14 02, 2020

11 signs your property is ready for a Vancouver home renovation

By | 2020-02-24T12:27:25-08:00 February 14th, 2020|Renovation Tips|

It can be tough to know when your property is in need of a Vancouver home renovation. There are some key signs that industry professionals look for. We’ve outlined these signs in this blog so that you can do a professional-level review of your property to decide whether it is in need of a renovation.  11 signs it is time for a Vancouver home renovation 1. Your property has structural issues Inspect your home for clear signs of structural issues, including cracks in the foundation or basement walls, sagging floors, roof or ceilings, gaps where your floors and walls meet, bowing walls, or cabinet doors that often swing open on their own. Leaks and rot are also signs that structural damage might be present or is on its way. In the case of structural damage, it is vital to renovate

17 01, 2020

8 common home renovation myths

By | 2019-12-17T16:11:55-08:00 January 17th, 2020|Renovation Tips|

There are a number of home renovation myths that are floating around. While some of them are benign, others can lead to big trouble if you believe them. That is why you need to read this myth-busting blog before starting any Vancouver home renovation.  Vancouver home renovation myths… busted!  1. Permits are optional This is one of the most dangerous Vancouver home renovation myths out there. That is because people can start their renovations thinking they do not need permits when nothing could be further from the truth. In reality, you always need to have permits. These are not optional – and not getting them could lead to fines or Stop Work Orders.  2. Whatever money I spend on remodels I will get back when I sell  Not all remodels add value or enough value that you will get the

20 12, 2019

6 Vancouver home renovation tips to achieve the walk-in closet of your dreams

By | 2019-09-25T17:41:57-07:00 December 20th, 2019|Renovation Tips|

Are you frustrated trying to jam your clothes in your closet? Can you never find what you are looking for? Find yourself knocking over clothes every time you try to remove one piece? It sounds like you are ready for a Vancouver home renovation for your closet! Before you jump into creating the walk-in closet of your dreams, we have a few tips for you to consider.  6 Vancouver home renovation tips for your closet redo 1. Maximize your space  Although you will have more space once you build your dream closet, you can still create even more. The trick is to use your space to the best of its ability. Think of how your space can be laid out to make the most of the area’s height, width, and even corners. Consider what kinds of shelves and other organizational

16 08, 2019

What not to do during your Vancouver home renovation

By | 2019-05-27T17:32:20-07:00 August 16th, 2019|Renovation Tips|

A Vancouver home renovation can be exciting and fun. It is a chance to give your home a facelift and make it feel new. On the other hand, renovations can go horribly wrong. The best way to avoid the latter situation is to know what not to do. That is why, today, we are tackling what you should never do during your home renovation. Twelve things not to do during your Vancouver home renovation 1. Hire a contractor without vetting them You have to put a lot of trust in the contractor who handles your Vancouver home renovation. Given that, it is important to make sure you get the right person to handle the job. The only way to ensure that is to properly vet the contractors you are considering. Research them, look at portfolios, and check references. While this

19 07, 2019

The best ways to transform your basement during your home renovation in Vancouver

By | 2019-06-26T17:23:47-07:00 July 19th, 2019|Renovation Tips|

Do you have an unfinished or under-utilized basement? A home renovation in Vancouver is the perfect time to change that! With a single renovation, you can turn your basement into a fully functioning part of your home. Here are just a few of the ways you can make your basement work for you… Nine ways to transform your basement during your home renovation in Vancouver 1. Create a second living room   View this post on Instagram   A post shared by Samantha Morgan🏹 (@the.white.arrow) on Jan 19, 2019 at 8:30am PST A second living room can be a great use of your basement space. You can add a comfortable couch and some recliners. If you want a TV, it is easy to put one in. Then, if you have family members who want to watch different shows, there are

14 06, 2019

5 investment property renovations you should do during a buyer’s market

By | 2019-05-23T17:35:18-07:00 June 14th, 2019|Investment Properties|

Right now, Vancouver is a buyer’s market. This may seem surprising; but, with prices having skyrocketed over the past few years and properties flooding the market, it has seen a decline. Currently, sales in Vancouver are at their lowest point in many years. But, what does all of this mean for you? How do you stand out in this challenging market? One of the best ways is to make your home more appealing to buyers. In order to do this, you may need to engage in some investment property renovations. Before doing that, however, it is important to consider which renovations are the right fit for your property. How to use investment property renovations to your advantage in a buyer’s market In a buyer’s market, there are more homes than there are buyers. This means that sellers must entice buyers

17 05, 2019

How to make your Vancouver home renovation look timeless

By | 2019-01-25T14:09:19-08:00 May 17th, 2019|Renovation Tips|

When it comes to your Vancouver home renovation, being on trend can be a blessing and a curse. What may seem fabulous today may not age well in the years to come. If you are worried about this, you may want to consider a Vancouver home renovation with a more timeless feel. But how do you create that? Start with these simple tips! How to create a timeless look with your Vancouver home renovation 1. Keep wall colours neutral When a lot of people hear this, they think of drab, boring colours. Neutrals do not have to be that though! For example, navy blue is considered a neutral shade. Neutral colours are just colours that are easy to work with and that do not demand all the attention. But what about personal style? We are all for expressing yourself. If

15 03, 2019

5 things to discuss with your contractor before your Vancouver home renovation

By | 2019-01-25T14:09:38-08:00 March 15th, 2019|Renovation Tips|

A contractor can make or break a build. That is why we always say that hiring your contractor is one of the biggest decisions you will make during your Vancouver home renovation. But what about after that? How do you make sure your contractor knows you and what you want from your Vancouver home renovation? You have these 5 important conversations! What to discuss with your contractor before your Vancouver home renovation 1. Which rooms do you use the most and how do you use them? Your contractor needs to know where you spend your time because that tells them where to focus the most attention. After all, you do not want to throw all your money and your contractor’s time into rooms you barely use. Talking about how you use rooms gives your contractor key information about what your

18 01, 2019

The 13 questions to ask before hiring a Vancouver home renovation team

By | 2018-09-23T21:54:40-07:00 January 18th, 2019|Renovation Tips|

Hiring a Vancouver home renovation team is a major commitment. These are the professionals who will shape your home and bring your vision to life. They should guide you through the renovation process, including helping you acquire the proper permits and making sure that all of the work is done safely. Given everything they will be responsible for, it is vital to pick the right Vancouver home renovation team. But how do you do that? Start by asking your Vancouver home renovation team these 13 questions 1. What is your background and what areas do you specialize in? You want to ensure that your Vancouver home renovation team is experienced. This is both in general and in relation to the work you are having done. For example, if you are looking to turn your current home into a passive house,

14 12, 2018

5 ways to increase the value of your investment property in Vancouver using paint

By | 2018-09-23T21:54:47-07:00 December 14th, 2018|Investment Properties|

Having an investment property in Vancouver is almost always a guarantee of a good return on your money. In order to make the most of your investment, however, you have to maximize the value of your property. How do you do that? An easy way to add value to your investment property in Vancouver: paint It may sound silly, but paint is actually a simple, inexpensive way to boost the value of your investment property in Vancouver. The trick is to use the paint in these five specific ways. 1. Paint the front door dark Zillow did an analysis of over 135,000 photos and homes, discovering that a dark front door can add over $6,000 to a home’s value. This is more than any other paint colour in any other part of a house. So why is a dark front