USA's National Averages Cost vs. Value Report 2015
Blackstone's Price List*
$51,696: Attic Bedroom (midrange)
$65,442: Basement Development (midrange)
$75,726: Sunroom Addition (midrange)
$84,201: Family Room Addition (midrange)
$85,592: Garage Addition (upscale)
$111,245: Master Suite Addition (midrange)
$161,925: Two-Story Addition (midrange)
$236,363: Master Suite Addition (upscale)
HGTV's Too-Great Expectations
How HGTV's home improvement shows create unrealistic
expectations for homeowners.
all seen it. Turn on HGTV, and before long you'll run across a family in
distress after a home improvement project gone wrong. They've apparently been
wronged at the hands of an "evil" contractor who took their money and
ran, leaving behind a half-finished master bath or floor tile that began to come
up the moment they began walking on it.
How Will A Kitchen Renovation Affect Your Home's Value?
If you want to spice things up with a stylish showpiece in your home, the kitchen is the hottest place to be. Homebuyers are willing to spend thousands of extra dollars for an updated kitchen. If you've got the budget, why not enjoy those bonuses in your own home right now?
Imposing Price Tag
Kitchen renovations are notoriously expensive. Remodeling magazine's Cost vs. Value Report 2013 says the cost to renovate a 200-square-foot kitchen with wood cabinets, an island, laminate countertops and a standard sink and faucet is about $54,000.
Hiring A Contractor
Before hiring a contractor, there are several factors to consider:
- 1. Deal with a reputable company. Talk to friends and neighbours. If you live in a rural area and were solicited at your door, check with theRCMP. Ask the contractor for references including complete street address and phone numbers of previous customers.
- Get a detailed written estimate from more than one company. The estimate should indicate start date, completion date, full details of the work and material, and the complete cost.
BBB Warns Spring Time Brings Home Improvement Scams
With warm weather approaching, the Better Business Bureaus in the U.S. and Canada are warning homeowners to be on the lookout for home improvement scams. This is the time of year when less-than-reputable or unqualified contractors breeze into town promising a variety of services at cut-rate prices. They may show up at your door, advertise in local papers or deliver fliers to your home.
BBB Tips: Home Improvement
Planning Your Project
Before selecting a remodeling contractor, you should carefully plan your project from start to finish. For example, if your project involves a room addition, determine exactly what your needs are, how the room is to be used, and what you want the completed job to look like. It is a good idea to coordinate your color schemes and draw a simple floor plan using miniature tables and chairs to lay out the room arrangement.
Downloadable Government Consumer Protection Pamphlets For Renovating
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How To: Prepare for Renovating
Spring has sprung and maybe you’re finally ready to build that new deck, paint those golden oak cabinets in the kitchen or install that new bathroom tile. Renovations are a natural part of home ownership — here’s a few things to consider before you swing that sledgehammer or make a trip to your local home improvement store.
WHAT’S YOUR MOTIVATION?
Are you selling your home and looking to increase the value?
Spring Reno Fever
It’s no surprise home renovations are on the minds of many Canadians in spring. It is after all, a time of renewal.
But this year it appears more Canadians are in the reno mood according to findings in the Scotiabank Mortgage Landscape Study. It says 44 per cent of Canadian homeowners are planning significant renovations to their homes in the next two years.
The survey found Canadian homeowners would most like to renovate their kitchen (33 per cent) followed by the bathroom (16 per cent) and the basement (16 per cent).
Half of Canadian Homeowners Plan to Renovate
It’s the season of home renovations and according to the Scotiabank Mortgage Landscape Study, 46 per cent of Alberta homeowners are planning significant renovations to their home in the next two years.
Albertans are the second most likely of all Canadian homeowners to have a major reno project planned, ranking only behind the Atlantic provinces where 47 per cent of homeowners planned to renovate.