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We’ve all heard the horror stories, contractors taking hefty deposits from homeowners only never to be heard from or seen again. Projects coming to a startling halt, leaving families with an unfinished job that looks more like a construction zone than a home. It’s no surprise that homeowners are becoming more and more cautious when it comes time to renovate and choose a contractor for the job. A heavily saturated market of general contractors in the GTA surely doesn’t help in narrowing down tRead more »
There is a saying in sales that goes like this “ If you want to know how Mr Jones buys, then you have to look at sales from Mr Jones’s eyes.” To win more proposals you have to be looking at your proposal from the eyes of the homeowner. Homeowners are not experts in construction so you have to give them details. However, if you are like most contractors you are swamped and don’t have much free time to be writing detailed proposals. The problem here is that the homeowner will have trouble maRead more »
A bit of careful planning will help you avoid costly delays and disappointment. Before you commit to your bathroom renovation, make sure you balance the look you want with the technical aspects of how your bathroom actually works. Consider gutting your old bathroom. If you have tiles that need replacing, chances are you have surprises waiting to be discovered. Any house can have problems behind existing tile and grout-- wet insulation, rotting drywall, and possible mould. Plus, installing neRead more »
I never pay for clean up I can do myself. After demolition, I saved $600 instead of paying my contractor to sort the debris, clean up, pull nails from old timber and haul it to the dump. I also did my own cleanup every day. I used that money to upgrade my door hardware. I saved $1,250 by limiting the super-expensive glass tiled backsplash to the area behind the stove, where the wall really needs protection. That bought me a gorgeous range hood I couldn’t have afforded otherwise. We saved $Read more »