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Two of the biggest stressors for DIYers are projects that cost too much or take too long. Unfortunately, there’s no sure way to guarantee that one or the other (or both) won’t happen. But there is a lot you can do to minimize the probability.


When budgeting, a big mistake DIYers make is not considering the little things. For example, you might budget for drywall panels but neglect to include the cost of nails, tape and plaster. It's easy to overlook these small items thinking they won't add up to much of an expense. But often they do. In fact, for many renovation projects, the little things account for up to 20% of the cost.


Another expense that is often overlooked is taxes. When you find a bathtub you like for $399, be sure to budget for what you'll actually pay out-of-pocket. Also, don't forget possible delivery expenses.


A budgeting tip many experts recommend is to price everything you need and then add 10%. That gives you a buffer.


Regarding scheduling, consider whether or not you've done this type of project before. If you're laying hardwood floors for the first time, there's a learning curve. You'll likely take two or three times longer than you would if you were more experienced.


Even if you have experience with the type of project you’re undertaking, it's human nature to underestimate how long it will take. So, if you feel confident you can install that sink in an hour, give yourself two.


A lot of this, of course, is common sense. But if you take a common sense — rather than an optimistic — approach to budgeting and scheduling, you'll stand a much better chance of your DIY project going smoothly.

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I have listed a new property at 238 1st AVE N in Warman.
PRICED TO SELL! EXCEPTIONAL QUALITY FAMILY HOME PRICED $15,000 BELOW APPRAISAL!!! Uniquely designed, West facing, fully developed 4 bedroom, 3 bathroom modified bi-level features everything you’d want and more in a home. It's absolutely ideal for any growing family. From street appeal to first entry you’ll be impressed with features such as vaulted ceilings, 1126sqft spacious floor plan, tremendous amounts of natural lighting, earth tone colors and new stylish high quality hardwood impression flooring. This home is the definition of all the comforts of home. Main floor offers a showcase living room with gleaming hardwood, stunning 2-story picturesque bay window and luxury pocket display shelf & corner floating shelves. Quality solid oak kitchen with plenty of cabinet space, breakfast bar with 6 piece seating included, walk-in pantry and oversized skylight. The off kitchen dining room with surround picture windows adds more natural lighting with bonus garden door conveniently offering access to raised wooden deck allowing to easily enjoy BBQ’d or smoked meals while comfortably entertaining with family & friends. East facing master bedroom with desirable 4 piece en-suite & walk-in closet, 2 additional ample sized bedrooms and main bathroom with upgraded flooring. Downstairs offers a desirable open concept development with a huge family room area providing additional natural sunlight, 4th bedroom with a chalk board wall, large 3 piece bathroom with corner shower, laundry room and ample storage areas. Bonus of central air, underground sprinklers, direct entry from double insulated garage & new shingles in 2018. Backyard features enclosed under deck storage, build-in sand box, swing set, luxury hot tub and padded side area perfect to be converted to a dog run. Fully fenced and easy conversion to have RV parking from back alley access. Close proximity to RJ Gidluck park & Warman elementary School. This truly is the perfect Family Home. Don’t miss this incredible deal.
$309,900MLS. Warman
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I have listed a new property at 204 355 Kingsmere BLVD in Saskatoon.
 
Desirable Lakeview location & situated in one of the best spots within the LakePointe complex, as the building backs residential. This appealing 2nd floor corner unit showcases a modern open floor plan accented by a classic 'eat in' European kitchen with picturesque pass through window. The spacious living room has a decorative only fireplace with an abundance of natural light coming from the patio doors that lead to the oversized wooden balcony containing an enclosed personal storage area with views overlooking the courtyard & park playground as well from the oversized window in the formal dining room. Both bedrooms provide northern views while the master bedroom has a his & her walk through closet that provides direct (cheater) access to the full bath. Price Includes all furniture within unit, four appliances, exclusive use of one paved electric parking stall located in view to the left of units balcony, with additional stalls available on a rental basis. The unit itself features a storage room ideal for the addition of in-suite laundry and the unit itself is located beside the common laundry room for easy access. The complex itself is pet friendly with plenty of visitor parking. This premium Lakeview location is on bus route for easy access to shopping and U of S. as well as walking distance to schools, neighborhood conveniences and recreational amenities including a serene pond and parks. Condo fees include common area maintenance, common Insurance & reserve fund, heat, water & sewer, lawn care & snow removal and use of central park area with playground and a recreation center with meeting areas, games & a gym.
$119,900MLS. Lakeview SA, Saskatoon
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Imagine you're looking for a new home. You have a list of all the features you want, just like you would have a grocery shopping list. However, when you explore the homes currently on the market, none meets all your criteria.


What do you do? You have a few good options.


First, you can take a second look at your list. Does your new home need every single feature on it? Are there one or two features you can do without? For example, can you settle for a smaller kitchen assuming the property has everything else you want?


Often, buying a home that's close to perfect is perfect enough.


Second, consider what features you might be able to add to a home later, by way of a renovation or other improvement. If a property doesn't have a finished basement, for example, you might be able to get that done down the road. Indeed, there are probably many features you can add later to an otherwise desirable property.


Finally, consider the current level of activity in the local real estate market. Is it likely that a lot of new homes will be coming on the market soon? If so, your perfect home may come up on the market within the next few weeks.


Maybe even tomorrow!


In that situation, make sure you arrange to get immediate alerts for newly listed homes that meet your criteria. You'll want to jump on each new opportunity before other buyers learn of the listing.


The good news is, in most cases you should be able to find and buy a great home, with most — if not all — of the features you want.

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