How to Find the Right Contractor

Remodelling or renovating your home can be a life-altering experience. Depending on the contractor you decide to use, this experience can be either a positive one or a negative one. Although there are many factors that will determine the final outcome of your remodelling project, finding the right contractor is probably the most important decision you will make. At Shaughnessy Real Estate, we believe that finding the right contractor is an absolute must and offer these tips to help you make the right decision.

Ask Around for Referrals

A great place to start is to ask friends, family or co-workers if they have any recommendations. Depending upon the renovation you are looking to complete, you may want to consider asking your local hardware store for recommendations as well.

Before starting any project, make sure you know exactly what you want to accomplish. This will make both yours and the contractor’s job easier. Once you feel you know what you want, we recommend interviewing at least three contractors to get different quotes and to compare the different bids.

Check Out Their History

Before settling on a contractor, make sure to check their licence, references, complaints and litigation history. You want as clean a slate as possible. Be as thorough as you can with background checks because picking the right person for the job is extremely important. Once you feel you have found a contractor best suited for your home renovation, be prepared to wait. Good contractors may be booked for quite some time.

Thoroughly Discuss Expectations

Before starting any renovations, be sure to discuss the contract at length. Find out what work the contractor will be doing and which jobs will be sub-contracted out, and to whom. Make sure this contract includes payments, materials that will be used and deadlines. A detailed contract can be extremely important if you encounter any problems during or after your renovations. It protects both you and the contractor, so it’s a win-win for everyone involved.

It is also recommended that you do not sign a remodelling contract for your entire renovation budget. Unfortunately, things may come up during the project that were unforeseeable when the job was started. Additionally, do not make the final payment until all of the work is completed to your satisfaction.

Renovating your home can be a scary prospect and a bit of a leap of faith. Will your renovations turn out right? Will you be happy with the end result? These are valid questions when undertaking any type of renovation. However, by finding a contractor you are comfortable with, these unsure feelings should be replaced with feelings of confidence, leading to a positive remodelling experience.

If you are getting ready to sell your home in the Vancouver area, home renovations and quick fixes are likely on your mind. Shaughnessy Real Estate is here to advise you on all of your buying and selling concerns. Give us a call today!

Four Ways to Reach Millennial Buyers When You Sell Your Home

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Millennials may have a reputation for renting, but with some smart strategies you can convince them that a home or condo purchase would be a better idea. The fact is that many Millennials are currently finding their place in the world with well-paying jobs.

Once you get down to brass tacks, today’s younger generations are just as concerned about things like equity as anyone else. With some strategic marketing and clever listing techniques you can make sure to effectively reach the younger crowd.
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Flooring Foibles: Finding The Flooring To Fit Your Family

Improve your Shaugnessy real estate with these helpful redecorating tips.

Whether you are redoing your floors or considering those in a potential new property, the choices are endless! Carpet alone has many variations, and once you choose the type you still need to evaluate/choose the colour. It can be quite the ordeal, especially if you’re not informed. Luckily, you will be informed. As Shaughnessy’s most trusted real estate team we don’t want to see anyone struggle with their home renovations, so here’s a rundown of a few common types of flooring, their advantages, and their disadvantages.

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Redecorating a Small Bathroom to Make It Look Bigger

Spruce up your Shaughnessy real estate with these redecorating tips for your bathroom.

Most homeowners opt to redecorate their home and provide a personal appeal to their property. We often see many Shaughnessy homes for sale that clearly portray the personality of their owners. This is a great way to go about redecorating as it appeals to you and not current trends. If you are considering redesigning your home to make it fit your taste, make sure you don’t forget the bathroom.

For homeowners who have a small bathroom, it is easy to see why they would often forget to redecorate this part of their home. Just because you have a small bathroom doesn’t mean that you can’t make it look inviting and more spacious. As a matter of fact, there are some things you can include in your bathroom to make it look a lot bigger. Here are some ideas:

4 Redecorating Tips for your Bathroom

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Tips for Picking a Real Estate Agent

Leanr how to pick a real estate agent to help sell your Vancouver Westside residence.Selling and buying a home is not a process that should be taken lightly, which is why you want a team of dedicated Shaughnessy real estate professionals representing you along the way. We know there are many companies out there and the search can be wearisome. To help you make an educated decision, we have compiled this list of helpful tips for picking a real estate agent. Our hope is that when you finally choose the company that will help you buy or sell your home you feel confident and secure in your choice.

How to Choose the Best Real Estate Agent for You

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Five Beginner Tips for Decorating Your Home

Decorate your Shaughnessy home

Our home should be a warm haven where we feel safe, comfortable, and happy. Each place in our home holds a special place in our heart, and so it is natural that we want every inch of it to reflect our unique personal tastes. Decorating our homes can be a strenuous yet also highly rewarding process. To help you in this endeavour, we hope that you will consider using the following beginner tips as a start.

How to Decorate your Shaughnessy Home

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5 Tips for Budgeting your Move

Budget your move from Shaughnessy Real Estate with these 5 tips

Moving is stressful, we know. This is exactly why you don’t need the burden of additional expenses on top of the typical ones associated with relocation. By identifying essential items and outlining their costs, you’ll be able to cut down significantly, leaving more for rainy days – which we all know how important it is here in Vancouver! To start off with your move from Shaughnessy real estate, ask yourself these 5 questions and follow our recommendations.

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