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General Contractor vs Home Builder – Which Do You Need?

General Contractor vs Home Builder – Which Do You Need?

Deciding to build a new home can be a costly endeavor. Before you start down that road, it is important to know what your options are and how you can most effectively get what you are looking for. For new homes being built, there are really two major players that should be considered: the home builder and the general contractor. Contrary to what some people think, there are major differences between the two, and understanding these differences is very important…

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Tips for Selecting Respirators

Tips for Selecting Respirators

Before occupational use of any respirator, a written respiratory protection program must be implemented meeting all the requirements of OSHA 29 CFR 1910.134 including, but not limited to, medical evaluation, fit testing, and training, and applicable OSHA substance specific standards. In Canada, CSA standard Z94.4 requirements must be met and/or requirements of the applicable jurisdiction, as appropriate. A complete hazard assessment should always be performed to identify hazards present and options for dealing with them. Below are five common scenarios,…

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Are You Building a Monster Home?

Are You Building a Monster Home?

There’s no doubt about it. Home building and renovation is a booming industry in Canada. The Atlas Group said that the industry has been steadily growing since 2013, and it’s been outperforming the entire economy. Canadians spent 68 billion dollars on renovations and home builds in 2014. It was predicted that Canadians were going to spend 53 billion dollars on home renovations alone. Despite these astonishing numbers, Canadians are still dissatisfied with the square footage of existing large homes in…

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5 top tips on building your own home

5 top tips on building your own home

“Nobody gets it right the first time” has become the most popular catchphrase in our current generation. And that’s fine if you’re cooking your first meal or changing the tires. But imagine making horrendous mistakes when you’re building your first home? Hey don’t worry, it hasn’t happened yet and there are fool proof methods to prevent them. Just use the following steps to ensure you have a clear and well planned idea for building your first house. 1. Legal requirements…

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Making the Most of a Tiny Kitchen on a Tiny Budget

Making the Most of a Tiny Kitchen on a Tiny Budget

The one-bedroom apartment that Laura and Ian Greig bought in Miami Beach last year had something that many New Yorkers can relate to: a very small kitchen that hadn’t been touched since the 1980s. Unevenly spaced appliances lined one wall of the narrow, 67-square-foot space, leaving no room for a dishwasher and barely enough for a diminutive range. The range hood blocked the only window, eliminating most of what little natural light there was, and bulky cabinets and large air-conditioning…

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10 New and Innovative Home Building and Design Materials

10 New and Innovative Home Building and Design Materials

Home renovation numbers are only rising in Canada. This year, 48 per cent of Canadians are choosing to renovate or fix up their homes. The majority of Canadians want to renovate to stay at home even though they are planning on spending less (about $11,800 per household on average this year). Are you part of the 48 per cent of homeowners who are planning to renovate this year? If you are, then you should consider fixing up your home with…

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4 Reasons Why You Should Care about Licensing, Permits, and Trade Qualifications

4 Reasons Why You Should Care about Licensing, Permits, and Trade Qualifications

The last article outlined four compulsory trade industry requirements (trade qualifications, licensing, permits, and Workers’ Compensation Insurance (WCI)) that Canadian contractors must abide by. However, red tape does not ensure that homeowners will end up satisfied. It will only make sure that homeowners and contractors are protected under the law. Finding out what homeowners have to say about contractor performance on websites like TrustedPros.ca may be more helpful in this regard. A qualified Journeyperson isn’t necessarily an expert. Moreover, a…

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Top 5 Tips for Hiring a Home Improvement Contractor

Top 5 Tips for Hiring a Home Improvement Contractor

You’ve figured out your home improvement to-do list for the year—hopefully using HomeAdvisor’s True Cost Guide to ensure there’s room in the budget to tackle the various projects. Now you’re ready to start lining up pros to do the work. Of course, hiring a general contractor for a whole-house renovation is more involved than finding a handyman to make a few spot repairs. But anytime you bring a service pro into your home, thoroughness is key. The following tips from…

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The True Cost of 5 Common Home Improvement Projects

The True Cost of 5 Common Home Improvement Projects

With home improvement season in full swing, homeowners are looking at much-need upgrades and repairs. For most of us, though, there’s no such thing as a bottomless remodeling budget. That’s why it’s essential to get a handle on what things costs and then set your priorities accordingly. To help in that process, we surveyed HomeAdvisor homeowners about the top items on their current to-do lists. Below is a snapshot of the five most popular projects, including average national costs, based…

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Tips for Finding & Hiring an Electrician

Tips for Finding & Hiring an Electrician

Looking for an Electrician for Hire? Whether you’re doing a home remodel or simply fixing a flickering light, you’re probably looking to hire an electrician. This guide walks you through everything you need to know to confidently hire a licensed professional. You’ll learn about how much electricians charge and why they cost what they do. You’ll understand the difference between an Apprentice, Journeyman and Master Electrician. There are some excellent tips to keep the project cost down while also diving…

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