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Trusted Saskatoon Realtor Marla Janzen Answers The Question: What If My Offer Is Rejected?

As an award-winning SASKATOON REAL Estate agent, Marla Janzen knows the city and surrounding area extremely well. She strives to find her clients the perfect new place to live while negotiating the best terms and price possible. She has a keen eye for house layout and home staging, which really benefits her clients, most of whom are past client referrals! In her latest Saskatoon real estate tip, Marla answers a frequently asked question: what if my offer is rejected? 

Real Estate FAQ - What If My Offer Is Rejected?

Sellers can flat-out accept or reject an initial offer, but there is a third path that is quite common - sellers can initiate a counteroffer.

Remember this: a deal isn’t dead until it’s dead. So, if a counteroffer is offered by the seller, you’re still in the game. You and your agent just need to review it and determine whether it’s acceptable. If so, then approving it closes the deal immediately.

Keep in mind, offers and counteroffers can go back-and-forth many times; this is not unusual and negotiations are a part of what realtors do as a matter of routine. Each revision should bring both parties closer together on the terms of the deal.

These are the types of tips that Marla can provide to a home buyer as a realtor! Get in contact with her if you’d like to learn more.

Is there something you need help with around the house or are you planning to sell or buy a new home? Contact award-winning SASKATOON REAL Estate agent Marla Janzen today for a free consultation! 

Marla guarantees to provide you with a stress-free, hassle-free, wonderful experience and we are sure once you have met her that you will not contact anyone else!


Trusted Saskatoon Furniture Store Palliser Rooms EQ3 Celebrates 20th Anniversary In Style!

Palliser Rooms is an independently owned business proudly serving Saskatoon and the surrounding area. Their experienced, friendly sales consultants are dedicated to ensuring your shopping experience is positive. This effort extends to their professional, courteous delivery team and onsite service department.  Their furniture brands are carefully chosen for their style and value with an emphasis on custom choices. In our latest article, we are shining a light on Pallier Rooms EQ3 as they celebrate their 20th anniversary! Palliser EQ3 is a Trusted Saskatoon Furniture Store.

Trusted Saskatoon Furniture Store Palliser Rooms EQ3 Celebrates It's 20th Anniversary in Style!

In our latest article, we are shining a light on Palliser Rooms EQ3, a Trusted Saskatoon Furniture Store, as they celebrate its 20th anniversary! We are also running a contest to celebrate this awesome milestone on the Trusted Saskatoon Facebook page  
Be sure to scroll down to the bottom of this article to see how to have not just 1 but 3 entries to win the $500 Palliser Rooms EQ3 Gift Card up for grabs!! 

Palliser Rooms EQ3 is an independent, locally-owned furniture store that opened in 2002. The store is well known in Saskatoon for offering a generous selection of contemporary and stylish furnishings and focusing on supporting Canadian-owned brands. The mission at Palliser Rooms EQ3 is to help you create a beautiful home for your family. The local team prides itself on offering personalized service that is forward-thinking and client-focused.

Brian and Judy Bird first owned and ran the local furniture store for about a decade and a half, then when the opportunity arose their daughter Allison, and son-in-law Tristan Rawlings, were able to purchase, and they now manage the family business.

When entering Palliser Rooms’ vast 23,000-square-foot retail space, you don't feel overwhelmed, which can be an issue in other warehouse-style national chain furniture stores. Palliser Rooms has a light, airy, visually stunning, surprisingly intimate, inviting feel. The smell of new and superior-quality leather furniture is appealing, and their careful arrangement of stylish accessories complements the floor models without overwhelming the eye.

The Secret Sauce?

Palliser Rooms EQ3 has hundreds of Google reviews, highly rated there and anywhere else you find online reviews. When reading the comments, it is abundantly clear that the staff at Palliser Rooms understand their customers. They recognize that high-quality products, excellent customer service, and fair pricing are the key to success, customer loyalty, and longevity in a competitive retail marketplace. 

"Always a fantastic experience at Palliser Rooms/EQ3, from Tristan through the entire Sales Team and all the staff. I'm always greeted and made to feel welcome as soon as I come through the door. Amazing selection of high-quality products!" - Christine McTavish
"I am so impressed with the low-pressure and top-notch service at Palliser Rooms. I didn't realize it is locally owned and operated!!! I strongly believe in supporting local, and it is really easy to support a local business when Palliser Rooms has excellent customer service and awesome prices. Thanks again for all your assistance with my furniture." - Dave Owens

Other Trusted Saskatoon Partners also agree…

"Great service, quality and price. Would highly recommend Palliser to anyone! We love Palliser Rooms/EQ3 furniture, and their service is excellent. They have some great furniture for small spaces, and I love all the custom options!" - Brad and Anna, owners, Wiebe Windows & More.
"Very helpful and made purchasing our furniture easy and enjoyable." - Sheryl Harras - Owner, Backyard Living Centre

The comments clearly reflect the company's commitment to providing excellent customer service. They speak to the beautiful taste and attention to detail. 


When we asked General manager Tristan Rawlings, what he thought was the secret to Palliser Rooms / EQ3's success, he said

"Palliser Rooms embodies an 'all about choices' philosophy. We understand whether you have an inherent "do-it-yourself" personality or find decorating an overwhelming process. Our staff is committed to providing valuable information, inspiration and the necessary tools to make your project-large or small-a success." 

What clearly defines Palliser Rooms is the idea that designing a home is a process and not just a matter of purchasing furniture or accessories to fill a void. If you are trying to plan out your decor for a new house or a redesigned space, they go the extra mile. If that is the case, the staff at Palliser Rooms encourages customers to bring their blueprints, drawings, pictures or ideas to the showroom. The professional consultants are committed to helping you plan your space and visualize your best look. Their goal is to take an experience that can sometimes be overwhelming and transform it into a "style journey" that is pleasant, easy, and fun. 

We want to congratulate Tristan and the Palliser Rooms EQ3 team on 20 years of excellence. We look forward to promoting them for many years to come. 

In the last 10 years, Palliser Rooms / EQ3 has been re-checked, re-verified, and mystery-shopped, and has passed each and every time. They continue to be one of the best furniture stores in Saskatoon and area and have always upheld our 5 TRUSTED GUARANTEES of service for their 11 YEARS as Trusted Saskatoon Partners.


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Palliser EQ3 - Given the Thumbs Up as a Trusted Saskatoon Furniture Store for over 11 years!

Palliser EQ3 is a Trusted Saskatoon Furniture Store!

Trusted Saskatoon Discuss The Dangers of Asbestos During Home Remodels

The Dangers of Asbestos During Home Remodels

When you want to renovate your home, your focus is often on the design and scope of the project, the cost of the upgrades, and the eventual impact of the renovation on your home’s value. Your mind rarely goes to the presence of potentially toxic materials inside the structures of the building. But this is a real risk during home improvement projects, especially when dealing with homes that were built in the 1980s. Homes from this era often have materials that contain asbestos and those hazardous building materials may still be in the home to the present day.

What is asbestos and why is it dangerous?

Asbestos used to be considered a revolutionary material for building construction. It is a natural silicate mineral that is resistant to chemicals and able to withstand high temperatures. It was widely used in the building industry all the way from the 1920s to well after the 1980s. In 1960, it was conclusively linked to a range of long-term illnesses and many forms of cancer. After it was identified as the number one cause of occupational cancer, asbestos has been heavily regulated and its use is no longer as widespread as it used to be.

But, it still remains a problem today, particularly in homes built 40 or more years ago. Asbestos becomes dangerous when materials with asbestos in them are worn down or damaged. Sanding, sawing, grinding, and any physical impact on such materials will make them unsafe.

These are the kinds of actions that typically happen during a home renovation. This is why asbestos exposure is a high possibility when renovating your home and you may be exposed to asbestos even if your home is less than 40 years old.

Health impact of asbestos exposure

The following diseases are known to be linked to asbestos exposure:


When inhaled, asbestos can cause scarring in lung tissues. This prevents the passage of oxygen and carbon dioxide, making breathing harder. Asbestosis is caused by prolonged exposure to asbestos. It is more common with people who work in the building industry.

Pleural Disease

Asbestos can damage the surrounding membranes of the lungs and chest cavity (pleura). The membrane can become thicker, hardened, or experience fluid buildup. This is not a cancerous condition but it can cause difficulty with breathing and lung malfunction.

Lung Cancer

Asbestos can cause lung cancer or increase the chances of lung cancer in individuals. The risk of lung cancer is greater for smokers who are also exposed to asbestos.


This cancer affects the membrane around the lungs and chest cavity. It can also affect the abdominal lining and membranes surrounding other organs of the body.

Building materials that may contain asbestos

Common building materials that may contain asbestos include roof shingles, sheet vinyl, pipe wrap, plaster mud and texture, vermiculite insulation, glazing on older windows, door gaskets, duct seam tape, electrical wiring, fireproof products, boiler wrap, popcorn ceilings, joint compounds, and cement asbestos board siding.

The threat of asbestos exposure becomes even higher when the asbestos is friable, easily crushed, or crumbled by hand. Examples of products with friable asbestos include older types of spray-on insulation and spray-on ceiling textures. Newer products may not have this issue.

How to tell if your home has asbestos

There is no straightforward way to detect the presence of asbestos in your home. Generally, you can assume the presence of the material if the building is more than 40 years old. But you cannot completely rule out its presence in more recent homes.

Asbestos is used in a wide range of building products. This makes its presence hard to identify. Knowing products with a history of containing asbestos can help. But to be completely sure that your home is asbestos-free, you need a certified building inspector to check the home.

If your home is older and there are visible signs of aging on the property, this inspection is absolutely vital. Aging and damage will increase the chances of exposure to asbestos in a building. You should also get a professional asbestos abatement contractor if you are about to renovate that building.

There are three important things to note about the presence of asbestos in the home and how to deal with this problem:


·       In most provinces, testing for asbestos is not a requirement when selling a home. As long as a seller does not knowingly sell you a home with asbestos, they are not liable. This means your new home can have asbestos in it.


·       Home inspections do not include inspecting the home for asbestos. Just because a home got a good inspection report, it doesn’t mean there is no asbestos in it. But you may order an asbestos inspection as an add-on if your home inspector is also certified for asbestos inspections.


·       If you suspect the presence of asbestos in your home, do not attempt to remove it by sweeping, vacuuming, or other similar actions. This will only make the asbestos airborne and more dangerous.

Trusted Saskatoon Wheatland Fireplace, Kitchen & Bath Have Smart Bathroom Design Tips!

Your first step into the beautiful Wheatland Fireplace Kitchen & Bath Saskatoon showroom will help you understand why Wheatland Fireplace has been given the Thumbs up by Trusted Saskatoon. Wheatland loves their customers and as a result, their customers love and TRUST them. In their latest bathroom tip, they discuss designing the perfect shower.

How To Design The Perfect Shower

Designing the perfect shower should be a customized experience based on your needs and the layout of your bathroom. By using Fleurco's Design a shower tool you will be guided through a seamless process to design the shower of your dreams. Here are the simple steps to building a shower space to fit into your perfect bathroom:

1) Select the door type that suits the style of the bathroom you are creating and to fulfil your configuration needs for in-line (alcove) showers, two-sided showers and bathtub enclosures.
  • Bypass: 2 sliding panels, allowing entry from either side of the enclosure.
  • Sliding Shower: 1 sliding panel for shower access.
  • Pivot: 1 outward swinging door, with or without a fixed panel.
  • Walk-in: European style, with an open entry to the shower space.
  • Corner Shower: A space-saving solution designed to fit in the corner of a bathroom.
2) Measure your door opening. This is the most important step in the design process to ensure a quick and easy shower door installation. Keep in mind that your dimensions must be measured with finished walls.

3) Select your door style. Fleurco collections are expertly designed to enhance bathrooms of all styles, including framed or frameless looks. 

4) Add personality to your shower by selecting your hardware finish. Doors can be adorned with a variety of finishes including chrome, brushed nickel and matte black.

5) Select your base for a seamless look. The majority of bases are constructed from acrylic and come with a 10-year limited warranty. They are easy to install, clean and maintain, and are available with several drain placement choices.

If you're looking for something more elevated in style, opt for a solid surface base instead. They are available in several different styles and functionalities.

6) Take your shower enclosure a step further by including a Fibo by Fleurco Wall System. With 7 luxurious patterns to choose from, you will be sure to find what you need.

7) Complete your bathroom with coordinating accessories. Beautifully designed shower shelvesnichesLighted Mirrors, LED Medicine Cabinets, and Medicine Cabinets and Vanities will complete your bathroom space, adding both style and function.

Wheatland Fireplace, Kitchen & Bath are successful for a reason! This really is where your outdoor living and indoor fireplace, bathroom & kitchen dreams meet in spectacular surroundings! Wheatland services and installs high-quality fireplaces, Visit their website or stop by their showroom to feel the warmth and comfort of their amazing selection.

"Better Living Begins Here... At Wheatland, it is ALL ABOUT YOU!"

Wheatland Fireplace Kitchen & Bath are your Trusted Saskatoon Bathroom Store 

Trusted Saskatoon Fireplace Experts at Wheatland Fireplace, Kitchen & Bath Share Wood Stove & Fireplace Trends

Your first step into the beautiful Wheatland Fireplace Kitchen & Bath Saskatoon showroom will help you understand why Wheatland Fireplace has been given the Thumbs up by Trusted Saskatoon as your exclusive Saskatoon fireplace store. Wheatland loves its customers and as a result, its customers love and TRUST them. In their latest fireplace tip, they share current trends for wood stoves and fireplaces. 

Current Trends - Wood Stoves and Fireplaces

Wood stoves and fireplaces tend to become the focal point of a room, and even of a home. And they bring people together. In the cold winter months and on chilly evenings, it is often around the fire that people gather to create lasting memories. It is therefore important that this appliance fit into the decor, while also suiting the lifestyle and meeting the needs of the home’s occupants.

Whether you’re thinking of getting a wood stove or fireplace installed in the near future or want to spruce up your existing appliance and the room it’s in, get inspired by current trends.

Wood-burning fireplaces evoke warmth and elegance

Setting up a fireplace area lets you create a focal point in the room. The goal is to fashion a cozy, comfortable and inviting atmosphere. The latest trend is natural colours and materials, like a wood beam for the mantlepiece or field stone cladding. While very popular, wood cladding is not recommended for this project, as most wood stove and fireplace manufacturers require non-combustible materials within a certain radius of the appliance. For a similar effect, you could also opt for concrete that looks like wood. Several specialized companies, like Béton Architectural Johnstone, offer products with very realistic finishes, for a safe version of the look you had in mind. You could also make attractive log holders an integral part of your decor.

The important thing is to think minimalistic. Pick one element as the main focus. It could be your fireplace, a painting, a sculpture or other. You can beautify your fireplace area with a few decorative items, preferably in understated colours that call to mind natural materials like cotton and linen. For an uncluttered haven, pare down your options to only a few key objects. As for the overall colour scheme, the current trend is tone-on-tone (different shades of the same colour).

There are several combinations you can choose from to create a cozy cocoon. Select an original mantlepiece and decorative items that will showcase the play of the flames, exuding warmth and relaxation in the spirit of this year’s trends.

Wood-burning stoves create a relaxed and refined mood

Sleek, modern-looking wood stoves are very in and their minimalism complements all styles of decor. Select an appliance model and decor that best reflect your personality to add a one-of-a-kind touch to your home. With 80s furniture back in fashion, rattan chairs or an angular sofa will create a bold look. If you prefer more classic decor, featuring noble, natural materials like leather or marble, a contemporary wood stove will fit in beautifully.

One thing is certain, wood-burning stoves have become a design element, holding pride of place in a home’s gathering spaces. Beautiful, functional and timeless, modern wood stoves adapt to the activities of the house or cottage’s occupants. Some offer a variety of fire views while others are marvels of architectural design. There are even freestanding fireplaces that can become part of the furniture. They can be installed just as quickly and easily as a traditional wood stove, while offering a polished look that will turn heads. 

Adding accessories around the stove will also enhance your decor while clearly defining the area. The portable log holders and floor-protecting hearth pads seen on the market over the last several years are as beautiful as they are practical. These two must-have elements reinvent the space while making your stove more commanding and giving it prestige.

Finally, whether you’re setting up a nook for your fireplace or your wood stove, the important thing is that it be inviting. Achieving harmony between your appliance, finishes and accessories will make you want to spend hours by the fire.

Wheatland Fireplace, Kitchen & Bath are successful for a reason! This really is where your outdoor living and indoor fireplace, bathroom & kitchen dreams meet in spectacular surroundings! Wheatland services and installs high-quality fireplaces, Visit their website or stop by their showroom to feel the warmth and comfort of their amazing selection.

"Better Living Begins Here... At Wheatland, it is ALL ABOUT YOU!"

Wheatland Fireplace Kitchen & Bath are your Trusted Saskatoon Fireplace Store 


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