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What new homeowners need to know about renovations and repairs
Attention new home owners. We know you've waited a long time to finally move into your home and make it your own. But we offer these words of advice: Hold off on doing any renovations or repairs. Since your new home is under warranty, it's your builder's responsibility to take care of any defects which you identify. What's more, renovating a new home can actually jeopardize your warranty rights. Read More...
Top 5 renovation tips to create more space
As real estate prices continue to climb, the cost to trade up an existing home for a larger one has increased substantially. As a result, more and more Canadians are choosing to renovate their homes, rather than relocating. In fact, it was recently revealed that renovation spending in Canada reached a record $68 billion last year, outpacing spending on new home construction. While the hunt for more square footage can be challenging, homeowners shouldn't feel like a costly second story or complete addition are the only options. Read More...
Does your lifestyle fit a condo?
There are many appeals and attractions that draw Canadians towards the condo life. Simplicity, efficiency, security, even glamour are all features that attract people to condominiums. But before making a down payment on your castle in the sky, you may want to reflect on the life you've already built − and on your future plans – to ensure that the home that has caught your eye is truly a good fit. Read More...
How to tackle your home's stubborn stains and odors
From wall stains to washing machines, indoor stains and smells can be a challenge to tackle. Luckily, there are surprisingly simple methods to erase them for good. Here are a few tips to freshen up the most stubborn spots in your home. Read More...
4 top tips for managing a renovation
With dozens of television shows on what can be achieved, it's no surprise we are all a little renovation-crazy. But actually undergoing a renovation can be a lot to take on. Between suppliers, hiccups, finances and more, this type of overhaul has the potential to be a chaotic and stressful experience. Here are four tips for managing a successful renovation... Read More...
Inquire before you Hire
Hiring a tradesperson is a difficult decision for many Ontario families. Tradespeople provide specialized skills and expertise on subjects that many of us have no knowledge. This lack of knowledge leaves Ontario homeowners vulnerable to being duped by dishonest individuals claiming to be certified tradespeople. Read More...
Think through the right way to do renovations
For some Canadians, the cold weather means bundling up and hunkering down. As you spend more time indoors, the state of your home may become increasingly apparent, prompting you to consider a renovation. Some projects must wait until spring returns, but others don't require the warm weather. Read More...
Spring into a finished basement for added space
After a winter of hibernation, the spring is a perfect time to begin renovation projects that will impact your home's overall energy efficiency and save you money. An unfinished basement can be a major source of energy loss costing you more on your heating and cooling bills. Read More...
Pro's & Con's of a DIY Basement Reno
There’s no doubt that a finished basement is a huge selling feature in a home, especially when it’s done right. Almost all potential home buyers like the idea of a properly finished basement, no matter what they envision the use to be. If Read More...