Mike & Bernadine Nielsen

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Bernadine: 604-619-2063 |

If you're considering a bathroom
update, you're probably familiar
with the typical approaches,
such as replacing a countertop
or toilet, or removing all the
fixtures and finishes to complete
a floor-to-ceiling renovation.
However, there is another, far less expensive way to make an
older bathroom look brand new: using overlays.
An overlay is simply a new surface applied over an existing
one. For example, instead of replacing an old and worn
bathtub – which is costly – you can purchase an overlay
system (called a tub liner) that fits on top of the existing
bathtub. It's a little like giving your tub a facelift! 
You can do the same thing with your bathroom countertops
and floors. 
Overlays come in a wide variety of styles and finishes – some
of which can make your bathroom look significantly more
upscale. Compared to a major renovation, the installation of
overlays is relatively straightforward. A tub liner installation, for
example, can be done in a day.
You can learn more about overlays at your local home
improvement centre and at specialty bathroom showroom

If you're considering a bathroom update, you're probably familiar with the typical approaches,such as replacing a counter top or toilet, or removing all the fixtures and finishes to completea floor-to-ceiling renovation.However, there is another, far less expensive way to make anolder bathroom look brand new: using overlays. An overlay is simply a new surface applied over an existing one. For example, instead of replacing an old and worn bathtub – which is costly – you can purchase an overlaysystem (called a tub liner) that fits on top of the existingbathtub. It's a little like giving your tub a facelift! You can do the same thing with your bathroom counter top sand floors. Overlays come in a wide variety of styles and finishes – some of which can make your bathroom look significantly more upscale. Compared to a major renovation, the installation of overlays is relatively straight forward. A tub liner installation, for example, can be done in a day.You can learn more about overlays at your local home improvement centre and at specialty bathroom showrooms.
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Have you ever attended an "Open House"
advertised in your area or in a community you
like? Most people have. Even if you're not
serious about moving, viewing a few properties
in a neighbourhood you like is a great way to get
a sense of the market.
Who knows? You might stumble upon your next
dream home!
To get the most out of an open house, follow
these guidelines:
• Most open houses will have a handout available
containing the list price and other property
information. Be sure to keep a copy.
• Don't just view the rooms. Explore the entire
property, including the backyard. 
• Don't be shy about asking the listing agent (or
whoever is hosting the open house) questions
about the property. 
• Ask about the area. Are there schools nearby?
Where is the nearest park or playground
located?
• Ask about potential required repairs and
renovations. For example, if the furnace is more
than 15 years old, it may need to be replaced
soon.
• Walk around the neighbourhood. Try to get a
sense of what it's like to live there. If possible,
chat with a neighbour. 
Finally, if you become interested in the home, be
sure to advise the listing agent that your own
REALTOR® will be following up. Otherwise, the
listing agent might assume that he or she will be
representing you.
Looking for a good REALTOR® to have by your
I
N
side? Call today.
Have you ever attended an "Open House"advertised in your area or in a community youlike? Most people have. Even if you're notserious about moving, viewing a few propertiesin a neighbourhood you like is a great way to geta sense of the market.Who knows? You might stumble upon your nextdream home!To get the most out of an open house, followthese guidelines:• Most open houses will have a handout availablecontaining the list price and other propertyinformation. Be sure to keep a copy.• Don't just view the rooms. Explore the entireproperty, including the backyard. • Don't be shy about asking the listing agent (orwhoever is hosting the open house) questionsabout the property. • Ask about the area. Are there schools nearby?Where is the nearest park or playgroundlocated?• Ask about potential required repairs andrenovations. For example, if the furnace is morethan 15 years old, it may need to be replacedsoon.• Walk around the neighbourhood. Try to get asense of what it's like to live there. If possible,chat with a neighbour. Finally, if you become interested in the home, besure to advise the listing agent that your ownREALTOR® will be following up. Otherwise, thelisting agent might assume that he or she will berepresenting you.Looking for a good REALTOR® to have by yourINside? Call today.
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