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The Ideal House to Buy and Renovate

With today’s competitive real estate market and low inventory of homes, many first-time and move-up buyers are opting to purchase fixer-uppers with the intention of renovating. Not only is this an ideal way to purchase a property at the lower end of the market price, but it’s also a great way to customize the space…

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Building Material Choices: Impact on Renovation Timeline

Material Choices & How They Impact Your Renovation’s Timeline One of the questions that we get asked a lot at Inspire Homes is, “How long will my renovation (or house addition project) take?” Our response is always the same: “There are two parts to the process – the planning stage, which includes the design and…

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6 Benefits of Lowering Your Basement

Have you ever dreamed of having a full-height, finished basement for additional living space, but don’t have the headroom to make this a reality? If so, you are not alone. Many homeowners in Toronto encounter this issue, especially since most basements in older homes were originally intended for mechanics, cold cellars or fuel storage, like…

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5 Reasons Why You Should Live In A Home Before Renovating

There’s no doubt about it – buying a new house is an exciting time! Many homeowners can’t wait to put their own stamp on their new home with fresh paint, updated flooring, new lighting and other customizations. But, if you find yourself with a fixer-upper, you can bet that you have larger renovations on your…

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8 Things to Consider Before Renovating Your Bathroom

Nothing evokes a sense of relaxation like a spa-inspired bathroom. At the end of a long day, it’s the ideal space to retreat to for serenity, solitude and a long soak in the tub. Many homeowners dream of having a bathroom like the ones they see in the pages of design magazines – which is…

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Renovating? Ask Yourself, “Why”?

A couple of months ago, our colleague Bryan Sebring at Sebring Services asked us what is the most important tip that we could give a homeowner who is about to embark on a renovation project. The answer was simple: Ask yourself, “Why?” Specifically, why are you considering a renovation in the first place? Of course,…

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Renovations: Return on Investment – Part 2

When it comes to renovations, we always advise our clients that they are renovating their home for themselves, not for the next person who may purchase the home down the road. Choosing to renovate because you think it will yield more money when selling the home isn’t always a good strategy. Why? Because the person…

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Renovations: Return on Investment – Part 1

When it comes to renovations, we always advise our clients that they are renovating their home for themselves, not for the next person who may purchase the home down the road. Choosing to renovate because you think it will yield more money when selling the home isn’t always a good strategy. Why? Because the person…

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Planning A Renovation Project: How Long Does It Take?

“How long does a renovation take?” is a question we have often been asked over the years, and our response is always, “there are two parts to the process – the planning stage, which includes design and the building permit, and the construction stage.” The time required is contingent on a number of factors, from…

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Securing Time On Your Builder’s Schedule

This past Sunday, we were at BILD’s Destination Renovation at The National Home Show in Toronto, volunteering our time to answer homeowners’ questions about renovation projects.  During the course of the day, we spoke with a few homeowners who were planning a house addition or significant renovation this year, and were already working with an…

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