Please visit our Open House at 203 1675 Crescent View Dr in Nanaimo.
Open House on Sunday, August 7, 2022 1:00PM - 3:00PM Hosted by Brittany Gagne
This home is centrally located in the heart of central Nanaimo. This newer townhome features 2 beds and 2 baths. The home's layout offers an open, spacious floorplan with great natural lighting. The open concept kitchen features stainless steel appliances, and an island with built in wine rack and additional storage. Off the kitchen is the living room and dining space, as well as an understairs storage room and a 2-piece bathroom. The main floor has an entrance at the front and rear, both with a covered patio area. Upstairs has two generous sized bedrooms with a 4-piece washroom and laundry. The complex has amazing curb appeal with green space and white picket fencing throughout. This strata provides low strata fees, and permits rentals and pets. The central location provides easy access to all of the city's amenities and services. (All measurements and data are approx.. and should be verified if important.)
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I have listed a new property at 572 Berwick Rd N in Qualicum Beach.
Quintessential Qualicum Beach rancher on 1/3 acre level lot in a quiet, established neighbourhood near the golf course and walking distance to the beach and nearby village. Features include a bright, open renovated kitchen open to the eating area perfect for entertaining; spacious living room with lots of natural light; renovated bathrooms, and a fenced back yard with raised beds so you can live the dream of growing your own food then cooking it in your country kitchen! The back deck is a peaceful place for cooking or relaxing, and the front deck a great way to enjoy the afternoon sun and watch the neighbours stroll past.The basement would work well for storage, office getaway, hobby room or play area. The separate single garage has an attached workshop. This property could accommodate secondary living quarters upon meeting the bylaw regulations at this time.
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The process of buying a new home can be both exhilarating and exhausting. But the journey doesn’t stop when you close on your property. On the contrary, you still have quite a bit to do before you can begin the process of settling into your new place. 

Fortunately, you don’t have to do everything in a day. You don’t have to do it all alone, either. When you work with us to sell or purchase a home, you’ll have an ally by your side long after your transaction has closed. We’ll continue to be a resource, offering advice and referrals whenever you need them on packing, hiring movers and contractors, and acclimating to your new home and neighbourhood. 

When it comes to a life event as stressful as moving, it pays to have a professional by your side. Here are some of our favourite pro tips to share with clients as they prepare for an upcoming move. 

1. Watch out for moving scams.

Maybe you receive a flyer for a moving company in the mail. Perhaps you find a mover online. Either way, never assume that you’re getting accurate information. According to The Canadian Association of Movers, moving scams are on the rise — with seniors, in particular, being targeted.

How can you tell if a moving deal is too good to be true? Trust your instincts. If the price appears too low or you can’t pin down the mover’s physical business address, try someone else. The same goes for any moving company representative who dodges questions. Reputable movers should offer transparent pricing, conduct in-home estimates, and provide referrals and copies of their insurance documents upon request.1 For help finding trustworthy movers, reach out. We’d be happy to share our recommendations.  

2. Insure your belongings.

Your moving company promises to take care of your custom piano or your antique furniture. But don’t just take their word for it. Ask to see how much insurance they carry and talk about how the claims process works. That way, you’ll know what is (and isn’t) covered in case of loss or damage. If needed, consider paying extra to upgrade to full replacement value protection.2

Of course, some items are priceless because they’re irreplaceable. You might want to move your more sensitive valuables (jewellery, documents, family heirlooms, etc.) in your own vehicle just to be safe. For added peace of mind, call your home insurance provider if you’re moving anything yourself. In many cases, your personal property will be covered while in transit for a limited period of time.  

3. Start packing when you start looking for a new home.

As soon as your house hunting begins in earnest, think about packing away things you won’t need for the next few months. These could include seasonal or holiday decor, clothing, and books. Tackling just one or two boxes a day will give you a head start.

If you're going to put your current home on the market, you'll want to declutter anyway. Decluttering will make your home seem larger, and depersonalizing helps buyers envision their own items in the space. Consider selling, donating, or throwing out possessions you no longer need. The things you want to keep can be placed in storage until you officially start moving to a new place.

4. Pack to make unpacking easier.

Have you ever opened a packed box only to find that it’s filled with an assortment of items that don’t belong together? This isn’t efficient and will only make unpacking harder. A better way to pack is to bundle items from a single room in a labelled box. Labels can let movers know (and remind you) where to place each box, whether it’s fragile, and which side needs to be up. Some people like to assign colours to each room in their new home to make distributing colour-coded boxes a breeze. 

Feel free to unleash your inner organizer with this project. For example, you could create a spreadsheet and assign each box a number. As boxes are packed, simply fill in the spreadsheet with a list of contents. Anyone with access to the spreadsheet can log in and quickly find a desired item.

5. Think outside the box when transporting clothes.

Who wants to worry about boxing up clothes? If you plan on hiring professional movers, ask if you can leave clothing in your dressers. In many cases, they will use plastic to wrap the dresser so the drawers don’t fall out during transport. If keeping your clothes in your furniture makes it too heavy, the movers might be able to wrap and move drawers by themselves.

Another easy transport trick involves turning clean garbage bags into garment bags. Poke a hole in the bottom of a garbage bag, turn the bag upside down, slide it over five to seven garments on hangers, and lay the items flat in the back seat or trunk of your vehicle. The bags will help prevent wrinkling, and your clothes will be ready to hang up when you get to your new home.

Or, consider purchasing some wardrobe moving boxes. These have a built-in rod for hanging, and make moving hanging clothes a breeze!

6. Document prior to disassembling appliances and furnishings.

Few things are as confusing as looking at a plastic baggie filled with nuts, bolts, and screws from your disassembled dining room table or sorting through a box of electrical wires and cords to see which ones fit your TV. 

The best workaround to easier reassembly is to document the disassembly process. Take photos and videos or thorough notes as you go. Whether it’s your headboard or treadmill, be very precise. And just a tip: Construct your beds first when you get to your new home. After a long moving day, the very last thing you want is to be assembling beds into the wee hours of the morning. 

I always like to put the all pieces, warranties, and instructions into a Ziplock bag and tape the bag to the largest piece of the disassembled furniture. It makes assembly once in the home easy, and you have all the items you need aside from the tools right at your fingertips.

7. Prioritize unpacking kids’ rooms.

Children can become very stressed by a big move. To ease their transition, consider prioritizing unpacking their rooms as their “safe zones.”3 You aren’t obligated to unpack everything, certainly. However, set up your children’s rooms to be functional. That way, your kids can hang out in a private oasis away from the chaos while you’re running around and moving everything else.

Depending upon how old your youngsters are, you might want to give them decorating leeway, too. Even if it’s just letting them choose where furniture goes, it gives them a sense of buy-in. This can help ease the blues of leaving a former home they loved.

8. Be a thoughtful pet parent.

Many types of pets can’t handle the commotion of moving day. Knowing this, be considerate and seek ways to give your pets breaks from the action. You might ask a friend to pet-sit your pooch or keep your kitty in a quieter room, like a guest bathroom.

Be sure to check in on your pet frequently. Pets like to know that you’re around. Give them treats, food, and water throughout the day. When it’s time to transport your pet, do it calmly. At your new property, give your pet access to just a room or two at first. Pets typically prefer to acclimate themselves slowly to unfamiliar environments.4

 9. Plan for your move like you’re planning for an exciting vacation.

When you plan vacations, you probably look up local restaurants, shops, and recreational areas. Who says you can’t do the same thing when moving? Create a list of all the places you want to go and things you want to do around your newly purchased home. Having a to-explore list keeps everyone’s spirits high and gives you starting points to settle into the neighbourhood. 

And don’t feel that you have to cook that first night. Once the moving trucks are gone, you can always pop over to a local eatery or order take out for major convenience. The first meal in your new home should be a happy, welcoming treat. And if you’re relocating to our neck of the woods, we would love to introduce you to the hot spots in town and recommend our local favourites.

10. Pack an “Open Me First!” box.

You won’t be able to unpack all your boxes in one day, but you shouldn’t go without your sheets, pillows, or toothbrush. Designate some boxes with “Open Me First!” labels. (Pro tip: Keep a tool kit front and centre for all that reassembling.) 

Along these lines, use luggage and duffel bags to transport everyone’s personal must-have items and enough clothing for a couple of days. That way, you won’t have to rummage through everything in the middle of your move looking for sneakers or snacks.

When packing your “Open Me First!” boxes, think about which items you’ll need in those first 24 hours. For example, toilet paper and hand soap are musts. A box cutter will make unpacking a lot easier, and paper towels and trash bags are sure to come in handy. Reach out for a complete, printable list of “Open Me First!” box essentials to keep on hand for your next move! 

LET’S GET MOVING

Getting the phone call from your real estate agent that your bid was accepted is a thrilling moment. Make sure you keep the positivity flowing during the following weeks by mapping out a streamlined, efficient move. Feel free to get in touch with us today to help make your big move your best move.



Sources:

  1. Mover.net - 
    https://www.mover.net/planning-a-move/consumer-alerts/moving-fraud
  2. Mover.net - 
    https://www.mover.net/planning-a-move/info-about-moving/moving-protection
  3. Aha! Parenting - 
    https://www.ahaparenting.com/read/moving-help-child-adjust
  4. Ontario SPCA - 
    https://ontariospca.ca/blog/how-to-successfully-move-homes-with-your-pet/
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I have sold a property at 102 Critchley Pl in Nanaimo.
Beautifully private home on .59 of an acre. Home has 4 bedrooms and 3 bathrooms, located in desirable Chase River area with a large, private, and fairly flat back yard and potential to add a carriage house or basement suite! This home features a bright and airy living space with large windows, spacious kitchen with storage, and stainless appliances. There is a patio slider to give access to enjoy a large sundeck for your bbq and entertaining, overlooking the private back yard. The spacious primary bedroom features a walk in closet, and en-suite with jacuzzi bathtub. There are an 2 more bedrooms and a main bathroom to complete this level. Other features include a newer roof and 2 car garage. Downstairs there is a bathroom and bedroom and plenty of space for a home business, kids play room, or convert to a suite for in-laws. Enjoy the serenity of the great outdoors close to parks & trails, yet conveniently located close to all amenities & the Parkway.All data apprx.buyer to verify.
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I have sold a property at 4085 Salal Dr in Nanaimo.
Beautiful Long Lake Family Home with Suite. This meticulously maintained home was carefully crafted in 2013 by sought after Windley Contracting. Featuring 3 bedrooms plus den in the main home, there is the added bonus of a vacant 1 bedroom suite, ideal for extended family or as a mortgage helper. This home is a showpiece, and is bright and open, with careful attention to every detail. The generous living room features a tray ceiling with recessed lighting and stylish gas fireplace. There is an open plan kitchen with high end appliances including a gas cooktop and beautiful cabinetry, with an attached dining room and sliding door to the deck overlooking the lush backyard. Enjoy park views from the primary suite. The suite is bright and modern, with its own laundry. Situated on a spacious lot with established landscaping, this home is ideally located walking distance to Long Lake. Take advantage of the proximity to parks and lakeside and all that this family neighborhood has to offer.
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I have listed a new property at 507 1155 Resort Dr in Parksville.
Purchase a 100% strata ownership in this resort unit and enjoy a wonderful vacation haven and/or earn some income from the rental pool. You can enjoy all the amenities of Tigh-Na-Mara Seaside Spa Resort (Grotto Spa, great dining, swimming pool, exercise centre, children's playground, conference facilities) as well as miles of sandy beach, Rathtrevor Provincial Park & seven local golf courses. Well managed strata and mandatory rental pool leave you with nothing to worry about. Stay up to 180 days, or leave it in the rental pool to maximize your revenue. This unit has a 1.4 Participation Factor and is near the Grotto Spa. Ask about how the rental pool and strata works -- this is a one of a kind resort and a unique situation. Stay in your own unit, or choose a different one, your choice. If you are thinking of recreational property on Vancouver Island, look at Tigh-Na-Mara first!
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Please visit our Open House at 3607 Ranch Point Rd in Nanaimo.
Open House on Sunday, July 24, 2022 1:00PM - 3:00PM
Spectacular North Jinglepot Acreage. This phenomenal 1.88 acre property features a sprawling rancher, spacious 3 car garage, 2 bedroom guest house, in ground swimming pool, pool house with plumbing, hot tub and so much more. The main home boasts 2500+ square feet, with 4 generous bedrooms and 3 beautiful bathrooms, gleaming hardwood floors and oversized windows. The gourmet kitchen features skylights, top quality stainless appliances, inset lighting and large island. Adjacent to the kitchen is the dining room, with it's double french doors leading out to the generous partially covered patio, perfect for entertaining. The primary suite has a stunning ensuite with a seamless glass shower and quartz countertops. Outside there is an inground swimming pool and hot tub with a deck surround, as well as a pool house and spacious decks. Additionally, there is a beautiful 2 bedroom guest house with vaulted ceilings and wrap around deck. All of this on a landscaped acreage in a coveted location.
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Please visit our Open House at 3607 Ranch Point Rd in Nanaimo.
Open House on Saturday, July 23, 2022 10:00AM - 12:30PM Join up for an open house tomorrow 10am-12:30pm
Spectacular North Jinglepot Acreage. This phenomenal 1.88 acre property features a sprawling rancher, spacious 3 car garage, 2 bedroom guest house, in ground swimming pool, pool house with plumbing, hot tub and so much more. The main home boasts 2500+ square feet, with 4 generous bedrooms and 3 beautiful bathrooms, gleaming hardwood floors and oversized windows. The gourmet kitchen features skylights, top quality stainless appliances, inset lighting and large island. Adjacent to the kitchen is the dining room, with it's double french doors leading out to the generous partially covered patio, perfect for entertaining. The primary suite has a stunning ensuite with a seamless glass shower and quartz countertops. Outside there is an inground swimming pool and hot tub with a deck surround, as well as a pool house and spacious decks. Additionally, there is a beautiful 2 bedroom guest house with vaulted ceilings and wrap around deck. All of this on a landscaped acreage in a coveted location.
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On Sunday July 17, 2022 McPherson Walker Real Estate Group held its FIRST Annual Ice Cream Sundays on Sunday Client Appreciation Event. 

We are so grateful for our amazing clients's business and referrals, this is just a fun way to say thank you!

Part of what is important to Meghan and Kelsey is giving back. So, we offered some prizes to those in attendance and an opportinity to get more entries with each $50 donation to the The Royal LePage Shelter Foundation - our charity of choice. 

View this video to see the total we raised, and if you won a prize!


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Please visit our Open House at 2599 Powder Point Rd in Nanoose Bay.
Open House on Sunday, July 17, 2022 3:30PM - 5:30PM Host by Ania Young, Royal LePage Parksville-Qualicum Beach Realty
Are you looking to put your own renovating & decorating skills to work on a large home with a great lot size, just steps to Red Gap, Nanoose Elementary, & a hop, skip & jump from Fairwinds golf & the wellness club? Easy commute to either Parksville & points north, or to Nanaimo with quick access to Highway 19. This home has 4 spacious bedrooms & 2 full bathrooms, a 2 car garage plus carport & room to build a shop too! Enjoy the established fruit & nut trees plus the grape vine & revive the fenced garden here for your own mini-homestead. Pop down to the local farms to buy your food if that's more your style. The living room is the star of this show with super high ceilings & massive fireplace that will easily hold all of your family Christmas stockings. Cute office nook, mud room entry with adjoining laundry all make this the perfect home for someone looking for plenty of space. Lot size from BC Assessment & room measurements from Oceanside Home Pix. Buyer to verify if critical.
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