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Get expert decorating ideas, watch H&H TV, see inside celebrity homes, find how-to tips, DIY projects, small spaces and kitchen makeovers. There are always extra costs. That’s because home renovation planning takes a little bit of guess work. How do you know if you have lead pipes or that your oven in a potential fire hazard? To avoid blowing your household budget, due to unexpected reno costs, add a contingency fund. Most contractors suggest adding 10% but larger projects may need a 20% contingency fund. Talk to your contractor for a better understanding of what this extra money could potentially cover.

There are two golden rules that you should remember when planning improvements. The first is not to spend more than you have to. Never improve a house to the point where its desired sale price would be more than, say, 20% higher than the most expensive of the other … Read more

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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 … Read more

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The images on this page show examples of council homes before and after improvement work. Bio: Jody Costello is a Pre-Renovation Coach who educates homeowners to help them prevent remodeling disasters. In two-storey homes, level access from garage to kitchen and living area is generally a high priority. Locate at least one bedroom on the ground floor so occupants can stay there as they age. It can double as a home office, study or bedroom for an elderly relative, carer or boarder. Locate a ‘house’ bathroom and toilet at living area level.

Beware: Tearing out an existing floor can add significant labor costs, so if it’s at all possible, lay the new flooring on top of the existing one. Extra space in a home almost always results in extra profit – providing the building work is of good quality, it is in keeping with the property and it doesn’t push … Read more