Deck vs Patio? Which should you choose?

Deck vs Patio?  Which should you choose?

Deck vs Patio? Which should you choose? As spring is coming upon us, we are all itching to move outside (literally).  Perhaps you’ve been staring at dead space outside all winter dreaming of your outdoor space. But which should you choose?  Deck or patio?   What is the deciding factor? Homeowners may use these terms interchangeably but there is a distinct difference. A patio refers to an outdoor space placed directly on the ground. This area…

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Hardwood vs Laminate. Which one should you choose?

Hardwood vs Laminate. Which one should you choose?

Hardwood vs Laminate? Updated April 25, 2020 Hardwood floors is one of the most sought after amenities people want when buying a home.  It ranks very high on their list. Hardwood flooring is an investment that will last you a life time and add more value to your home.  It is seen as being more luxurious than laminate. But is it always the right choice? Scenario #1: One of my clients wanted to replace their…

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Are You Over Renovating Your Home?

Are You Over Renovating Your Home?

A few years ago, I staged a house for a single mom that had a gorgeous en-suite bathroom in the master bedroom.  Beautiful tiles, nice new vanity, great shower including a trendy rain shower head.   The en-suite was stunning. Who wouldn’t like that right?  The cost of the reno, unfortunately, was equally as stunning. She upgraded her builder en-suite into this stunning retreat thinking that she would recoup the money back when she sold her…

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Do I Need A Building Permit For Renovations?

Do I Need A Building Permit For Renovations?

Everyone knows that if you put an extension on your house, you will require a building permit. But what about for the smaller renos like a new kitchen, a new bathroom, installing larger windows or a new basement? Do you need a building permit for that ? Do I Really Need a Building Permit for Renovations? When we were visiting friends one day, we went out for a walk around their neighbourhood after dinner. We couldn’t help…

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Does Converting A Garage Add Value To A Home?

Does Converting A Garage Add Value To A Home?

I was looking at potential “fixer uppers” to flip.  There was one home that had a lot of “potential” – meaning it needed a lot of work.  It looked like someone had already been fixing up this particular home but ran out of money and decided to list it.  One of the “upgrades” this person had done was to convert the garage into another bedroom.  It was originally a 3 bedroom house with the bedrooms…

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