October 2012 Renovation Newsletter

October 2012 Renovation Newsletter - Read this home renovation insight now.

In this issue of reVISION's Renovation Newsletter:


Renovator Member of the Year Award

Todd Senft, President of reVISION Custom Home Renovations, was presented the Renovator Member of the Year Award by The Greater Vancouver Home Builders Association. The award honor's association members for their exceptional level of volunteer commitment and dedication to enhancing the professionalism of the homebuilding and renovation industries in the Greater Vancouver area.[divider_top]

5 DIY Renos to get Instant Equity

reVISION Custom Home Renovations' Todd Senft contributes to Sarah Megginson's article "5 DIY Renos to Get Instant Equity" in the October 2012 issue of Canadian Real Estate Magazine.It's no secret that the quickest and easiest way to add value to your property is through painting it, says Todd Senft from reVISION Renovations. This is because your total investment on a DIY paint job will pale in comparison to the added value it creates, as Senft places the average return on internal painting at 73%, and external painting at 65%.Read the full article on our website: 5 DIY Renos to Get Instant Equity[divider_top]

October is Renovation Month

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Home Hardware, CHBA and Toyota Canada are giving away a 2012 Toyota Rav4 for Renovation month! Log on to and fill out the entry form for your chance to win!Renovate with Confidence -Go with a Pro[divider_top]

"Get it in Writing" - Hiring a Professional Contractor

  • Work with a reputable contractor - one that treats you fairly and honestly, puts their promises in writing and backs up their work.
  • Home renovation is both a financial and emotional investment.

3 Steps to Make Sure Your Renovation Goes Right

  1. Get Informed
  2. Home renovation and construction is a complex process
  3. As a consumer you need to know where you stand and that your interests are protected
  4. Items to be aware of and which should be addressed in a written contract:
  5. Building codes and permits;
  6. Insurance;
  7. Workers compensation;
  8. Warranties (Renomark Program);
  9. A full description of the work to be completed;
  10. A schedule laying out the dates of when the project will start and be completed;
  11. A clear payment schedule that lays out when and how much you will be charged.
  12. Hire a Professional
  13. Make sure you find a good contractor. Ask around, best recommendations come from those who are close to you and have had a positive experience.
  14. You may also find professional contractor through the GVHBA website.
  15. Read the Contract Carefully
  16. Do not sign a contract unless you are satisfied and it includes all the necessary information and fully represents what you have agreed to!


Fall Home Renovation Seminar

GVHBA Renovation Council - in partnership with Canada Mortgage & Housing Corporation and FortisBC - is presenting its popular fall home renovation seminar on Tuesday, November 20 from 7:30 p.m. to 9 p.m. at the Croatian Cultural Centre, 3250 Commercial Dr., Vancouver.For more details, log on to[divider_top]

Design Tip

Just in time for fall, when the natural world is also displaying lots of gorgeous orange hues. Spice up your home with an accent of orange and teal. Designer Jennifer Ott states "Orange and teal is a great color combo. Together these colors have a midcentury modern vibe that works well in contemporary interiors, such as this fantastic dining space. The high-energy duo is sure to stimulate interesting dinner conversation."[divider_top]

reVISION's Featured Project

Heritage Haven - Heritage Home Renovation

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Georgie Award Finalist for "Best Residential Renovation ($100,000 - $249,000)"Join us on Facebook and our website for more pictures of this project and many others![divider_top]


EcoSmart 17-Watt (90W) Bright White (3000K) LED Flood Light Bulb

[image_frame style="framed" align="right" alt="EcoSmart LED Flood Light Bulb" title="EcoSmart 17-Watt (90W)Bright White (3000K) LED Flood Light Bulb" height="208" width="150"][/image_frame]The ECOSMART 17-Watt LED Flood Light Bulb (E*) uses 17 watts and lasts up to 25,000 hours, saving you up to $201 per bulb over the course of the bulb's life. This LED bulb is more energy efficient than a halogen bulb and may be dimmed for light customization. It may be used inside and outside of your home. (E)* means this bulb meets Federal minimum efficiency standards.[divider_top]E-mail us at for any future requests on trends you would like us to talk about in our upcoming newsletters.