Finding the Right Home Improvement Resources

Mark Bordo

I have just been offered a wonderful new position with a substantial salary increase, in the computer software company in which I am presently employed. In order to accept this position , I had to relocate from Vancouver to Toronto. This daunting task seemed overwhelming!

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The first thing I did after selling my own house in Vancouver, was to research the residential areas of Toronto. I contacted a real estate company that worked in Toronto and made arrangements to meet a realtor at Pearson Airport in Toronto. After endless hours of looking at houses in several different areas, I chose a lovely Tudor style, 2-story, 2500 sq. foot house in the avenue Rd./Lawrence area. I loved the centrality of this location, with its coffee houses, restaurants and array of shops where I could buy almost anything.

At this point, I had to find a good contractor. I referred to http://homerenovationguide.com and looked at several contractors' websites. I also drove around my area and discovered that there was quite a lot of renovation being done. I was impressed with one particular site . The contractor worked quickly and the site was clean and tidy. I checked his website and contacted his references. I felt confident with my choice and we were ready to begin immediately.

Fortunately, the pre-purchase inspection revealed that the electrical wiring and plumbing were in good condition. My contractor advised me to concentrate my allotted funds for fixing my house on renovating the kitchen. We decided on a simple maple kitchen with granite countertops and stainless steel appliances. We chose a rich mahogany coloured hardwood for the entire first floor including the kitchen. This feature made the whole area appear more spacious.

My contractor suggested that a main floor powder room would add to the resale value of my house ,so he ingeniously devised a way to make one on the first floor. We continued the wood flooring into the powder room and we appointed it with white fixtures .

However, my diminishing finances forced me to finish up, so we decided to paint the whole house in warm cream and beige tones and to carpet the second floor and stairs in a neutral earthy colour. The effect was clean and fresh.

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Finding the perfect people to assist me in all areas, from moving out of my old house, to finding a new house, to renovating and finally moving in, was made very easy using the proper resource and guidance.

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July 14, 20060 found this helpful

Another great resource for finding local contractors is http://www.handycanadian.com. The great thing about this site is that you can post your project online and receive bids from contractors competing for your business. We posted our bathroom reno job in Toronto and received over 12 email bids from different contractors in less then 8hrs. We finally chose a great local contractor and couldn't be happier with the results.

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