Comox Valley Real Estate News Blog

Sept. 16, 2020

5 Tools to Have at Home



When it comes to tackling DIY projects within your home, there are some basic tools you can keep on hand to help speed up the process. But with so many options being available to you, how do you know which tools are actually practical to invest in, and which tools will be used once only to sit around after and collect dust?


The majority of simple household repairs can typically be taken care of with a collection of good quality tools that will stand up to standard home maintenance. Here’s a list of the basic tools you can gather that are great place to start when building your own toolbox:


Measuring Tools

You know the old saying, “measure twice, cut once” – well, it never hurts to measure even three times! Having the proper measuring tools is imperative to the task going smoothly. A measuring tape, a carpenter’s square, and a level should cover the fundamentals for your measurement needs. These tools will come in extra handy for any projects involving hanging photos and décor as well as cutting and building plans.



Get a set of varying-tipped screwdrivers because despite common belief, you’ll need more than just the traditional flat head or Phillips head screwdrivers, since square screws and star screws are common too. You don’t want to end up stripping your screws because you don’t have the right tool for the job.



For this category, you’re in luck! The bulk of repair jobs around your home which require a hammer will likely be satisfied with a standard claw hammer. Tackle many DIY projects with your trusty hammer; hanging a family photo collage, creating decorative signs or building your very own shelving and furniture.



You should be able to get away with having a basic set of needle-nose pliers and channel-lock pliers in your tool collection. Needle-nose pliers let you to bend, shape, and cut smaller items (like wire), and allow you to reach into tight spaces. While channel-lock pliers are better for gripping and pinching or opening a stubborn connection.


Wrenches & Sockets

This tool set is best used when you’ve encountered a chore with bolts involved. For example, swapping out your winter and summer tires. Most wrenches are sold in a corresponding set with the varying sized sockets included, so this makes the purchase quick and easy.


When it comes to more heavy duty tools, likes mitre saws or power washers, consider how often they’ll be used, their financial investment and the efficiencies related to prior to a purchase. If you suspect it may be a one-time tool project, you may be better off borrowing from a friend or neighbour – or even renting them from your favourite Courtenay hardware store.


Set yourself up for a safe and successful project. Having some safety gear is a must; considering picking up some utility gloves, safety glasses, and even some steel-toed boots, depending on the project at hand. 


If you’re crossing these tasks off your to-do list because you’re looking to get your house on the Comox Valley real estate market, get in touch with me today and we’ll the process started together. 

Posted in Home Tips
Sept. 2, 2020

7 Questions for Potential Tenants

Having an income property in the Comox Valley real estate market can be incredibly rewarding. As a tenant assists with paying down your mortgage, you reap the benefit of building the asset of the equity itself – and the opportunity to use that equity to purchase another home for further investment advantages too.


Here are seven smart questions you should be asking every potential renter of your income property to ensure you’ve vetted for quality and respectful tenants:


What’s influencing your decision to move?

This gives you a glimpse into factors influencing their move, so you can make sure the house is a good match for them. It also provides insight into the potential length of time they plan on renting from you. For example, if they are relocating to be closer to family or want their children to go to the school nearby, they may be in it for the long haul.


Who will be living here with you?

The answer to this question allows you to determine if they have a partner, any pets, or if they expect any regular visitors; such as shared custody of their children, who may be staying at the home every other weekend. It also gives guidance on who should be on the lease agreement, as it’s a good idea to have all permanent residents listed.


This property is non-smoking; does that pose a problem for you?

By stating the question this way, you’re not directly asking if they’re a smoker (that’s against the human rights code); however, their answer will typically provide that information voluntarily. For instance, they may reply, “that’s not a problem; I don’t smoke” or perhaps, “that’s okay, I can smoke outside.”


Are you able to provide a current credit report?

A good rule of thumb is to have the potential tenant submit a current credit report with their rental application. This gives historical evidence of their payment patterns, and ensures they don’t have a large amount of debt where paying rent may become a problem.


Have you ever previously missed a payment or broken a lease?

Naturally as common sense, it’s a big red flag if the potential renter’s answer is yes, unless there was some kind of extenuating circumstance to be noted.


Would I be able to call your current landlord as a reference?

Validating their current relationship as a tenant is an important component of the tenant screening process. If permission is given, this question assists in determining the relationship they have – which may translate into a similar experience for you.


Are there any questions you’d like to ask me?

Asking this question shows open communication and offers the opportunity to learn more about the potential renter. It also opens the door for friendly conversation, so mutual respect can be built, which can help lead to the tenant taking better care of your property while they’re living there.


It’s a good idea to chat with a trusted real estate professional to confirm any potential questions you may have before you rent out your Comox Valley income property. Connect with me today regarding more insight into best practices for renting and for further assistance to help you find the perfect property to tenant.

Posted in Income Properties
Aug. 21, 2020

Incredible 6 bedroom family home in Comox

Talk about the perfect family home with all the extras....

If you have been searching for the perfect family home here in the beautiful Comox Valley look no further than 1302 Ocean View Avenue. This 3870 square foot home boasts 6 bedrooms and 5 bathrooms. From the minute you pull up you will notice the excellent curb appeal of this home situated on a quiet cul-de-sac, in a very desirable, family oriented neighborhood in Comox, close to some of the best schools. Once you walk in the front door, you will be greeted with Italian tile floors, and hardwood throughout. Everyone says the kitchen is the heart of the home, this kitchen is complete with ample cabinetry, travertine backsplash with metallic inlays, island with a prep sink, high-end appliances, including a gas range, convection oven, and an additional convection oven. Lots of room for those amazing Sunday night family dinners. There is lots of storage with a corner pantry as well. This home has a cozy west coast feel we all love here in the Comox Valley with timber accents both inside and out. Four of the bedrooms are upstairs and three have en-suites and walk-in closets. There are beautiful mature gardens throughout the yard and the back yard has an extra large exposed aggregate patio for entertaining. There is a sprinkler system, new heat pump, two gas fireplaces, and an extra long garage. The list of extras in this home is long as well and it is a definite must see. 

Check out the Virtual Tour here!


July 31, 2017

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