29 06, 2018

When do you need a permit for your Vancouver home renovation?

By | 2018-06-20T13:10:45-07:00 June 29th, 2018|Renovation Tips|

It can be hard to know when you need a permit for your Vancouver home renovation. City permitting departments often give confusing or contradictory answers, leaving homeowners lost in the process. That is why we at Flipside Homes have put together a list of when you do, and do not, need permits for your Vancouver home renovation. Keep in mind, the information below pertains to renovation permits in the City of Vancouver. Other cities in the area have their own permitting requirements. Check with your local building department, or your renovation project manager, to make sure you have accurate information. When you do need a permit for your Vancouver home renovation? There are three different permit situations you can find yourself in where you need permits for your Vancouver home renovation. 1. You need a trade permit In this first

22 06, 2018

Why you should do at least 2 rooms at once during a Vancouver home renovation

By | 2018-05-22T11:46:50-07:00 June 22nd, 2018|Renovation Tips|

Often, people think doing their Vancouver home renovations one room at a time will make the process easier. After all, then you will only have to deal with work in one space. This may seem to be common sense, but the opposite is actually true. It is much simpler and smoother to do at least two rooms at once during your Vancouver home renovation. Here is why. Why it is easier to do at least 2 rooms at once during your Vancouver home renovation 1. Permits Some Vancouver home renovations require specific permits, which usually have a long wait time for approval, and can be quite expensive. The permits that may apply to your renovation are for moving, changing or adding gas lines, electrical wires or plumbing, or if you are adding to the main structure, removing structural walls, and

15 06, 2018

5 home renovations in Vancouver that don’t add value to your home

By | 2018-05-22T11:46:59-07:00 June 15th, 2018|Renovation Tips|

Home renovations can be a great way to add value to your property in Vancouver. Not all home renovations are created equal though. Here are five home renovations to avoid as they do not add value to your home… 5 home renovations in Vancouver that do not add value to your home 1. Solar panels Solar panels – and other forms of green upgrades – can be a great way to save money on your bills, paying for themselves many times over. If you are renovating to rent or sell your home, though, green upgrades usually are not a way to add value. Unfortunately, adding solar panels to a home is not on most buyers’ must-have lists. 2. Swimming pools If you are in LA, sure, add a pool! In Canada, however, a swimming pool can seem like more trouble

8 06, 2018

How to choose the right neighbourhood for your investment property

By | 2018-05-22T11:47:13-07:00 June 8th, 2018|Investment Properties|

When home hunting, renters and buyers tend to look at the neighbourhood that appeals most to them. However, when shopping for an investment property, there are a certain set of qualities to look for in the neighbourhood where you will buy in order to get the best return on your investment. What you should look for in a neighbourhood for your investment property 1. What does this neighbourhood offer? If you plan on renting out or flipping a property, amenities could be the factor that makes or breaks a deal. Therefore, you want to make sure you look into what each neighbourhood has to offer. Think about what would appeal to the kind of renter or buyer you are hoping to attract. For example, if you are purchasing an investment property by a university, you want to look amenities that

1 06, 2018

8 mistakes people make during their home renovation in Vancouver

By | 2018-05-22T11:47:22-07:00 June 1st, 2018|Renovation Tips|

Here at Flipside Homes, we see and hear about a whole range of mistakes people have made with previous home renovations. In fact, we’re often brought in to fix these mistakes! Every time that happens, we talk about how great it would be if people knew the most common mistakes – and how to avoid them. So we have put that list together for you! The 8 most common mistakes people make during their home renovation in Vancouver 1. Not having clear priorities Before starting your home renovation in Vancouver, you want to make sure you have clear priorities. Without these priorities, it can be easy to get swept away in the excitement of the renovation, losing your focus… and maybe not finishing the work you originally intended to have done. For the best result, check in about your priorities