10 Aug

How to Deal With a Furnace Repair

Assuming you are a homeowner, you most likely will have to go through a heating repair problem sooner or later. Please keep in mind that today’s modern heating systems are complicated and should only be worked on by a professional. If you are trying to repair something that has stopped working, understand you will find potential hazards not only in damaging your heating system, but you run the chance of personal injury. Please leave this type of work to a professional!

This article is meant to familiarize just common heating issues. This way, you are better set to get an estimate, and you may even have the ability to identify a dishonest contractor.

Checking Your Heating System for Problems

In every case as with electrically run systems, the first place to check for a problem is the breaker or fuse box. If a breaker is flipped or a fuse blown, your solution could be as simple as flipping the breaker or replacing the fuse. If that doesn’t fix it, you at least have some information to offer as well as the contractor about your heating system.

Thermostat and Filters

If the problem couldn’t be solved at the breaker or fuse box, the next place to check is your thermostat. Sometimes family and friends will alter thermostat’s settings or even turn it off and forget to tell you. If your thermostat settings are okay, then check your air filters.

Except for specialized electrostatic filters, this is an issue you can take care of yourself. Filters should be changed every thirty to ninety days as a general rule. A filter which has gone longer than this without being changed can affect the air-flow.

Over a long enough time period, dirty filters can cause even more pressing problems with your system. If changing the filter doesn’t fix your issue, it’s time to call a professional.

What is Your Heating System Type

Not every heating system is the same, and different systems have different needs. To narrow down a heating problem, you need to know what sort of heating system you have. These come in 3 types: Heat pumps, furnaces,and boilers.

Heat pumps are becoming a lot more popular because they move warm air to cooler areas, and cool air to warmer areas. These are generally outdoor units in most cases, but there are also some that operate indoors.

Furnaces are simple enough, but telling them apart from boilers can be a little more tricky. Both are found indoors, and typically in an “out of the way” place like attic, garage, basement or (for furnaces) in a closet. The main way to identify a furnace is that they use a fuel like natural gas to heat the air directly and blow it into ventilation ducts.

Boilers, however, heat water that flow through pipes and radiators, which may then either heat rooms, or provide heat that may be blown through duct work. Few homes use room radiator heating anymore. With either boilers or furnaces, and oftentimes heat pumps, natural gas is the standard fuel that is used for heating your home.

Finding The Problem

There are two primary triggers with heating repair problems. One may be that it’s attributable to a faulty installation; the other is poor maintenance.

If you had someone working on your furnace repair recently it is possible they did not adequately fix it, or they may have inadvertently caused another problem.

Once you find a few heating companies you feel can do the work to your satisfaction, ask for a quote. You may be shocked to discover these quotes vary substantially. Once you have a good idea of the perceived quality of work verses the amount you were quoted, you can make a better decision on exactly who to hire.

25 May

How To Spot And Cope With Water Drainage Problems

Odds are that at some point in your life you will experience water drainage issues. Whether it occurs in your basement, in your backyard, or at your place of business, these problems are more than an annoyance – they can be downright dangerous. The following article explores the results of water drainage problems, as well as the solutions at your disposal.

What Can Happen if You Let Water Issues Fester

Water drainage problems, especially when concentrated on peoples’ backyards, tend to be put off. The whole “out of sight, out of mind” mentality comes into play, because most people feel that puddles in the backyard are just that – harmless pools of water. However, any water drainage specialist will tell you the contrary.

Allowing water to collect in your backyard (or basement) can end up causing major problems in the long run. For example, in some situations a yard that is not built up properly will cause water to drain towards the home, rather than away from. The result is water collecting up against the foundation. If you have a concrete slab, this water can loosen the soil around and underneath it, causing the entire home to shift. This will not only inevitably cause cracking in your slab, but it will also result in internal damage to your home, such as:

  • Cracked sheet rock
  • Bowing floors
  • Doors and windows that will no longer shut
  • And more

Should you have a basement, look for the walls to slowly give way and begin to crack too. As these walls develop hairline cracks, water will find its way in, dampening your entire basement. Now you will have to deal with a wet basement, which almost assuredly will result in mold growth. And once mold starts growing, the spores will take flight and you will really be in trouble. As you may know, mold remediation is no small task, and it certainly puts a huge dent in your pocket book.

Finding a Water Drainage Professional You Can Trust

When you notice that you have a legitimate Vancouver drainage issue, your best course of action would be to find someone locally who specializes in remedying the issue. Of course, doing so can seem like a daunting task. Here are a few tips to make sure you get connected with someone you can trust to do a good job for you:

  1. Look for someone with good references. This can take many forms. Perhaps the company will list customer testimonials on their website. You can also ask them for customer references who you can actually call. Some companies will gladly offer these. Either way, positive customer reviews increase the chances of having a good experience with the company.
  2. They need an informative website. A company that does a good job will put care into their promotional materials. And in this day and age, no marketing materials are as important as a company website. Look for a company that conveys the idea that they are water drainage specialists.
  3. Make sure they are in solid standing with the BBB. The BBB is the number one resource for checking out a company to ensure they are legit.


20 Apr

Simple Roofing Repairs You Can Do Yourself

Your roof is an important structural component of your home, and it also provides necessary protection from the elements: rain, snow, wind, and other weather. While most roofing repair Vancouver should be addressed by a professional, there are some small problems that can be solved quickly and easily for the experienced do-it-yourself homeowner. A small leak is the perfect example of the kind of quick roof repair that can often be handled by a novice, but more serious roof issues should always be seen by a qualified roofing contractor.

Before the Repair

Before you attempt to repair a leak, you should ask yourself a few questions. Some overhead leaks are the result of fairly minor problems like a torn shingle or a hole in your flashing. These kinds of damage can generally be repaired with some basic tools. However, more complicated situations call for a roofer’s experience and skill; if you have failed to fix a leak after multiple attempts, call a roofer. Also, ask yourself these questions:

  • Are there multiple leaks?
  • Are you unable to trace the source of the leak?
  • Are your attempts at repair not holding?
  • Can you see signs of damage to the roofing surface or the interior of your home?
  • Are you uncomfortable working with the materials that comprise your roof?

If you have answered yes to any or all of these questions, your roofing repair will require the expertise of roofing professional and you should contact a contractor immediately.

Quick Roof Repair Tips

Assuming you have been able to locate the source of a minor leak, and you cannot see any structural damage, you may decide to fix the leak yourself. After a bad storm, it is not uncommon for shingles to become damaged so you’ll want to prevent future damage and protect your roof and home. You’ll need to gather a few supplies: a tube of roofing cement, aluminum flashing, a pry par, and a trowel. Start by cutting the flashing so that it is slightly larger than the tear in your shingle. Carefully pry up the damaged shingle and slide the aluminum flashing under the tear. Apply two or three thick beads of roofing cement to the under-surface of the shingle and press the shingle against the flashing. Finally, apply more roofing cement over the tear to create a better seal.

This quick roofing repair should be sufficient until your roof requires more major repairs. Throughout the storm season, you may find yourself needing to complete these repairs on multiple occasions. If this is the case, your shingles are likely showing signs of aging and may need to be replaced entirely. When leaks recur, you should always contact a roofing expert.


12 Apr

How To Save Money Installing Your Own Hot Water Heater

Let me guess, you went down stairs to check the laundry or grab a tool and their it was. A huge puddle of water all over your basement floor and it is coming from the bottom of the water heater. This is the obvious and most common sign you need a new water heater installation.

If you have any experience with Do It Yourself projects around the house installing a new water heater should not be a problem for you. Follow along with the steps in this article and you will have your new water heater installed in a couple of hours. Installing a water heater yourself will save you up to 300 or 400 dollars depending on the area you live in. Now if you are not very DIY you can still install your own water tank, however it may take a little longer than a few hours but if you like a challenge and are not afraid doing repairs on your home you will be able to install the heater yourself as well.

Tools And Materials You Will Need:

  • Water Heater Size – If you have a 40 gallon and want to upgrade to a 50 gallon now is the time to do it. If you do have a 50 gallon I DO NOT recommend switching to anything lower than what you have.
  • ¾ Fittings – You will need 2 ¾ couplings and possibly some elbows. Check what type of pipe you have going to your water heater. This can be copper, CPVC, PEX or galvanized. I recommend getting Shark Bite ¾ fittings because they are very easy to install with PEX, CPVC and copper piping. When you have galvanized pipe you may need to get a conversion fitting and adapt to one of the other pipes for easier installation.
  • Black Pipe Fittings – You may need a few ½ black pipe couplings and elbows to extend or shorten the gas line connecting to the heater. I install the gas line last. This way I will know exactly what I need for gas fittings.
  • 2 – ¾ dielectrics – Always replace the dielectrics when installing a new water heater. Make sure you get the proper dielectrics for the piping material you have in your house.
  • T&P Valve – usually comes with the new heaters.
  • Torch, Flux, Solder, sand paper
  • Channel Locks or offset pliers
  • Pipe Wrench
  • Pipe Thread solution or Teflon tape
  • Garden hose

Now that we have all of our materials let’s get started. The first step is to turn off the main water supply to house. Next Turn off the gas vale on the gas line running to the water heater. Now connect the garden hose to the bottom of the water heater and run the hose to nearby floor drain. Turn on the valve (this looks like an outside hose bib) and let the heater start to drain.

At this time go throughout your house and turn on all of the faucets. Make sure you leave the faucets in the on position and you have hot and cold water turned on. This will allow all of the water to drain out of the heater a lot faster.

While the water is draining out of the old heater, Unbox the new water heater. First pipe dope the two shafts coming out the top of the heater. Once they are doped screw on the new dielectrics. Next if your heater came with a T&P valve unbox it and pipe dope those threads. Screw the T&P valve into the side of the heater there will be a hole with threads on it where it goes. You may need to use your pipe wrench to get that last turn on so the valve points down. Now you got the heater prepped and ready to go.

Once the old heater is done draining disconnect the gas pipe at the union fitting. This is the fitting which has a hexagonal middle. Once the union is disconnected disconnect the rest of the pipe ONLY on the heater you are replacing.

Disconnect The Pipes

Now we will disconnect the water pipes. Use your channel locks to disconnect the dielectric. They will disconnect just like the gas pipe union fittings. Cut off the old dielectrics from the copper or other piping you may have.

Once all of the pipes are disconnected from the water heater and it does not seem like there is any more water in the tank start to remove the old water heater out of the way. Make sure you leave enough room to get the new heater in place. If you have a small area you may have to just remove the old water heater to make room for the new water heater.

Line up the new water heater with the pipes that connected the old heater. If you notice you need change some water piping, leave the pipe with the cold water valve the straight pipe and reconfigure the hot side.


Connect the water piping to new heater using the shark bite fittings or whatever fittings you decided on. You may have to solder the new dielectrics to the water piping if you have copper pipe. When soldering the dielectrics I advise you figure out how much pipe you need from the dielectric to the coupling and cut it to length and solder it on the ground. This will make for an easier solder job. You will also want to take out the washers from the dielectrics so you don’t burn them.

Now you have the water pipe all hooked up. Once everything cools you might have to do any more soldering. If so replace the washers in the dielectrics and tighten them down. Turn on the main water supply. While the water heater is filling up leave the faucets on so you can bleed all of the air out of the system.

The Gas Line

If you are not licensed for this part of the job you will need to hire someone who is. Click here for our recommended plumbing company for hot water heater installation Kelowna.

Have your man hook up the gas pipe to the heater. If you are lucky the gas pipe from the old heater will line up with the new heater. If it does not, just reconfigure it as needed. You can buy gas piping in all ranges and sizes.

Once all of the air is bled from the system turn off the faucets. Now the water heater is filled up you need to light it. Most new heaters have a manual lighting system. This works just like a BBQ grill does. You push in the pilot button and click the clicker and it will light the pilot light. After about 30 seconds turn the heater on to the desired setting and you water tank will begin to heat the water. You should now have hot water in about 30 to 45 minutes depending on the size of the tank.

03 Apr

Five Tips for a More Efficient HVAC System

Is your home heating system ready for winter? If you’re anything like most homeowners, you probably haven’t paid it much mind in several months. Now that the cold is creeping in, though, it’s time to prepare your system for a period of heavy usage. Following these simple HVAC maintenance tips can help ensure efficient operation all winter long.

1. Change Air Filters

Before even testing your heating system, make sure the air filters in your furnace are clean. When clogged with dirt, dust, and debris, filters can put added stress on your entire heating system. Operational efficiency may be reduced by as much as 15 percent, which means higher energy bills. Emptying and replacing filters on a regular basis can also remove the environmental allergens from the air before they reach people who suffer from asthma and allergies. According to most HVAC experts, air filters should be changed every two-to-three months in order to maintain optimal efficiency.

2. Check Thermostat Settings

The purpose of your HVAC system is to keep you comfortable with conditioned air. When using the heat, the recommended winter setting is 68 degrees Fahrenheit (room temperature). At this setting, the indoor environment should be comfortable for most occupants. If you would like to raise it higher, it is important to note that each degree over room temperature will add one to two percent to your energy bill. On the other hand, if you lower the temperature while away, you can save about the same amount.

3. Examine Ducts

According to a recent report from the U.S. Department of Energy, the average home loses between 20 and 30 percent of the air that moves through its ducts due to holes, leaks, and poorly connected parts. But with a little patience and a good ear, homeowners can listen for any air that may be escaping from ductwork. Once identified, minor problems can often be inexpensively addressed by a professional. It is also strongly recommended that you have that same professional inspect your ducts for problems with a pressure test every few years.

4. Clear the Vents

A common problem in homes with central heating is that vents often get blocked with dust and pet hair after months of inactivity. Cleaning these areas should not only improve overall operating efficiency, but also reduce the amount of dust, debris, and allergens circulating through your home. For those with radiators or baseboard systems, it is important to keep the heating elements unobstructed. Blocking them with furniture or other objects will prevent conditioned air from circulating throughout the area.

5. Get a Tune-Up

Want total peace of mind? Scheduling an HVAC tune-up is the best way to ensure optimal performance over the entire winter season. In addition to adjusting and cleaning your furnace, the home service pro will make sure all parts are in tip-top shape. If small problems are uncovered, they can be repaired before they turn into major, expensive issues.

Follow these simple HVAC maintenance tips to ensure reliable and efficient operation of your home heating system. If you find something needing professional attention you can call a company like these guys – https://www.pioneerplumbing.com/heating/hvac

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Phone: (604) 872-4946
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28 Mar

How To Install Rain Gutters Yourself

Singing your own praises with proper gutter system installation is only half the battle. It can be a daunting task for you, yet it is a great way of protecting your investment, your house and your family.

Gutters will catch the rainfall and divert it to another location. The downspout depends on the homeowner’s choice. It is normally located on the corner of the house. A homeowner may need someone to map the parts where a gutter is necessary. It is important to have a perfect allocation of slopes to avoid leaks and uncertain instances. This is your gutter.

Risky and dirty house chores include rain gutter responsibilities. We are allowed to clean up the gutters and spend all the resources looking at the dirty spots and trying to clean it up. Taking any risks in uncontrolled set up may cause things unlikely to happen. But how was everything behind what we don’t see? Cleaning and preservation of your gutters is vital for water diversion. It may be considered dirty work however, in order to avoid stagnant water and clogged channels, consider gutter repair. There are skilled individuals who know how to provide the best cure for your gutter issues.

Even the smallest part of your guttering that obtains rust should be replaced. Definitely, this would cause leaking of water. Small rust for instance can cause damage to your foundation over a period of time depending on the durability of the material. Sometimes, you may be fed up with all your worries about your gutters but you try to disregard the situation since you are still moving well around the house. The main key point is a small problem with your gutters can eventually lead to a big problem.

There are varieties of materials that you can choose from to avoid clogging or leaking for the second time. It includes zinc gutters, stainless steel gutters, paint grip galvanized gutters, painted seamless aluminum gutters, copper gutters, cast iron, lead, stone, wood and PVC. A wide selection of gutter parts and gutter accessories that fit your roofing style are available.

Moisture is normally known as a risk against the durability and performance of any residence. It causes mold and poor indoor air quality which is in fact a health hazard. Through seamless gutters, all homeowners can prevent significant damage to their home. Moreover, it can adjoin an art, beauty and value to every residential home’s curb appeal.

Seamless rain gutters, according to research, is said to be the most common gutter installed throughout NorthAmerica. It provides excellent results for nearly all consumers who have them installed.

Gutter installation is a necessity in today’s world. Any building constructed requires gutter installation to avoid common damage such as mold, soil erosion and leaking, because fixing these problems would cost more then installing gutters. Though it may seem unnecessary, it is never be a wrong decision since security and cleanliness is always beyond its side. Moreover, it helps most building owners or homeowners to beautify the physical appearance of their investments.

For more details about rain gutter installation, repair and the like, feel free to visit https://guttersvancouver.reliableroofrepair.ca and learn about the importance of properly installed rain gutters.

Phone: (604) 670-0281
408 East Kent Ave S
Vancouver, BC V5X 2X7
18 Feb

Simple Plumbing Jobs You Can Handle Yourself

If you’re like most people, plumbing jobs are outside your comfort zone. When we see water overflowing a basin and blockages where it should flow freely, we’re at a loss, and our only solution is to call a plumber. Actually, most plumbing problems fall into only a few categories, and the fixes are simple enough that anyone can do them provided they have the proper tools. For tips on repairing easy plumbing issues without involving the expense of a professional plumber, keep reading.

The most common plumbing issues are usually quite simple, involve clogs and leaks and they can happen anywhere in your plumbing system. Acquaint yourself with where the shut-off valves are located in your home so that if you develop a leak, you’ll be able to turn off the water running to that area until it’s diagnosed and repaired. Just this little knowledge can end up saving you from a lot of expensive damages and repairs.

Plumbing Tools

The tools that you’ll need to fix most plumbing issues can be purchased in your local hardware store, and it’s a good idea to have the basics already on hand, because when a water emergency happens, and it will, you’ll be ready to respond immediately. Some of the items you should have include:

  • Rubber gloves
  • Safety goggles
  • A heavy-duty rubber plunger
  • A plumber’s snake
  • Plumber’s putty
  • Both a regular and a Phillips screwdriver
  • Simple household cleaning products, such as lemon juice and baking soda
  • Slip-joint pliers
  • Adjustable pipe wrench

Although the list may seem somewhat intimidating, you don’t have to buy everything at once. Start with a plunger and then add to your plumbing toolbox gradually as you can afford to.

Clogged drains are the most common plumbing problem. It’s just something that happens from time to time. A plunger is an absolute necessity as something to start with. Usually a clogged toilet or sink can be cleared by just plunging it several times. A plunger forces water and air into pipes which usually is enough to clean it out and let water run freely again. If this doesn’t work, you can try running a plumber’s snake down the drain to see if the metal tape will free it up. Once you’ve opened the pipe, run plenty of water down it to make sure it’s clean.

Plumbing snakes are available in a variety of sizes and can be rented from most tool rental outlets. Most of the tools needed for the jobs mentioned in this article are usually found lying around the house. If a plumbing problem arises and you want to tackle it yourself, you should consider investing in the tool needed at the time thereby building your toolbox as needed.

Leaking Faucets

Leaking faucets and shower heads can be removed using a pipe wrench or screwdriver. Take the fixture apart and clean every piece inside and out with a gentle solution of baking soda or lemon juice and water. Replace worn screws and gaskets. Once the faucet is reassembled and back in place, make sure everything is tight. Most times, this will correct the leakage problem. Be sure you shut off the water before tackling this job, though.

If all of this is too much or you’re the kind of person who would rather pay a professional to take care of it for you, then we suggest looking online for a Vancouver plumber near you to fix the problem for you. Most plumbing companies are reputable because word travels fast in this industry, especially when everyone is leaving reviews online about plumbers they’ve dealt with. In fact the easiest way to find a good plumbing contractor close to your home is find the names of a few companies close to your area and then search on their company name + the word reviews. You’ll find the best ones will have a number of good reviews that sound realistic. It wont be hard to stop fake reviews, so just go with your gut and research the reviews of a few local plumbers. If you live in the southeast corner of BC, we have the name of a great plumbing company in Vancouver who have been doing excellent work for decades in the Vancouver BC region. Here it is listed below

KC’s Plumbing & Heating Ltd
Phone: (604) 873-3753
1896 Kingsway
Vancouver, BC

31 Jan

Home Renovation Tips For The Do It Yourself Enthusiast

Home renovation often increases property value. This is one of the most common reasons for renovations, in addition to updating a home and making it more suited to your personal tastes. When it comes to renovations, some homeowners opt to utilise the services of professional contractors. Renovation projects can be very costly, especially where you enlist the services of a professional builder, interior designer or other specialist. This is why some people prefer DIY (do it yourself) renovations, which can be more cost effective, especially where you have the skills to do some of the tasks. So if you are thinking of DIY home renovations, here is a list of renovation tips that may help you renovate your home.


Having a plan for each step of your renovation allows you to renovate in a more cost effective manner, giving you the ability to budget accordingly before you start the project; an outline of the project will help during the renovations.

Appropriating funds from your budget is extremely important. Kitchens and bathrooms are huge selling points in a house, which means you should spend the bulk of your time and resources renovating those rooms. Often a new coat of paint or new carpet can change the entire look of your bedroom and living rooms, and both are relatively inexpensive ways to improve a place.

If you are looking to increase the property value, talk to a realtor before you start your renovations. Your realtor can provide you with insight as to which renovations are worth the money and which ones will not turn a profit. Additionally, your realtor can provide you with current real estate trends so you can see what aspects of a house are selling points with buyers and which ones are not.

Improve Instead of Renovate

Before you start the project, think about what you want and decide whether or not you have to replace things or simply reface them. For example, if you are renovating your kitchen, ask yourself if you need all new cabinets or if painting or staining your current cabinets will provide your kitchen with the update you are looking for. In addition, you can remove the doors of your current cabinets and attach new ones for far less than the price of installing a complete cabinet system.

There are also infrastructure items to consider. For instance if the perimeter drains are old there’s a chance they will need replacing. Drain tiles installed previous to the seventies were made of materials that tend to collapse over time. It’s a wise move to have a local plumbing company clean the drains or inspect them to see if there is indeed any serious damage. If the pipes are made of that outdated materials just mentioned then you will need to replace them.

Disintegrating drain tiles impact you in at least two ways. The value of your home is diminished if you are planning to sell. Most importantly, your home could be in danger of a basement flood in winter rains. Areas like the American northwest are very wet in the winter months and experience torrential downfalls which tend to fill perimeter drains with mud and debris, When this happens the foundation can be compromised leading to cracks and leaks. A flooded basement can be a serious problem, all avoided with an initial inspection of the drain perimeter drains. If this is a concern we suggest you seek out a perimeter drainage Vancouver company to clean and inspect your drain tiles.


One of the biggest costs in renovating your house comes from materials. By purchasing and transporting materials on your own you can save hundreds of dollars. A contractor or other third party will charge you delivery fees among other hidden fees to pick up and deliver materials to your home. In addition, doing this yourself gives you the option of shopping around, comparing costs and finding items on sale or clearance.

The best way to reduce cost is to go to places and source second hand building material. If you can’t access used materials, then head to thrift stores or larger outdoor stores that sell cheaper items.


Creating a design for your renovation is perhaps the most important aspect in the remodelling process. Use resources of the internet to get an idea of how you want to design things and speak to professionals to get expert advice and tips on how best to approach the renovation and how to work with the space that you have.

Extra Help

Some renovations will inevitable require the use of a contractor. If you are not accustomed to working with plumbing or cabinetry, it is wise to invest in a contractor to handle those aspects of the renovation for you. The low cost of doing it yourself is gone, but not knowing what you are doing can cost you a significant amount of extra money in the long run! If you must go the route of hiring a contractor, you can still get things done cheaply by doing smaller tasks yourself. For example, if you hire a contractor to handle your new kitchen, you can paint the kitchen yourself, which will save you several hundred dollars.

Consider These Tips!

Before you start your renovation project, consider these DIY home renovation tips. Each will save you time and money on your renovation. Adhering to them will help you increase the property value of your home and maximize your profits by allowing you to see a return on the money you spent remodeling, should you decide to sell your home.

16 Jan

Tips For Moving Into a New Home

There is no doubt that moving into a new home can prove to be extremely stressful. There are a number of tasks that need to be taken care of, and everything needs to be managed in a short span of time. But having a consolidated checklist of everything that needs to be done can greatly reduce that stress and save you some precious time.

Identify and Manage Your Possessions

Before you start packing, make sure that you look through all your possessions and identify the things you want to take along. Make it a point to keep your valuables in a separate safety box. Ensure that all the items are properly insured before you move.

Select a Moving Company

Selecting a moving company can be a challenge. Make sure you consult at least three different companies before you zero in on one. Make certain to get a written estimate from them, not just a verbal one. You can even ask your friends or family who have moved recently for references.

Create a Binder

When you undertake the task of relocating, it is of utmost importance to keep track of all your financial expenditure and estimates. Create a binder where you can file all your receipts and even take note of all that you have done. You can also use it to keep reminders of daily tasks related to the shifting process.

Update All Legal/Public Documents

At least three weeks prior to shifting, make sure that you update your address in all your legal documents, including your driving license. If you have kid(s) at school, make sure that you inform the relevant authorities of your change in address. You also need to update your address with your milkman/newspaper delivery person.

Purchase Necessary Supplies

When moving into a new house, you will come to realize that you can never have enough boxes or tape. So make sure that you arm yourself with ample amount of cardboard boxes, duct tape, scissors, and whatever else you might need.

Label Your Boxes

After packing, don’t forget to label your boxes, as this simple task will make life so much easier when you unpack. For example, if you have a box filled with important items that you use on a daily basis, labelling them ‘essentials’ will save you the hassle of finding out which boxes to open first.

Have a Layout Prepared

Before you leave your old house, take stock of what your new house looks like, and have a general idea of how you want to place your furniture and possessions. This will greatly help the movers when they unload, since they’ll also have an idea of where your stuff should be placed in your new home.

Take Inventory Before and After Moving

Whenever you move your belongings from one place to another, it makes sense to keep an inventory of all the items, to make sure that nothing is lost or misplaced. It is even more important when it comes to moving into a new house. Create an inventory and tick off each item as you pack and unpack them.

18 Sep

Best Time To Buy A Home is Now

Wow, can we be hit with any more doom and gloom financial news? Over and over, we are bombarded by the media as to how bad things are in the economy, which leaves you thinking that now is actually a poor time to buy a new home. Gas had been hitting record highs week after week, inflation is still increasing at a faster rate than in recent years, people are losing their jobs, and the real estate market is being pounded by the many adjustable rate mortgages (ARM) that are now adjusting to higher payments, many of which people are unable to afford. Despite the current state of affairs, now is definitely a good time to buy a house.

According to some, the outlook to buy a new home may be grim – it’s reported that existing home sales will decrease nearly 7% this year, and new home sales are expected to decrease 19% (1). And with a nod to the times, real estate developers in San Diego, California are offering a ‘two for one’ deal – on homes, that is (2). Real estate is going through an adjustment period, and for many potential buyers, now is a good time to buy a house if there are available funds to secure the financing. Mortgage interest rates are still low compared to historical data, and home prices are also similarly low compared to what some of them were 1-2 years ago. The point I’m trying to convey is that now is, in fact, a good time to buy a house for those buyers who weren’t able to buy a new home when the real estate boom was happening. People looking to buy a new home and invest in properties (keeping them for a long-term period) would also benefit from the current state of the housing market.

Making the Most of Your Investment

Many financial speculators recommend that, while now is a good time to buy a house, you need to keep the property for three or more years; however, if your plan is to buy a new home and then sell it within that window of time, you’d be better off renting. Furthermore, with the current volatility of the market, it’s hard to calculate the outcome of it all and when it will end (3). Many websites now provide a practical calculator tool to analyze and compare the cost of renting versus buying and which is better for your economic situation in the long run. To judge for yourself if now is a good time to buy a house, plug in your statistics to Real Estate Journal’s online calculator.

Housing will continue to go through tough times and will probably remain slow or stagnant for the next 2-3 years. There are an incredible amount of homes for sale on the market far exceeding the amount of people who are looking to buy a new home or who can qualify for financing. To give you an example, as of today’s writing on July 17, 2008, there are more than 106,000 homes listed for sale with local real estate agents in metro Atlanta. That number doesn’t even include the ones being sold by the owners themselves, likely constituting a couple thousand more. First time home buyers with good credit and down payments of 3-5% of their purchase price can benefit by getting the right assistance from many sources that help decide if now is a good time to buy a house.

Finding Affordable Homes

However, the resistance to buy a new home is not happening everywhere. Seattle, Atlanta, and Dallas, for instance, are not feeling these strong depreciation downturns like other cities in California, Florida, and Arizona are (4). In these areas, it is not unusual to find homes that were selling for $449,000 last year and are still on the market today at $349,000 because they haven’t sold. A friend of mine recently sold her house at 68% of the home’s appraised value because it had taken one full year to sell. Since the home was completely paid off, she wanted to move it as soon as she could and no longer cared how much less she was going to get. She ended up selling it for $10,000 less than what she had paid eight years ago. Stories like this become persuasive evidence of why now is a good time to buy a house.

Finding affordable, quality homes and assisting home buyers with the financing are the types of things the company I am associated with and other similar companies can do for people who are ready to buy a new home. The more we are able to inform them as to what options they have available and what they can do, the easier it will be for the market to slowly but surely recover and keep things from getting worse for those in financial distress. Again, if you are looking at the long run when you decide to a buy a new home (five or more years), you will be able to benefit with the conditions the market is currently giving you, hopefully encouraging you to understand why now is a good time to buy a house.

What Are You Waiting for? Buy Now!

There are many websites out there that can point you in the right direction and help you decide, in your particular case, if you are ready to buy a new home and if it is beneficial for you. Some buyers are worried about timing the purchase of a home to the exact minute that prices drop to their lowest points. The opportunity to a buy a new home may be too late at that point, and timing anything as unpredictable as a good time to buy a house is, after all, impossible. Search around for the right home: research the neighborhood to get a feel for that location’s housing market, continue to build up your funds, and talk to real estate agents and mortgage lenders or banks (5) that can help you decide if now is a good time to buy a house. Those in the know can give you first hand advice when you’re ready to buy a new home at a price you feel comfortable with.

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