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5 Steps to Keep Fence Posts from Rotting – By Sean Kavanagh

Tue, 8th April, 2014 - Posted by Sean Kavanagh - (0) Comment

When buyers purchase a property, home inspections often reveal deficiencies in wood fencing, more specifically, rotting posts. If your cedar fence posts are rotting at the bottom, you need to replace them. The rot probably developed because the posts were installed improperly. When you are installing a fence, be sure the posts are put in properly to ensure the fence has a long life. Here are a few things you can do to ensure you have a strong and stable fence simply by installing the posts correctly.

Cedar has a reputation for durability, but unless a few guidelines are followed, cedar posts can fail in as few as five years. Three factors contribute to this early failure: poor drainage, low-quality wood and poor protection against insect damage. To get the most out of your new posts, here are five things you can do:

1. Soak the bottom of the posts in a wood preservative containing copper napthanate, such as Cuprinol. Available at some paint stores and home centers, this wood treatment is specifically designed for in-ground applications.

2. Place about 6 in. of aggregate in the bottom of the posthole to allow for drainage. The bottom of the post should extend a few inches into the aggregate as shown.

3. Pour the concrete so that it’s above the soil level. Trowel the top smooth and slope it so that water runs away from the post.

4. Apply high-quality exterior acrylic latex caulk, or silicone specifically designed to adhere to concrete, at the base of the post. This will seal the gap between the concrete and post that’s caused by freeze/thaw cycles.

5. Don’t use posts that contain sapwood. Sapwood is lighter in color (usually yellow) than heartwood, which is dark. Instead, use heartwood, because it’s denser and more insect-resistant.
* The Family Handyman

Category : Burlington / Burlington Real Estate / Home Improvements / Home for Sale Burlington / Home for Sale Hamilton / Home for Sale Oakville / Home for Sale Toronto / Real Estate

2433 Redfern Road for sale – $514,000 – by Sean Kavanagh

Thu, 3rd April, 2014 - Posted by Sean Kavanagh - (0) Comment

5 Bedroom/3 Bath home sits on a quiet court in South Burlington. Remodeled eat-in kitchen overlooking spacious family room. Walkout to backyard with deck, in-ground pool and hot tub. Finished basement with 5th bedroom and newly remodeled full bath. Hardwood throughout, A/C and Furnace(05), Roof(06). Steps to the Burlington Mall and minutes from the QEW.

CLICK HERE for the virtual tour

Category : Burlington Real Estate / Featured / Home for Sale Burlington / Real Estate

‘Attention to details, honesty, perseverance, overall effort, solid real estate agent and a great person’ – His words, not mine!

Sat, 8th March, 2014 - Posted by Sean Kavanagh - (0) Comment

As a first time home buyer I was looking for a real estate agent that would give it to me straight, while keeping my best interests in mind – Sean did just that. He is the ideal professional; business oriented, but at the same time very personable, which made me feel more like a friend than a client. I worked with Sean for approximately four months. I really appreciated the emailed listings, his reliable nature when it came to scheduling home visits, and his consistent work to ensure that I was protected in my home purchase. His attention to details, honesty, perseverance, and overall effort is what made him stand out to me as a solid real estate agent, and most importantly a great person. Our business partnership ended months ago, but Sean is still available when I ask him for his advice. Sean’s a fantastic real estate agent and great friend.

Respectfully,

Brian Farnsworth

Category : Burlington / Real Estate / Testimonials

‘I thoroughly appreciate the top notch level of support and advice’ – His words, not mine

Sat, 8th March, 2014 - Posted by Sean Kavanagh - (0) Comment

I had the privilege of working with Sean during my recent housing search and couldn’t be happier with the unparalleled level of service that he provided to me from the get-go and onwards. He knows the market extremely well and did a tremendous job of (patiently) showing me as many properties as I wanted to see, while answering my millions of questions and providing me with comparative market/property data to help put things in perspective.

The professionalism and diligence that Sean displayed at all times helped to make the home buying process that much more comfortable, as he was always quick to follow up and follow through on any given inquiry and/or request. I thoroughly appreciate the top notch level of support and advice provided and would highly recommend him to anyone looking for someone who goes above and beyond in helping you to buy and/or sell your home.

Sincerely,

Rob Hughes

Category : Burlington / Real Estate / Testimonials

First Time Buyers – Saving for your downpayment – By Sean Kavanagh

Mon, 3rd March, 2014 - Posted by Sean Kavanagh - (0) Comment

For many first-time homebuyers, saving the 5 per cent downpayment is one of the biggest obstacles to home ownership, especially if you’re paying rent, paying down student loans, and trying to live a life. Here are some programs and tips that can give your downpayment a boost – to get you into your home faster:

1. The federal Home Buyers’ Program (HBP) lets first-time homebuyers withdraw up to $25,000 each (or $50,000 for a couple) tax-free from their RRSPs. You’ll need to pay those funds back, of course, on a repayment plan.

2. A financial gift from a parent or blood relative can be used as a downpayment. You’ll need to document in writing that the funds are a gift and that you are not required to pay the money back at any time.

3. A parent or grandparent could also provide a loan with a modest interest rate and reasonable expectations for loan repayment. Or you could look at borrowing the downpayment through a loan or unsecured line of credit.

4. If your dream home is out of reach, look for a starter home. Use today’s low interest rates to start hammering down your mortgage, then watch for the opportunity to get the home of your dreams – using the equity and credit rating you’ve been building!

If you are a first time buyer looking to jump on the property ladder but may need some help structuring a plan that will lead to home ownership, I am always available to meet for a personal consultation. Give me a call or send me an email and I would be happy to sit down with you to demystify the process.

Category : Burlington / Burlington Real Estate / Buyers / Home for Sale Burlington

Day 53 of 365 Things to do in Burlington – Bronte Creek Provincial Park’s 17th Annual Maple Syrup Festival

Fri, 28th February, 2014 - Posted by Sean Kavanagh - (0) Comment

Bronte Creek Provincial Park’s 17th Annual Maple Syrup Festival

Fresh Ontario maple syrup has been the focus of Bronte Creek Provincial Park’s Annual Maple Syrup Festival since 1998.

“We are so excited to be partnering with the Friends of Bronte Creek Park who will be bringing a few new attractions to our festival.” Says Festival Coordinator Andrew Cirtwill. “You now have 4 more reasons to visit the already fantastic Maple Syrup Festival:
1. Maple Kettle Corn*
2. Maple Cotton Candy*
3. Hot Apple Cider*
4. Pony Rides*

Cirtwill adds “We were identified as one of the top Festivals in all of Ontario in 2013 and now with the help of our Friends we hope to.”

The Maple Syrup Festival in Bronte Creek Provincial Park kicks off this Saturday at 9:30am and is open to the public from 9:30am to 3:00pm every weekend in March and from 9:30am to 3:00pm daily through the March Break.

It is too cold for the sap to run, but they are still offering 2-3 hours of activities for the whole family to enjoy including hot pancake meals and fresh taffy. Enjoy a guided tour of the Maple Lane, where 1890s costumed interpreters demonstrate how to tap maple trees, make maple syrup and maple sugar. You can even pick up a bottle of maple syrup to take home with you. Hop on a wagon that will take you to a heated pancake house where you can enjoy fresh, hot pancakes with pure maple syrup and sausages.

Due to this lovely weather we have been having, the ice skating rink will be extending their hours and remain open throughout the festival times. Treat your family to how outdoor skating used to be … Old-time skating: change into your skates beside the rink!

The rink is open daily 9:30am – ½ hour before dusk (weather permitting). Visitors are reminded that it is a good idea to call ahead to check condition before heading to the park. For more information on ice conditions, park events and facilities please call 905-827-6911.

Daily Vehicle Permits are $16.00/ vehicle or $53.82/ bus. For more information or to book your school field trip, call 905-827-6911 or visit www.BronteCreek.org.

Category : 365 Things to do in Burlington

Client Appreciation Wine and Cheese Extravaganza!

Thu, 13th February, 2014 - Posted by Sean Kavanagh - (0) Comment

Client Appreciation Wine and Cheese Extravaganza!

Christmas is the time for giving and this year we were able to help a family have a Christmas they would never have imagined if it weren’t for the kindness and generosity of my wonderful clients. Every year I hold a ‘Client Appreciation Wine and Cheese Extravaganza’ to say thank you for trusting me with their business and referring my business to friends and family.

This year we wanted to do a little more! I decided to partner with the Compassion Society in Burlington to help out a family in need and provide them with a Christmas they wouldn’t forget. The Compassion Society connected me with a mother of 5 who was having trouble making ends meet, never mind being able to buy Christmas gifts for her 5 children and giving them a Christmas dinner. This woman didn’t know where to turn as her situation was quite dire. She is trying to raise 5 children on her own (17, 10, 9, 16 months and 2 months) as her husband recently left her and she is battling MS.

I decided to hold a casino night as part of this years Client Appreciation Party to raise money for this family. Over 50 clients came to the party and all helped to raise over $700 to help make a special Christmas for this family. Even the clients who didn’t know the first thing about blackjack joined in a few games to help out. It was a great evening in support of a great cause.

Weeks after Christmas I received this lovely note from the people at the Compassion Society:
“It wasn’t going to be much of a Christmas, and we got such a surprise!! I dont even know what to say. My kids are my whole life and someone cared about me and my kids!” I will never forget it!”

I read a quote that said ‘A man’s true wealth is the good he does in this world’ and Anne Frank once said, ‘You can never become poor from giving’. I think we all became a little wealthier that night.

Thank you again to all of my wonderful clients who came to the party and helped make it a huge success. I look forward to seeing you all again at the summer Client Appreciation Family BBQ!

Category : Burlington / Burlington Real Estate / Buyers / Real Estate

“Attention to details, honesty, perseverance, and overall effort is what made him stand out” – His words, not mine!

Thu, 6th February, 2014 - Posted by Sean Kavanagh - (0) Comment

As a first time home buyer I was looking for a real estate agent that would give it to me straight, while keeping my best interests in mind – Sean did just that. He is the ideal professional; business oriented, but at the same time very personable, which made me feel more like a friend than a client. I worked with Sean for approximately four months. I really appreciated the emailed listings, his reliable nature when it came to scheduling home visits, and his consistent work to ensure that I was protected in my home purchase. His attention to details, honesty, perseverance, and overall effort is what made him stand out to me as a solid real estate agent, and most importantly a great person. Our business partnership ended months ago, but Sean is still available when I ask him for his advice. Sean’s a fantastic real estate agent and great friend.

Respectfully,
Brian Farnsworth

If you would like to receive the same level of service Brian received, don’t hesitate to give me a call!

Category : Burlington / Burlington Real Estate / Buyers / Real Estate / Testimonials

‘Level of service and expertise nothing but superb’ – Their words, not mine! – Sean Kavanagh

Tue, 28th January, 2014 - Posted by Sean Kavanagh - (0) Comment

My husband and I worked with Sean on our first home-buying experience. He was recommended to us by my mom so we knew his level of service and expertise would be nothing but superb. He definitely followed through – Sean took the time to educate us on all the important facts to consider when purchasing a home (especially our first) which made us feel like our business truly mattered to him. It was important to us that our agent took the same time he gave other clients with bigger budgets. He was always very prompt at returning calls and emails and went out of his way to rearrange other appointments and meetings if there was a property we were eager to see. That kind of courtesy speaks volumes these days. We found Sean to be patient, honest and genuine with each home we saw and he reassured us that we would find the right house with all of our must-have criteria. He was right! As impatient as I can be, in hindsight, it was a pretty quick and painless process (despite all the paperwork!) and we would definitely use Sean in the future! We are very thankful for his compassion, humble nature and concern for our happiness – we would highly recommend him.

Justine and Phil McKnight

If you are thinking of buying or selling your home this year and want the same level of service Justine and Phil received, please don’t hesitate to give me a call. I would be happy to meet with you to show you how I work.

Category : Home for Sale Hamilton / Real Estate / Sellers / Testimonials

First Time Buyer Pitfalls – Here is how to avoid them by Sean Kavanagh

Fri, 18th October, 2013 - Posted by Sean Kavanagh - (0) Comment

First time buyers have a lot to consider when buying a home. It is often overwhelming and a little confusing. The reason it is a good idea to enlist the services of a professional realtor is to avoid making some of the following errors. A professional realtor should be there at every step of the way answering all of your questions and guiding you seamlessly through the buying process.

Choosing the right realtor is one of the most important decisions a first time buyer can make. It is important that the realtor will be working in the buyer’s best interests, has the knowledge and experience necessary to do the best job possible and is one that has been recommended by someone who has had an exceptional experience with a realtor…….not just an OK experience. There are plenty of realtors out there that can give you OK service, but you want to find someone that will exceed your expectations.

Click Here for the full list of pitfalls to avoid

Here are some satisfied first time buyers I was able to help into their first home together. Read what they had to say about their experience with me.

While purchasing a property, Sean was extremely knowledge about the area and negotiated a price we were comfortable paying. Sean was always there to answer any questions we had, and trust me – we had many! His high level of quality service is enough alone for me to recommend him to anyone looking to buy / sell property; however his great personality and funny nature make it also enjoyable to deal with him.

Paul Dobson and Sara Cromwell

If you are considering buying a home in the near future, I would love the opportunity to sit down and discuss the buying process and what I do to help put people in homes.

Category : Burlington / Burlington Real Estate / Buyers / Home for Sale Burlington / Home for Sale Hamilton / Home for Sale Oakville / Home for Sale Toronto / Real Estate
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