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Trusted Saskatoon Realtor Marla Janzen's Tips to Prepare Your Home for Fall and Winter Weather

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 shares tips on how to prepare your home for the colder months ahead. 

PREPARING YOUR HOME FOR FALL FEELS

Fall has a certain air to it, don’t you think? As the seasons change, it’s time to get your house ready for the coming rain, snow, and ice. The best way to avoid problems later in the season is to plan ahead and do some simple house maintenance as early as now. By doing this, you’ll be free to take advantage of everything the autumn season has to offer. To help you out, I’ve compiled a list of practical things to do on your own. However, hiring a professional to do it for you will be more cost-effective in the long run, saving you both time and money.

Here are some helpful tips to help you prepare your house for the colder months ahead.

1. Check the roof for leaks

From the ground, you should be able to get a good look at it. Consider using a pair of binoculars or scaling a nearby structure for a better vantage point if you’re up for the challenge. Look for shingles that are loose, broken, or missing. The removal of leaves and other debris can be necessary if your roof is flat.

2. Make sure your gutters are clear

It’s critical to maintain the smooth flow of your roof’s drainage system, which annually diverts tens of thousands of gallons of water from the exterior and foundation walls of your residence. Clogged gutters can result in water damage to your home’s exterior and a flooded basement. They rust and corrode more quickly. Remove all debris from your gutters and cover them with mesh gutter guards before the leaves start falling this season.

3. Remove leaves and check the trees in your area

Examine the trees in your area. Look for broken or too close to electrical wires or the roof, damaged limbs. Meanwhile, clear the yard of leaves by raking them and then removing them. If you have access to a compost pile, use it. If this is not an option, place in yard waste bags and place at the curb for collection by the neighborhood.

4. Replace window and door screens

Strengthen the windows and doors of your home. Having storm windows and doors would be best as replacements for your screens. All doors and windows should have caulk and seals checked.

5. Pool closeout

Schedule a pool closing service if you have a pool and live in a cold climate. If you are capable, you can buy the supplies and close your pool yourself if you know how to do this task.

6. Garage clean up

Organizing your garage or shed for fall and winter is a terrific time to search through your supplies. Don’t wait for snow trouble before you find that snow shovel of yours. If you live in an area with erratic weather, be sure your snowblower is serviced and ready to go.

7. Manage the shed

Most often than not, we have summer items filing up our storage. It’s an excellent time to organize and clean up your shed now by rearranging and putting all summer items at the back and winter products in the front to make it easier to get the things you’d need in the colder seasons. Be sure to get rid of everything that could freeze, as well. Restore and store outdoor furniture that has been left unused over the winter. Clean the cushions by removing them and washing them—store furniture in a dry spot throughout the winter after cleaning and drying it.

8. Make a bundle of firewood a priority

With fireplaces in mind, it’s time to start accumulating firewood. You’ll be happy you did it when the cold weather arrives. Use dried and ready-to-use firewood if you’ve collected it yourself. Covering and storing firewood away from the home is the safest option. Outside, construct a firewood rack and a carrier for moving the wood inside. Make sure you have enough wood on hand for the entire season.

9. Take care of the fireplace and the chimney

The colder months would surely make you and your family spend more time together, lounging in front of the fireplace. Ensure that the fireplace and chimney are both working properly before using the fireplace. It’s highly recommended that you have a professional chimney sweep and inspection if you frequently use your wood fireplace. To avoid chimney fires, schedule a chimney cleaning appointment right away.

10. Make sure that the furnace and boiler are working properly

You should check your furnace or boiler in the fall to make sure it’s ready for the cold weather. A furnace’s filters should be changed on a regular basis throughout the fall and winter. Have it inspected if necessary,  by doing so, you’ll be saving money on your utility bills and have extra for shopping, maybe?

11. Turn off all faucets and put hoses away in a dry place

Disconnect outside spigots and drain garden hoses. Turn off external faucets and, if your house is older, the valve inside. Shut everything down. Keep hoses out of the freezer by storing them in a dry location. Follow the manufacturer’s protocol for draining and safeguarding an in-ground irrigation system from winter damage to freezeproof it.

All faucets that leave your home should have an internal shut-off valve. If the interior shut-off valve has a drain stopper, open it while the outside faucet is still turned on. The drain plug on the shut-off valve should be closed and then turn the outdoor faucet back to the off position once all of the water has been completely drained from the line. If you don’t have shut-off valves or can’t find them, hire a certified plumber to install them.

Blowout sprinkler lines and irrigation system. At this time, your irrigation system may need to be drained and checked. Repairs should be performed by a professional, and sprinkler heads near snow removal zones should be marked. By doing this, you’ll have peace of mind during the freezing season.

12. Check the condition of your furnace

It would be best if you had a professional inspect your heating system once a year. Think about doing this task before winter sets in so you don’t have to rush. And while you are at it, include your furnace on the checklist too. Hire an HVAC professional to check for leaks, evaluate the heating efficiency, and change the filter. They can also check for carbon monoxide for air safety. Also, keep spare air filters on hand and swap them out regularly.

13. Clean humidifiers

During the months when it’s operating, maintaining your central humidifier will make you and your house more pleasant. To begin, look over the plates or pads and, if necessary, give them a good cleaning with a strong solution of laundry detergent. Use a wire brush or steel wool to remove mineral deposits after rinsing the area well and drying. Replace any worn-out filters and give the compartment a thorough cleaning. Vinegar is a low-cost and effective solution. Just a trivia, did you know that dry winter air makes fine wood more susceptible to cracking? So much so that dry winter air can also cause harm or irritation on our skin.

14. Make time for carpet care

Cleaning your carpets is best done in the fall. This season is the most fantastic time to open windows and let fresh air in to help with drying. If you don’t know how to operate a carpet cleaning machine, hire a pro to do it for you.

15. Comfy clean bedding

Get your down and cotton comforters, linens, and knits out of the closet and give them a good cleaning. After a thorough wash, place your blankets in a handy closet so that they’re ready to go when the frigid nights arrive.


There you have it—my practical guide to prepping your home for fall. Make sure your house is ready for the next autumn season by being smart and practical. Preventative maintenance now will save you money on costly emergency repairs and other expenditures in the long run. Maintaining your house well not only increases its worth and appeal but also saves you time and energy. 

Is there something you need help with around the house or are you planning to sell or buy a new home for the winter? 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!

Marla Janzen is a TRUSTED SASKATOON REALTOR��

Trusted Saskatoon Real Estate Expert Marla Janzen Has Made The Move To eXp Realty

Marla Janzen is an award-winning SASKATOON REAL Estate expert she takes action to sell her client's homes and find them the perfect new place to live while negotiating the best terms and price possible. She loves what she does and takes great pride in providing excellence in customer service to all of her clients. 

Marla Janzen is a  TRUSTED SASKATOON REAL ESTATE EXPERT listed on the SASKATOON DIRECTORY and she loves to provide Trusted Saskatoon real estate Tips that help the public!

Marla Explains Why She Moved To eXp Realty


First of all, I want to say thank you to everyone who’s supported me as I moved over to eXp Realty.  It’s been an exciting month meeting new people, exploring new places, and learning about the exciting online world of eXp Realty.  


I started as a real estate agent in 2004 with Century 21 in Saskatoon.  Over the past 15 years, I’ve learned and grown into the agent and person I am today.  I’m very thankful to my former brokers and colleagues at Century 21 for giving me the foundation to grow my real estate business into one that’s earned multiple awards and accolades.  


Being a Trusted Saskatoon Realtor, I enjoy giving my clients the highest level of service I can.  I am thrilled to be working with an international corporation who is forward-thinking and agent owned.  eXp Realty is a full-service real estate brokerage providing 24/7 access to collaborative tools, training, and socialization for real estate brokers and agents through its fully immersive, 3D cloud office environment.  It was a long and tough decision, but one I am whole heartily excited for and feel great about.  It is exciting to be part of a real estate company who is growing so quickly and easily offers support, networking, coaching, and mentorship to top realtors around the world.


I’m ready to make 2020 a great year of change and success.  Being a top producing agent in Saskatoon and area, I have been successful through many market changes, and now I can also offer my years of experience and award-winning results to help others in real estate do the same.  I’m happy to be partnered with Realtors® Chris Molenaar and Tara Knoblauch.  We have already established some great goals and programs to offer our clients, as well as, help agents on our team.


I am proud to be partnered with Westbow Construction as their Saskatoon, Warman, and area Realtor.  I have been working with them since they established here 7 years ago, and I am looking forward too many more exciting projects to come. Trusted Saskatoon Homeuilder Westbow Construction is committed to provide the best quality home for their clients and I’m proud to be a Trusted Saskatoon Partner alongside them.


I love living and raising my family here in Saskatchewan and I am happy I have found a company with great core values that relate to my own.  I’m looking forward too many more years of happiness, success, and growth in this amazing city doing what I love.  I believe honesty, hard work, and stellar customer service are the most important parts of the real estate business.  I put this philosophy to practice and strive to be the best Saskatoon Realtor® I can every day.


To read more testimonials about Marla Janzen, view her listing HERE!
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Marla Janzen is TRUSTED SASKATOON REAL ESTATE EXPERT.

Trusted Saskatoon Realtor Marla Janzen Expert Advice On Why You Should Repair Your Home Before Selling

Marla Janzen is an award-winning SASKATOON REAL Estate expert she takes action to sell her client's homes and find them the perfect new place to live while negotiating the best terms and price possible. She loves what she does and takes great pride in providing excellence in customer service to all of her clients. 

Marla Janzen is a  TRUSTED SASKATOON REAL ESTATE EXPERT listed on the SASKATOON DIRECTORY and she loves to provide Trusted Saskatoon real estate Tips that help the public- in her latest tip she talks about why your should repair your home before putting it up for sale!

Why Is It Important to Keep Your Home In Good Physical Condition?

When you are about to sell your home, you will need to make sure your home is in good condition before you do. Cosmetic aspects of your home are important selling tools and if you take the time to touch things up, it will pay off in the end.

What to fix first? 

Deciding on what to fix can vary. A discussion with your REALTOR® and doing some research is always the best first step. Take into consideration the time of the year, similar competing homes on the market, and what kind of neighbourhood you are residing in.

1. Flooring

Flooring is a good place to start. Whether you have hardwood, laminate, tile, or carpet you want to ensure they are in good condition. Homebuyers will notice and could be driven away if your flooring is in very poor condition.

2. Walls

Walls and ceilings should be free of cracks and chipped paint. While most people are likely to paint once they move in, you want your home to look as nice as possible. A fresh coat of paint will often do the trick. Use neutral colours like white or very light grey.

3. Kitchen

The kitchen should be a prime target in this area. Many people know the frustration of having a poor kitchen especially when the cabinets and appliances are in bad condition. A complete kitchen remodel can be expensive, talk to your REALTOR® about what improvements will assist in the sale of your home.

Overall you want to make sure your home is in the best condition possible. Use your best judgement and the help of your REALTOR® to determine what needs to be repaired or updated before you put your home on the market.

Contact me I am one of just 3 Trusted Saskatoon REALTORS ®. I am looking forward to helping you sell or buy your home! I love what I do and I take great pride in providing excellence in customer service to all of my clients. I strive to find them the perfect new place to live while negotiating the best terms and price possible.


Trusted Saskatoon Realtor Marla Janzen Explains The First Time Home Buyer Incentive

Marla Janzen is an award-winning SASKATOON REAL Estate expert she takes action to sell her client's homes and find them the perfect new place to live while negotiating the best terms and price possible. She loves what she does and takes great pride in providing excellence in customer service to all of her clients. 

Marla Janzen is a  TRUSTED SASKATOON REAL ESTATE EXPERT listed on the SASKATOON DIRECTORY and she loves to provide Trusted Saskatoon real estate Tips that help the public!


The First Time Home Buyer Incentive




As an award winning Century 21 Fusion Saskatoon Real Estate Agent, Marla knows Saskatoon, Warman and the area extremely well. She takes action in order to sell her client's homes. She strives to find them the perfect new place to live while negotiating the best terms and price possible. She truly loves what she does and she takes great pride in providing excellence in customer service to all her clients. She feels blessed to live in Saskatchewan and she is a TRUSTED SASKATOON REAL ESTATE Agent.

By now you have likely heard about the buzz regarding The First Time Home Buyer Incentive (FTHBI), which will come into effect on September 2nd, for homes that close no earlier than November 1st. The Government of Canada is offering interest-free loans in the form of a shared equity mortgage to help home buyers obtain a smaller mortgage and keep their monthly payments lower. The program will offer 5% for a first-time buyer's purchase of a resale home and 5% of 10% for a first-time buyer's purchase of a newly constructed home. 



The incentive can be repaid at any time without penalty, but it must be repaid after 25 years or if the property is sold, whichever comes first. Repayment is based on the property's fair market value. When the loan is repaid, the government will also get a share of any gains from appreciation of the property. Vice versa, if the property value goes down, the government will shoulder some of the loss. 

In order to participate in the FTHBI, buyers must meet two main requirements: 


# 1 - Be a first-time home buyer
# 2 - Have an annual income of less than $120,000


Buyers will still need to save their down payment of at least 5 percent and the maximum home price is limited to 4 times the buyers qualifying income. Let's look at an example:

Anita wants to buy a new home for $400,000:

Under the First-Time Home Buyer Incentive, Anita can apply to receive the $40,000 in a shared equity mortgage (10% of the cost of a new home) through the program. This is on top of the minimum required down payment of $20,000 (5% of the purchase price) from her savings. This lowers the amount she needs to borrow, and reduces her monthly expenses. As a result, Anita's mortgage is $228 less a month or $2,736 a year. 

Years later, Anita has sold her first hoe for $420,000. At this time, she would have to repay the original incentive she received as a percentage of her home's current value. This would result in Anita repaying 10%, or $42,000 at the time of selling her house. -- www.placetocallhome.ca/fthbi

The program will certainly help some first-time home buyers. But it's important to remember although this is an interest-free loan, it is still a loan that will need to be paid back.





Contact Marla Janzen, she is one of the 3 Trusted Saskatoon Realtors! Marla is looking forward to helping you sell or buy your home! She loves what she does, and she takes great pride in providing excellence in customer service to all of her clients. She strives to find them the perfect new place to live while negotiating the best terms and price possible.

Find Marla Janzen Online at www.marlajanzen.com   she is a Century 21 Fusion Realtor and Marla Janzen is TRUSTED SASKATOON REAL ESTATE EXPERT!


Trusted Saskatoon Realtor Marla Janzen Landscaping Tips For Best Curb Appeal

Marla Janzen is an award-winning Saskatoon Realtor she takes action to sell her client's homes and find them the perfect new place to live while negotiating the best terms and price possible. She loves what she does and takes great pride in providing excellence in customer service to all of her clients. Marla Janzen is a  Trusted Saskatoon, Warman and area Real Estate Expert  listed on the Saskatoon Real Estate Category on the Saskatoon  Directory and she loves to provide Saskatoon real estate Tips that help and assist the public! 

Her latest tip is about curb appeal and landscaping.  

Sprucing Up Your Landscaping Will Increase Curb Appeal and Attract Buyers! 

Spring is here, and that means summer and enjoying the warmer weather is right around the corner.  Backyards are wonderful spaces for entertaining and cooking, for quiet meditation or simply a source of natural beauty. A well landscaped yard can also increase the resale value of a home.

In recent years, landscaping has become increasingly important.  People are traveling less and spending more time at home whether for work or relaxation. Creating an oasis of calm and beauty in the backyard is something to consider if you plan on selling your home.

If you are not sure where to start with your landscaping project, consider the following factors:

  • The look of your outdoor space should complement the architecture of your home.
  • If the landscaping design appeals to the average person, it will be easier to sell your home; an obscure design may prevent a sale.
  • The size and slope of a yard will influence landscaping designs.
  • Consider a design that requires minimal maintenance; for example, opt for perennials that will come back year after year.

It’s also a good idea to spruce up your existing landscaping before listing your property as well; here are a few tips to get you started:

  • Add large container plants near your garage door, or front door.
  • Add a fresh layer of mulch to your garden beds.
  • Prune any overgrown trees or shrubs.
  • Tidy up any annuals or perennials that don’t look their best.  If a plant is in really bad shape – remove it. 
  • Power-wash any dirty surfaces such as your patio, fence and siding.

Your home will only make one first impression and a well-maintained landscape will make your property more attractive to potential buyers.

Contact me I am one of just 3 Trusted Saskatoon REALTORS ®. I am looking forward to helping you sell or buy your home! I love what I do and I take great pride in providing excellence in customer service to all of my clients. I strive to find them the perfect new place to live while negotiating the best terms and price possible.

Find Marla Janzen Online at www.marlajanzen.com   she is a Century 21 Fusion Realtor and Marla Janzen is Trusted Saskatoon Realtor





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