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Getting a DIY Renovation Done On time and On Budget

Wednesday Feb 19th, 2020

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Two of the biggest stressors for DIYers are 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 big mistake DIYers make is not considering the little things. For example, you might budget for drywall panels but neglect to include the cost of nails, tape and plaster. It's easy to overlook these small items... [read more]

Cutting Renovation Costs without Cutting Quality

Monday Sep 9th, 2019

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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 check?   Here are some tips:   • Get estimates from at least three contractors. Often prices can vary widely, even amongst contractors with similar reputations and experience. • Narrow the... [read more]

How Much Should You Budget for your Next Home?

Tuesday Sep 3rd, 2019

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If it’s been a while since you last moved, you might be wondering how much you'll need to spend on your next home. That's an important question to answer, even if you're just at the "thinking about it" stage and haven't decided whether or not you'll look for a new property.  After all, knowing your budget might influence your decision. How should you determine your budget? The first step is to calculate the maximum you can spend. This involves... [read more]

9 Steps to Finding your Next Dream Home

Tuesday Jul 23rd, 2019

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If you're thinking ahead to your next dream home, the road you need to take to get there may seem confusing. Do you search for listings online? Drop by Open Houses on the weekends? Call the number on For Sale signs? Let's break it all down! Here are the specific steps you need to take to ensure you find a home that fits your wants, needs and budget. 1. Find out how much your current property will likely sell for on today’s market.  2. Arrange for financing, so you... [read more]

Stay or Move? 5 Questions that Help you Decide

Monday Jun 10th, 2019

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It can be tough to make the decision to sell. In fact, for many homeowners, it's overwhelming. If you're considering making a move and struggling with the decision, here are five helpful questions to ask yourselves:   1. "What are our practical reasons for selling?"   This question refers to what you'll get by moving to a new home. The reasons could include a bigger backyard, shorter commute to work, an extra bedroom, a more desirable... [read more]

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