Renovating

Aug. 12, 2023

The City of Vancouver Speeds Up Permit Process

If anyone has ever tried to obtain a permit at the City of Vancouver, they know the process is slow. In an effort to speed up the process, they are implementing a digital system in 2024 called eComply. This innovative system is the first of it's kind in Canada ...

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Feb. 13, 2020

Getting a DIY Renovation Done On Time and On Budget

Two of the biggest stressors for DIYers are home renovation projects that cost too much or take too long. Unfortunately, there’s no sure way to guarantee that one or the other (or both) won’t happen. But there is a lot you can do to minimize the probability.

When budgeting, a ...

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Posted in Renovating
Sept. 18, 2019

Cutting Home Renovation Costs without Cutting Quality

How to Cut Home Renovation Costs

As you probably know, it's easy to lower the costs of a renovation. Just hire an inexpensive, fly-by-night contractor — and hope for the best!

Chances are, you won't want to take that risk. So how do you ensure you get quality work while keeping your budget in ...

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Posted in Maintenance, Renovating
March 10, 2018

Home Renovation and Repair Cost Estimates

Free Home Renovation and Repair Cost Estimate GuideFollowing are costs for renovating your Vancouver home in case you’re thinking of selling your home, or perhaps you just need to perform some overdue replacements and/or repairs.

Below are a few quick estimates - View the "Residential Construction & Remodeling Estimate Guide" for a full list of potential ...

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Posted in Owning, Renovating
July 14, 2017

Painting Techniques that Bring a Hallway to Life

Some people don’t give hallways much thought when painting and decorating. Instead, they focus on rooms.

The fact is, a great looking hallway can have the same, if not more, impact than the most eye-catching family room or bedroom, especially when you need to go through the hallway to get ...

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Posted in Owning, Renovating
Feb. 19, 2017

Zillow's Top Design Tips for 2017

Posted in Owning, Renovating
Sept. 9, 2016

Creating a Pantry, when You Don’t Have One!

A pantry is the ideal nook for storing extra food and other items ordinarily crammed into the kitchen. It’s also a nice design feature, as it harkens back to the days of country kitchens with spacious pantries.

You might be thinking, “That’s nice, but our home doesn’t have a pantry ...

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Posted in Owning, Renovating
Sept. 3, 2016

10 Home Renovations that Offer the Best (And Worst) Return on Investment

If you're trying to recoup the cost of your renovations with your home's resale value - make sure to check out this list of the best and worst renovations for resale.  And don't forget to download our app to find trusted professionals to help with your home projects!

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Aug. 13, 2016

Finding an Honest Home Improvement Contractor

You can’t call yourself a dentist unless you have specific hard-earned credentials. Just about anyone, however, can hang a shingle and call himself a home improvement contractor.That’s why choosing a reputable one is so difficult.

Here are some tips:

  • Find out if he or she is truly in business ...
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Posted in Maintenance, Renovating
June 30, 2016

Home Upgrades That Hold Their Value

Do you have a renovation project in mind – and wonder how much value it will add to your home? Remodeling Magazine recently did a study of renovation projects, comparing costs to added value. Here are some of the results:

Replacing a main entry door has a return on investment ...

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Posted in Owning, Renovating