Tag: Renovation

Average Basement Renovation Prices Across Canada

Owning a home in Canada often means owning a basement. The common Canadian basement serves many purposes. It’s often where the mighty furnace lives and where the washing machine and dryer perform their magic. Many of us have fond memories of a “rec room” where where we played unchaparoned, and took our first steps towards independence. Sometimes the...

/ April 4, 2016
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Average Bathroom Renovation Prices Across Canada

Have you always wondered what the average cost of a bathroom renovation is in your region? At HomeStars, we spend every moment of every day talking to homeowners and home professionals about their renovations, home improvements and pretty much anything else to do with their home. We’ve decided it’s time to...

/ March 31, 2016
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Home Renovation Survival Guide – Getting Started

Your home is likely your largest asset. A renovation will add to its value, but more importantly add to your enjoyment of living in it. There is a tremendous amount of planning involved in a home renovation. Doing your homework upfront will pay dividends later. Start your project by following...

/ March 10, 2016
Kitchen renovation by SKY Kitchen Cabinets Ltd

The Dos & Don’ts of Hiring a Contractor

HomeStars President, Brian Sharwood, (aka @bsharwood, or ^bhs on our Twitter account) was recently interviewed by Michael Dean on his YouTube show, Dollars n Sense. If you skip to the 4 min mark, you’ll hear Brian share his insight on the do’s and don’ts of hiring a contractor.

/ February 7, 2011
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Home Renovation Rebates and Savings…

The official tax year has drawn to a close but chances for rebates and savings on home renovations are still possible. While an ecoENERGY Retrofit – Homes grant can only be received by homeowners who booked a pre-retrofit evaluation by March 31, 2010, provincial rebates are available. Homeowners need to upgrade...

/ January 26, 2011
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What Do You Do in a Renovation Emergency?

My upstairs bathroom faucet had a teeny leak, so my husband bought a replacement to change it this weekend. However, when we got up this morning, the teeny leak turned into a full onslaught of water running. Worse yet, it was the hot water tap so there was no way...

/ January 7, 2011
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Budget Smudget – Do You Know Where To Draw The Dollar Sign?

Don't let the excitement of renovating your home overshadow your family needs.

/ January 3, 2011
A suite in Camrost-Felcorp’s Blue Diamond condominium development in Toronto's Deer Park neighbourhood.

Consider the Emotional Side of Your Reno

There are a number of guides online to direct you in how to prepare for a renovation. The Greater Vancouver Home Builders’ Association lists 10 steps to a successful home renovation: Do your homework Find out how much you can afford Look for a professional renovator Choose our contractor Check references...

/ December 3, 2010
Before kitchen renovation by Level One Construction

Contractor For Fire: 8 Tips to Avoid Renovation Frustration

Could you imagine struggling for six months to get your kitchen renovated? This is exactly what “Frustrated in South Surrey” went through, and she is still dealing with the aftermath. I sat down with her to listen to her experiences and to share some of her advice on how to avoid...

/ November 22, 2010

Tips on How to Handle Multiple Home Renovations at Once

When doing work on your home there are complexities in hiring someone. You have to find and compare three companies, get three estimates, call references, check them out on HomeStars.com, schedule appointments, take time off of work – the list goes on. This list becomes compounded when you have multiple...

/ October 28, 2010