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Trusted Regina Real Estate Agent shares House hunting tips

 House hunting tips:


You have established your budget. You have been pre-approved for a mortgage. You have contacted a Real Estate Professional to assist you with the purchase of a home. Now the fun, and evaluation begins. You will probably be looking at a few homes before you decide on the perfect one for your family. Before you decide to purchase that home you have absolutely fallen in love with, be sure to be objective in your decision. On appearance alone, the fireplace, the new flooring, paint job and new carpeting create a warm and inviting feeling. Yet, is the home really that perfect? Take a deep breath. Take some time to think about the bigger picture of the home in terms of your needs. Carefully consider whether this home offers the features that will last beyond the first impression.

Here are some essential factors to consider:

Location is a significant factor in your choice of home. An established community, with a good reputation, a low crime rate and well-maintained homes, maintains home values. A garbage dump, industrious buildings disposing bad odours and major freeways surrounding your neighborhood are unattractive and disruptive to a peaceful lifestyle.

Also consider availability and cost of access to public transportation, major roads and highways.

Also consider the condition of public areas such as streets, sidewalks, parks and recreational facilities.

Public services should also be established including street cleaning, snow removal, garbage collection, and emergency services.

You will also want efficient access to medical services including hospitals, doctors and dentists.

Be sure that schools and related school services are also within easy access.

Recreational, shopping and entertainment needs should also be considered.  




Trusted Regina shares a tip on Deck Construction

Here they share a great tip on Deck Construction:

When it comes to deck construction, there are several options to consider when building the structure. Some of these options are: joists, beams, post size, supports, and spacking; decking thickness, guard railing height and spindle spacing.

  • Joists are used to support the decking surface material that is walked on. The size and spacing are directly proportional; that is, as the size of the joist increases, the allowable spacing also increases. Larger joists can carry a larger load, so fewer joists are required.

  • Beams are provided to support the end and sometimes middle of the joists to reduce excessive vertical flexing and side to side (lateral) movement. As with the joists, the size and spacing of the beams are directly proportional.
  • Deck posts transfer the load from the beams to the ground, which is a very important job. Deck posts should be at least 15 ¼ cm x 15 ½ cm (6"x6") unless the deck is very close to the ground. Large decks may require larger posts, or posts spaced closer together. 


  •  The guard/railing should be very sturdy and high enough to prevent people from falling over. The requirement for guards and the appropriate height is mandated by local building codes and varies from municipality to municipality. 

  • In most cases, your clients need to get building permits for their decks. Some municipalities only require a permit if the deck is a certain height above ground or if it is anchored to the house. In addition to local building department requirements, the local planning and zoning department should be consulted to confirm if there are any limitations.a



Trusted Regina Real Estate Agent tip on Packing tips


Trusted Regina Real Estate Agent


 tip on 14 Packing Hacks To Make Your Next Move As Painless As Possible:

Everyone you know is probably moving right now. 

That’s because April, May, and June are the highest traffic months of the year for moving thanks to mild weather and college kids finishing school and finding post-grad housing.

If you’re one of the countless people getting new digs this season, these 14 tips will make packing and unpacking less horrible.

Get free moving boxes. If you're not the type of person to save big boxes, ask friends and coworkers if they have any spare ones you can use. A lot of people break down boxes and keep them, and they would be more than happy for you to borrow them.

Furniture stores may also have a wide variety of box sizes for you to use. Ask if they recycle their boxes and if you can take them or buy them at a steep discount.

Take a picture of how your electronics are connected before unplugging. This way, you won’t need to try and remember what goes where, and it will be easy to see how everything connects once you've moved in.

Pack an overnight bag. It's common after a long day of moving to be too tired to unpack right away. Everyone should pack an overnight bag with toiletries, PJs, a change of clothes, and any electronics and cords you'll want immediately.

                                     Nail holes can be filled with soap. 

Fill nail holes with a bar of soap. This is a simple hack that easily covers up any small nail holes. Rub the soap (Dove soap works well) in small circular motions until the hole is completely filled in. Then take a wash cloth and lightly rub off any soap residue from around the hole. 

This tip doesn’t work as well with painted walls, but it works shockingly well for plain white ones. You can see a full tutorial here.

Put the tools you'll need right away into a clear plastic box. This includes moving essentials like a box cutter, paper towels, trash bags, eating utensils, cookware, power strips, phone chargers, toilet paper, toolbox, etc. Using a clear bin will allow you to see everything that’s inside the box for easy access.

Wrap breakables in clothing. There's no need to go out and spend money on bubble wrap or paper. Instead, put socks inside glassware and wrap shirts and sweaters around plates and other delicate objects. This way you save money and pack items you would've had to pack anyways in one fell swoop.

Use sandwich bags for cords and screws. For those taking apart bigger objects like tables or beds, keep all the screws and nails in a labeled plastic sandwich bag that says "bed" or "dining room table" for quick assembly. The same goes for TV cords and cables.

Keep clothes on hangers for fast unpacking. There's no need to pack hangers and clothes separately — stick them in a wardrobe box or into your suitcase with the hangers still attached. You'll appreciate this especially when you can take out all the hangers and have your closet come together super fast.

                                     Boxes should be packed by room. 

Pack boxes by room. Knowing what box belongs in which room negates the need to go searching for items in other boxes. Just be sure to label the boxes correctly. 

Leave your clothing in drawers. A drawer is a box with no top — leave your shirts, pants, and underwear in the drawers and take them out of the dresser or table. Wrap the top with cling wrap to keep everything in place until you reach your new home and then just sick the drawers back where they belong.

Remember the physics of boxes. Pack small items in large boxes and large items in small boxes. The logic behind this is that heavy items are far more likely to come crashing through the middle of a large box. Also, pack heavier items at the bottom of the box and lighter items toward the top of the box.

Books are the major exception. If you fill a big box with a bunch of small books, the weight is going to add up and the box is going to be too heavy to carry. Use medium boxes instead.

Have any area rugs professionally cleaned before your move. They will return from the cleaners rolled, wrapped, and ready to be packed (plus, clean!).

                          Take a picture of your home before moving in. 

Put a string underneath tape.  Leave a little tail of string hanging out at the end of the tape as you pack your boxes. It’s an extra step, but this will allow you to simply yank the string and rip up the tape when you’re unpacking, saving you time and effort looking for scissors or box cutters.


Take pictures of your old home and new home all unpacked. If you’re renting, you should do this before and after moving in. That way if picky landlords or new tenants try to gouge your for a hole or a scratch, you’ll have a record of what the home looked like before and after.



Robert MacKay your Trusted Regina Real Estate Lawyer expert shares a tip on Needing a Lawyer

It’s an exciting time – the old house is sold, the new one is ready, and all that’s left is the move…..oh wait – not quite yet! There’s all that legal “stuff” to deal with now….signatures….titles to be given…and pages and pages of documents that need to be signed before the key is in your hand!!! And to top it all off – who really knows a good real estate lawyer?

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.


Here Robert shares a tip on Needing a Lawyer:

Most real estate transactions involve $100,000's of thousands of dollars. Could you afford to lose that kind of money? Even if you could afford it, would you want to? I imagine not.

The banks require that a lawyer act on your behalf and theirs, mostly theirs. They usually will not do a transaction, e.g. they would likely refuse to advance mortgage proceeds on a purchase transaction without a lawyer ensuring that they are protected. Why? Lawyers reduce risk.

For example, imagine spending all the time and effort into finding the perfect property, then handing over two, three or four hundred thousand dollars, or more, and not actually owning the property that you thought you paid for.

Or, imagine getting the title to the property but shortly after getting notice that you are now responsible, i.e. liable, for the previous owner’s debt(s).

While every transaction is unique, generally, lawyers help ensure that:

  1. The seller or mortgagor does in fact own the property and has the right to sell it;
  2. The owner or buyer’s name is properly registered;
  3. Everything that needs to be registered with ISC (land titles) is registered;
  4. That whatever interests need to be discharged are discharged;
  5. That the financial aspects of the transaction are processed properly, for example, by registering the mortgage and procuring the mortgage proceeds, obtaining cash-to-mortgage amounts, paying the sellers, obtaining sale proceeds, discharging liens and paying out appropriate debts or interests;
  6. That everyone pays their proportional share of property taxes; and,
  7. That everything is in place for keys to be exchanged on the possession date.

The common perception is nothing ever goes wrong in real estate transactions. However, it is not true. Approximately 35% of all claims against lawyers arise from real estate transactions. So, what can you do? You can hire any lawyer you want to, so make your life easier, reduce your risk and hire someone whose primary area of practice is in real estate.

Be sure to find out “Why you should do business with them instead of one of their competitors?”

Don’t settle for generic statements like experienced”, “reliable”, “professional service” or “efficient”.


Robert MacKay is your Trusted Regina Real Estate Lawyer


Trusted Regina Real Estate Agent Home Checklist


Trusted Regina Real Estate Agent shares a June Home Checklist:


June is here, and it’s time to get in the swing of summer. Whether you are watching your kids say goodbye to another year of school, scheduling a major home improvement project (like painting the house), or just looking forward to some much-deserved time hanging out on the porch, these to-dos will help get your home and yard in shape so you can fully savor the months ahead. 


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