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

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

Construction Workers

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

Black Kitchen Cabinets

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

How Renovations Impact Your Home Insurance

Flooring Renovation

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

Lessons From Canada’s Most Energy-Efficient Building

Green House

  Recently Cisco Canada and Schneider Electric announced that they have formed a partnership “that will create new opportunities in the development of smart buildings and smart communities across Canada, and have a positive impact on the environment by improving energy efficiency,” said Rick Huijbregts, vice-president of Cisco Canada. The announcement took place at the… Read More

Best Renovation to Add Value? Income Suites

What’s the best renovation project if you want to add resale value to your home? Most of us would say improving the kitchen or bathroom, but the correct answer is adding an income suite, says Scott McGillivray, a real estate investor, contractor and the host of Income Property on HGTV Canada. McGillivray was recently the… Read More

Steel Framing Attracts New Interest In Canada

Steel Frame Home Construction

If you played with Lego and Meccano as a child, and have a hand drill and a bag of screws, you can build yourself a new custom home. Well, you’ll also need the backing of the Bone Structure System, a light steel assembly system that is being introduced across Canada after its successful launch in… Read More

Home Design and Remodeling Trends For 2014

Modern Bathroom Design

The end and beginning of the year brings many things. Special time spent with family and loved ones. Presents from Santa. The promise of a fresh start. And, if you’re like us, an insatiable desire to change up your environment by updating it with the latest trends. If you are feeling the pull toward renovating,… Read More

Canadian Renovation Spending Will Stay Strong For Years

Home Renovations

If you’re getting your house ready to sell, chances are good that you’ll be spending some money to fix it up and make it more attractive to buyers. If you just bought a house, you’re likely going to spend some money to decorate it and change a few things that you don’t like. When the… Read More