do the research and find businesses so YOU don't have to ....Obviously our Trusted Businesses are outstanding when it comes to service...they are forward thinking, innovative and they are our Saskatoon experts...however we also like to share our philosophy with other businesses ...with the hope that eventually standards in Saskatoon across the board rise.....

Here are the first four of our Trusted Tips for BUSINESS Owners/ Managers TIP

1: Improve YOUR Customer Service TIP

2: Appreciate your Customers feedback

3: Why are you avoiding all Advertising Reps?

4: Are you so concerned with speaking to the RIGHT Customer that you are missing the sales from all the WRONG ones?

Choose a category on the left of this blog ..or click on TRUSTED TIPS at the bottom of this blog...or alternatively click on the ' TIPS & RESOURCES LINK ' on any of our 40 category pages to access the Trusted Tips and blog resource library> So, when Googling or searching look for TRUSTED BUSINESSES In SASKATOON...you'll be glad you did! Stay Trusted my friends ..SAFE and TRUSTED of course. We are PURELY POSITIVE at all times!

 

 

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TAMMY WANDZURA a Trusted SASKATOON MORTGAGE BROKER shares a Trusted Tip on the SASKATOON DIRECTORY

Purchasing your home is one of the biggest and most important decisions that you can make. Tammy Wandzura and the team at Elite Mortgage Choice believe that buying a home should also be an exciting experience with little to NO stress. By trusting your Mortgage Broker, you are ensuring that any stress you may have had in previous encounters can be eliminated! Tammy truly believes that all you should have to worry about is opening the door to your new home for the very first time..here Tammy Wandzura shares her first Trusted tip..and gives you a few things to think about!

Best Mortgage Products. Best Mortgage Rates. Best Service!!!

Did you know that the Government is changing their rules daily in regards to how much HOME EQUITY we can access?

Today we can access 85%….Rumor is that they are looking to lower that to 80%. If you are thinking of renegotiating your mortgage please call me asap before new Government legislation limits your ability to access your equity! 

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With records lows in Mortgage rates it’s important to understand that a discounted rate could come with “Strings attached” We ensure that we are not only placing you with a great rate-but also a mortgage product that has flexibility for the future! 

Everytime you refer someone to me (successful or not) your name goes into a draw for a $1000.00 Travel Voucher

Call Tammy Wandzura today at 933.3386 for all of your mortgage needs OR visit www.elitemortgagechoice.com

Make an appointment with Tammy Wandzura at TMG, 506 Queen Street or check out her listing on the SASKATOON DIRECTORY in the SASKATOON MORTGAGES Category..she is a Trusted SASKATOON MORTGAGE BROKER Expert!     

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