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February is upon us

Thursday, February 2nd, 2017

Flower-Vase-32 Indulge in weekly fresh flowers. With Valentine’s Day this month, the markets will be filled with fresh flowers , not just red roses but tulips and daffodils. Treat your home to a bouquet of fresh-cut blooms once a week to add a little colour — spring may still be a little way off, but that doesn’t mean your coffee or dining table can’t look like a spring garden in bloom!

End of Summer ideas for your home

Sunday, September 11th, 2016

Say goodbye to summer by adding a few cozy fall touches around your house.

Time to put away the sea shells and nautical themes and bring out the golds, oranges and rusts.

There are so many fun ways to welcome fall into your home and add a splash of color to your front door. It doesn’t take much to make a statement, have fun with the new season.

Enjoy the crisp days, warm sweaters , raking leaves and putting the gardens to bed.

Thrifty secrets for home sellers

Wednesday, February 3rd, 2016

Thrifty secrets for home sellers

linda,When preparing your home for market, tackle improvements that will help you obtain the best price and sell within the shortest amount of time. These inexpensive projects can go a long way:

  1. Clean and clear. Declutter top to bottom and store the excess offsite. Clean thoroughly, clear cupboards and countertops and keep décor items to a tasteful few.
  2. Tear up dingy broadloom. Replace it with a choice of cost-effective, neutral flooring options. Or if you like what you see underneath, have it professionally refinished.
  3. Paint it. Opt for neutral colours, in matte or eggshell finishes to camouflage flaws. Finish trim in satin, semi- or high-gloss.

Put my expertise to work for you! Ask me about preparing your home for optimal resale value.

Linda Klein
250 374 1461 (Office)

Royal LePage Westwin Realty- Kamloops

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Linda Klein, Kamloops real estate. How to Finance your Renovation

Wednesday, June 3rd, 2015
Courtesy of Mark Bertoli, Abbott Wealth
Home improvement is always in fashion. But the big question for many homeowners isn’t what to do, it’s how to pay for it. There are many ways to secure the financing you need, and each has advantages in certain situations.

Home equity line of credit
A line of credit gives you access to a predetermined amount of credit on demand. Generally, you can borrow up to 75% of the appraised value of your home — up to 90%, if the line of credit is insured. You take what you need, when you need it, and pay interest only on the outstanding amount.

A line of credit secured against the value of your house will typically be issued at a lower rate than an unsecured loan or personal line of credit. Accessing the home equity line of credit is easy and convenient. You may have the option of writing cheques or using a credit card or bank card.

Repayment is also flexible. You can pay some or all of the outstanding balance at any time without penalty, or make interest-only payments.

Increase your existing mortgage
Increasing the amount of your mortgage may be the right renovation-financing option for you if your mortgage is coming due, if you are selling one house to buy another, or if you are taking out your first mortgage.

It may also be a smart move if you’re locked in to a long-term mortgage at a significantly higher rate than is currently available. In this case, any penalty you may incur could be offset by the savings in interest over the long term.

While this option lacks the flexibility of a line of credit, the advantage for many is knowing that the borrowed funds are structured to be paid back in a set amount of time. And interest rates can be fixed, if you choose — unlike a line of credit, which floats against prime.

A second mortgage
A second mortgage is just that — a mortgage that is in addition to your first mortgage. Like a first mortgage, a second mortgage is a loan with a specified rate of interest and repayment schedule.

A second mortgage can be a good choice for homeowners who are locked in to a longer-term mortgage, but wouldn’t benefit from breaking their first mortgage. Lending rates for a second mortgage may be higher than a first mortgage.

Like increasing your mortgage, this option trades repayment flexibility for the peace of mind of knowing the debt will be paid down if you stick to the repayment schedule. Every situation is unique. But we can help you determine your best option.

Kamloops Real Estate Linda Klein Kitchen Updates

Wednesday, April 1st, 2015
Home Improvement - Kitchens
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Wednesday, April 1st, 2015


Courtesy of Cliff Brauner Pillar to Post Inspections

To be a clutter buster you’ve got to be able to identify which items are truly clutter, and which are not. Clutter can be insidious, because it can be almost anything, from obvious trash to the most expensive antiques.

The same object that may be clutter for one person is most certainly not for another person.

Here are five guidelines to use to decide if something in your space could be CLUTTER.

1. Clutter Can Be Anything – Cheap Or Expensive, Sentimental Or Throw Away
Know what is, and is not, clutter. Many people’s preconceived notion of clutter is true trash and cheap junk that we don’t care about at all. But remember “One man’s junk can be another man’s treasure.” Don’t automatically overlook something because it cost a lot of money. Even the most expensive things can be clutter.

2. Too Many of a Thing – is Clutter
Too much of a “good thing” happens when you amass a large selection of one particular item.

Collections can quickly turn from something that makes us happy into clutter if we’re not careful. Determine if these items are truly worth the while, or just items using up precious space.

A few of a particular item, such as shoes, clothes, or kitchen gadgets can provide temporary choice and variety. However, when you start to accumulate too many of a particular item it just becomes an overwhelming pile of clutter.

3. Items That Used To Be Functional – are Clutter
It often happens that we use an item for quite a while, and then our circumstances change and it is no longer quite as useful to us anymore. That’s when the item begins to collect dust in a corner – becoming clutter.

That’s the thing about clutter – it may have been useful stuff in the past. Be ever vigilant and notice when an item is no longer of use.

4. If You Don’t Have Room For It – It’s Clutter
You could have some really awesome stuff but if it doesn’t fit in your space, it’s clutter. This one is tough for even the most seasoned clutter buster, because people experience this all the time when downsizing. If it sits out collecting dust or becomes a tripping hazard, it just doesn’t belong there anymore.

Make sure you’re not devoting storage space to real clutter but make room for the important items. You only have so much space available. If you can’t make a home for something in your home, it unfortunately just doesn’t belong there.

5. If You Don’t Love or Use It – It’s Clutter
Everything in your home or office should, ideally, serve a purpose so you can live clutter free. It either helps you with something in your life or makes you feel something positive each time you see it.

If you’ve got too much stuff you simply can’t use all of it. After all, you can only wear so many clothes or shoes in a year!

You can only truly love so many things, and take the time to care for them, before you just don’t feel that attachment to those things anymore. Keep what’s important and ditch the rest!

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Kamloops Real Estate Linda Klein Kitchen ideas

Wednesday, April 1st, 2015
KITCHEN RENO”SHere are four “must-do” updates that ensure your remodeled kitchen will earn compliments from anyone who enters.

1. Faucet Facelift. Because of its constant use, updating the faucet will immediately improve the function and look of your prep space. Create a chic statement at the sink.

2. Amp up Accessories. Much like fashion, accessories can make a room. Hardware is the finishing touch that makes your space feel polished, but also serves a purpose.

3. Enhance the Lighting. Lighting is a critical element in kitchen design, both for its decorative and functional benefits. It can also make the space look roomier and more elegant. Install pendants over an island or countertop where the low-hanging fixtures won’t interfere with traffic flow.

4. Add Personality. Adding something pretty like a bouquet of flowers, new linens, or a bright new tea pot will bring life onto your space. You can also jazz up your kitchen with lively artwork. Whether it’s a professional painting or fun vintage posters, artwork helps complete your renovation.

Before starting demolition on your kitchen remodel, make sure the design is a reflection of you. By following these simple steps, not only will you have a kitchen that complements your lifestyle, you will also draw plenty of compliments from family and friends. So why not take your kitchen from make-do to magnificent.

Courtesy of Cliff Brauner Pillar to Post Inspections

Kamloops Real Estate Linda Klein cut water costs

Wednesday, April 1st, 2015


Up to half of water consumed in your home is used in the bathroom. Here are some easy ways to save hundreds of dollars – and gallons of water from going down the drain.

Slow the flow. New toilets are equipped with water-saving, low-volume flushers. Have an older toilet? Save by filling a quart-sized plastic bottle with water and placing in tank. Flow should be reduced by 40%.

Cool the water. If your water heater is set higher than 120degrees F., water is hotter than you need for showers or hand washing. For every 10 degrees you go down, you save up to 5%.Check for leaks. A leaky toilet can waste 250 gallons of water in a month. Test a leak by dropping some food coloring in the tank without flushing. If the color shows up in the bowl, you have a leak.

Courtesy of Cliff Brauner Pillar to Post home inspections

Kamloops real estate Linda Klein indoor air quality

Wednesday, April 1st, 2015


It might surprise you to hear that the air inside your home is often dirtier than the air outside.That’s because indoor air is made up of outdoor air plus all the pollutants and allergens generated from cleaning products, pets, dust, smoke, and so on. Fortunately, you can improve indoor air quality in ways that do not cost a small fortune.

Get the Dust Out
Dust – a major irritant – includes lint, bacteria, pollen, plant and mold spores, pet dander, etc. Here are three ways you can reduce dust particles in the air:

1. Clean or replace the furnace filter every three months. Thick-media filters, such as the five- and six-inch pleated type, last longer than regular filters and filter better too.

2. We all create an invisible dust cloud just walking through our homes. While a high quality furnace filter will reduce dust, frequent cleaning and vacuuming is also necessary.

3. A poor-quality vacuum cleaner can also create dust clouds. Before you give up on vacuuming, two solutions can address this problem: either install a central vacuum system with the canister-air discharge piped outside the house, or purchase a high-quality, portable vacuum cleaner with a HEPA (High Efficiency Particulate Air ) filtration system.

Take Control of Humidity
High humidity levels in your home can significantly contribute to mold and dust mite growth. Dust mites, however, are a fact of life; you cannot eliminate them entirely. But you can decrease their numbers. Dust mites thrive in humidity levels above 50%. Ensuring the humidity in your home is not higher than 50% will diminish dust mite growth. Here are a few ways to address humidity:

1. Buy an inexpensive hygrometer & measure the indoor humidity.
2. Ensure that your clothes dryer vents to the outside.
3. Bathroom and kitchen fans should direct moisture outside.
4. Fix basement leaks and deal with condensation issues.
5. Air conditioning systems and dehumidifiers can also remove moisture from the air. Keep in mind that dehumidifiers use a great deal of electricity and don’t provide any cooling.

More Efficient Air Exchange
Some homes just need more ventilation. Heat-recovery ventilators, or energy-recovery ventilators are both effective ventilation devices. Choosing the right system involves careful consideration of your home and your specific situation. Improving air quality in the home is a goal that is easily attainable. Start with the little fixes and then undertake the more complex remedies as needed. You don’t have to spend a lot of money to improve the air that you breathe.

Courtesy of Cliff Brauner Pillar to Post home inspections

Kamloops real estate Linda Klein Marble Counter care

Wednesday, April 1st, 2015


Your counters are the center pieces in your kitchen and bathroom, so keep them looking good with the following care and maintenance tips.

Clean daily with soft cloths and warm water and weekly with stone soap. Marble is more vulnerable to acidic cleaners than granite, and will also be dulled by regular use of soap.

Blot spills quickly because marble is sensitive to etching, particularly from acidic substances.

Do not cut directly on marble since it is softer than granite. Heat is unlikely to damage marble, but cracking from thermal shock is always possible with stone.

Regularly seal marble counters, avoids stains easier.

Courtesy of Cliff Brauner-Pillar to Post Home Inspections

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