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4 Moving Tips For An Easier Move

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You finally bought your dream home! Hooray! Everything is all set and your new home is ready to move in to! Now comes packing and moving your things from your previous home to your new home.

Your new home is like a blank canvas – a fresh start for you to have everything organized and look exactly the way you were dreaming of. To make this possible, go through every room and decide what to keep and what to get rid of to avoid bringing unwanted things to your brand new home. Once you have everything set and know which items you will definitely bring, follow these tips to make your packing and moving less stressful. Remember, preparation is important!

1. Have all your materials/supplies ready
There is nothing more frustrating when you’re packing than stopping to run to the store to grab another box or tape. Your packing will be faster and more efficient once you have everything prepared. Some supplies you might need include bubble wrap, permanent markers, boxes, tapes and other specialty containers such as dish barrels or wardrobe boxes.
2. Do a change of address
To avoid the hassle of failing to receive important mail, go to the local post office and fill out an address form, or do it online. But in case there are stragglers, it’s wise to ask a close neighbour or your previous landlord to look out for mail after you’ve moved. At the same time, you should alert the following of your move: banks, your employer, credit card companies and utility companies.
3. Group items and separate valuables
Once you begin packing, pack the items you infrequently use such as the waffle iron or popcorn maker together. This way you don’t need to be stressed out if you can’t unpack them during your first week. Then, group all the items based on their location in the house. For example, all the kitchen utensils should be packed in one box and labelled. This way, when you start unpacking, it will be easier and more convenient. When labelling, make sure to clearly label each box with its contents and the room that it’s destined for. Then closer to your moving day, pack items for everyone in the family that will be immediately needed for the first couple of days such as clothes and toiletries. At the same time, make sure to pack your important documents and valuables separately from the rest of your things. If possible, it is best to personally bring these items to your new home to avoid losing them.
4. Appliances/Furniture
A few days before you move, make sure to defrost the freezer if you are planning to move it with you. Make sure to empty, clean, and defrost it at least 24 hours before moving day. When moving appliances, big boxes and furniture, it is best to hire a moving company to do the heavy lifting for you. Reconfirm the moving company’s arrival time and other specifics to help you prepare.

Moving is never an easy process. It takes time, energy and patience. Ask other family members and your friends to help you in your packing and moving to make it a lot easier and fun. Congratulations on your new home!

June 22, 2022

Battle of the Houses: New or Existing?

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You are about to make one of the biggest investments in your life – buying a home. The decision is not one to take lightly, as there are many factors making each home on the market unique from the next. A major choice is between building new and finding an existing home.
In one corner, a brand new home – built with the most up-to-date technology, backed by a warranty, and complete with that sought-after new home smell. On the other, an existing home – full of character, located in an established neighbourhood, and often with a more reasonable price tag than comparable new homes for sale. It boils down to personal preference, so take a look at a few pros and cons of the two opponents, and see which wins the battle for your heart.

Newly built home:
1. New Home Warranty – At North Ridge, we provide our new homeowners with peace of mind knowing that their house is built by a trusted builder who is backed up by the Saskatchewan New Home Warranty Program. On top of that we provide our own Customer Care Warranty where we call our new homeowners every 30, 180 and 365 days after possession to make sure that everything is as good as they expected it to be, and if not, we will take a look at any issues.
2. Everything is brand new and more efficient– You don’t need to worry about replacing carpets, appliances, insulation or anything else! There is peace of mind knowing that there will not be any unforeseen costs associated with replacing or repairing anything in your home in the near future. With the construction industry constantly improving, new homes are more energy-efficient compared to homes before. Who doesn’t love a lower energy bill each month?
3. Choices, choices, choices! – With pre-sale homes, you have the freedom to make your home look exactly the way you want. You also have a wide range of selection on pre-built homes that speaks more to your expression of style and way of life. On top of that, you can enjoy the freedom of choosing your builder. The opportunity to investigate and carefully select the home builder you trust means you can have confidence in your decision.
1. Unestablished neighbourhood – Most new houses are built in new neighbourhoods that are still construction areas. It can take several years for a neighbourhood to be completed, with all residences built, landscaping and parks completed, and amenities like schools and stores in place.
2. Incomplete – Many new homes have unfinished basements and, although some neighbourhoods require driveways and landscaping, not all do. Flowers and trees don’t grow overnight!
3. More expensive – As a general rule, a new home is more expensive than an existing home. The home building industry is constantly looking for improvements in the materials they use or the processes involved in building a home.

Existing homes:
1. “Move-in” ready home – When you buy an existing home, you typically don’t have to worry about buying the extras, such as blinds for the window, a security system, or a landscaped back yard. Also, buyers who are willing to purchase a fixer-upper in a well-established neighbourhood have the opportunity to make improvements to their homes and increase the value of their property. This can be considered a great way to get returns out of the investment made in a home, a fun project, or both!
2. Layouts – Many new homes are built with an open concept, but with existing homes, there is a wide range of layouts. If you like the formal living and dining rooms, an existing home will likely satisfy you. If you like open concepts, never fear, there will surely be an existing open concept home on the market!
3. Character and Neighbourhood – You can find pre-existing homes from just about any decade in the past century – so there are a variety of styles from several eras to choose from located in established neighbourhoods. It has the potential to be full of history, quirks, and personality, that new homes have not yet acquired.
1. “What-if” Factor – What the house has been through in the past will likely be a mystery. Whether it was a past hail storm weakening the roof or a previous owner who did not properly maintain the appliances, there is always a chance that previous events that you do not know about have damaged the house, which can result in unexpected costs.
2. Leftovers – Some appliances or furniture that comes with the house may have been left behind for a reason – it is not in good condition. This leaves you having to clean up someone else’s mess.
3. Compromise – When buying a home, you may need to make compromises in regards to the features you want. Because you did not design the house yourself it is not likely to be the perfect house for you, and making it so may require costly renovations.

At the end of the day, buying a new home and building a new home both have their pluses and minuses. However, if you’ve done your research and planned carefully, the end result is sure to be rewarding no matter which option you choose. To buy a new build or an existing home: you decide!

May 12, 2022

Spring Cleaning

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Spring is in the air after a long winter season. It is time to put away those thick winter coats, breath in the fresh air and give your home a good clean and declutter in the process. This can be a really overwhelming task if you go at it without a plan and you might miss little things that shouldn’t be ignored. As a reminder, we have come up with a spring cleaning list that you shouldn’t forget when tackling this task! So open the windows wide, let in the fresh air, pop the radio on loud and let’s get started!

1. Wash seldom-cleaned linens.
This is really simple yet we almost always forget to do it. Take all the curtains in your home and load them into your washer. While waiting, you can wipe off your blinds or start cleaning a different area in your home.

2. Let in the light!
The sun is out and it is gorgeous! One way to ensure that you’re letting in all the light is to clean the windows really well, inside and outside. This can also be the perfect time to dust off your light fixtures if you don’t regularly do that. When the sources of light in your home are all clean and clear, you’ll find it brighter and more inviting!

3. Pay attention to nooks and crannies.
So important yet so easy to miss! Cobwebs in ceiling corners and dusty baseboards can often be ignored when doing your regular cleaning. Make this a fun task by getting your kids to help you with wiping the lower areas. Keep it easy by running a Swiffer dry sweeper along the tops of the baseboards.

4. Perform longer-term maintenance.
If you have leather couches, spend more time conditioning them. If your home is carpeted, give the carpets a good clean. Carpet cleaning is an important routine that you must never miss as it is expensive to constantly change it. Simply cleaning it regularly and giving it a good-steam cleaning once in a while will help you save money in the long run.

After cleaning, make your home smell delicious and lovely by diffusing essential oils or baking something wonderful. Invite friends over for brunch or host a fondue night. Share your clean, bright new home and make some new memories!

For a more detailed spring cleaning checklist, feel free to download our Spring Cleaning Checklist to get your home into top-notch shape inside and out!

March 21, 2022

What is a Flex Room?

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If we ask the question: “what does home mean to you?” the most common answer we’ll receive is exactly what you might be thinking right now; a home is a place where you live, where you create memories or a place for relaxing and fun. How we use our home space is always changing and because of that, it makes sense to have rooms in the home that can change too. In real estate, these are called flex rooms.

What is a Flex Room?
A flex room is essentially a space that can be used for a number of functions or can be customized to serve more than one purpose. It gives you more possibilities to tailor your home specific to what you and your family needs. Whether it’s an office, formal living room, a playroom or a music room, the possibilities are endless!
To make the most of this space, start by thinking about what your needs are. Perhaps you’re looking for a place to cultivate your hobbies, show off your book collection, or create a learning space for your kids.

1. Formal Living or Dining Room
Why have one when you can have two? Turning the flex room into a second living or dining room gives you the option of having both a formal space for guests and an informal space for family time.

2. Home Office or Study
When you want a space in the home where you can tune out distractions, a home office is an ideal space to accomplish just that. The flex room can provide a peaceful escape to work remotely.

3. Playroom or Homeschool Room
Your flex room can be a designated space within your home for school-related activities. This is a perfect example of how multi-purpose rooms can evolve over time. Today it’s a playroom, tomorrow it’s a homework station, and in the future, it could be your hobby room.

4. Hobby Room
Whether you’re into video games, sewing or another creative hobby, turning your flex room into a hobby room is a great use of the functional space!

5. Reading Nook or Library
Are you an avid reader? A flex room library allows you to keep all of your literary favourites in one spot. Line the walls with shelves for all your novels, magazines, and comic books, and add a few comfy chairs to read on.

Flex rooms are a great opportunity to create a special spot that your family will enjoy for years to come. Whatever you decide on how you use your flex room, we have plenty of options to help customize your space to fit your needs!

February 7, 2022

Are You Ready for a Single-Family Home?

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There is nothing more stressful or exciting than purchasing your first home. For many people, it is a time of adventure but for others, it can be scary deciding whether or not you’re ready.

Here are some reasons to consider purchasing a single-family home.

1. Space – If you’re an expanding family or have children, a townhome or condo won’t provide the same space as a single-family home – not only inside but also outside. Condos and townhomes rarely come with a yard. A single-family home is situated on its own lot with its own yard.

2. Privacy – A single-family home is the most private residency, you will not share any walls with your neighbours (unless you have a rental suite in your house, which is a bonus source of income). You will have your own yard and won’t have to worry about neighbours using your space.

3. Long Term Investment – Single-family homes are the longest investment you will make in your life, and generally, you can sell your home for a profit if it is well maintained.

4. Variety – A single-family home offers more variety than a townhouse or condo. If you want a specific number of bathrooms or bedrooms, a playroom or a walk-in pantry there are options that will include your preferences. There is also more variety in the floorplan which means that finding a layout that suits your needs is higher than the standardized layouts for condos or townhomes.

If you’re interested in starting your single-family home search in Saskatoon or surrounding areas, come talk to us at North Ridge and we can discuss your options and help find your forever home.

March 2, 2021

3 Reasons to Build with North Ridge

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At North Ridge, we are proud to offer functional layouts; premium features and finishes; a strong commitment to quality and unwavering dedication to genuine customer service. After all, we are dedicated to not just build quality homes but also to build quality relationships with our homeowners.

1. Function
Whether you’re looking for a bi-level, bungalow or a two-storey, our single-family selection offers a number of different layout designs to meet the needs of varying lifestyles and budgets. Even if this includes more bedrooms, bigger living space or a separate legal basement suite, we have the perfect home for you and your family.

2. Design
From gorgeous lighting to durable flooring to garages that can actually fit your truck, function and style are noticeable throughout your brand-new North Ridge home.

3. Quality
From the moment you choose your home to the moment you get your keys and even after you’ve moved in, we work hard to ensure that we’re meeting your needs.

We are a member of the Saskatchewan New Home Warranty Program, which offers up to ten years of warranty on the structural integrity of your North Ridge home. In addition, we offer our own Customer Care Warranty Program – your assurance that your North Ridge home is constructed to the highest building standards of the industry and has passed our rigorous Quality Assurance inspection of over 300 items.

The North Ridge Customer Care Warranty Program provides workmanship and material protection on your new home by providing three scheduled comprehensive service calls at 30, 180 and 365 days.

We understand that building a new home comes with many exciting challenges and a certain level of stress. We pride ourselves on guiding our customers through the entire process and beyond to ensure your peace of mind. When you’re ready to start your new home search, we’ll be here for you. Visit one of our show homes today.

September 27, 2019

Perks of Buying a Quick Possession Home

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Whether you’re relocating to a new city or you are ready to upgrade and don’t want to wait for a house to be built, quick possession new builds are a great option for purchasing a new home. Quick possession homes are completely finished and are just waiting for someone to fall in love with them.

Here are the top three perks of buying a quick possession home in Saskatoon and area:
1. No Waiting – With other newly built homes, you may need to wait for the builders to complete the home before you can move in. However (as mentioned above), quick possession homes are completely built and ready for new homeowners.
2. It’s A New Home – Quick possession homes are new builds. They haven’t been lived in before, so you get to enjoy the perks of a brand-new home with up-to-date appliances, fixtures, and modern features.
3. Newer Neighbourhoods – Most new homes are built in newer, developing neighbourhoods which are a great option if you’re looking for something a little more modern with parks and recreation built into the fabric of the neighbourhood.

If these perks seem appealing to you, check out our move-in ready homes and see if anything catches your eye. We have a number of move-in ready homes available in Brighton, Rosewood, Aspen Ridge, Lake Vista, Warman and Dalmeny.

August 29, 2019

First-Time Home Buyer Incentive

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Improving Affordability: Support for First-Time Home Buyers

There is nothing more exciting (or stressful) than purchasing your first home. For many people, it is a time of adventure, but for others, it can be a little scary deciding whether or not they’re ready. The federal government wants to make homeownership more accessible and affordable for first-time home buyers and to do so, is introducing the First-Time Home Buyer Incentive administered by Canada Mortgage and Housing Corp. (CMHC).

With this incentive, CMHC provides 10% of a first-time buyer’s purchase of a new build in exchange for an equity stake, allowing for smaller mortgages that will keep monthly payments lower! The incentive is available to first-time homebuyers with qualified annual incomes of $120,000 or less.

Set to launch on September 2nd, 2019, take advantage of this exciting new program and let us help you get to homeownership! Visit one of our show homes to learn more.

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August 12, 2019

It’s Buy Time: When to Purchase a New Home

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When it comes to buying new builds, the first thing you need to think about is when you want to move in. At North Ridge Development, we have two options for newly built homes, quick possession homes and developing homes.

Quick possession homes are move-in ready, they’re entirely built and just waiting for a family to move in and fill the rooms with love and laughter. If you have a short timeline, you may not be able to wait for a developing home which means that your options will be fewer, but you won’t have to wait very long.

Developing homes are in progress, whether that be in the planning stage or actual building process. The timelines with developing homes are usually quite a bit longer than with quick possession homes because they are not yet move-in ready. If you are willing to wait or if you have a longer timeline, developing homes allow you to be more involved in the development of your home.

So, when you’re looking at purchasing a new home, think about your expected move-in date and once you’ve determined how long you need you can narrow down the type of home you can/want to purchase. From there, you choose between our move-in ready or homes in progress and begin the journey of finding your dream home in Saskatoon, Martensville, Warman or Dalmeny.

February 7, 2019