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How To Prepare For Your Upcoming Renovation

How to Prepare for Your Upcoming Renovation   With the weather warming up, renovation season is also heating up across Ontario. Since many of our readers are getting ready for spring and summer home remodelling and construction projects, our team at Inspire Homes has compiled a list of our top renovation preparation tips to help…

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Q & A: How Long Does A Renovation Take?

Q & A: You ask. We answer. This month, we’re answering the question “How long does the average renovation take?” This is a question we get frequently asked. The short answer is, it depends. The average time for a renovation will depend on type of project, size of space, age of house, type of materials…

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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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Renovation Tax Relief for Seniors and Disabled Persons

Seniors and persons with disabilities will be getting help from the Federal Government to assist with age and disability related renovations to their homes. The 2015 Federal Budget proposes to create a Home Accessibility Tax Credit. The proposal would provide tax relief of 15% of up to $10,000 in renovation expenditures, up to $1,500 in…

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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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