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Forum: Ottawa 2019-08-18, 01:38 PM
Replies: 22
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Posted By Sarah2012
On the advice of our home inspector, we did not...

On the advice of our home inspector, we did not hire him for the 30-day but had him in before the one-year. It was said that since everything non-cosmetic is covered for the full year, coming in at...
Forum: Ottawa 2019-08-18, 01:19 PM
Replies: 5
Views: 236
Posted By Sarah2012
You might want to also consider a DIY window...

You might want to also consider a DIY window film. I installed it on every window in our house. It gives us the heat and UV blockage but also allowed us the freedom to pick whatever blinds and/or...
Forum: Ottawa 2019-07-27, 07:06 PM
Replies: 17
Views: 850
Posted By Sarah2012
1). Standard cabinet (Chateau Line) with...

1). Standard cabinet (Chateau Line) with Executive Kitchen $2290.00 ( drawing attached)

2). Standard cabinet (Chateau Line) with Grande Kitchen $3927.00 ( drawing attached)
*Personally, I would...
Forum: Ottawa 2019-07-19, 01:47 PM
Replies: 9
Views: 711
Posted By Sarah2012
From our experience, your best option is to just...

From our experience, your best option is to just keep bugging them until they acknowledge the mistake. Take a picture of every single house done by your builder and prove that yours' is the outlier....
Forum: Ottawa 2019-07-01, 12:10 PM
Replies: 12
Views: 932
Posted By Sarah2012
Yes, our 2016 build was required to have the...

Yes, our 2016 build was required to have the visual smoke detectors.

No idea about the round doorknobs but I'm not sure why building code would care one way or the other?
Forum: Ottawa 2019-06-22, 06:36 PM
Replies: 86
Views: 23,223
Posted By Sarah2012
Oh god yes, do it! It makes your basement feel...

Oh god yes, do it! It makes your basement feel much more spacious and livable.

Every single neighbor of ours who didn't do it has commented about how much they regret it - biggest regret of the...
Forum: Ottawa 2019-06-17, 06:40 PM
Replies: 3
Views: 435
Posted By Sarah2012
We fenced to the back on our interior townhouse. ...

We fenced to the back on our interior townhouse. We did make sure to have self-closing gates just in case since we have kids and a dog.

The one set of neighbors who needed to use ours did so a...
Forum: Ottawa 2019-06-04, 03:51 PM
Replies: 205
Views: 37,348
Posted By Sarah2012
Our first bill took close to/or over 1 year to...

Our first bill took close to/or over 1 year to arrive in our two new-builds. Be careful and remember to save now!

We ended up getting some kind of land re-assessment around Fall 2017 (1 yr...
Forum: Ottawa 2019-05-03, 09:05 AM
Replies: 15
Views: 1,552
Posted By Sarah2012
We used our agent because he's a good friend and,...

We used our agent because he's a good friend and, why not, if you have that relationship- give 'em some "free" money. We get Home & Garden Show tickets and a beautiful wreathe every year so it was...
Forum: Ottawa 2019-03-16, 10:17 AM
Replies: 205
Views: 37,348
Posted By Sarah2012
You'll want to look for anything done incorrectly...

You'll want to look for anything done incorrectly and/or location changes for outlets and such, obviously.

But also, take a ton of pictures! The pics I took during our framewalk have saved us...
Forum: Ottawa 2019-03-16, 10:11 AM
Replies: 41
Views: 2,965
Posted By Sarah2012
I was curious when I saw a Purplebricks sign...

I was curious when I saw a Purplebricks sign around the neighborhood so I looked around the interwebs. They are a UK company that bought the Grapevine we all knew. The one now advertising itself...
Forum: Ottawa 2019-03-13, 01:42 PM
Replies: 41
Views: 2,965
Posted By Sarah2012
We sold our last place with Grapevine but chose...

We sold our last place with Grapevine but chose to pay for their upgraded package that included realtor advice. He echoed what an agent friend of ours said - if you do not clearly state that you...
Forum: Ottawa 2019-02-22, 05:13 PM
Replies: 128
Views: 24,892
Posted By Sarah2012
Harmony and Riversbend are much more centrally...

Harmony and Riversbend are much more centrally located than Quinn's Point. Now, that one magical day when Greenbank is expanded/rerouted and there's an entrance to the 416 down that way, Quinn's...
Forum: Ottawa 2019-02-08, 06:22 PM
Replies: 4
Views: 617
Posted By Sarah2012
We were really impressed with Three Codes...

We were really impressed with Three Codes Electric. They were the sub-contractor on our new build. We found them knowledgeable, very reasonable on price and did a solid job for us.
Forum: Ottawa 2019-01-25, 05:04 PM
Replies: 2,618
Views: 552,695
Posted By Sarah2012
Yes! But take these cold days as your one...

Yes! But take these cold days as your one opportunity to prove it! Buy thermometers (with at least one decimal place) for every room that feels cold and one to sit under the thermostat. Record...
Forum: Ottawa 2019-01-14, 05:31 PM
Replies: 7
Views: 650
Posted By Sarah2012
Their contract will be very standard so the only...

Their contract will be very standard so the only thing I would recommend reading intently is the clause around the water heater rental. (This is a topic of heated discussion on this forum.) Just...
Forum: Ottawa 2019-01-09, 10:51 PM
Replies: 17
Views: 2,059
Posted By Sarah2012
I'm not sure what product you want to use but I...

I'm not sure what product you want to use but I have done the frosting on every window in two houses, and I've fooled even the window guys with my DIY job. So it doesn't have to be expensive and it...
Forum: Ottawa 2018-12-29, 07:25 PM
Replies: 3
Views: 536
Posted By Sarah2012
If it's cold-ish air coming out of the vents then...

If it's cold-ish air coming out of the vents then I would say that is typical of the recirculating fan running when the furnace is not. When you run it, it does help even out the temps throughout...
Forum: Ottawa 2018-12-21, 04:36 PM
Replies: 11
Views: 1,363
Posted By Sarah2012
I would put it on the wall between the fireplace...

I would put it on the wall between the fireplace and the interior wall. Having it on a bracket that swings out would give you more flexibility with your furniture placement. Then just add a similar...
Forum: Ottawa 2018-11-30, 08:50 AM
Replies: 205
Views: 37,348
Posted By Sarah2012
I have to disagree about not upgrading the...

I have to disagree about not upgrading the underpad. We worked with a carpet guy on a renovation a while back. He said that the underpad is more important than the carpet when considering carpet...
Forum: Ottawa 2018-11-28, 09:46 AM
Replies: 4
Views: 1,824
Posted By Sarah2012
For resale value, it has been my observation that...

For resale value, it has been my observation that once homes are over 2-3yrs old, there doesn't seem to be a difference in how they're marketed on the resale market. So if you are planning on living...
Forum: Ottawa 2018-11-16, 12:58 PM
Replies: 52
Views: 4,971
Posted By Sarah2012
But this is where Tarion can come in. A...

But this is where Tarion can come in. A homeowner could file a conciliation and request an inspection in order to explain the situation. Or just call and talk through the problem with the reps;...
Forum: Ottawa 2018-11-15, 09:26 AM
Replies: 52
Views: 4,971
Posted By Sarah2012
If they were put on your 1-year then you might...

If they were put on your 1-year then you might want to call Tarion and talk to them about your next steps. Based on my dealings with Tarion, they will probably say that the builder has the right to...
Forum: Ottawa 2018-11-15, 09:19 AM
Replies: 17
Views: 1,712
Posted By Sarah2012
I would recommend getting a quote for just...

I would recommend getting a quote for just installation from someone and waiting for the flyers to come for Black Friday. You are in a great position to get an awesome deal! Then, if you don't see...
Forum: Ottawa 2018-11-14, 12:50 PM
Replies: 4
Views: 539
Posted By Sarah2012
Agreed. Realtors do this for a living. Not sure...

Agreed. Realtors do this for a living. Not sure how many will do it for free if there's no chance of getting your business though. But if you are planning on having a realtor for your new purchase...
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