If you’re like many people, you’re cautiously optimistic about the new year ahead. After all, the last couple of years have been challenging for many — to say the least. This month, January is our opportunity for a brand-new beginning!
In that vein, we hope that you have a healthy and happy year, and we want you to know that we will continue to be a resource for you for anything real estate-related.
For example, if you have any questions about the market (which can seem crazy at times), please give us a call. We have the latest data and can provide you with the answers and insights you need. Remember, the Kitchener-Waterloo real estate market can be very different than the general real estate news you find online.
We can also help with recommendations.
If you’re getting any work done around your home this year, we may be able to suggest the name of reputable tradesmen or other professionals.
Just know that we are here for you whenever you need real estate-related information, advice, or help. We're a quick call away: 519-579-4110 (24-hour pager).
Also, we'd like to take this opportunity to welcome Sally Yuen on board as a Graphic Designer!
Warm regards from all of us,
Aga Binkowski 519-781-5726 Andy Naudi 226-789-7193 Bob Hooton 519-589-0951 Looey Tremblay 519-241-1230 Marie MacDonald 519-880-4218 Michael J. Saunders 519-503-0500 Syd Saunders 519-897-4110
Welcome to Tower 2 of the sought-after Garment Street Lofts! Brand New 1-Bedroom, 1-Bathroom Corner unit. This unit comes with Internet and access to the amenities in the building at no extra cost! Your amenities include a gym, a lovely rooftop garden, media & party room. 104 Garment Street is situated in a prime downtown Kitchener location close to all transit options. Our new LRT takes you effortlessly around the City of Kitchener/Waterloo.
Listen to the Kitchener-Waterloo real estate market update for December 2021, compliments of our very own Andy Naudi!
Getting an Early Start on Selling your Home
You’ve probably heard the expression, “You snooze, you lose.” It refers, of course, to missing an opportunity if you procrastinate.
For example, if you're an early bird shopper at a retail store's big blowout sale, you’re likely to cash in on the deals before the stock is sold out. Latecomers will miss out on the deals.
The same instincts and smarts can be applied to selling your home. Starting the sale process early — even if that simply means doing some initial planning — gives you a real advantage in several ways.
Firstly, you buy extra time for preparation. This simply equates to getting your home cleaned, uncluttered, and staged without feeling pressurized.
o one wants to be under the gun when you're dusting cobwebs in your cellar! Secondly, this will allow you the time to meet with a good realtor (hey, that's us!) to find out how much your property will likely sell for in today’s market. That’s critical information moving forward, especially if you’re going to finance a new home.
Preparing early amounts to less stress. You can take the time to make the right decisions. You don't want to be scrambling around in the 11th hour trying to get your home ready for sale.
Then, with your initial preparations done, you’ll be in a position to put your home on the market at a moment’s notice. That will give you the edge to potentially sell your property more quickly and for the best price.
And by starting the process early, you might just discover that this is the best time to list — and you’ll be able to do so, with confidence, knowing the cobwebs are dusted and that you have a good realtor to represent you. Reap the rewards and get into the market early this year. Start planning now. Call us so we can help you make your home ready for sale. We're here for you: 519-579-4110.
Are the dishes in your sink giving you dirty looks?
Is your kitchen sink scarred, dented, dinged and banged up by the Battle of the Roast Pans?
Ready to throw in the kitchen sink?
10 Tips to Get You Back into Sync with your Kitchen Sink
In the market for a rust-resistant, low-maintenance sink? Then stainless steel is your choice!
Gauge? Stainless steel sinks are classified based on gauge. Gauge refers to the thickness of the metal. The most popular gauges for kitchen sinks are 16-gauge and 18-gauge. 16-gauge sinks are about 20% thicker than 18-gauge. They are considered a "luxury gauge", have better sound insulation, and are more rigid than 18-gauge sinks. If you're looking for a budget-friendly sink, 18-gauge sinks are cheaper than 16-gauge.
Size? If you're renovating, you'll need to size your sink to your cabinets. In a new build, you'll have to take into consideration the width of your base cabinet. Generally speaking, a 31" to 32"-wide undermount sink requires a minimum base cabinet width of 36". A 35"-wide undermount requires a minimum 39" cabinet size.
Undermount or Topmount? Undermount sinks are mounted under the countertop. The sleek look of undermount sinks and ease of cleaning are top reasons to install an undermount sink. Topmount sinks are also known as Drop-in Sinks. If you have a topmount sink in place and are not replacing the countertop, a topmount sink will be your choice for easy installation.
Single Basin or Double Basin? Give some thought as to how you use your kitchen sink. Single-basin sinks (one bowl with no dividers) have gained in popularity in recent years. They're more suitable for washing large pots and pans. There are different configurations for double-basin sinks - 50/50 and 60/40 for example. There are also options in the bowl shape. Do you want angled or rounded edges?
Depth? How low do you want to go? 8 to 10 inches is the average depth for kitchen sinks. Ensure to choose a depth that is ergonomically right for you.
Scratch and Stain-Resistant? No brainer.
Commercial-Grade Satin Finish? Nice option!
Non-Porous Corrosion-Resistant Surface? No brainer.
Soundproof body? Look for a sink that is Sound Insulated with thick rubber dampening pads and stone guard undercoating.
Location of Drains? Rear-set drains allow for more usable space in the base cabinet.
As a wise man once said, "There is one sure way to keep your kitchen sink clean. Don't cook. Ever.".