How to Update Your Kitchen Backsplash: Bryan Baeumler’s 8 Must-Know Tips

Bryan Baeumler is one of HGTV Canada’s go-to contractors and the host of Bryan Inc.House of Bryan and Leave it to Bryan.

Akitchen backsplash gets a great deal of wear and tear, and can eventually become dingy (or dated). If you’ve been putting off re-doing your backsplash, or you’re tackling the job for the first time, look no further. These tips will help you get the job done in a single weekend. Bonus: revamping your kitchen backsplash will transform the overall aesthetic of your cooking space without costing a fortune. (more…)

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Scott McGillivray’s Best Tips for Hiring a Contractor When You Don’t Know Where to Start

Scott McGillivray is a real estate expert and host of HGTV Canada’s Income Property and Moving the McGillivrays.

Every day I get this question: can you help me find a reliable contractor in my area? Sure! But not by giving you the name of a particular person or company, because I can’t refer someone I don’t know. I can help you by giving you the tools to make an informed decision yourself. Like with any profession, there are contractors out there who are excellent at their jobs, and others who aren’t. And since you’re trusting them with something so important, it’s understandable that you wouldn’t want to hire just anybody. So read on for a few tips if you just don’t know where to start. (more…)

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What You Need to Know Before Renovating Your Basement

Mike Holmes is one of HGTV Canada’s go-to contractors and the host of Holmes and HolmesHolmes: Buy it Right and Home to Win.

Abasement renovation is one of the most popular projects that homeowners undertake. Done properly, a basement reno can add value to your home as well as add extra living space. Doing your homework and finding the right contractor is a must, but there are other things you might not be aware of when it comes to creating your dream space downstairs. (more…)

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Mike Holmes Reveals the Most Dangerous Renovations to Your Health

Renovations are stressful; there’s a reason why I call renovations “divorce dust”. And those stress levels can run extra high if the work being done on your home is dangerous to your health or the health of your family. Renos can uncover a lot of unhealthy issues with your home, especially if you live in an older home. This is one of the reasons why I recommend homeowners move out when work is being done. Plan ahead and keep your family safe from renovations that are the most dangerous to your health. (more…)

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Avoid a Contractor Nightmare With These 10 Rules (Scott McGillivray Swears By Them!)

Scott McGillivray is a real estate expert and host of HGTV Canada’s Income Property and Moving the McGillivrays.

Isee it every day: People are scared to hire contractors, and afraid that somehow they’re going to get burned by someone who’s dishonest. I’ve worked in this industry for a long time and quite frankly, it’s like any other. The majority of people are completely honest and reliable, but there are a few bad apples who sneak their way in. If you want to avoid a contractor nightmare, do your due diligence and read on! (more…)

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Tips for taking great listing photos

The National Association of Realtors conducted some research that solidifies what we already know: most people these days shop for homes online. If the listing doesn’t appeal to prospective purchasers in their initial online tour, they won’t waste their time seeing it in person. They say a picture is worth a thousand words, so make sure you’re making a great impression with listing photos that set you up for a successful sale.

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Real Estate Myths and Truths: QUIZ

Real estate can be complicated. First of all, we’re talking about a bundle of your hard-earned and harder-saved money. Second, there are many different factors that can affect the trajectory of the housing market, including economics, politics and others. It’s vital that homebuyers and sellers assemble a knowledgeable team of professionals to help answer all the questions that will inevitably arise. In the meantime, here are some common real estate myths – and truths! (more…)

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7 Creative Smart-Home Ideas to Increase Your Home’s Value

When looking into ways to increase the value of your home before putting it on the market, think smart — “smart home,” that is. Installing at least three high-tech features in your house can up your sale price and entice the next generation of buyers to step inside.

Entertainment Tonight

Entertainment Tonight

Having a house that boasts the latest smart-home entertainment tech ups the price-point ante. Think voice-controlled speakers or an Internet-browsing TV. Home theatres have overtaken the trend of going out to catch a movie, so have a setup with all the latest digital bells and whistles. Buyers will be impressed that they don’t need to lift a finger to begin browsing through Netflix or YouTube.

Highs and Lows

Highs and Lows

For technologically tuned-in homebuyers, having a house with an integrated, smart-home energy-management system is a must. Concerns around heating and cooling bills evaporate as soon as they see that LED-lit digital pad with the current temperature on the wall. They’ll be willing to invest more in the house upfront once they realize what they’ll save running it.

Curtain Call

Curtain Call

One thing homebuyers are looking for are features that keep heating and cooling costs low. Installing smart blinds is one of the most economical options. Retrofit existing window coverings with a device that allows you to move them up and down, or set a timer remotely. This way, you’ll protect interiors from the damaging sun and keep in the heat when the temperature plummets.

Applied Science

Applied Science

If you want the biggest return on investment, start in the kitchen and by measuring your space for a new smart fridge, stove and dishwasher. State-of-the-art smart appliances, which connect to smartphones and tablets for more control and insights can fetch a higher home selling price than standard appliances.

Homeland Security

Homeland Security

Home security systems have stepped firmly into the future as one of the fastest-growing sectors of the smart-home market. From smartphone doorbells to property-wide digital surveillance, a security system is a huge selling feature.

More Sprinkles

More Sprinkles

As more and more drought areas pop up across the country, homebuyers are also seeking smart ways to manage water consumption. Installing a smart sprinkler system, which can be programmed from home or remotely, reduces annual water use on the yard. You’re selling the convenience of never having to wrestle with a hose or worry about overwatering while out.

Hubby Time

Hubby Time

Think of a smart-home hub as the brains behind the business of running the house — it connects all the different digital devices. Thermostats, alarms and appliances can all be managed from one centralized interface system, which would appeal to the tech-savvy buyer. Being able to list that among the home’s features will instantly draw the attention of buyers in the know, and add value.

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