It’s All About Your Peace of Mind – tips on successfully choosing a general contractor.

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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 t

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8 Tips For A Successful Home Addition

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Careful planning and attention to detail are the keys to a success home addition. As you plan your home addition, here are some important pitfalls to avoid: Your Home’s Resale Value Consider not only your home’s design, but the how it will fit into the neighbourhood. Ask a realtor what your resale prospects will be. Your Mortgage Does your mortgage lender need to approve any major addition? Your lender may foreclose if a required approval is not given before work starts. Legal Requ

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Know What Your Home Will Be Worth

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Knowing what your home will be worth can guide your renovation budget. [ahm-wp-tabular id=4009 template=Web2] Source ©2012 Appraisal Institute of Canada. All rights reserved. Use their handy worksheet to calculate your return on investment at: http://component.aicanada.ca/e/resourcecenter_renova.cfm

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Basement Renovation Checklist

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Before you renovate, use this checklist to avoid costly mistakes. To be a good candidate for a cost-effective renovation, your basement must also be a safe, healthy foundation for your whole home. The foundation supports the structure above it and resists the pressure of the soil around it. Fixing any foundation problems before you renovate is essential to preserve the durability and structure of your home. You must address structural and moisture issues before you finish the space or install

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