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Top reasons to renovate this summer 

Summer is always the top renovation season for homeowners – once the weather turns nice it makes it a lot easier to get work done to fix up your home. But whether you are renovating now or in the months to come, you still want to make sure you plan ahead.

 A few items to consider in your decision making process include:

 Energy Efficiency Rebates – for homeowners who have an energy evaluation done on their home and complete a series of energy efficient upgrades, they can qualify for energy efficiency rebates from the provincial government and Nova Scotia Power Inc. A list of recognized upgrades is available through Conserve Nova Scotia (

 Seal up your air leaks – Energy costs continue to rise and summer is the perfect time to get the air leaks sealed up in time for the colder months ahead. Seal up the cracks in your windows, doors and ceiling to prevent your warm air from escaping.

 Schedule vacation time while your renovation is underway – If major renovations are on your agenda during the summer you may want to consider using this time to relocate to allow the renovator to complete the work without having to work around household schedules. If you are moving off site during the renovation, it is very important to check with your insurance provider to ensure you have the adequate insurance coverage while you are away from your home while it is under construction.

 Remember, if renovations are in your future, make sure you get a contract in writing, check the renovator’s references and ask for proof of liability insurance and worker’s compensation coverage.


Reader Comments (2)

A cool post on renovation of homes. I think the first tip that you've shared is great. Getting an energy efficiency rebate is cool.

Michael Evje
Reduce Your Electric Bill

February 25, 2011 | Unregistered CommenterMichael Evje

freelance writer

July 4, 2011 | Unregistered CommenterRiceANGELINE29

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