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Renovating vs selling your home: What’s best for you?

What do you do if you love your home’s location and the area, but the home no longer fits your growing family’s needs? Do you stay and renovate your existing home or find a home that meets your developing criteria? “At some stage, many homeowners, particularly those still living in their starter homes, will be faced with the decision of either moving or renovating their existing home to accommodate their needs,” says Adrian Goslett, Regional Director and CEO of RE/MAX of Southern Africa. Many homeowners, particularly those still living in their starter homes, will be faced with the decision of either moving or…

Mar 05, 2018 / by admin / No Comments

How to Stay On Top of Home Renovation Costs

As many as 56 per cent of Canadians embarking on renovations are choosing to stay in place instead of selling their home, according to a recent poll. A recent CIBC poll found that 61 per cent of people planning to renovate admit they don’t have a detailed budget.  (DREAMSTIME)   Christine Davies and her husband were in their east-end Toronto home for about six years before deciding to pull the trigger on a massive renovation. With two young children and a house “literally falling apart,” Davies says, the couple needed an upgrade but didn’t want to move up in the city’s pumped-up…

Sep 06, 2017 / by admin / No Comments

Housing Prices Prompt Canadian Homeowners to Renovate Instead of Buying a New Home

A poll released by CIBC reveals that Canadian homeowners are renovating their properties to stave off buying new homes. Almost 50 per cent of Canadians are planning to repair or improve their home this year, up from 37 per cent in 2016. Of those choosing to renovate, over half are doing so to avoid jumping into Canada’s tumultuous housing market. “One of the interesting things that was found in the CIBC poll is that particularly in the GTA, some of the Canadians who really felt that they wanted to choose to stay in their home wanted to renovate as opposed to jumping into the housing market. More than…

Aug 23, 2017 / by admin / 4 Comments

10 Things to Do Before the Renovation Begins

An article by: Laura Gaskill With workers traipsing in and out of your living space, dust and dirt everywhere, and entire areas of your home unusable for the duration, home remodeling projects can be extremely disruptive to daily life. But a little smart planning ahead of time can make things run more smoothly. Here are 10 items to tick off your list before the chaos begins, for a safer and (slightly) less intrusive renovation. 1. Pare down and pack up. Go through the room(s) that will be part of the remodel and pare back to the essentials. When you must…

Jul 18, 2016 / by admin / No Comments

Best Quote…

Although it is a common perception that it’s necessary to obtain 3 quotes prior to hiring a renovator, it is more important to determine that the quote you receive encompasses all the details of the renovation. In order for you to make an informed choice, renovation quotes need to be similar in the details; otherwise, you could choose a lesser quote but end up paying more in the end as not all items were initially accounted for. There are many questions to be answered and your renovation quote should reflect those. There is value in paying someone for the time…

Jun 12, 2016 / by admin / No Comments