Category: Building & Renovations

How To Simplify Your Next Renovation Project

Expensive and stressful; two words often used to describe the home renovation process. If you’re planning a home renovation project, project delays, household disruptions and overspending can all lead to a lot of frustration. To avoid this, it is important to plan ahead, get organized and set realistic expectation. These three tips below will ensure […]

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Transform Your Basement into a Rental Suite

If you live in a desirable area and you’ve been thinking about transforming your basement to attract renters, now may be the perfect time. In today’s housing economy, converting your basement into a rental suite is an excellent way to help pay off your mortgage, while providing affordable living accommodations for low-income renters. Not only […]

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How to Create a Multi-functional Basement for the Whole Family

The finished basement is a space in the house where the whole family can come together to enjoy some communal time. If you’re looking to renovate your basement to make it more usable, consider that this space is often expected to take on many functions such as being a living room, a guest space, and […]

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Expert Advice: How Much Paint do I Need?

Q. How much paint do I need to paint my room? A: In generally, a medium size room (12’ by 12’ with 8’ high ceilings) will usually take about ¾ of a gallon per coat for the walls. It is important to choose a good quality paint to ensure proper coverage with two coats. My […]

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Expert Advice: Carpet Repair – Clean First or Stretch First?

QUESTION: My carpet has bumps and I want to get it stretched and cleaned. Should I have it cleaned first or stretched first? We asked Pablo of Curly’s Carpet Repair and this is what he recommends: There are people and/or cleaning companies who will tell you to get it cleaned first and than stretched. They […]

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Expert Advice: Grid-tied Solar Energy Systems

QUESTION: Can you explain a grid-tied solar energy system to me. What can I expect when installing a system like this? ANSWER: “Grid-tied” means that your home is still connected, or “tied” to the BC Hydro power grid. When the sun is shining, your house will use the solar energy first and if you require […]

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