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Trusted Regina Boat and Marine Dealer offers better protection for your boat over the Winter months

At Performance Marine the customer is their #1 Priority.  Performance Marine  has been serving Regina and Southern Saskatchewan for over 20 years, they have one of the strongest records of customer satisfaction in the industry, with the awards to prove it!  Performance Marine are Trusted Regina Boat & Marine Vehicle Dealers

Protecting Your Boat From Winter Elements

Almost everyone agrees that protecting a boat from winter weather is a good idea but what is the best way to protect your investment over the winter months? Performance Marine suggests Shrink Wrapping your boat.


What is Shrink Wrap?

Before you can answer the question “Should I Shrinkwrap My Boat?”, it would be helpful to understand what shrink wrap is and how it works.  Shrink Wrap is a layer of polyethylene that is cut to fit over the top and around your boat.  This layer comes with UV inhibitors built in to protect your boat from the sun’s rays if stored outside.  Shrink wrap is made to shrink when heat is applied to it.
One of the key elements of successfully winterizing your boat is covering it properly. This will protect your investment from rain, snow and varmints looking for shelter from wind and cold.

Should I Shrink Wrap My Boat?

For all of the benefits of living in this neck of Canada, we must admit that the harsh weather of the late autumn, winter, and even early spring can be a real pain when it comes to keeping your toys in top condition.  As the boating season winds down and winterization becomes a thought on all boater’s minds, one thing to consider is how you are going to store your boat for the winterShrink Wrapping is a process that seals your boat up and protects it from the elements when you don’t intend to use it for a while.  It can also be a good option when preparing the boat for transportation.  Let’s take a look at the advantages and disadvantages of shrink wrapping so you can decide “Should I shrink wrap my boat?”

  • 100% weather proof (no seams or gaps)
  • Perfect molded fit for you application. Can be cut and customized 
  • Is air tight when containment is required or can be vented when humidity or moisture is a problem
  • Won't chaffe, won't flap in the wind, won't damage your investment.
Shrink wrap is strong and seals tight so the elements do not have any effect on it when installed correctly.  This way you don’t have to worry about bailing water from the cover or removing snow or ice.
The other advantage to shrink wrapping besides protecting your boat’s interior is keeping the sun off your boat’s exterior.  When a boat sits outside for long periods of time, the exterior can become dried out and start to fade.  This might result in you having to get the boat professional detailed or buffed to restore the exterior.  This process can be more expensive than just shrink wrapping the boat in the first place.

What About My Boat Cover?

If you store your boat outside using the snap covers or mooring cover, this could cause several issues as well.  Snap covers do not cover the outside of the boat, so it will be exposed to the sun’s rays all winter.  Some of these covers also do not keep the boat very clean or seal the boat up completely.


One disadvantage to regular boat covers is that they can fill with water or ice and leak or pool into the boat.  A cover can also be effected by the wind and other elements.  This water can leak into the boat.  A worst case scenario would be for the cover to tear.  Then you would have to replace a very expensive cover as well.

Performance Marine has Storage, Shrink Wrapping and Winterizing options.

When done properly, you will open the boat to find it exactly as it was when you had it wrapped.   Protecting your investment with shrink wrapping might be one of the most important maintenance services to have done for your boat this winter.

Covering Your Boat Properly for Long-Term Storage Helps Ensure Long-Term Happiness as a Boat Owner


Performance Marine has many options including:

Performance Marine can help you keep your boat in pristine condition! If you have any questions or concerns about getting your boat serviced, feel free to call them at (306) 586-2628  or book your service online.  For more information about how to best maintain your investment and learn more about our available services visit the Performance Marine website!  

Performance Marine a Trusted Regina Boat & Marine Vehicle Dealer. 



Trusted Regina Autobody Shop earns official certification to help ensure proper and safe repair of your vehical

Bergens are a local family business and from the moment you walk in the door you will be treated like family! 

They are proud to have an amazing 80 Years Auto Body Experience, and they have been serving Regina Auto Body needs for over 30 Years....they have a loyal customer base that simply wouldn't think of going anywhere else. Bergen's are an SGI Accredited Regina Auto Body and Collision Repair shop  , they offer courtesy cars to their clients and they specialize in foreign vehicles. They are a part of the Auto Body Category.


Bergen's Auto Body & Collision Centre Ltd. has been officially Certified by Certified Collision Care

Certified Collision Care is a non-profit consumer advocacy organization for maintaining the right tools, equipment, training, and facilities necessary to repair the participating Automaker brand vehicles according to the manufacturer's specifications. In achieving their Certification, Bergen's Auto Body & Collision Centre Ltd. is now an integral part of the most advanced repair capable and efficient collision repair network in the world. 

Adding to their credentials, Bergen's Auto Body & Collision Centre Ltd. is officially Certified by Certified Collision Care, Fiat Chrysler, Kia, and Nissan Canada. 




To become Certified by the various Automakers, Bergen's Auto Body & Collision Centre Ltd. passed the rigorous Certification process essential to help ensure a proper and safe repair of the new generation of advanced vehicles. Less than 5 percent of body shops across the nation are able to meet the stringent requirements to become officially Certified and recognized. The Certified network is made up exclusively of best-in-class collision repair businesses that have met or exceeded the strict requirements of the Certification program. 

According to Bergen's Auto Body & Collision Centre Ltd. Owner, Jonathan Bergen,

 "This certification supports our reputation for superior customer service serving our community. We are your neighbors and friends, so it is important to provide our customers with the peace of mind that their vehicles are being repaired correctly by highly trained professionals that care about them." 

The Certification criteria are based upon auto manufacturer requirements. These are critical to ensure the vehicle fit, finish, durability, value and safety following an accident. As new model vehicles are being introduced that use light weight high strength materials and advanced technology, a proper repair according to manufacturer specification is even more important than ever to ensure the passenger safety and proper performance of the vehicle. 

Auto manufacturers want to ensure that consumers have the option of Certified Collision Repair wherever they live, work, or travel

 "Consumers need the confidence and peace of mind to know their vehicle is being repaired by a shop that has what it takes to ensure the vehicle safety. Bergen's Auto Body & Collision Centre Ltd. is officially a Collision Care ProviderTM," said Scott Biggs, CEO of Assured Performance Collision CareTM. "They represent the standard by which all other body shops are measured."

About Certified Collision Care: 

Certified Collision Care is the Canadian division of Assured Performance Network, the largest network of OEM Certified repair providers in the world with over 2,800 Collision Care Providers participating, and administers the Canadian Nissan Certified Collision Repair Network, Mopar Certified Collision Repair Facility, Kia Certified Collision Repair Centre and Ford National Body Shop Network Certified programs. Visit www.certifiedcollisioncare.ca for more information.

Bergen's GUARANTEE that you will be treated to both friendly service and quality workmanship....and after speaking to their clients we can definitely say that they do all they claim and all in a style all of their own!

Bergen's AutoBody & Collision Centre are TRUSTED REGINA AUTO BODY EXPERTS...and they are waiting to help you. Fan them on Facebook here and be assured that they will look after you ..you can TRUST them..we Guaranteee it!



Trusted Regina Financial Advisor Shares a Tip on Estate Planning Strategies

John Barabe with Assante Financial Management Ltd. has an unwavering commitment to quality and service which has enabled him to build and retain a successful practice in Regina. He and his team believe that planning with honesty and integrity are cornerstones to improving clients' quality of life. He applies his knowledge to help clients make the right choices when considering all the product and service options that exist in today's marketplace.

Here he shares a tip on Estate Planning Strategies.

Estate Planning Strategies



Many families are not aware of the estate planning options necessary to ensure their intentions are carried out on death.  Estate planning is complicated enough without adding family dynamics into the mix making preparation important.


With the current trend of living together without getting married many couples think that the same marital status that applies to taxation also applies to estate.  It does not.  

Upon death, without a valid will, a common law partner is not recognized as a spouse and would be excluded from a share in the estate.

Consideration and selection of an appropriate nominee guardian for minor children is an integral part of the estate planning process.  Why risk courts and government agencies intervening to make decisions.  You need certainty that the care of your child’s life is in the right hands.  Emotional toll is only compounded with the potential of inheritances that may be tied up and or depleted in the process.


Although a will only makes up a portion of an estate plan, there are many unintended mistakes that are commonly made.  For example, many people enter into identical wills with their spouse or partner.  

What few are aware of is by law the survivor may not change or revoke his or her will after the death of their partner.  Changes could be contested causing family problems and unintended beneficiaries.  

What if the surviving spouse develops additional needs?  What if one of the children divorce and both are beneficiaries?  What if a surviving spouse wishes to make special arrangements for a caregiver or charity that helped either party in a time of need?  The variations are endless.  This common problem is solved by adding a simple provision to your wills. 


Sometimes seemingly small word changes can have unintended but substantial legal ramifications that result in dramatic changes to the distribution of assets from what was planned.  Small changes can undo best intentions and unfortunately family conflict can result.


The process John follows for estate planning includes:


  1. Complete an estate planning checklist.
  2. Meet with you and your spouse or partner and clarify and confirm desires and objectives
  3. Ensure the people involved with your estate are aware of the intentions.  This can include beneficiaries, executors (or executrixes), trustees and guardians.  
  4. Then implement.  All the other steps are not valuable without action.

Make sure your beneficiaries are taken care of, according to your wishes. 

John Barabe with Assante Financial Management Ltd. and his team carefully consider your needs, goals and dreams in order to implement a well-constructed financial strategy, so that you can have peace of mind about your hard-earned money and financial future. They can simplify your life by addressing your complete financial well-being, which encompasses everything from:

John Barabe with Assante Financial Management Ltd. is a Trusted Financial Advisor

Trusted Regina Realty Lawyer shares a tip for home buyers on how to avoid real estate mistakes

MacKay & McLean provides the professional services of a large Regina law firm, with the intimate attention of a small firm. The legal process can be daunting and overwhelming, but it doesn't have to be. MacKay & McLean is with you every step of the way.

MacKay &  McLean are TRUSTED REGINA LAWYERS

When looking to buy, sell, or refinance a property, you need to hire somebody who is not a stranger to addressing the real estate needs of individuals and families. 

How to avoid realty mistakes

If you are selling or Investing in a home can be overwhelming and stressful. It is, perhaps, one of the most important decisions you will ever need to make.  It is fraught with potential pitfalls and you must do everything you can to avoid making costly mistakes. the following is list of the biggest mistakes we all make when buying and selling our homes.


Failing to Showcase Your Home and Making Small Cosmetic Changes

When you are selling your house, you have to really look at it objectively and think about it from the viewpoint of the house hunter. Make minor enhancements to the house and maybe hire a professional stager to come and arrange your furniture. 

Staging is about decorating your house for the buyers' taste, not yours.

 A great place to start is with the front of the home and the main entryway. Home staging is designed to increase the potential selling price and reduce the amount of time the house stays on the market.


Setting Too High of a Sale Price

As a seller, it's really important to do your research. To come up with your sale price, look up what comparable homes in your neighborhood have sold for. Figure out what the going price is and try to put yours right in the middle of that, unless you have something extra-special to offer. It's always better to price a home that way than to start too high and have to reduce. Once you reduce, it always looks like something is wrong with the home.


 
Overlooking the Extra and Hidden Costs
  
Buying a home is not just about the money that you spend upfront; it's  about all the rest of the money you have to spend beyond that. Find out what the property taxes are, what your water bill might be and what a standard electric bill is in that home, especially if you have electric heat instead of gas heat. You also need to factor in furnishings you may need to purchase before you can move in.



Buying a Home Without a Professional Inspection

There are a lot of things a home inspection can reveal about a property that are not visible to the naked eye. Be sure to hire someone who comes with a good referral basis, who's been in the business a while and knows what to look for. Look up  Home Inspectors and get a list of qualified home inspectors in your area. 


Be sure to hire a home inspector to thoroughly check out a house you are interested in purchasing.

Once you find an inspector, insist that they compile a written report, complete with photos. Photographs are important because there are areas a home inspector will go that you might not look at.

Falling in Love With the First Property You See

Many homebuyers, particularly first-time homebuyers, fall into the trap of falling in love with the very first house that they see. You need to at least look at three more houses in the area to get an idea of what the comparables are in that price range. You want your real estate agent to show you homes comparable to what you saw. At the end of the day, re-evaluate.

Skipping the Loan Pre-Approval Step

When you are pre-approved, the bank is saying, "we will give you a mortgage of up to this amount, so now all you have to do is find your home." Some sellers only allow real estate agents to show their house if someone has a pre-approved letter. That indicates that the shopper really is serious about buying a home.

Not Hiring an Agent

There's a lot more to selling a house than just putting a sign on the front lawn. If you don't have an agent, you will not get on the multiple-listing service (MLS). That means that other agents are not going to know that your property is for sale. Another thing to consider is if you are willing to show the house each time someone wants to come by and look at it. If you do plan to sell your house on your own, be sure to have a lawyer present at the closing. It's really important to have someone on your side who understands all the complexities.


Not Thinking About Resale

When you are decorating and renovating your home, you need to think about what is going to appeal to a broad section of buyers when it comes time to sell it. Buying houses and being in the real estate market is like chess: You always want to look two or three steps ahead in the game.

Not Researching the Neighborhood

It's absolutely critical that you research the neighborhood before you buy. Check out the area, amenities and the school system to be sure that your address corresponds with the correct school district. Also attend a community meeting, if possible. You're not just buying a house, you're buying a piece of that real estate and the land around it.

Buying a House for Its Decor

Remember that you are buying the house, not the things inside it, so make sure you see beyond the decorations and look at the bones of the home. Focus on the floor plan and the square footage. You also might want to measure the dimensions and graph out how that's going to work with your belongings.

Not Providing Easy Access for Showings

Make your house easily accessible to potential buyers. If there's nowhere to park or it's difficult to get into, buyers may just skip it and look at someone else's property.

When you go about buying your home the right way, you can make it less difficult and ensure success. For more questions and help with any legal property issues consult with our Trusted Regina Real Estate Lawyer Robert MacKay

Here is a list of more consumer tips by Robert MacKay 


Robert MacKay's team provides professional, personalized service and with their assistance, you can rest assured that your real estate transactions will be handled with the utmost consideration and care.

They  provide a full range of legal services including:

  • Real Estate & Mortgages
  • Wills & Estates
  • Family Law & Divorce
  • Commercial & Corporate Law
  • Litigation & Personal Injury

ROBERT Mackay is your TRUSTED REGINA REAL ESTATE LAWYER!


Trusted Regina flooring store examines some modern natural wood flooring options for your home

The team at Regina's Flooring Superstores have established a strong and loyal customer base through their commitment to excellent customer service. By being part of the powerful buying group that is the Flooring Superstores chain, they are also able to provide quality Regina floor coverings at unbeatable prices. FLOORING SUPERSTORES are a TRUSTED REGINA FLOORING STORE

In their latest tip, they share various types of natural wood flooring that are trending today or were trending in the past. So if you are wondering if your favorite wood flooring will ' age well'  our latest Regina flooring article should help you make that decision!  

Is Natural Wood Flooring a Good Option for Your Home?


Do you love Dark Wood Floors?

Dark wood floors are still in style and very popular in new builds. You’ll see shades and tones such as, Espresso, or dark walnut installed in many homes. However, one drawback of these floors is that they will make your room look smaller. Also, another problem is every scratch and dust particle is visible on these floors so they don’t ever look perfectly clean. 

If you have pets or young kids...perhaps these shades aren't the best choice for your lifestyle.  

Light Wood Floors your thing? 

For years, light wood floors were considered old fashioned. However, this is not the case anymore as so many homeowners have started installing light shaded wood floors in their home.

 Among different shades of light wood floors, blonde wood floors have become most popular.

It is because these floors offer endless decorating possibilities and are essentially a blank canvas. Another good thing about light wood floors is that they make your room look more spacious. 

Considering all these benefits, it is very likely that light wood floors will become a trend-turned classic in the years to come.

Dream About Whitewashed Wood Floors?

Whitewashed wood floors make your room look brighter and bigger, and if you are looking for a contemporary look this is a great start!   

These floors are becoming increasingly popular in kitchens and farmhouse style homes.

However, a drawback of these floors is that if the dark wood starts peeking out from underneath, it will somewhat ruin the whitewashed floor’s look. To prevent this be aware that it may not be the best choice for high traffic locations ( such as hallways or near main entrance doors)  - also pets claws and small kids toys may not be a good match! 

Desiring Honey Wood Floors?

This wood shade is just slightly darker than the popular blonde wood. 

As suggested by the name, it is a warm, rich honey wood floor shade that gives a cozy look to your rooms. 

These floors make your rooms look bigger and more open, just like blonde wood floors, but they also add warmth and coziness to them. Another benefit of these floors is that they’re available in many popular wood species. Honey is a natural color so it is very easy to find. 

Honey floors are a classic - so they are ALWAYS going to be in style. 

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