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The Ultimate Kitchen Renovation Meal Survival Guide : The Grocery Game Challenge 2017 #5 May 29-June 4

LIVING THROUGH RENOVATIONS CAN BE TOUGH FOR MEALS BUT NOT IMPOSSIBLE IF YOU PLAN AHEAD.   It won’t be long before Mrs. CBB and I start thinking about our kitchen renovation that has been in the works for 8 years. We decided to wait because it was important that we saved the money first so we could finally get our dream kitchen. When is the best time to think about beginning a kitchen renovation? Never. It sucks to live through it BUT think about the end-goal and how exciting it will be to bring your visions to life. As soon as the snow melts and the windows are opened in our house all we hear is large delivery trucks, hammers, drills, saws and plenty of renovation noise happening. That being said a kitchen renovation during any season other than winter seems to be your best bet. Since we plan to live in our home until our son graduates elementary school it seems reasonable to renovate the kitchen to suit our growing family. Right now it’s functional but needs a face-lift and a dishwasher would be nice so I can quit my side-job.   Eating out during a kitchen renovation   […]

5 Housing Options To Consider As We Age – The Saturday Weekend Review #170

THERE IS NO HARM IN PREPARING FOR FUTURE HOUSING ARRANGEMENTS     No matter what generation you were born in eventually you will age and with that comes options especially housing needs to fit your lifestyle and budget. When we first bought our house in 2009 we were practically the youngest couple on the street with no kids. We looked high and low for the perfect house for us which meant we let house prices influence our real estate budget. We were fortunate to have so many houses to choose from at the time as prices took a steep dive. It was imperative for us to buy the least expensive house we could find in the most expensive neighbourhood. We knew eventually that this housing decision would come back in our favour and it has although we’re not quite sure we are ready to take the plunge and move just yet. Since then housing prices in our neighbourhood are through the roof with multiple offers over asking price that would shock any seller (in a good way). Some of our friends have had huge celebrations after the sale of their house as they scored big. This kind of housing windfall […]

How to make money today and save it for tomorrow without going bonkers : January 2016 Net Worth Update (+0.48%)

TREAT YOUR CASH LIKE A MONEY PLANT AND WATCH IT GROW BUT EVEN A PLANT CAN DIE…RISK!   Retirement should always be on your mind or at least at the back of your thoughts because if you want to enjoy the fruitful golden years you need to make money today and save it for tomorrow. Does that mean we should shy away from investing in our future if all of our retirement plans can get flushed over-night? No, I don’t think so but I do believe that Canadians need to be aware of what is going on out there and stay on top of their investments which includes their house. A whopping 26% of Canadians feel they are in a worse financial position than they have been over the past two years according to a recent Manulife poll. I’m not surprised with the way prices are go up, incomes not moving anywhere but down and consumer debt on the rise. Every month we review our investment portfolio online to check performance, some days are good other days are better. There will be days,, months and maybe even years that are crap but you can’t predict everything even if you are […]

Should I Spend $35,000 to Renovate My House or Move? : The Saturday Weekend Review #146

HOME OWNERSHIP ISSUES   How much does it cost to renovate a house? Well, to renovate anything to do with your house can cost as little or as much as you’re prepared to spend. With everything on the market these days there are high-end products and for those who don’t wish to spend too much money you can be frugal and spend less on lower-budget fixes. With each of the above your choices can make or break the sale of your home depending on what you choose to renovate and how much money you put into the renovation itself. When I say make or break I mean how much money you’ll get for what you put into the house or for what it’s worth. A friend of mine who is single bought a 25-year-old starter home a little over 5 years ago in a great area of town. His house is around 2000sq feet with a fully finished basement that needs updating. Other areas of the house he wishes to renovate are both the full-bathrooms and the kitchen. The roof and windows have already been replaced since he purchased the home. The most common areas of a house to renovate […]

Property Seller removes house listing after many frustrations : The Saturday Weekend Review #133

PROPERTY IS OFF THE MARKET   You may think you have the most pristine house on your street which means you should get top dollar for your house listing but that’s not always the case. A few weeks back I blogged about a couple who were trying to sell their house but with other properties for sale on their street. During the summer the housing market is ‘hot‘ and booming which means there is tonnes of competition out there. If you are selling your house for top dollar you better have some ‘wow factor’ when buyers come to look at your house listing. Putting your house on the property market is a big deal for any homeowner because with that can come many frustrations especially when problems arise and they do. Not only are you the home seller responsible for creating a home buyers dream house listing your real estate agent if you hired one has a job to list the property and network for top attention on the market. This means your real estate agent will host open houses and tell you what price point your house listing would sell best at. They do know what they are talking […]

Why hiring help seemed smart even for our budget

ASKING FOR HELP IS NEVER A BAD THING   I know you are thinking that it can’t be possible that Mr.CBB would shell out money to hire help around the house but it’s true. Would you have spent the money we have to get jobs done or do you think we are crazy? Read on….. Not everyone has family around who they can lean on for help when it’s needed nor do you want to bug your neighbours for help in the summer. Sure I help my neighbours do the odd jobs but I would never ask them to help me with jobs that are easy enough for me to do on my own. Maybe that’s just me. I’m the first one to cringe but don’t complain out loud when our neighbours let their house fall apart because they fail to put any money into maintaining the home. Maybe communication would work better because you never know what someone is undergoing in their life and they could use some help. That’s also being a caring neighbour although some might view that as being nosey. You never win! I think just about every neighbourhood has one of every type of neighbour […]

Should you be decorating and renovating when you rent?

WATCH WHERE YOUR MONEY GOES   Decorating a living space makes the space a more inviting place to enjoy for many people. They say the rich get richer and that may be true especially when we give money away when we simply don’t have to. We may not be literally handing over money at the time but the landlord where you rent will be all smiles when it’s not coming out of his pocket. Sure your landlord could potentially deduct renovations to the rental from his/her taxes but why bother if you’re paying for them out of your own pocket? We all decorate our houses from time to time when the need takes us or just a change of décor inspires us. Decorating and renovating doesn’t have to be expensive handmade screen printed wallpaper or exotic hardwood flooring. It can be as simple as painting and that is probably the best return on investment there is. Painting will brighten any room in the home instantly and give it that brand new feeling back. I’ve talked before about decorating your home and which renovations tend to be better than others along with which ones we’ve done to our abode. There is however […]

Why I’m not buying your house for sale

BUY MY HOUSE……   There are reasons why I won’t buy your house for sale unless it was up for sale at a fantastically low price and here’s why.   Since spending months looking at open houses only a few years ago before we bought our current home my wife complained that I was too picky. I’m pretty sure her views have changed now over the years of learning more about the home buying process. I blogged the other day about how to avoid home buying mistakes the first time but this post goes a bit deeper into what we saw and what we were looking for in our first home. I swear she thought we would never buy a house at one point and the real estate agent was probably getting a little annoyed too. I can’t even remember the amount of houses we visited but it was quite a few although the reality is I didn’t want to buy a house just because it looked pretty. If you have a house for sale and are wondering why your house hasn’t sold yet you might want to look at some of the obvious.   Wrong MLS information   These […]

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