Should you renovate your home or move?

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There’s a popular trend in television right now where homeowners have to decide whether to renovate a property or sell it. It’s a great concept for a show but for many of our clients, it’s also real life! Plenty of families come to us with the same dilemma: We love X and Y about our house or neighbourhood, but Z really isn’t working for us. What do we do?

The answer is different for everyone, but here are some guidelines to help you weigh your options. Remember – I’m a realtor AND a contractor, so I know what I’m talking about! We can discuss your needs, discuss several options and find a solution that works for your budget. At the end of the day, we just want you to have the best home possible – whether that’s a new one or the one you’re already in. 

Make a list of what you love – and what’s not working for you

It might be helpful to start by making a list of the things you love about your home, as well as a list of things you find frustrating. Is the neighbourhood ideal or something you’re not overly attached to? Do you feel good about the amount of space you have, or want more (or less)? Does it have the right number of bedrooms, and the kind of features that reflect your lifestyle? Is it aesthetically pleasing, and is it functional? Go through everything big and small, then identify your “deal breakers” for a home in order to help prioritize the list. (For example – a fourth bedroom or a home office.) 

Can a reno solve your problems?

Well, that depends on your home. If you need more storage solution, a better kitchen, upgraded bathrooms, an amazing home office or even an extra bedroom, a renovation might be right. However, there are limitations to every home – structural, small footage, zoning laws, etc – and limitations to every budget. This is why personalized advice is key.

We are experienced contractors with high standards for our work, so many home reno solutions come fairly easily to us. That said, some things simply do not work. If you’re dead set on having a pool but don’t have the backyard for it, that cannot be changed. If you want to add a laneway house or a basement suite for rental income but your neighbourhood isn’t zoned for it, that’s beyond our control. However, sometimes things aren’t as set in stone as one thinks. If you’re in love with your neighbourhood feel hesitant to leave, that’s tricky but manageable. We can show you comparable areas or suggest something nearby that would be an equally good (or even better) fit for your family. Keep your mind open and great things can happen!

Contact us for a free consultation

On reality shows, a realtor and a designer or contractor are usually shown battling it out, both of them convinced that their way is the “right” way for the homeowner in question. That’s not what you get when you work with us. It’s far more balanced and less dramatic because at the end of the day, there’s no competition – just careful consideration of your best interests. Thanks for reading and please, feel free to contact us for a free consultation.

It’s time to plan your 2020 renovation projects

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If you make New Year’s resolutions, they likely share some element of self-improvement: exercise more, sleep better, reach those professional goals and drink more water. Even if you don’t formally make a resolution, it’s likely that you’ve thought about plans and goals for the new year – so why not start putting those plans in motion? Contact us now to set up a free consultation and quote for January!

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How to make a home more accessible for seniors

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Sometimes, a home is perfect – the right location, size and style – and then, years go by and life changes. As people age, their needs often evolve. They may have new challenges related to bathing, cooking or mobility, for example, and consider downsizing their home to something more senior-friendly.

Downsizing is a great option for some (and as a realtor, I can help you out). That said, many seniors prefer to stay in their own home for as long as possible. And why shouldn’t they? With a few tweaks, we can make any home comfortable and safe for an older individual. Here are some tips and tricks to make a home more accessible for seniors.

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Get your home ready for the holidays

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Throughout the year, we look at small jobs around the house, make a mental note about what needs to be done and promise to ‘get to it later’. You know what we’re talking about – a fresh coat of paint for the living room, a new faucet in the washroom, adding a backsplash in the kitchen or maxing out that closet with custom organizers. These are the things we’d like to do but keep putting on the back burner…again and again, until suddenly, a whole year has passed and your ‘small jobs’ list is as long as ever.

We get it – people are busy! Between work, family and having a social life, there’s not much time left for painting or adding crown moulding to the dining room. Fortunately, our team loves small jobs – and, this is the perfect time of year to get them done. Let us do the work so you can enjoy the holidays!

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Why you can trust your home to the Kitchen and Bath Guys

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Choosing a contractor to complete a renovation is a big decision. This isn’t just a building we’re talking about – it’s your home. It’s where your family feels safe, happy and relaxed – a special space that’s just for you, reflects your style, and functions according to your lifestyle. We get it – it’s a big deal. That’s why we care so much about every project, and why we treat every client’s home like it’s our own.

Service matters – and we deliver

The Kitchen and Bath Guys team works closely with clients to determine their needs and budget, and when the project begins, they work with the utmost respect to both the homeowners and the property itself. This means cleaning up at the end of the day, minimizing noise and disruption, keeping the space safe, and communicating clearly with every client. A renovation shouldn’t stop you from living your life, and we make every effort to work efficiently and regularly update you on progress.

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