Why are you remodeling? Do you want to improve the function of your kitchen? Update the style? Or are you planning to sell soon? The answer to this question will help you determine the scope of your project and your budget.
How long do you plan to live in your home? If you think you’ll be house shopping within 5 years, try to focus on a renovation that will give you the highest return on investment. If you plan to stay in your home for a decade or longer, consider making long-term functional improvements that will fit your style and your budget.
Do you have or plan to have children? If the answer is yes, it’s a good idea to consider choosing durable, easy-to-clean materials for your renovation.
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If you’re looking to update your kitchen, but don’t have the budget for a complete remodel try these tips to make your space appear larger:
Choose light colors – Light colours give the illusion of openness, so try updating your wall color to something light or if you’re a DIY enthusiast you could try giving your dated cabinets an update with a coat of white paint.
Install Open Shelving – Ditching your upper cabinets for open shelving will open up the space and allow you to keep dishes within easy reach. Display your dishes with style and up the wow factor of your kitchen!
Incorporate Patterns – Choosing a bold pattern for the floor, countertops or a wall will create visual interest in the room.
Diversify your lighting – Installing flushed or…
The total cost of buying a house goes beyond just its price. Your Real Estate Agent or Lawyer will be able to tell you exactly how much you’ll have to pay.
LAND TRANSFER TAX | .5-2% of value
When a home changes hands, many provinces and a few municipalities, charge a property transfer tax, or title transfer fee. It can add thousands to your purchase price. (First time home buyers qualify for rebates or exemptions in some provinces)
APPRAISAL FEE | around $500
Your lender may ask you to have a home appraised to confirm its market value. Fees vary depending on a property’s value and complexity.
LEGAL FEES | $500-$800
A lawyer or notary will help protect your interest by reviewing your purchase agreement, searching the property titles, and
There are many reasons why you should consider owning a home, here are ten reasons to seriously consider if homeownership is for you:
To quit renting – This is probably one of the biggest reasons people consider. Why contribute to someone else’s mortgage when you could be paying off your own? With the current market increase in rent, it could even be cheaper to own.
Security – You don’t have to worry about your house being sold from under you, where rent can substantially increase without notice; forcing you into debt or even out of your home.
Investment – The price of real estate continues to increase. Purchasing real estate is one of the safest long term investments a person can make. A house appreciates in value over the years. Once…
Kitchen renovations are one of the most popular renovations that homeowners complete, as it often nets the highest return on your investment (ROI) in comparison to other areas of your home. Many homeowners give the kitchen a minor upgrade to keep up with design trends while others choose a full overhaul to improve the style, functionality and make it more attractive to potential buyers. Here are 5 popular kitchen trends that yield great returns:
Smart Technology – Did you know some kitchen appliances feature technology that allows you to control the appliance from your smart phone? Imagine a refrigerator that lets you know if you’re running low on milk or an oven that will pre-heat on your way home from work!
Open Space Concepts – Consider…
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I think all of us would like to live a little more comfortable, take some more time off, and save for our retirements. By following a budget, saving for your future, eradicate your debt and take away the stress and have some more security in your life. The biggest mistake most of us is because we qualify to finance things such as furniture, motorcycles, boats and use credit cards that we can afford it. But the truth is if you have to finance most things you can't afford them. Here are some tips that are meant to help you save and live a more comfortable life.
1) Pay yourself first: Set up an automatic transfer to move a percentage from every pay check to a savings account.
2) Never be afraid to ask for a discount: Asking for…
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