Our initial intention with this publication was to just help Ontario home owners avoid the pitfalls of their renovation projects by understanding the costs, knowing how to screen for the right contractor and making sure the work is done properly. The motivation came from family and friends who either received a poor quality renovation or were overcharged for a simple one by roque contractors. Since 2015, we have done many professional, proper and cost effective renovations that our customers have been proud of.
Our hope is that every home owner in Ontario has the same experience.
It didn't take us long, as we started to compile information, to see the extent of finding the right location to live, the costs incurred when buying a house, the ongoing costs and responsibility of ownership and then the costs associated when selling. The results or “effects”, as the title of the book implies, can be a negative, confusing or a helpless experience for a home owner. So we went deeper into the puzzle of housing in an effort to help you find the right house, manage your money, maintain or increase your resale value, source funds, find savings, negotiate agreements, prevent damage, improve energy efficiency, select a good contractor and reduce the risk of injuries and accidental death in your house.
We are committed to providing real, accurate and helpful information related to owing and living in a house in Ontario.
What will this manual do for me, my family, the economy and the environment?
- Removes the vulnerabilities associated with buying, selling and renovating by asking the right questions.
- Reduces stress and improves mental health knowing that you are making smart and informative decisions when buying, maintaining, renovating or selling your house.
- Controls your debt through saving for a downpayment, using the cash flow worksheets to budget expenses, see the projected costs of maintaining and updating a house.
- Adds to your savings with rebates, improving energy efficiency to reduce gas, electrical and water bills, reduce insurance premiums and replacement costs through damage prevention.
- Maintains or increases the value of your house by doing the right repairs, replacements and renovations.
- Protects you from unfair and illegal practices with consumer rights, laws, permits and inspections.
- Ensures quality renovations with written project specifications and selecting the right contractor.
- Grows employment by hiring good contractors, skilled trades and specialty service providers.
- Reduces the risk of injuries and accidental deaths by making the house safer.
- Reduces pollution through proper waste management.
Here’s many popular questions that we have answers to.
You should read this if you are:
- Saving for a downpayment
- Buying your first house
- Buying a newly built house or previously owned house
- An owner living in the current house for more than one year
- Selling your house
- Renovating or landscaping your house
- Retiring within 15 years
- A newcomer to Ontario
Here's what you get:
- Over 200 pages of content.
- Downloadable worksheets and checklists.
- Links to sources of savings, market data and other resources.