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

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,

16 11, 2018

10 reasons why you should do a home renovation in Vancouver

By | 2018-09-23T21:54:54-07:00 November 16th, 2018|Renovation Tips|

There are many reasons to undertake a home renovation in Vancouver. In spite of this, many people wonder if their reason is “good enough”. We are here to tell you, it probably is! In case you are still worried though, we have put together 10 of the best reasons to do a Vancouver home renovation. 10 reasons to get started on your home renovation in Vancouver 1. To make you enjoy your home more Ideally, your home should be your little corner of paradise. If there is a renovation that will make you enjoy your home more, we say go for it! Just make sure that you can afford the renovation. The last thing you want to do is start a passion project and then not be able to finish it. 2. To increase your comfort or ease of mobility

21 09, 2018

How to add extra space to your home during a Vancouver home renovation

By | 2018-08-21T14:56:43-07:00 September 21st, 2018|Renovation Tips|

Your Vancouver home renovation is the perfect time to reassess the space you and your loved ones need. Is your home feeling cramped? Are your children growing up and need separate rooms? Are you about to start a family and want to add a nursery? No matter the reason, it is important to get the space you need. At the same time, gaining space in the city can be challenging. With the right approach for your home, however, you can easily give yourself the space you – and your family – require. How to approach expanding your space during your Vancouver home renovation When most people want more space in their homes, they imagine purchasing a new property. With the high prices in the city, though, this is often not practical. Given this, think about how you can use a

13 07, 2018

How to increase your home’s value with a Vancouver home renovation

By | 2018-06-25T15:14:08-07:00 July 13th, 2018|Renovation Tips|

When doing a Vancouver home renovation in hopes of adding value to your property, conventional wisdom suggests that you should focus on the kitchen and bathroom. These are positioned as functional rooms that add value, while living rooms and dining rooms are treated as “decorative rooms” that are not worth investing in. How to add value through a Vancouver home renovation of your living room and dining room 1. Flooring Flooring can be a simple way to add value, with hardwood being considered more valuable. If you are going to use hardwood, though, make sure that you have the right climate for it. That climate is one where the humidity stays steady pretty much year round. No matter what flooring you use for your Vancouver home renovation, you want to go for a quality product. That means going for solid

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

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