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March 23, 2017
Reliable Renovators

"Finding the right renovation company is much easier when you know what to how to research."

Read more here.

February 14, 2017
Cash-only more risk than reward - Diligence a big part of hiring a competent contractor

“Hiring tradespeople can be the riskiest thing you do as a homeowner. Whether or not it’s safe or dangerous depends on how you do it, and the trend toward under-the-table cash renovations is making the problem worse.”


Read more here.

February 7, 2017
Cash-only renovations more risk than reward

Hiring tradespeople can be the riskiest thing you do as a homeowner. Whether or not it’s safe or dangerous depends on how you do it, and the trend towards under-the-table cash renovations is making the problem worse.

Read more here.

January 19, 2017
What is RenoMark and why is it important?

“Not all renovation companies are created equal, so it’s essential to practice your due diligence when choosing who to work with, and that’s where RenoMark™ shines.”

Read more here.

November 16, 2016
With many people unable to afford a new home after changed mortgage rules, renovation becoming the trend

Renovation and repair spending have been increasing for well over a decade, and have eclipsed spending on new construction, standing at $70 billion in 2015. As Bob notes, renovation has become more attractive as an option for those who can’t afford to move due to rising prices in the hottest housing markets.

Read more here.

October 28, 2016
How to hire the right renovator

A home renovation is a big purchase, make sure you hire the right professional for your job.

Read more here.

September 2, 2016
Albertans Boost Renovation Spending to $3.1 Billion

Despite lingering weakness in the Alberta economy, spending on residential renovations continues to improve in 2016.

Read more here.

February 16, 2016
Survey finds stress of renovations take toll on relationships

That’s why it’s best to let a professional do the work ... check for Calgary RenoMark™ renovators to get your job done right!

Read more here.

February 10, 2016
A home's real value is behind the walls

A lot of renovations done without permits by inexperienced homeowners aiming to stretch their dollars and maximize their profits, often with frightening results. Bottom line is we all need to see past the cosmetic and give more credit to the real value hiding inside the walls.

CHBA Commentary: It’s great to see another high-profile TV personality extolling the virtues of working with legitimate contractors, a message being reinforced by the CHBA “Get it in Writing” campaign.

Read more here.

January 29, 2016
Why millennials are suddenly entering the housing market in huge numbers

Why millennials are suddenly entering the housing market in huge numbers - Globe and Mail [Note that the emphasis is on consumer information about which renovations bring the biggest return.]

Watch video here.

January 29, 2016
[Infographic] carbon and greenhouse gas emissions - Globe and Mail

CHBA Commentary: The residential sector is just over 6% of total emissions, but there is a huge opportunity to reduce greenhouse gas emissions and strengthen the economy through energy efficient retrofits of Canada’s existing homes. To take advantage of this opportunity, CHBA is pushing for permanent, refundable home renovation tax credit for energy-efficient retrofits. A dollar invested in energy efficiency improvements in the average home will yield four to seven times more GHG reductions that the same investment in a new home.

Read more here.

January 11, 2016
Bang on!: Condo upgrades require renovators familiar with board bylaws

Homexpo Calgary is a great place to meet reputable renovators. "Renovations, whether small or large, are usually once-in-a-lifetime projects and as such deserve proper planning in order to make it a success, before, during and after the last nail has been hammered!"

Read more here.

October 29, 2015
Canadian Renovation Activity to Lead Residential Investment in 2016

October 19, 2015
The Best Remodeling Projects to Boost Your Home’s Value

October 6, 2015
6 Home Renovations That May Hurt Your Home’s Selling Price

Homeowners rarely get their money back on renovations, but some projects can actually drag down your home's value.

Read more here.

September 21, 2015
Home accessibility tax credit worth the wait for qualifying renovations

If you’re a senior or a person with a disability, or family member who lives with them, you may want to delay your home renovation project by a few months if you think it may qualify for the new “home accessibility tax credit.”

Read more here.

September 21, 2015
Canadians love their renos: Houzz survey

From millennials to generation Xers to baby boomers, Canadian homeowners of all ages are finding the time and financial means to invest in home improvement, reports the fourth annual Houzz & Home survey from Houzz.

Read more here.

September 17, 2015
Do homework before hiring a renovation contractor

Why you should hire a qualified renovator and what can happen if you don’t.

Read more.

July 16, 2015
The Underground Economy is Eroding the Integrity of Our Tax System

"And in partnership with the Canadian Home Builders' Association, the CRA is reviving the "Get It In Writing" awareness campaign to help homeowners make good decisions when hiring contractors, and protect themselves by getting receipts. These steps should help."

Read more here.

Read the press release from CHBA National here.

July 9, 2015
RenoMark™ Renovation & Infill Tour

Do you have a home to show?

CHBA - Calgary Region's next RenoMark™ Renovation Infill Tour is set for October 3, 2015.

This is a great chance for renovators and infill builders to showcase their product, company and services.

For more information or to register contact info@chbacalgary.com or call (403) 235-1911.

May 27, 2015
CHBA 2014 Renovation Economic Impacts

May 13, 2015
Canadian homeowners are keen on renovating

Many Canadian homeowners would prefer to renovate their existing residence over buying a new home.

"Canadians were spending more money on sprucing up existing housing stock then investing in new dwellings, a trend that economists called a “meaningful shift,” not often seen outside of recessions." - Stats Canada

Read more here.

May 11, 2015
Canadian homeowners planning to spend $17,000 on renovations this year: poll

High home prices are encouraging many homeowners to pursue renovations instead of shopping for new homes.

“They can’t afford to buy new, so what they’re doing is they’re improving the living spaces that they’re in now,” said Jon-Carlos Tsilfidis, the renovators council chair at the Building Industry and Land Development Association.

Read the whole story here.

May 5, 2015
Federal budget helps make your home accessible - Toronto Sun

The federal Conservative's budget includes a new Home Accessibility Renovation Tax Credit.

“We are very pleased to see this targeted home renovation tax credit that will not only help seniors make necessary changes to their homes, but by requiring receipts will help protect them from poor-sometimes dangerous-workmanship, and outright fraud by cash operators.” - Kevin Lee, CEO, CHBA

Read the article here.

April 28, 2015
Construction of new homes down, renovation is up

“One of the common themes, but it does vary a bit from province to province, is the importance of renovation work and the fact that in some parts of the country where the stock of housing is aging there’s a fair bit of construction activity with respect to renovation." - Rosemary Sparks, executive director of BuildForce Canada

Read the story here.

April 28, 2015
How an energy efficient property will save you money

If you’re planning a home renovation this year, increasing the overall level of energy efficiency should be the top priority. Not only will this help you save money on your operating costs by lowering energy consumption, it will also reduce the home’s environmental impact and add value to the property upon resale.

Read more.

April 23, 2015
Home Builders Welcome Senior Renovation Tax Credit and Transit Investment in Federal Budget

The Canadian Home Builders’ Association (CHBA) on April 21 welcomed the introduction of the Home Accessibility Tax Credit and the Public Transit Fund as measures that it expects will help support affordability and choice in housing for Canadians.

Read the CHBA press release.

January 8, 2015
Finding the Right Contractor for Your Reno

Home renovations can be one of the most stressful projects a homeowner takes on... but there are steps you can take to protect yourself and get the job done right.

Commentary: David Foster, CHBA's Senior Director, Communications, did an extensive interview on working with legitimate contractors. CHBA is making concerted efforts to direct consumers to CHBA member companies, and to revitalize its Get it in Writing! campaign to get the right information into consumers' hands.


http://www.citynews.ca/2015/01/06/q-a-finding-the-right-contractor-for-your-home-reno/?utm_medium=Email&utm_source=ExactTarget&utm_campaign=

October 8, 2014
October is renovation month

Fall is the time for home owners to start writing their renovation wish lists, and start planning their home makeovers big and small, which is why CHBA’s across the nation have named October Renovation Month.

With any home project there are many pieces of the renovation puzzle that need to be considered, even before the hammers starts to swing. Renovation Month is a chance for homeowners to get educated on the steps towards a successful home renovation.

The first, and one of the most important steps, is to protect yourself from unscrupulous contractors.

“Dealing with a professional renovator is your greatest protection against an incompetent or unfinished job,” says CHBA on its website. “A written contract spells out the arrangements between you and your renovator and describes your renovation in detail. Professional renovators also carry workers compensation, liability insurance and any licenses required by your province.”

Underground contractors may offer jobs at a discounted price in return for payment in cash. A low price for your home renovation may be tempting, but ask yourself: “At what cost? What am I not getting?”



www.hiringacontractor.com has even more helpful information to get you on the right track.

Finding the right contractor for your project is key to getting the results you want, and it is important to do your homework before hiring someone. A great first step is to look at Canadian Home Builders’ Association – Calgary Region. Our membership is made up of builders, developers, renovators, suppliers, trades and more, who meet our strict requirements for membership and who agree to abide by our Code of Ethics.

Another important tool is the RenoMark™ program. This national program was launched to help homeowners find reliable, reputable and professional renovators.

Members of the RenoMark™ program and CHBA – Calgary Region have access to the most up-to-date information, agree to a specific RenoMark™ Code of Conduct, must provide a warranty, and more. Click here to find a RenoMark™ renovator in the Calgary Region.

The RenoMark™ website is a great source of information that can help homeowners plan and execute their home improvement project. Click here to download the RenoGuide for five steps to a worry-free renovation and other important tips.

“Once you have found the right contactor always make sure to get a proper written contract before any work begins,” says CHBA. “Never accept a verbal agreement. A proper contract will cover what work is to be done, when and how much it will cost. Without a contract, you have little protection from overcharging, incomplete work, or excessive delays in completing the project.”

A proper contract also includes a warranty on the work that is being done, specifies the materials and projects to be used on your project, proof that the contractor has up-to-date workers’ compensation coverage and liability insurance, and more. Click here for more information on getting it in writing.

Renovating can be an exciting experience, but it can be difficult for homeowners to know what new trends and products are available, which is why CHBA - Calgary Region hosts Homexpo, the first renovation and décor show of the year, every January.

Homexpo provides an opportunity for homeowners to meet with professionals from all aspects of the homebuilding industry to help homeowners renovate with confidence. And this year’s special guests are two of TV’s most celebrated personalities, Scott McGillivray and Sarah Richardson, who will provide even more important information on updating your home. Homexpo 2015 is January 16-18 at the BMO Centre Stampede Park. Visit www.homexpo.ca for more information on the show.

Anyone who is interested in becoming an exhibitor at Homexpo 2015 please contact Laurina Milne, show manager at Laurina@chbacalgary.com or direct at 403.437.0826.

September 2, 2014
CHBA - Calgary Region announces Scott McGillivray and Sarah Richardson as presenters at Homexpo 2015

Canadian Home Builders’ Association – Calgary Region is pleased to announce our presenters for our 44th annual renovations and home innovations show, Homexpo, January 16th to 18th, 2015, at BMO Centre, Stampede Park.

Two of the most respected and popular television personalities in Canada and the USA - Real estate investment expert and contractor Scott McGillivray (Income Property and Flipping the Block on HGTV) and designer Sarah Richardson, host of several HGTV shows including Sarah’s House series and Sarah 101, will be sharing their expertise and tips at the show.

Richardson’s growing list of signature products include custom furniture, a fabric line for Kravet Inc., a stationary collection exclusive to Hallmark, and a home décor product line for Target launching in 2015. Also, Richardson was recently named Home Design Director at Good Housekeeping magazine.

Her long awaited resource guide to renovations and interior design, Sarah Style, will be released in fall 2014 in partnership with Simon & Schuster Canada.

She will be signing her book at the show for attendees!

McGillivray is looking forward to returning to Homexpo for the second year in a row. An authority on secondary suites in homes, he has been working closely with The City of Calgary as a consultant on the benefits of legalizing them.

“There tends to be a stigma against secondary suites, but I feel that by doing the show (Income Property) we have had a positive impact on the impression some people have of the whole situation,” says McGillivray. “We have been able to bring to life some of the solutions to common problems.”

In addition to his television hosting and Executive Producer duties, McGillivray is a full time real estate investor, writer and educator. In 2010 he launched “the Lifetime Wealth Academy”: a company devoted to sharing his wealth of real estate knowledge with would-be property investors all over North America.

His book, “How to Add Value to Your Home”, published by HarperCollins, is a best seller.
The show features hundreds of exhibitors with services, products and new innovations for new homes or renovations. We are expecting more than 12,000 attendees to the first home show of 2015.

Homexpo Quick Facts

What:
Canadian Home Builders’ Association - Calgary Region 44th annual renovations and home innovations show

Where:
Hall D and E
BMO Centre, Stampede Park

When:
January 16-18, 2015

What Time:
Friday, January 16: 2-9 p.m.
Saturday, January 17: 10 a.m. – 6 p.m.
Sunday, January 18: 9:30 a.m. – 5 p.m.

How Much:
Adults: $12
Seniors/Students: $10
Children 12 and under: Admitted FREE

July 11, 2014
Home upgrades a key factor in our economy

We’ve experienced an amazing 15 consecutive years of annual spending increases on home improvements, according to a recent housing report by Altus Group, a Toronto-based global real estate consultant. Read the full article here.

June 23, 2014
Become Informed Before Starting Reno Work

Click here for Article

June 23, 2014
Renovation Impact Statistics

Calgarians invested $6.1 billion in new homes and renovations in 2013, a five per cent increase from 2012, even though there were fewer homes built.

Overall, the industry continues to be essential to Calgary’s economic strength and prosperity, says the latest study by Will Dunning Inc. for Canadian Home Builders’ Association.

Last year, there were a total of 42,600 jobs, up 12.7 per cent from 2012, in new home construction, renovation and related fields, one of the largest employers in Calgary leading to $2.7 billion in wages.

“We are a true economic engine driving a positive economy throughout Canada,” says Doug Whitney, out-going president of Canadian Home Builders’ Association – Calgary Region.

“A growing economy is positive for Calgary’s sustainability and we are a big part of that. However, with that growth come challenges, not only for our industry, but for the city itself as it grapples with escalating costs for needed infrastructure to meet those demands.”

A recent report sent to the City’s priorities and finance committee says growth over the past two to three years “has exceeded previous forecasts.” The 16,620 people per year forecast in 2012 was updated for 2014 to 25,000 people.

“The market is exceeding expectations, and we need to be proactive, ensuring the choice of housing for all people in all areas of the city or it could negatively impact jobs and home prices.

“Our priority is building quality housing for all, and that is why we are diligent about creating more choice for more people in more places.”

Calgary wasn’t the only spot where the industry shone last year; the economic and fiscal impacts of the residential construction industry were up almost across the board in Calgary, Alberta and Canada.

The numbers from Alberta are even more impressive, boasting $17.9 billion in investment value, the largest single wealth-builder for most families. The residential construction industry, alone, created 125,100 jobs either directly or from renovations and related fields. (Up 15.1 per cent and 26.1% respectively.)

With these impressive numbers it is no surprise that Alberta saw an increase in population of 0.7 per cent, the highest population growth among Canada’s provinces in the first quarter of 2014, according to Statistics Canada’s most recent population estimates. Alberta attracted 16 per cent of all immigrant landings in Canada in the first quarter, 10,327 people – the highest share ever recorded – and gained 28,938 new residents, 320 people a day. The population of Alberta has now reached 4.1 million.

“Jobs are one of the main reasons people are flocking to Alberta, and those potential employees need housing that is affordable, and the right choice for their needs,” says Whitney.

And those who are packing up and moving to Alberta may not be headed straight for the big cities: they may be looking at relocating to areas surrounding Calgary. Last month for multi-family starts alone, Airdrie, Cochrane and Chestermere had a whopping 298 per cent increase over the same time last year, says a Calgary Herald article. Click here to read the full article.

Airdrie boasted $690 million in investment value and 5,000 jobs in the new home construction, renovation and related fields last year, according to the CHBA study, and Okotoks saw an impressive $112 million in investment and 820 jobs.

We can expect 2014 likely to be similar to 2013, or slightly lower, says the study.

“This reinforces the need for governments at all levels to be aware of the possible negative impacts their housing-related policies have on housing affordability and choice, and the consequences of such policies for economic performance and government revenues.”


Calgary Fact Sheet
Economic Impacts of Home Renovation and Repair

Airdrie Fact Sheet
Economic Impacts of Home Renovation and Repair

Okotoks Fact Sheet
Economic Impacts of Home Renovation and Repair

Alberta Fact Sheet
Economic Impacts of Home Renovation and Repair

Canada Fact Sheet
Economic Impacts of Home Renovation and Repair

April 16, 2014
More Canadians to Renovate in 2014

Canadians say they’ll spend almost 30 per cent more on home renos in 2014

In 2012 the renovation and repair industry provided 14,600 jobs in Calgary, one of the largest employers in the region.

So it is no surprise to hear that Canadians plan on spending almost 30 per cent more on home renovations this year, according to a recent CIBC poll.

“Our poll shows that home renovation will continue to be big business in Canada this year,” says Todd Lawrence, senior vice-president, Products and Payments at CIBC.

But how big is big?

On average, Alberta homeowners planning to renovate say they will spend $21,577, well over the $19,754 national average, a number which has increased from the 2013 average of $15,300.

And that isn’t the only number that has increased since last year: 40 per cent of Canadians are saying they plan to renovate in the next 12 months, compared to 39 per cent in 2013. In Alberta, 35 per cent of homeowners expressed a plan to renovate.

View the infographic for more information.

Important for homeowners to understand the renovation process

With such a large percentage of homeowners looking to renovate this year, it is important that they understand the renovation process, which is why CHBA – Calgary Region has hosted informational sessions in the past, and most recently, the How to Hire a Renovator session at Fort Calgary in March.

We had a good number of potential consumers who came out to hear representatives not only of our RenoMark™ program and a number of renovators who sponsored the event, but experts from such agencies as Revenue Canada, Better Business Bureau, CMHC, and the City of Calgary.

“Get it in Writing”, a collaborative initiative between CHBA and CMHC provides a step by step process of working with a good contractor, and getting a written contract to help ensure building or renovation projects go smoothly.

Some important tips include:

1.       Get informed: be aware of what should be addressed in a written contract, including: building codes and permits, insurance, liens, workers’ compensation, and warranties.

2.       Hire a professional: determine the type of contractor you will need, where the best places are to find the right contractor and learn about what you need to ask when interviewing a contractor.

3.       Get it in writing: understand what should be included in a written contract and why you need one.

Another great resource to consider when hiring a contractor is our national RenoMark™ program, which helps homeowners find reliable and professional renovators. To be a member, renovators must agree to a Code of Ethics and a renovation-specific Code of Conduct including offering a minimum two-year warranty on all work, carrying a minimum of $2 million liability insurance, providing a detailed, written contract, and more.


September 22, 2013
2013 Flood Resources

CHBA – Calgary Region has put together a list of important flood relief resources to start homeowners and members on the path to rebuilding and recovering from the flood. Check back regularly, updates to the list of resources will be posted as they become available. Click here to read.

August 2, 2013
Home Reno Tax Credit Would Help Keep The Work Honest

Home renovation and repair in Calgary represents $2.3 billion in investment value, the largest single wealth-builder for many Canadian families, according to data from Will Dunning Inc. Economic Research for Canadian Home Builders’ Association in 2012. It’s an important segment of the residential construction industry – and home builders’ associations across Canada have continually strived to increase its professionalism with programs such as RenoMark™, founded by the Toronto BILD (Building Industry and Land Development) Association.
For more on the program and the efforts of CHBA advocating a permanent federal home renovation tax credit for homeowners, click here.

May 13, 2013
Renovation Statistics

Residential renovation is essential to Calgary’s housing quality, energy efficiency and economic prosperity. Click here for some statistics on the economic impacts of home renovation and repair industry. Click here for an article by the Calgary Herald for even more information.
Please check back for renovation news.

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BILD Calgary Region does not guarantee or warrant
1. the accuracy of the information provided by any of the RenoMark™ renovators listed on this Website;
2. the quality of the work performed by its RenoMark™ renovators;
3. the compliance by its RenoMark™ renovators to the RenoMark™ code of conduct.
You should make your own inquiries and obtain references as to the reputation of the renovator you select and ensure that you or your lawyer reviews all contracts with the RenoMark™ renovator you select.