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The Top 3 Mistakes Homeowners Make During a Home Renovation



Matt and I have been working on saving up for a home. As we get closer to our goal of homeownership, we’ve been having a lot of fun talking about what exactly we are looking for, our non-negotiables, and the things we are willing home renovation to compromise on. I’m not very handy when it comes to home projects. I’m the first person to call a repairman, electrician, or plumber as soon as something isn’t working properly. But Matt is much more hands on. He actually wants a fixer upper because he loves the idea of having such a major impact on our home together. I’m all for his creativity and desire to make our future house a home, but I also don’t want us to make any major mistakes that will end up costing us more rather than saving us money in the long run. After a lot of reading and research, I’ve found the top three mistakes that homeowners make during a home renovation.

How to Pick the Perfect Home


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Source: Wise Geek

Today’s post is a guest post by Kal Elfarro, General Manager for Canadian General Contractors Group (CGC) in Ottawa. In addition to managing home remodels, Kal blogs about housing, renovation and even moving. 

Every year, we help Canadian homeowners turn their houses into perfect abodes. Throughout our many years of experience, we’ve noticed a continuous pattern of what features are the most important and desirable in a home. If you’re hunting for a new place, try using our handy guide below to ensure that you pick the house that will satisfy your needs.

Should You Move? 5 Easy Questions to Get Your Answer

Should You Move

Source: Zillow

Today’s post is a guest post by Jonas Murphy, General Manager for Canadian General Contractors Group (CGC) in Calgary. In addition to managing home remodels, Jonas blogs about housing, renovation and even moving. Without further ado…

As experts that regularly build and renovate new homes for Canada’s residents, we’ve become quite familiar with the many reasons people have for moving. But how do you know if you’re moving for the right reasons? By asking yourself the 5 questions below, you can quickly find out whether moving is an ideal choice for you right now. 

How to Organize Your Kitchen

how to organize your kitchenThe boxes are unpacked, the furniture is arranged (for the most part) and I am starting to realize that I am not just on vacation and that this house that I’ve been working in for the past week and a half is actually my home. Sometimes a move takes a while to get used to and, since my move to Florida was the biggest move I’ve ever made, I am noticing that more and more every day. But, as I continue to remind myself that I live here, I allow thoughts of decorating and organizing to flood my brain. I thought I would be most excited to set up my home office and the guest room, since my boyfriend gave me permission to claim those rooms as my own, but it turns out that my inner foodie wins again. I have been giddy with excitement over setting up my kitchen. The kitchen is important. So, what’s the best way to set it up?

How to Protect Your Floors in the Winter

wood floorsI love my apartment. It’s cozy, warm, and full of character. The molding around the walls is beautifully intricate and antique and the dark oak details and hand painted tiles in the kitchen make me smile just thinking about them. But, most of all, I love my hardwood floors. I have hardwood floors in every room and they are in amazing condition, especially considering the age of my building. However, with this winter’s “polar vortex”, my beautiful floors are suffering through the snow, ice and salt my dog and I drag in.

Three Ways to Turn Your House into a Home

How long do you have to live in a new place before it really starts to feel like home? It can be hard to start over in a new house or apartment. Your new home can feel cold and unfamiliar at first. Surely, there are tons of ways to make your house a home using lighting, belongings, color and decorations.  But, today, I’d like to focus more on what you can do for the low cost of … free.



How to Design Your Home Online (for free!) with Make Room

Moving is a fresh start. You’re in a new city, maybe you have a new job, you’re surrounded by new people and, of course, you’re in a new home. Unpacking can be quite the chore, but decorating should be fun!

Urban Barn, a contemporary furniture store in Canada, offers the chance for you to “be your own interior decorator” with their Make Room tool. The Make Room allows you to map out your entire living space using just the click of a mouse. Depending on what you need – a single room or an entire floor plan – this instrument serves as a great guide to interior decorating.