Well its been three months now, and we have only looked at a few places. We put an offer in on one of the first ones we viewed and lost out. Then, nothing…for a long time. Recently, we viewed 2 more places. One was completely done, and one was a renovation project. The completed one was a 3 level townhouse with 3 levels of decks. It had fabulous views. Take a look: [Read more…]
I used to have an elliptical trainer sitting across from my dining room table. I kept thinking how much nicer the space would look, with a pretty buffet sitting along that wall. Plus it would give me extra storage space, who doesn’t need more storage space?Besides I already had a gym membership 🙂 [Read more…]
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This is a project that I finished last summer. I have wanted an outdoor daybed with a canopy for YEARS. I kept looking at them but didn’t want to spend $500 or more. Then I saw a Pinterest post for an Ana White pattern and since I’m adept at using a chop saw and paint brush I thought – what the heck!. [Read more…]
Here is the follow up to our vet appointment in Vancouver. It was a very long and stressful day. We left Greg’s brother’s at 9am. It took us a full hour to get to the vets. Since we don’t live there, we did the whole thing with our faith in GPS – Unfortunately we used my phone, and it wouldn’t talk to us, so we just had to keep checking the screen to see if we were going the right way. A very frustrating way to navigate. Our appt was at 10am. First they did an examination of Sage and took her history. The course of action that they recommended was to start with an x-ray and see if there was anything skeletal. Following that if nothing showed up on the X-ray, they would go ahead and do an MRI. [Read more…]
But that is only step one. Next step is to go SHOPPING!!!!
It’s been a while since I bought a place. I love the automation of it all now. Every time a new listing that meets my criteria comes online, I automatically get an email to my inbox. Seriously, it’s like getting little presents. So exciting to open that email up and see if my dream house is inside, actually in my case, it’s more of a dream townhouse. [Read more…]
Yes, I’m one of those people that takes their dog to the neurologist. On the bright side, I have pet insurance. We use Trupanion. I have a $400 deductible. I pay about $47/month, which includes about $4.99 a month to cover off peripherals, such as acupuncture, chiropractic and physiotherapy. One I reach my deductible, the insurance pays 90%. I am almost at my deductible. I knew that based on my past history with my beloved little hamster Gizzy, that I would spare no expense when I got a dog. So, I had Sage insured within about 3 days of getting her. And thank goodness I did, because now we are needing it. [Read more…]
Finally! I made it across the finish line of my condo reno project – Wohoo! From a project management perspective, I blew my timeline. I originally thought I could pull this reno off by Feb 28th, but that date came and went. and then March slipped by…Well, It’s May , and the condo is listed.
It was fun. Here is a quick reprisal of what I accomplished.
This was the largest part of the condo reno project. Here is the starting point
The counters were painted with Krylon Stone Texture Finish Spray Paint and coated and sealed with Envirotex lite epoxy. Greg replaced the sink and tap. The plastic covers on the cabinets just peeled off, and I painted those with Behr Frost on the uppers, and Behr Silver Bullet on the lowers. For some reason this really amused me, despite the fact that I don’t dink Coors Lite. I’m a Corona girl…A little free advertising here 🙂
A fresh coat of paint on the walls: Behr Graceful Grey, my favourite paint colour. New laminate floors: Shaded Oak. I tiled the backsplash. I could not convince Greg to swap out the appliances, except for the fridge, which was destroyed and we took to the dump. The one thing I did do, was to paint the top plastic piece of the stove, as it had yellowed substantially, and it looked terrible. For that matter so did the dishwasher, but it is not directly in view like the stove is.
In the living room, we didn’t do much renovating. Mostly just cleaning. Shampoo the carpets, wash the windows, scrub the blinds. freshen up the trim paint. And mostly de-cluttering and staging. Clean and tidy is key when selling.
The Bathroom and Den were also just a matter of cleaning, de-cluttering and staging. These are not the big selling features of the place. And I won’t include them here.
We upgraded the existing laminate floors which ran through the entry way and into the dining area. It was the beech variety and was dirty and showing gaps. We used the same Shaded Oak flooring that we did in the kitchen. For the dining room, I added a new area rug under the table, and cleaned and staged.
If you want to see how I did the counters click here. The Master Bedroom is my piece de resistance. I’m super happy with how this turned out.
My budget for this project was between $2000 – 3000. I spent just over $2200 for this whole renovation. Pretty cheap really. The value added was in the tens of thousands. We listed this on a Thursday and it was sold by following Tuesday for $22k over asking! That is 10x what I put into it!! You don’t need to spend a ton of money to make good money. Just use your money wisely. And anything that you can do yourself is money saved. Here is where the budget went:
- Tile for backsplash
- Stone Spray Paint and Envirotex for counters
- New Sink
- Kitchen Faucet
- Steam cleaning (rental)
- Coffee table (IKEA)
- Dishes (IKEA)
- Wine glasses (IKEA)
A lot of the item that I used to stage this condo were from my condo. So you can always borrow things to stage the place for your photos. In this case there was only about 5 days that the property was listed.
Now that the condo is sold!!! the next step is packing and getting my place ready to sell. And SHOPPING for our new home!!!!!
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Here is my favourite room from my Greg’s Condo project.
This is the Master bedroom reveal. And this was my starting point
See my original post here: Master Bedroom
Here is how I pulled this together
First thing: Clean and get rid of all of the junk. Greg had really not been living here for a few years, and when you don’t live somewhere, it never gets vaccuumed or dusted. So, the accumulation of dirt can become overwhelming. [Read more…]
I took some vacation time from work last week. I wanted to blitz the condo renovation and complete everything by the end of the weekend. Well, I almost made it… not quite. I did get TONS done. But am not quite ready to have the realtor come by and take photos yet. I guess it will be more after work nights to get this all done.
Here is what we accomplished: [Read more…]
Last Monday I met up with my realtor, Gary and had a realtor check in (or is that reality check?) I have been using Gary for about 20 years, so he’s someone I trust. I had him do a walk-through of both Greg’s and my units. I was curious, more about Greg’s unit and just how much to do/spend before listing. [Read more…]