Category Archives: Renovations

Concept Drawings – Working with a Designer

As you know, I’ve purchased an investment condo and I am planning on gutting the kitchen and bathroom. The bathroom will be easy; everything is where it should be, but I want to take part of a wall down in … Continue reading

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First steps in my condo renovation!

I purchased an investment condo recently; it’s in an older low-rise building that I’ve been looking at for years. The condo has very good bones but needs some serious updates. It does have a lovely red mahogany engineered hardwood however, which … Continue reading

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Before-and-after: What a little paint can do

As you folks know, I often do renovations for my clients, inexpensively transforming their homes to get them ready for sale. This fall, I’m tackling my cottage and like all my projects, I’m trying to keep the costs down as much as … Continue reading

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Renovating if you’re a senior

A lot of people who are aging aren’t ready for retirement homes, and they don’t want to downsize either. They have a lot of belongings they love that they aren’t ready to get rid of. They want to upgrade their … Continue reading

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New Tax Credit for Seniors Retrofitting their Homes

Ontario has just passed new legislation (effective October 1) called the Healthy Homes Renovation Tax Credit. It allows seniors (and relatives living with seniors, but not landlords renting to seniors) to claim a maximum $ 1,500 tax credit against provincial income taxes … Continue reading

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# 7 – Getting a house ready for sale – TIP: Use a pro for your photos!

I loaded my new listing yesterday, which means  inputting all the information about room sizes, taxes, condo fees, features, etc. As soon as a listing is  broker-loaded (meaning I do the inputting, rather than the real estate board), we are allowed to add a maximum of … Continue reading

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#6- Getting a house ready for sale: the before-and-after shots!

As you know, we’ve been working like fiends on my new listing getting it ready for sale. And today, I got to see it after it had been staged by home stager, Micheline Masson, the owner of Property Staged. She’s … Continue reading

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# 4 – Getting a house ready for sale – TIP: find great contractors!

I’ve been really fortunate with the trades who are working with me to get my new listing ready for sale. Cedric Poon of Archipelago Contracting worked until 2 AM on Monday on tiling; got five hours sleep and went back … Continue reading

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Offer on a reno property – now comes the waiting!

Well, everyone, I’ve been looking for a renovation project for a while and I may have found one! I put in an offer today on a property listed for sale by The Public Guardian. The Public Guardian acts in certain cases … Continue reading

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Redoing a Kitchen – Before and After

My friend, Halifax realtor and actor, Thelma Farmer, is busy redoing a townhouse. I’ve shown you how she transformed the dining room; now look what she’s done with an eat-in kitchen! The tired old wallpaper in this room makes it dark … Continue reading

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