Of home improvement and Torontonians: which home improvement errors should they avoid?

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When it comes to Home Improvement, everyone remembers Tim Allen’s show ‘Home Improvement’ revolved around Tim Taylor’s life in Suburban Detroit. Consequently, pop culture based on the show spread across the southern Ontario region from Windsor to Toronto and until Kingston. Hence, a lot of Canadians then decided to carry out home improvement themselves.

Torontonians never hesitate in carrying out Home Improvement activities on their own. It is not that they don’t feel like having an external person do all the work but there are certain things which they can do with ease. Numerous books on home improvement published by various publishers are available helping them solve everyday home improvement issues and problems with relative ease.

Do Torontonians have Home improvement books in their homes?

Both Canada and the United States constitute North America along with Mexico. Mexico is culturally, sociologically and economically different and is more aligned towards Latin America because of the Spanish language.

In contrast, the United States of America and Canada were British colonies (Canada was however occupied by the French first, hence Quebec and French culture being a part of it) where English was commonly spoken.

Both countries share complex diplomatic relations with each other as well as the world’s longest unguarded border. Yet, they are like brothers and Hollywood is popular in both countries. Tim Allen’s ‘Home Improvement’ is popular in Canada and Tim Allen’s character Tim Taylor is set to make an appearance in the final season of ‘Last Man Standing.’

Speaking of home improvement, Torontonians, like all Canadians; have a plethora of Do it yourself (DIY) books and manuals. Most of the time Canadians carry out home improvements on their own, such as tackling repairs and remodeling some parts of the home themselves. In case some tasks require the usage of labor, they hire them.

But all of this is done carefully. Needless to say those who do Home Improvement by themselves do make mistakes when carrying out these activities. Avoiding these mistakes will be discussed further in this post.

Which common mistakes in Home Improvement should Torontonians and Canadians avoid?

Home improvement can be fun, especially if the homeowner shares characteristics resembling the fictional Tim Taylor. However, for some it can be strenuous, risky, time-consuming and worrisome. Home improvement can be risky business because no one wants to inadvertently drill the foundation, resulting in the house falling down.

Home improvement in lofts can be done easily but when it comes to doing it in Condos, Apartments or Penthouses, that can be a big problem. Getting an approval from the condo board is a must so that the necessary home improvements/renovations can be carried out.

Here are those mistakes Torontonians must avoid these common mistakes in home improvement:

Overestimating their own skills

Some people can be really handy while some think they are handy. It would be wise for everyone to be honest about their abilities. When buyers are looking at a home they wish to buy, they can tell when things are out of order i.e. when the light sockets are either not vertical or broken, when there are gaps and uneven feelings in the flooring.

It all comes down to the quality of work done in the home. Those who cannot do it right need to pay for things to have them fixed.

Underestimating the value of time

Theoretically, anyone can lay down the new tiles in the bathroom. But between their job and their kids’ ball games, finishing this task in a few days isn’t as easy as everybody thinks it is. It can go beyond weeks into months. In short, anyone’s time is worth the cost of hiring a professional.

Equalling the amount of dollars spent with the value of the work done

Good design is always critical especially if the kitchen and bathroom are being remodeled. Consider the case of a kitchen remodeled under the price of C$ 55,000; if it goes along well with the home then it will bring a better return in comparison to one that congests the flow and does not go along well with the home.

Those who are seriously considering remodelling their kitchens or other rooms in the house, they should get both an interior designer and an architect to get things done the right way.

No detail should be neglected

Experienced real estate professionals reveal that some of the biggest complaints they have heard about remodelling is about homeowners not finishing the remodelling job and leaving it halfway complete. This sends the value of the home spiralling down.

Why do homeowners do this? They do it because either they ran out of money or are hoping that the home will be sold to those willing to take the work forward. Not everyone wants to buy a half complete home.

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