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HOW TO KNOW IF YOU SHOULD SELL OR STAY

Tue, 17 Apr by wallyhawryluk

While some homeowners are happy to stay in their home for years – even decades – there are others who are constantly on the lookout for the next place to hang their hat. But even if you’re the kind of person who loves change there are a few things you should consider before listing.

Stay if… your dream home is still financially out of reach. Perhaps you think of your current house as more of a transition home, but if you can’t afford to move up, it’s definitely better to stay put. For now, that is. Make a plan for how much you need to save, how you’re going to save and when you want to save it by. Having a plan will help you feel as if every day brings your goal of a new home a little bit closer.

Sell if… you’ve always thought of your current home as more of a rest stop than a final destination. any house can easily be made a home, no matter the size or location, but if you’ve always had your eyes set on a bigger home, a different neighborhood or a different city entirely, then you ultimately should follow your heart. There’s no feeling like being handed the keys to the home of your dreams.

Stay if… a few modest remodels will turn your for now home into your forever home. Perhaps your home decor feels dated. Or your kitchen cabinets are the wrong colour. Maybe your backyard has never been properly landscaped or basement never finished. If you’re happy with your neighborhood, the size of your home and its bones, then consider staying and chipping away at all the little projects to transform it from okay to wow.

Sell if… your close family is starting to feel a little too close. Sure, a cozy home is a wonderful thing, but if you have or are planning on having children, know that they do come with their own need for space and also – a whole lot of stuff. It all comes down to how much space you think you all need to live comfortably. If your current home already feels small when your children are young, consider that they’re only going to get bigger – and your house is only going to feel smaller. Sometimes, the only remedy for space issues is more square footage.

THINKING OF BUYING OR SELLING CALL WALLY HAWRYLUK (780) 962-8580 FOR ALL YOUR REAL ESTATE NEEDS…

 

Wally Hawryluk | Re/Max Real Estate | 4 – 16 Nelson Dr. Spruce Grove, AB | hawrylukw@gmail.com |

 

Multi-task Space

Tue, 10 Apr by wallyhawryluk

A trend that emerged a few years ago and is still going strong today is a room used in conjunction with the most used entrance of your home. It controls the clutter of everyday life and is known as a mudroom.

A mudroom is a hub for activity and should be set up as such. Provide shelving, coat hooks, cubby holes and shoe storage for each family member to keep it organized. Build each person’s space according to their age and height so it can easily be used.

If space permits, a mudroom is a great place to incorporate your laundry and recycle centre. Organize these task with a folding station for the laundry and a built-in cabinet space for the recycle.

Having a well organized space not only looks better but it will make your life run smoother.

 

Compliments of;  Wally Hawryluk

 

Wally Hawryluk | Re/Max Real Estate | 4 – 16 Nelson Dr. Spruce Grove, AB | hawrylukw@gmail.com |

IMPORTANCE OF CURB APPEAL

Tue, 27 Mar by wallyhawryluk

Curb appeal is so important when selling a property. It means a lot more than just mowing the lawn and parking the vehicles in the garage so buyers can see the entire front when pulling up. You want to create and maintain a look that says you care about your property; not only how it looks, but also how it functions. Broken pieces of concrete on the sidewalk looks bad but also means a potential for drainage issues to a buyer. Fixing the concrete before listing shows that you care about the home whether you live there or not. A lot of things get tossed aside with the thought that the new owners can take care of it. But most buyers aren’t looking for a place that comes with a lot of renovations right off the start. If they see peeling paint, overgrown trees and shrubs, broken fixtures, etc. they may consider what else hasn’t been taken care of in the property. This thought then turns to how much of an investment will they have to make over the years. On the flip side, if they see new paint, polished fixtures, well maintained gardens they’ll likely feel more confident in purchasing the property.

 

Compliments of Wally Hawryluk

 

Wally Hawryluk | Re/Max Real Estate | 4 – 16 Nelson Dr. Spruce Grove, AB | hawrylukw@gmail.com |

Finance Discussion

Fri, 16 Mar by wallyhawryluk

Discussing finances with a new spouse can be a difficult conversation, but one that is definitely needed. Establishing good spending and saving habits from the start can put you on a road for a successful financial future. The key to financial success as a pair is communication. Be open with one another and discuss each other’s financial history, views on spending and saving, and gather a list of all assets and debts. Once you know where you both stand, use your differences to your advantage. Finally, create a financial plan and stick to it. List your short term and long term financial goals and work together to keep track of both the expenses and savings. Failing to talk about money can lead to added pressure on couples and can cause discontent.

 

Compliments of: Wally Hawryluk

 

Wally Hawryluk | Re/Max Real Estate | 4 – 16 Nelson Dr. Spruce Grove, AB | 780-962-8580 | hawrylukw@gmail.com |

 

 

 

SPRING CLEANING

Thu, 08 Mar by wallyhawryluk

With the melting of snow, longer days and the anticipation of warmer weather comes the overwhelming urge to break out the supplies and give your home and yard the once over to welcome spring. Set aside a few days or a couple of consecutive weekends, depending on your work load, and get busy. Tackle one project at a time and enlist the help of family members for the more daunting chores such as steam cleaning the carpets or washing the exterior windows. Here are a few projects you might want to think about: dust walls, ceilings, furnishings and shelves; wax wooden furniture and floors; wash windows inside and outside, including screens and window treatments; defrost the freezer and dust refrigerator coils. Happy cleaning and welcome spring!

 

Compliments of: Wally Hawryluk

 

Wally Hawryluk | Re/Max Real Estate | 4 – 16 Nelson Dr. Spruce Grove, AB | hawrylukw@gmail.com |

 

A BEFORE YOU LIST CHECKLIST

Thu, 15 Feb by wallyhawryluk

Selling your home is a big deal. There’s so much to think about-pricing, timing, looking for a new home. And if you’ve lived there a long time or have developed an attachment, there’s also the emotional aspect. The following checklist was designed to help make preparing to list as simple and straightforward as possible.

Have your home inspected. While most potential buyers will conduct their own inspection before purchasing, consider having one done before listing. An inspection will give you a heads up if there are any potential problems and will demonstrate to buyers and their agents that you’ve been proactive.

Start pre-packing. By putting away unnecessary items you’ll get a head start on the packing process as well as de-clutter your home. Buyers want to see clean and spacious interiors. Think of creating a “blank canvas” for them to project their own belongings onto.

Clean or replace the flooring. How clean and maintained your floor is will communicate to buyers the state of the rest of your home since it’s such a noticeable feature. If you have carpet, have it cleaned. If it is stained or worn, replace it. If you have damaged laminate, replace that as well. If you have hardwood that is heavily scratched or dented, have it refinished.

Repaint or touch up walls. Paint is one of the easiest and most effective ways to spruce up your home’s interior. A fresh paint job in a neutral color is calming to the eyes and will help potential buyers feel relaxed in your home.

Make sure your curb appeal is appealing.  Don’t forget about the outside of your house! It’s the first thing buyers see when they drive up and will also feature prominently in ad photos. Sweep the walkways and driveway or shovel if it’s winter. Put out flowers or winter arrangements for a special touch.

Tackle that longstanding to-do list. Nowadays, homeowners want homes that are move-in ready, not fixer-uppers. Studies even show most buyers are willing to pay more for a well-maintained house. This means you should take care of all the little (and big) projects you’ve been putting off.

 

Compliments of: Wally Hawryluk

 

Wally Hawryluk | Re/Max Real Estate | 4 – 16 Nelson Dr. Spruce Grove, AB | hawrylukw@gmail.com |

8 Things Successful People Do Every Morning…

Fri, 02 Feb by wallyhawryluk

 

The way you start your day can set the tone for how the rest of it will follow. Your probability of success can fluctuate depending on what you choose to do with those critical hours before your workday gets underway. That’s why the morning routines of leaders can offer insights into how they are able to create the successful businesses, products, and achievements we see today.

Here are the everyday morning habits of some of the most successful thinkers in the world that you can embrace.

1) They don’t need alarms

From starting a daytime television show to launching her own network, media mogul Oprah Winfrey has proven, time and again, that she can set forth her intention and will it into action. That includes how she wakes up.

In a diary, she explained how she sets her internal clock: “I have never set an alarm, I don’t believe in them. They are … alarming! I put the number in my mind and I wake up before that, usually between 6:02 and 6:20, because the dogs are trained to go out around that time. My first thought in the morning is, ‘Oh, I’m alive. Thank you!’ ”

2) They get enough sleep

To wake up without an alarm clock, it helps to get enough sleep. Amazon CEO Jeff Bezos, another business leader who also wakes up naturally, says he prioritizes getting eight hours of sleep a night.

“For me, that’s the needed amount to feel energized and excited,” he told Thrive Global. To start the best morning routine, you need to prepare for it the night before.

3) They wake up early

Many of the successful people in the world are up and going while the rest of the world sleeps. Facebook COO Sheryl Sandberg is known for getting into the office at 7 a.m., while Vogue Editor-in-Chief Anna Wintour is out playing an hourlong tennis match every day at 5:45 a.m.

If you want to be an early riser, it helps to make your bedroom a waking environment. Businesswoman Martha Stewart said that letting light into her room helps her wake up: “I have no shades on my windows, so I usually wake up with sunrise, which has been around 5 a.m. I generally read the New York Times right away,” she told The Cut.

4) They journal

Journaling is a well-researched activity known to boost your creativity and relieve your stress. It’s a morning habit that writer and activist Janet Mock says she does daily.

Mock said that after she gets up at 6 a.m., she sits down to journal: “It’s this thing called ‘Morning Pages,’ which are three longhand pages. I sit at my desk, and write whatever is on the top of my head, I get all the trash out of my head. It’s not great writing, it’s just like a purge, like there it is, I’m over it, it’s done, it’s contained.”

5) They exercise

Morning exercise is a daily habit listed by many successful leaders. Actress Gwyneth Paltrow, who is the owner of lifestyle company Goop, said that she regularly works out from 10 a.m. to noon after checking emails. Microsoft co-founder and billionaire philanthropist Bill Gates likes to multitask with his morning treadmill workouts and will watch “DVDs from the Teaching Company’s ‘Great Courses’ series” while exercising, according to The New York Times.

As Niki Leondakis, the CEO of the luxury lifestyle brand Equinox, who regularly does morning yoga, puts it: “I’ve always known that you have to be physically healthy and strong to be mentally healthy and strong. It’s all connected.”

6) They spend time with loved ones

Bezos has said he does not usually schedule early-morning meetings because he wants to spend that time eating breakfast with his wife. “I wanted her to get the best hours of my day,” he told the Wall Street Journal in 1999.

7) They go outside

Cal Newport, self-improvement author of “So Good They Can’t Ignore You,” goes for a morning walk with his dog when he wakes up. He said that it can be a creative, meditative time. “It’s dark when the walk starts, but I don’t mind the solitude … For me, interesting thoughts have a tendency to emerge when the rest of the world is quiet.”

When playwright and composer Lin-Manuel Miranda was working on his acclaimed musical “Hamilton,” he told the New York Times that he would start his mornings with long walks outside with his dog, Tobillo: “We’ll do two hours in Central Park. It gets my mind going.”

8) They practice gratitude

Business and life coach Tony Robbins has a detailed guide on how we should start our mornings off right. But if motivational incantations, exercise, and Kapalbhati Pranayama yoga breaths are not your style, there’s one tip that all of us can do each morning to make our days better: practicing gratitude. Robbins recommends slowing down your breaths and thinking of three things you are grateful for today, spending about a minute on each thing. They do not have to be big moments of gratitude, they can be as small as enjoying the cool air on your face.

“The reason I picked gratitude is because when you’re grateful you can’t be angry. And when you’re grateful you can’t be fearful,” he explained.

By Monica Torres

 

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Easy to Follow Timeline for Moving

Mon, 29 Jan by wallyhawryluk

If you have just SOLD your home and don’t know where to start here is an easy to follow guideline that may help.

 

Compliments of Wally Hawryluk, Associate Broker / RE/MAX REAL ESTATE / 16 Westgrove Drive, Spruce Grove, AB /

RADON – What is it and what can you do about it…

Fri, 19 Jan by wallyhawryluk

Radon is a tasteless, odourless and invisible radioactive gas that results from decaying uranium, and is a leading cause of lung cancer.
What happens?
Radon filters up from the ground and into the air. It can enter buildings through openings where the buildings contact the ground. In the outdoors, radon is diluted to low levels. Inside buildings, however, radon can build up to harmful, concentrated levels.
What are the health risks?
Breathing increased levels of radon increases a person’s chance of developing lung cancer. In fact, Radon is linked to 16% of lung cancer deaths. It is the leading cause of lung cancer in nonsmokers, and the second leading cause of lung cancer after smoking.
How does Radon enter a house?
Because radon is a gas, it can move freely through the soil enabling it to escape to the atmosphere or seep into buildings. When radon escapes from the bedrock into the outdoor air, it is diluted to such low concentrations that it poses a negligible threat to health. However, if a building is built over bedrock or soil that contains uranium, radon gas can be released into the building through cracks in foundation walls and in floor slabs, construction joints, gaps around service pipes and support posts, floor drains and sumps, cavities inside walls, and the water supplies. When radon is confined to enclosed or poorly ventilated spaces, it can accumulate to high levels. Radon levels are generally highest in basements and crawl spaces because these areas are nearest to the source and are usually poorly ventilated.
What can you do?
No building is radon free. The good news when it comes to radon is it’s a solvable problem. Even if you fall in love with a home that hasn’t had a radon test or the results are high, a radon mitigation device can be installed to vent radon gas outside the home from the basement.

By hiring C-NRPP certified Radon Measurement Professional to measure radon levels in the air, or doing the tests yourself, you are taking the first steps of preventing lung cancer in your family or occupants of the building. Mitigation costs vary, but are often not more than $2,000-$3,000. Hire a Certified Radon Technician to install the device to ensure it’s done properly.

For more information, visit https://www.reca.ca/consumers/information/radon.html

 

Wally Hawryluk | Re/Max Real Estate | 4 – 16 Nelson Dr. Spruce Grove, AB | hawrylukw@gmail.com |

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Doing More by Doing Less

Thu, 04 Jan by wallyhawryluk

As the rush of the Holiday Season starts to wind down you may feel overwhelmed by all the things that still need your attention.

It may sound counter intuitive, but you can often find more time in your day to get things done by doing less. Multitasking may seem to be the best way to get through your to-do list, but it can sabotage your efforts. Researchers have found that when people multitask, they are diminishing their brain productivity by 20 to 40 percent. This occurs because your brain needs to spend some of its computing power on the switching process itself. Refocusing from one task to another decreases the brain’s efficiency.

To combat this, try to establish some new habits for your workflow. Instead of checking email every few minutes, only check it every couple hours. This lets you focus on answering emails all at once. You can also use a timer when working on an important task. Using a timer helps you regulate how much time you need to spend on a single task. While the timer is going, you should not work on any other project in order to devote enough concentrated time to the task at hand.

Finally, use a to-do list, but with a twist. Instead of simply making a list of things you need to get done, use it to write down things that are distracting you. By placing them on the list, you can give yourself permission to come back to it at a later time, instead of switching away from the job you are doing right now.

Starting the New Year off on the right foot could be as easy as prioritizing your to-do list and Doing More by Doing Less.

 

Wally Hawryluk | Re/Max Real Estate | 4 – 16 Nelson Dr. Spruce Grove, AB | hawrylukw@gmail.com |

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