Is Your Basement Apartment Legal?

Is Your Basement Apartment Legal

There are thousands of basement apartments in Toronto, and the vast majority of them are NOT legal. There is a lot of confusion as to what it means for a basement apartment to be legal, and what is required to make it so. If you are thinking about buying a house with an illegal basement… Read More

Renovating? Recoup Your Investment When You Sell

  Before you pour your savings into a new kitchen and a rainforest shower for the master, think about whether or not you’ll be able to recover your investment when it comes time to sell. If you have equity in your home, you can make improvements, but don’t go over the limit of what other… Read More

How To Make A Small Space Feel Larger

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Pages of glossy magazines are often filled with immense rooms and oversized spaces full of grandeur and twelve-foot ceilings. But the truth is that most of us live in houses, apartments or townhomes built on a much smaller scale. When faced with the size of some of these tiny rooms, it’s easy to get frustrated… Read More

Mistakes That Decrease The Value Of Your Home

When you’re getting ready to sell your home, you don’t want to make any mistakes that can decrease the value of your home. However, sometimes sellers unintentionally do. That’s because what a buyer sees as a mistake is not always the same as what a seller considers a mistake. But when you’re selling your home,… Read More

When Not To Try And DIY

You know the saying about your eyes being bigger than your stomach when you order a giant meal at a restaurant and then only eat a fraction? When it comes to DIY, your eyes can be bigger than your skill. Or your balance. Or your finesse. Paint your room or pull up your carpet or… Read More

How Renovations Impact Your Home Insurance

Woody Allen once said: “There are worse things in life than death. Have you ever spent an evening with an insurance salesman?” But if you are planning a renovation to your home and don’t take the time to speak to your insurance broker, you could be making a big mistake. During and after a renovation,… Read More

Understand The Full Costs Of Buying A Home

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When you’re looking to buy a home, it’s easy to forget that the purchase price is just one of many costs associated with ownership. These costs can add up and take an unexpected chunk out of your budget. So it’s important to understand the full cost of buying a property. PRE-CLOSING COSTS Home inspection Getting… Read More

Canada Faces Shortage of Skilled Construction Workers

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Real estate is still the number one topic of conversation at Canadian cocktail parties, but home renovation is a close second. BuildForce Canada says construction workers install, repair or renovate work that’s worth $200 billion every year, with demand for labour shifting from new construction to renovation. A new CIBC poll says 42 per cent… Read More

The 7 Hot Home Trends That Might Not Be Right For You

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The idea of being on trend is appealing to most people, but that doesn’t mean every trend is right for everyone. Here are seven hot trends you might want to think twice about incorporating into your home. 1. Open floorplans Take down those walls! Unless you’re a person who likes a little privacy, in which… Read More

5 Home Projects Only A Professional Should Do

It’s easy for homeowners to get caught up in the world of Pinterest and do-it-yourself blogs. While unique, custom projects can be a great way to personalize or spruce up your home, some projects are better left to professional contractors. Next time a friend or client has a brilliant idea to attempt one of these… Read More