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

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

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,

12 10, 2018

Horrible Vancouver home renovation advice that you should never listen to

By | 2018-09-23T21:57:49-07:00 October 12th, 2018|Renovation Tips|

There are a lot of articles online giving Vancouver home renovation advice. But is all that advice good – or even safe? Absolutely not! The internet includes great tips about renovations, but also some advice that should not be implemented! With that in mind, here is the Vancouver home renovation advice you should never listen to. The worst Vancouver home renovation advice – and why you should not listen to it 1. Cheap materials can be made to look luxurious You’ll often read blogs that suggest cheap materials can be made to look high-end. They often put the responsibility on homeowners, saying that these items just need the right treatment or design aesthetic to appear luxurious. Then, when the look does not work out, we often see the homeowners blaming themselves. We’re here to tell you: You are not the

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

30 03, 2018

Where to splurge and where to save on your Vancouver home renovation

By | 2018-03-21T14:12:07-07:00 March 30th, 2018|Renovation Tips|

A Vancouver home renovation can be a lot of fun, but your costs can easily spiral out of control. That is why, if you are working within a budget, it is important to know where to save and where to splurge so you get the biggest bang for your buck.   So what are the top savings and splurges to go for? Where to save on your Vancouver home renovation The top place to save on your Vancouver home renovation is with your flooring. There are now many beautiful flooring options that are also affordable. It is also easy to scratch a floor, especially if you have pets or children in the home. Flooring is also generally not a make or break issue for renters and home buyers, meaning splurging on it will not help you with your property value.

16 03, 2018

Planning a Vancouver home renovation – how to set a budget

By | 2018-03-20T13:37:30-07:00 March 16th, 2018|Renovation Tips|

Planning a Vancouver home renovation can be exciting. You get to chose your inspiration, style and materials. When making all these choices, it can be easy to find yourself spending more than you expected – or wanted – to. That is why it is important to set a budget for your Vancouver home renovation. But how do you set a budget for your Vancouver home renovation – and stick to it? 1. Have a goal in mind What’s the purpose of your Vancouver home renovation? Making your home more family-friendly? Adding to its resale value? Flipping it? While these options are not mutually exclusive, you want to make sure you have one primary goal in mind for any renovation. That way, when you are trying to figure out where to splurge and where to save, you can decide how to