Archive for the 'Renovating' Category

2017 Home Design Trends

According to INMAN – one of the Real Estate Industry’s leading source of real estate information, the following are the home design trends of 2017 to watch for: KITCHENS: Traditional Kitchens, but with a twist: built-in bars, contrasting islands, colored islands with colored (hello 1950’s!) fridges; hexagonal tile backsplashes; white and wood kitchens (country, but […]

Your Home Insurance Will LIKELY Be Voided During a Home Renovation

Did you know that doing a home renovation can void your home insurance coverage? Many people don’t read the fine print in their policies but if you do, most will say that a policy is voided during a renovation unless the insurer is contacted. What if there is damage to your or your neighbours home […]

Grants Are Available To Add Secondary Suites to Homes in Simcoe County

If you’ve been thinking of adding a basement apartment or garden suite to your home, grants are available on a first-come, first-served basis through the Ontario Renovates program. For details on the Simcoe County Program, click here. There is an ongoing shortage of rental accommodation in South Georgian Bay and, as the operating costs of […]

Six Ways To Lose Money Upgrading Your Home

One of the joys of home ownership is being able to do pretty much whatever you like to your home.  If you want to put in purple carpets and paint the walls with happy faces, go right ahead.  That is, if you know you will be in your home forever and a day.  If on […]

Doing some Spring Renovations?

Here are a few helpful sites you may want to look at if you are planning some renovations: Space planning, updating and transforming:  Arrange-a-room  Interior Design App:  Mark On Call Inspiration for ANYTHING home related that you can possibly think of: Houzz    Related Posts:  Consider Dumpster Diving 10 Free Planning Tools For Your Home […]

I Dream of This Castle

Every now and then, I get an itch to renovate a house. Lots of people in the Collingwood and Blue Mountain areas look for homes they can renovate and resell at a profit. It is hard to do this and make a profit although certainly not impossible.  I’ve seen some people do it very well.  […]

How You Build 20% Equity in Your Blue Mountain Condo In Just A Few Months

Do you think this is not possible?  Beleive it or not, it is.  Yes, you CAN build 10, 20 or even 30% equity in a property here if you have vision and courage.  Here is a classic case in point. Earlier this year, I had a condominium listed for sale in a prime location opposite […]

New poll shows 7 out of 10 Ontarians support standardized home energy labelling

On August 23, 2012,  NAIMA Canada, the national association representing mineral wool insulation manufacturers, released a public opinion poll focused on home energy efficiency labelling in Ontario.  It was very kindly forwarded to me by our local Environment Network and the content is so interesting, I wanted to share it with you in full.  Here’s […]

Housing Programs announced by Grey County

In April 2012, Grey County Housing announced 2 new Federal/Provincial programs which will benefit some local homeowners in Grey County. Both of these programs run for 3 years. Homeownership Program Designed to assist renters in purchasing their own home, a forgivable loan of up to 5% of the purchase price may be available. Eligible homes […]

From Fixer Upper to Dream Home

There is a new show airing this fall on W Network that I can’t wait to see. For the real estate and renovation junkies out there, we already have Colin, Justin, Sara and Candace.  Now comes Sibling Rivalry, a new show featuring twin brother and sister, Dan and Nikki Hall.  The premise of this new series […]

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