Tofino & Ucluelet Real Estate News & Info

You hope you find our Ucluelet & Tofino real estate and news section to be a wealth of information, covering everything from West Coast market statistics and real estate tips from experts, to things that are happening in the communities of Tofino and Ucluelet. That’s because we care about the West Coast of Vancouver Island and truly want to help you find your place in it. Please reach out if you have any questions at all. We’d love to talk with you!

Feb. 19, 2021

The Best Beer and Spirits on the West Coast, BC

A popular past time on the west coast is trying new craft beer and cocktails. Experience specially curated flavour palettes inspired by the west coast. These businesses all pride themselves in providing sustainable locally made drinks for you to savour. Enjoy the ambience of these local breweries and distillery or find their offerings in many of the local pubs and restaurants throughout the community. It is no secret; these breweries and distilleries are extremely well-known and loved on Vancouver Island and throughout British Columbia. 

Tofino Brewing Company

Long-time brewery, Tofino Brewing Company emerged on the scene in 2011 and has since made a huge name for themselves in the British Columbia beer community. Starting from humble beginnings, Tofino Brewing Co. can now be found heavily throughout BC. This brewery has an industrial look and laid back ambience, enjoy their tasting room or take a growler or cans to go. Find locally inspired flavours and ingredients in beers like the Kelp Stout, a full-bodied smooth beer that is brewed with local kelp. The Spruce Tree Ale is conditioned with locally harvested spruce tips making a fresh golden ale. If you’re looking for a light and hoppy taste, try a pint of the dimension ascension. Can’t decide which beer to try first? Order a flight of four tasting beers of your choice. Tofino brewing also offers a few bar snack options to accompany your beer sipping.

Hours

Open 7 days a week: 1:00 PM-8:00 PM

Location

691 Industrial Way, Tofino, BC

Contact

Phone: (250) 725-2899

 

Ucluelet Brewing Company

A delightful addition to the Ucluelet food and beverage scene, Ucluelet Brewing is nestled within a beautifully restored church that overlooks the Ucluelet harbour and surrounding mountains. Ucluelet Brewings’ Beers are available in cans or growlers fills for takeout, or in their tasting room along with their simple savoury food menu. A unique stand out of their beer offerings is the “better late than never cranberry kettle sour”, brewed with cranberries handpicked from Ahousaht. Many guests enjoy the resurrection red, a balanced and malty Irish red ale. Be on the lookout for their limited edition taps and featured guest taps. Ucluelet Brewing offers more than just beer on their drink menu, check out island-made ciders from Merridale Cidery and Distillery. Their food menu has some great snacks for sharing, like, potato skins with bacon and Vancouver Island cheddar cheese, or chips with house-made salsa. If you are looking for more than a snack, they offer classics like grilled cheese or hoppy mac and cheese, sure to satisfy your hunger. Enjoy a great beer in the heart of Ucluelet.  

Hours

Mon, Wed, Thurs: 4:00 PM-10:00 PM

Fri, Sat, Sun: 1:00PM-10:00PM

Location

1601 Peninsula Rd, Ucluelet, BC

Contact

Phone: 250-726-0499

 

Tofino Distillery 

Not far from downtown Tofino, you will find Tofino Distillery and their handcrafted premium spirits. If you are a lover of cocktails you will love their certified organic range of spirits crafted locally in Tofino, BC. Their range of spirits includes stand-alone classics like small-batch vodka and west coast gin. Try the jalapeno vodka, the perfected base for a traditional Caesar. Mix it up with the psychedelic jellyfish, their traditional absinthe bursting with flavours of anise. Stop by Tofino distillery’s tasting room and sip mini cocktails featuring their locally made spirits. The tasting room is always serving up new cocktails, get inspired for your next cocktail night featuring Tofino Distillery spirits.

Hours

Open 7 Days a Week: 12:00pm-7:00pm

Location

281 Industrial Way – Unit G & H, Tofino, BC

Contact

Phone: 250-725-2182

Feb. 12, 2021

Things to do in Tofino, BC: Surfing

When you think of Tofino, the first thing that probably comes to mind is the magnificent beaches. Tofino is a world-renowned surfing location and a top surfing spot in Canada. Surf culture has become an important part of this west coast community. In any given season, if you walk the beaches of Tofino you will see surfers enjoying the Pacific Ocean waves. You will see everyone from beginners to intermediate surfing year-round. Don’t let the cool weather deter you, learning to surf in Tofino is a must to check off your bucket list for any adventure seeker. 


What to know

Most importantly, you will need to be able to swim at a confident level. When surfing you will be in waist to chest height water as a beginner.  Be sure to read local surf reports and understand when it is suitable to go out, as the ocean’s tides are ever-changing. 

Surf etiquette is necessary to practice so all beachgoers can safely enjoy themselves. The person closest to the peak has the right of way, do not drop in on other surfers. 

Tofino ocean temperatures range from 13 degrees Celsius to 15 degrees Celsius, wetsuits are worn year-round. Hoods and gloves provide extra warmth in the colder winter months.

 

Surf Lessons and Rentals

Many surf shops in Tofino and Ucluelet have the option of booking lessons. Take advantage of learning to ropes from experienced surfers familiar with the local beaches, it is the best way to enjoy our time surfing. The west coast has an abundance of surf shops with staff passionate about surfing that will take the time to fit you with the right gear and surfboard. If you are transporting your own gears shop staff will help ensure your boards are racked correctly on your vehicle. Shop staff will also be able to point you in the right direction of what beaches may suit your skill level at any given time. 

If you don’t think you’re ready to master a longboard yet, many shops rent bodyboards as well, a fun activity to get out and enjoy when the waves are not as desirable. If you’re looking to stay out of the waves, check out skimboarding. Check out these local surf shops to get you started on your first wave.

 

Tofino Surf School

Located in the core of Tofino and locally owned and operated, Tofino Surf School has been rated and recommended by National Geographic. They have received hundreds of glowing reviews for their surf lessons and professional service. 

381 Main Street

Tofino, BC

Phone: 250-522-0189

 

The Surf Shop at Long Beach Lodge Resort

This surf shop is conveniently located on Cox Bay, a favorite beach among many and a great beginner surf spot. Just a short walk from the shop to the beach means no loading up the car with gear and more time hitting the waves. The facility includes access to change rooms, showers, sauna, and hot tub making for the perfect post-surf ritual.

1441Pacific Rim Highway 

Tofino, BC

Email: surf@longbeachlodgeresort.com

 

Relic Surf Shop

Relic is a favorite amongst locals, their shop boasts over 300 boards to choose from. The staff and instructors are avid surfers and able to get you in the perfect gear with a customized experience to suit your skill level. 

1998 Peninsula Rd

Ucluelet, BC

2695 Tofino Ucluelet Highway,

Ucluelet, BC

Phone: 250-726-4421

 

Beaches

Cox Bay

World-renowned Cox Bay is the best spot year-round for a variety of surf. You’ll see large waves from southern swells taken on by professional surfers here, and plenty of whitewash perfect for beginner surfers. Keep your eyes peeled, you’ll see a ton of local talent surfing here, which is amazing to watch.

North Chesterman

When waves get too big at Cox Bay, North Chesterman is a good option to check out as the waves generally always smaller. The smaller waves make North Chesterman another great option for beginners.

Long Beach

Nestled within the Pacific Rim National Park, Long Beach is the ultimate spot to hit the waves in the summer months. Checking out the surf scene at this 16km pristine beach is a must.

 

Add surfing to the list of many unforgettable activities to do in Tofino, BC. Try something new or master your skills on the most beautiful beaches in Canada. After you first surf you will know why Tofino has such an amazing surfing scene. 

 

Feb. 8, 2021

478 Orca Cres, Ucluelet, BC

478 Orca Cres, BC
Offered at $134,900

Affordable Living in Ucluelet. This well-maintained manufactured home in Whispering Pines Mobile Home is the perfect entry level home or vacation property. Inside you will find the bright kitchen featuring two skylights and laminate flooring; the adjoining dining area; and carpeted living room highlighting the vaulted ceiling. On one end find the master bedroom with a walk-in closet; and adjoining 3-piece bathroom featuring a soaker tub and plenty of counter space. A second bedroom can be found off the kitchen featuring a large bay window; and a 4-piece bathroom just down the hall and laundry room. The partially fenced, low maintenance yard backs onto a quiet greenbelt. Check out the professional photos and Virtual Tour and then call to arrange your private viewing.

 

Posted in Just Listed
Feb. 3, 2021

Where to Eat this Weekend in Tofino: Shed

Looking for a family-friendly meal with something satisfying for everyone? Check out Shed located in Tofino, B.C.

Shed Tofino is the place to go for a variety of delicious burgers bowls and pizzas. Shed's menu includes appetizers and kids' menu offerings, making it a great choice for families to enjoy.

Where to Eat in Tofino BC

Shed is a great spot to grab a burger before your next beach adventure. Their selection of house-made burgers is sure to have something to satisfy everyone's taste. Enjoy a classic Shed Burger with a house-made beef patty, lettuce, tomatoes, cheese, and shed sauce. Still, craving breakfast? Luckily they have an all-day breakfast sandwich, loaded with all the usual suspects; 4x4 bacon, sharp cheddar, and scrambled egg sauced up with mayo and relish. These burgers are perfect to fuel your day exploring the west coast.     

If you are coming to get takeout at Shed after your day exploring be sure to try one of their spectacular pizzas! El Capitan is a favorite, this pizza has salami, roasted mushroom, banana peppers, feta, and double cheese, made extra saucy. If you are a crowned meat eater the carnivore is for you, double smoked bacon, salami, pepperoni, and calabrese. Don't forget to try one or all of their dips for your pizza.

Shed offers beer, cider, and wine for takeout with their food if you are looking for something to quench your thirst. We recommend Shed's house beer, a special collaboration with Tofino Brewing. Takeout and delivery can be done online or by phone. Delivery is $4 and includes areas within Tofino to Long Beach. Grab your next meal from Shed, and enjoy the comfort of cozy pub food on the go or at home.

Hours

Open 7 days a week.

11:30 AM - 9:30 AM

Pizza menu available 4:00 PM - 9:00 PM

Currently Takeout and Delivery Only

Location

461 Campbell St, Tofino BC.

Contact

Phone: (250) 725 7433

 

Jan. 2, 2021

The Fenton Report West Coast - January 2021

Market Wide Summary

Overall, the number of sales in the West Coast market, in 2020, was up in comparison to the previous year. The number of non-waterfront homes listed for sale, and sold, in both Ucluelet and Tofino were up from 2019. Likewise, the waterfront house market in both Ucluelet and Tofino saw an increase in sales activity. With the sole exception of Tofino waterfront houses, housing prices continued to rise across the board in 2020. Finally, there was a noticeable increase in homes selling above, their asking price in both the Ucluelet and Tofino markets. 

Download a PDF Version of The Fenton Report - January 2021

Ucluelet Homes Above/Below Ask Price

In 2020, 65.4% of single family homes sold below their asking price in Ucluelet, while 15.4% sold at their asking price, and 19.2% sold above their asking price. In comparison in 2019, 82.8% of single family homes sold below their asking price, while 17.2% sold at their asking price, and 0% In 2020, 65.4% of single family homes sold below their asking price in Ucluelet, while 15.4% sold at their asking price, and 19.2% sold above their asking price. In comparison in 2019, 82.8% of single family homes sold below their asking price, while 17.2% sold at their asking price, and 0% sold above their asking price. There was a dramatic increase of homes selling above their asking price in 2020, which is typical of a strong Seller’s Market. 

Ucluelet Homes Above_Below Asking Price 2021

Ucluelet Single Family Home Snapshot

The average sale price was up 9% over 2019, while the median sale price saw a marginal increase. After two consecutive years of the number of homes selling in Ucluelet decreasing, 2020 saw a 17% in home sales. This has moved Ucluelet home sales into a strong Seller’s Market. Meanwhile, the average days on the market were down 28% when compared with the previous year. The difference from the last asking price to the sale price was -0.7%, a significant change from the -3.5% posted in 2019.

Single Family Homes

2020

2019

% Change

Homes Listed

31

30

3%

Homes Sold

27

23

17%

Average Sale Price

$657,833

$600,454

10%

Median Sale Price

$620,000

$621,500

0%

Average Days on Market

59

82

-28%

Difference from Last Ask to Sale

-0.7%

-3.5%

N/A

Ucluelet Waterfront Homes Snapshot

The Ucluelet single family waterfront home market saw a marked increase in sales activity in 2020. While the number of homes listed for sale decreased 18%, the number of homes sold increased 29% in comparison to 2019. The average sale price was up 4% over the previous year, while the median sale price was up 34%. The average days on the market decreased 72%. Waterfront homes sold on average 3.8% below the last asking price in 2020, compared to the previous year in which they sold on average 5.6% below the asking price. It should be noted that the sample size for the Ucluelet Waterfront market is too small to draw concrete conclusions.  

Waterfront Homes

2020

2019

% Change

Homes Listed

9

11

-18%

Homes Sold

9

7

29%

Average Sale Price

$1,190,833

$1,149.214

4%

Median Sale Price

$1,300,000

$968,000

34%

Average Days on Market

79

280

-72%

Difference from Last Ask to Sale

-3.8%

-5.6%

N/A

Tofino Single Family Home Snapshot

Pricing by all metrics was up relative to 2019. The average sale price was up 13% while the median sale price was up 21%. The number of homes sold in 2020 was up 36% over the previous year, and the number of homes listed was up 26%. Meanwhile, the average days on the market was up 86%, over 2019. The difference from the last asking price to the sale price was -1.6%, a significant change from the -5.7% posted in 2019. 

Single Family Homes

2020

2019

% Change

Homes Listed

24

19

26%

Homes Sold

15

11

36%

Average Sale Price

$1,041,600

$922,490

13%

Median Sale Price

$1,025,000

$850,000

21%

Average Days on Market

128

69

86%

Difference from Last Ask to Sale

-1.6%

-5.7%

N/A

Tofino Waterfront Homes Snapshot

The Tofino single family waterfront home market saw an increase in activity in 2020. The number of homes listed for sale increased 43%. Meanwhile the number of homes sold was up 150% over the previous year. The average sale price was $1,732,000. The average days on the market down 15%. Waterfront homes sold on average 10% below the last asking price in 2020. It should be noted that the sample size for the Tofino Waterfront market is too small to draw concrete conclusions. 

Waterfront Homes

2020

2019

% Change

Homes Listed

10

7

43%

Homes Sold

5

2

150%

Average Sale Price

$1,732,000

$2,550,000

-32%

Median Sale Price

$1,825,000

$2,550,000

-28%

Average Days on Market

163

191

-15%

Difference from Last Ask to Sale

-10.%

-12.7%

N/A

Tofino Homes Above/Below Ask Price

In 2020, 73.4% of single family homes sold below their asking price in Tofino, while 13.3% sold at their asking price, and 13.3% sold above their asking price. In comparison in 2019 84.6% of single family homes sold below their asking price, while 7.7% sold at their asking price, and 7.7% of homes sold above their asking price. There was a marked increase of homes selling above their asking price in 2020.

Tofino Homes Above_Below Ask Price


All stats come from MLS data.

‘Single Family Homes’ include Single Family Homes, in the Ucluelet or Tofino sub area, excluding all waterfront sales.*   

 ‘Waterfront Homes’ include Single Family Homes, in the Ucluelet or Tofino sub area, excluding all non-waterfront sales.  

Posted in Market Updates
Nov. 29, 2020

Nick Holatko - Your West Coast Real Estate Expert

Nick Holatko and Royal LePage have been busy in their first year serving the West Coast communities of Ucluelet and Tofino. And what an unusual year it has been! In 2019 Royal LePage set out plans to open an office in Ucluelet and begin to service the area with world class internet marketing and honest local service. Just as our plans were about to launch, the pandemic hit. 

1106 Coral Way, Uclulet BC Sold By Nick

In order to do our part to keep the communities of Ucluelet and Tofino safe, we had to adapt on the fly. Luckily we’re a high tech real estate company, and able to smoothly transition into a low contact way of doing business. 

“It all started with virtual viewings,” Nick explains, “Because my buyer clients live all over the world, I immediately moved to virtual viewings where I would show my clients through homes using video chat.” As it turned out the technology worked beautifully, and Nick was able to do initial showing without having the client travel to the coast. Once a client found the right home, they would make a day trip down to view the property following all of Royal LePage’s Covid 19 protocols, which are in place to keep it’s Real Estate Agents, Clients and communities safe 

In the midst of the pandemic Royal LePage opened a new office in Ucluelet so that their clients had a safe place to meet with their Realtor. “We’ve long recognized that real estate is bought and sold online in the 21st Century, which is why we’ve invested so heavily over the years in online technology that will help our clients have maximum success,” says Chris Fenton, who is the owner of both The Fenton Team and Royal LePage Port Alberni – Pacific Rim Realty, “But, when we decided to offer our services in Ucluelet and Tofino we decided that we needed a space for our clients to meet with our local west coast real estate expert.”   

Royal LePage Ucluelet Office

Nick Holatko, who is a Buyer’s Agent with TFT Buyer Associates of Royal LePage Port Alberni – Pacific Rim Realty, is here to stay. Despite all of the challenges of safely opening a business during a pandemic, he has helped many clients buy the right home in 2020. 

#1 Real Estate Agent in Ucluelet Nick Holatko

And Nick’s clients are beyond impressed with his honesty, integrity, professionalism, and local knowledge.  Nick is already the #1 Rated Ucluelet Real Estate Agent according to Rate My Agent

“Nick did a fantastic job working with us both making offers on bare land and purchasing a home. His advice was invaluable, his knowledge of the process, laws, etc. was impeccable. We are continuing to work with him in our search for a building lot, and we highly recommend him.” Ian Rumley tells us. 

Nick lives, works and plays in Ucluelet. When he is not working for his clients, you can find him surfing, mountain biking, or hiking with his Husky. If you’re interested in real estate in Ucluelet or Tofino, you can reach Nick directly at 250.266.4418.

Nick Holatko Ucluelet Real Estate Agent

Sold By Nick Holatko in 2020

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6 625 Hellesen Dr Tofino BC6 625 Hellesen Drive, Tofino, BC

9 Hot Springs Oceanside Rd Tofino BC9 Hot Springs Oceanside Rd, Tofino BC.

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261 Cedar Street Tofino BC261 Cedar Street, Tofino BC.

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499 Orca Crescent Ucluelet BC499 Orca Crescent, Ucluelet, BC.

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Nov. 17, 2020

Where to Eat this Weekend: Rhino Coffee House

Need a well-deserved snack after an early morning riding the waves? Head on down to Rhino Coffee House located in Tofino, BC. 

 

 

Here at Rhino Coffee House the donuts take center stage. Warm and fluffy yeast and cake-based donuts covered in sticky delicious glaze are served fresh daily.  

The local favorite is a maple glaze bacon donut. It’s sweet maple glaze is perfectly paired with a few slices of crispy thick cut bacon. Tasting one of these delicious comforts is like biting into a syrupy Sunday pancake breakfast with a side of bacon. Since they are sweet but not too sweet, they are mouth-watering, and while the bacon is savory, the donut still tastes like a donut. Pair it with a coffee and you can really tackle the rest of your day. 

Those who are feeling for something different may want to try an old-fashioned beer donut. These donuts are not glazed and are made with beer that gives them a subtle flavor. The donuts are delicious on their own or when dunked into coffee. 

No better combo has been around since donut and coffee were paired together. At Rhino Coffee House, organic dark roast coffee is served fresh and steaming. The locals often have their coffee to go but you can sit inside as well. Here you can also get a cappuccino, hot latte, iced latte, expresso, mocha more. 

Rhino Coffee House also serves sandwiches and wraps for those with an appetite for something more substantial. Rhino Coffee House’s popular all-day breakfast bagel sandwiches made with fried egg, cheese, bacon, ham and sausage are great for when hunger strikes. However, if you really want to go full out, then try the ‘Bro’ nut sandwich. With fried egg, cheese, mayo, your choice of bacon, ham, or sausage, the 'Bro' nut is made between two halves of a big donut. The BBQ chicken sandwich is also a great choice and is made with smoked gouda, red onion, tomato, lettuce and served on a brioche bun. 

Takeout and delivery is done online through an updated delivery system. Delivery is free if an order is delivered within 15 kilometers and if the order is over $30. A quick pick me up from Rhino Coffee House for the on the go explorer, busy worker and galivanting tourist helps them to go about their day. Without a coffee and donut from Rhino Coffee House in hand, walking along Long Beach wouldn't be the same.

Hours

Open 7 days a week. 

7:30 AM- 4:30 PM

All day breakfast and lunch

Location

430 Campbell St, Tofino BC. 

Contact

Phone: (250) 725-2558

 

 

Posted in Things to Do
Nov. 13, 2020

How Your life Will Change if You Move to the West Coast

 

 

You Will Live Closure to Nature

Here on the west coast there are many areas to camp and explore the natural wilderness of British Columbia. The Wya Point Campground located south of the Pacific Rim National Park Reserve offers both forested and oceanside camping.

Living on the west coast will give you direct access to businesses that allow the observation of wildlife from a safe and respectful distance. A popular means to observe west coast nature and wildlife is through Ocean Outfitters. You can visit Ocean Outfitters on 368 Main Street, Tofino, BC. 

Protected land here in BC has risen dramatically since the 1990's. The protected land and waters of BC preserve nature and animals, which ensures that it will be here for many years to come and to be enjoyed by many people moving to the west coast.

 

You Will Make New Friends

The west coast is known for its hospitality, friendly locals, and tight knit communities. The people living here are laid back and will gladly welcome people from other areas. Those who enjoy outdoor activities and recreation will find it easier to make friends with outdoorsy locals. In addition, there are many sports teams and clubs to join that will provide ample opportunity to meet people. 

 

You Will Become More Active

The mild climate of the west coast means that outdoor recreation can be enjoyed year-round. From skiing, to golfing, surfing to hiking, people living on the west coast can enjoy a wide range of activities due to the weather, climate, and geology. We have mountains, lakes, rivers and beaches to explore. In addition, in the mild West Coast winter, it is not unusual to enjoy "summertime" activities such as golfing and surfing. Moreover, with a lot of public parks, beaches and walking trails there is plenty of green space to go outside for a workout. 

 

You Will Spend Less Time in Traffic 

A smaller population and less urban development mean less time spent in traffic. With your free time, not spent in traffic, you can do more of the things you love to do. Moreover, spending less time in traffic, has been shown to lower stress, and improve levels of happiness. 

 

You Will Eat the Best Seafood

One of the best reasons to visit and live on the west coast is the abundance of fresh caught seafood. The Pacific Ocean provides restaurants and markets with salmon, scallops, tuna, halibut, crab and more. Moreover, here on the west coast there is an abundance of top-rated restaurants serving delicious seafood. Restaurants and food trucks such as RavenLady, Cedar Grill, and the Schooner Restaurant are great places to enjoy west coast seafood. 

 

 

You Will Make New Memories

With all the possibilities for adventure, meeting new people, trying new foods, and enjoying the beauty of the west coast it is no wonder why so many people choose to live here. Moreover, living here will allow you to make many new memories and experiences. From trying your hand at ziplining, snowboarding at Mount Washington, surfing the waves at Long Beach, to attending a salmon festival in Port Alberni, there are endless opportunities and experiences to be had. 

 

 

Posted in Things to Do
Nov. 4, 2020

10 Tips for New Homeowners on the West Coast

Purchased a home? As a first-time homeowner, here is what you should know.

 

1) Maintain your home

Maintaining your home is one the most important things you can do as a homeowner. Spotting small problems and fixing them before they become a bigger issue, will save you money and time. Create reminders and checklists for when tasks must be completed. Moreover, assemble a maintenance team that will handle the tasks you are underqualified to perform. It is a good idea to get the contact info of local handymen and professionals that can assist your needs as a homeowner. 

2) Do not overspend

Resist the urge to change everything in the house right away. Focus on rebuilding your funds and saving up for another large purchase. Avoid completing unnecessary projects. 

3) Hire a professional

A qualified professional will save you both time and money. Moreover, all work will be performed safely and correctly. 

4) Change up the locks

A key move in helping to deter a potential home break in is changing the locks. Know that there are probably some spare keys still floating about.

5) Clean all appliance coils, dryer vents and gutters

Cleaning will prevent a house fire; unnecessary energy consumption and it will also improve the longevity of your appliances. 

6) Check under toilets, sinks and outdoor faucets for leaks

It is important catch a leak before it has a chance to inflict any serious damage to your home and property. The best time to spot a leak is in the morning. Remember to call a professional when a leak is detected. 

7) Budget for emergencies

Setting aside money for unexpected emergencies will save you both time and hassle when life throws you a curve ball.  Although it may be unexpected, at least you will be prepared. 

8) Check the temperature of the water in your hot water tank 

Adjust the water to 120 Fahrenheit. Doing so will save you the expense of  paying a costly energy bill. 

9) Buy good quality tools and equipment

The quality of care given to your home and yard is dependent on the kinds of tools you use. Remember to buy good quality tools that will last, and the proper tools needed, such as pliers, weedwhackers, ladders, hammers, lawn mowers, shovels, saws, and wrenches. A great place to buy what you need for home maintenance and repair is Slegg Lumber

10) Change your billing and mailing address

Make sure that your bank has your new mailing address and that you have changed all billing information to your new address. Remember to update your billing address for online purchases as well. 

 

Posted in Ask a Professional
Oct. 17, 2020

Ucluelet & Tofino Home Renovation Guide

Are you considering a renovation of you Ucluelet or Tofino home in the near future?  If you are it is important to first understand why you are undertaking the renovation.  Are you simply looking to upgrade an area of your home for your own personal enjoyment?  Is this regular home maintenance you are undertaking?  Or are you thinking about selling soon and want to increase your properties value?  

Ucluelet and Tofino BC Home Renovation

Knowing why you are undertaking the renovation will help guide you in deciding where best to invest your money.  After all any home renovations you do should be adding value to your property, which is what is called the Return On Investment or ROI for short. For every dollar you put into a renovation how much can expect to get in return when you go to sell your home.    

If you are planning to sell in the next few months then sticking to simple renovations that improve your homes curb appeal and aesthetics are the best bang for your buck.  On the interior of the home, consider upgrading light fixtures and new kitchen cabinet hardware or a fresh coat of interior paint which can provide an ROI of ~60%.  On the outside a new garage door can provide you with a ~97.5% ROI or a new Front door which can provide a ROI of ~90%.  

If you are planning on staying in your home for a few more years then taking on a larger renovation that you can enjoy for a while may be worthwhile.  Minor Kitchen Renovations can provide an excellent return on investment at ~80%, Meanwhile a bathroom remodel should come in at 70.1% ROI.  The Canadian Institute of Appraisal found that basement renovations that turn unused basements into comfortable living spaces rank the highest on enjoyment scales for homeowners but also improve re-sale value as prospective home owners tend to pay more for homes with finished basements.  

It is always important to keep up with regular house maintenance and while it may not always be the most enjoyable way to spend our hard earned dollars, it is vital to the longevity of our homes and can still provide a solid return on Investment. One of the best home maintenance renovations you can complete is replacing an old roof, which is found to achieve an ~70% ROI.  

To top it all off, replacing old windows with new vinyl windows is one of the best renovations you can do that actually fits into all three categories!  There are numerous benefits to this renovation, such as increased insulation and solar radiation to keep heating and cooling costs down.  The aesthetic enjoyment of new bright and clean windows but most importantly a return on investment of almost ~70%.  

Before you start any home renovation make sure to check out Clean BC for government rebates!  This can help guide your home renovation decision making and save you lots of money with your Ucluelet or Tofino real estate!

 

Posted in Ask a Professional