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Construction

Check the quality of ‘new’

Posted on Saturday April 21, 2012
If you are buying a new home or having one built for you, cast a close eye on the quality of construction. Read more »

DIY safely

Posted on Sunday April 15, 2012
Treat any home repair or reno location as a job site with the right safety gear. Read more »

When not to DIY

Posted on Sunday April 15, 2012
Perhaps the most important part of doing it yourself around the home is knowing when not to attempt a repair or renovation. There are jobs best left to professionals. Read more »

Renovation Tips: choose the right fixtures

Posted on Saturday April 14, 2012
If you are renovating a bathroom or kitchen or even a closet, you will need fixtures that fit the space and that will be as efficient as possible in the operation of the whole house. Read more »

DIY storage

Posted on Saturday April 14, 2012
If you love your tools, always store them safely. Read more »

A nice shade of DIY green

Posted on Saturday April 14, 2012
There is a belief that green costs more but this is no longer the case. Read more »

The right product

Posted on Saturday April 14, 2012
Many DIY aficionados still choose the wrong materials for their homes. Paint is a very good example. Read more »

Signs of poor contractors – upfront payments, poor estimates

Posted on Thursday April 12, 2012
There are good contractors and bad ones but there are ways to tell them apart. Read more »

Signs of poor contractors – what’s that name again?

Posted on Thursday April 12, 2012
By changing their company name, a contractor can stay in business for many years, ripping off customers with great abandon. Read more »

Renovation? Know what lies ahead

Posted on Thursday April 12, 2012
Grab an undervalued property and renovate it top to bottom to make it an ideal home, a super investment - or neither. Read more »

Renovation Tips: prepare properly

Posted on Thursday April 12, 2012
Good preparation is essential for any construction or repair job at your home. Read more »

Renovation Tips: don’t go cheap

Posted on Thursday April 12, 2012
Purchasing materials for your reno job based entirely on price is a huge mistake. Those who go cheap may be doomed to revisit the renovation in a year or so. Read more »

Renovation Tips: Measure twice or thrice

Posted on Thursday April 12, 2012
There are many measuring tools on the market to make sure you get everything level and even. Read more »

Room in the attic

Posted on Monday April 9, 2012
Many homeowners today are adding space to their houses by blowing out the back, digging down to enlarge a basement or turning the insulation-filled, raw attic space into a second or third floor. Read more »

Homes contract and expand

Posted on Monday April 9, 2012
Homes are living things that respond to the environment and the more we understand this, the more we can protect our homes and enjoy living in them. Read more »

Signs of poor contractors - time on their hands

Posted on Monday April 9, 2012
One sign of a contractor you should consider not hiring is the contractor who has time to spare. Read more »

Signs of poor contractors – nothing in their hands

Posted on Monday April 9, 2012
Non committal answers are a tipoff to a contractor you might not want to hire. Read more »

Signs of poor contractors – no paperwork

Posted on Monday April 9, 2012
A bad contractor will fear paperwork and tell you no permit is needed when the law says permits are required. Read more »

Signs of poor contractors – friend of a friend

Posted on Monday April 9, 2012
While a friend of a friend may also be a good contractor, you likely will be less inclined to make certain he or she is the one who can do the job right. Read more »

Signs of poor contractors – upfront payments, poor estimates

Posted on Monday April 9, 2012
If you are asked for a large payment in advance of the work by a contractor, beware. Read more »