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From DIY home improvement projects to kitchen remodeling, discover helpful tips, ideas and how-tos for your next remodeling project. For instance, the national average budget for a kitchen renovation came in at just under $14,480—at least $5,000 under-budget for the average Canadian kitchen renovation, explains Nicole Silver, spokesperson for TrustedPros. It takes licensed electrical, plumbing and gas experts to install bare necessities in a kitchen,” explained Silver, and these experts come at a price.” Add in the extra cost of durable or high-end finishes and budget costs start to creep up quickly.

If you’re planning to sell, the AHA suggests consulting with a real estate agency before making major project decisions, to determine which repairs or improvements are more likely to increase your home’s value. You might start with the agent who sold you your home. A newly launched tool shows which home renovations will add the most value to a property, giving homeowners the chance to see whether forking out thousands of pounds for a new garage or loft conversion will pay off long-term.

Networks often partner with advertisers that provide free materials, and some contractors that appear on these shows will work at discounted rates in exchange for the free publicity. Rich Carl, project manager for iKitchens Etc., in Falmouth, Mass., knows firsthand because his company was invited to appear on a remodeling reality show in 2010, but declined because the pay was significantly lower than what they’d usually charge. We priced out the job for a cabinet installation using our standard rates. The general contractor who’d been hired by the show’s producer came back and offered about half that amount, saying that we should give a lower rate for ‘promotional considerations,’ Carl recalls.

Phillip Hall, managing director of Hall Construction Ltd, points out, ‘Costs are often higher for renovating a period property as owners may have to provide full-blown plans as well as calculations from a building engineer to comply with building regulations‘ He adds that the initial costs to renovate or extend a period property are often 30 to 50 per cent higher than in contemporary buildings due to the materials and skilled labour involved, and most new owners do not appreciate that.

Whether an art-arranging project went awry or you’re tired of looking at dings around the house, concealing wall blemishes is a weekend-worthy project. With a putty knife and surfacing compound, you can easily repair nail holes and other minor wall imperfections. For larger holes, place an adhesive patch over the area and spread an all-purpose drywall compound over it with a trowel. Depending on the size of the wall hole, the compound may need to dry overnight. Paint over the patch when it is dry.