Welcome to CHBA’s Blog

Find everything you need to know about home ownership in Canada. Whether you’re seeking renovation tips, looking for a professional contractor, trying to understand the stages of the home building process – and more – the CHBA blog is a great place to start. Owning a home in Canada: What you need to know, and … Continued

Seven elements to include in your home renovation contract

“A verbal contract isn’t worth the paper it’s written on.” While historians disagree on who came up with this timeless quote, its accuracy isn’t questioned. That’s why when you hire someone to work on your home, you need a written home renovation contract. Seven features of a good home renovation contract A contract can be … Continued

How to stop window condensation in your home

If beads of water run down the inside of your windows during cold weather, also known as window condensation, it’s not necessarily a sign you’ve got bad windows. It’s likely your windows are doing what they’re supposed to do — keeping outdoor air outside. Wet windows can indicate two different but related problems. Indoor humidity … Continued

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Greening Homes Steps in after Whole-Home Renovation Goes Wrong

The writer is a member of the Canadian Home Builders’ Association. (CHBA) After purchasing a 100-year old, semi-dated home, the new owners decided to undertake a whole-home renovation. The house needed upgrading and one of the new owners also had a medical condition that made indoor air quality very important. Knowing that the renovation was … Continued

Macanta Design Build Steps in to Save an Addition Renovation

The writer is a member of the Canadian Home Builders’ Association (CHBA). This project involved a rental property that needed renovations to an addition. The planned changes were not complex, and for most professional renovators would have been a relatively small project. There was a 2-storey addition in place. The original goal for the project … Continued

J.A.B.A Construction Helps Single Mother & Daughter Return Home

The writer is a member of the Canadian Home Builders’ Association (CHBA). In January 2014 a single mom with a young daughter had a problem with ice damming on their roof which caused a major leak and damage to the attic, bathroom, kitchen and dining room. Their insurance company evaluated the project and made a … Continued

CCR Building and Remodeling Steps in to Complete Basement Renovation Nightmare

The writer is a member of the Canadian Home Builders’ Association (CHBA).  This homeowner hired a friend-of-a-friend for a basement renovation and to do some exterior refinishing. Although no contract was signed, an advance payment was made to the “contractor,” and he started work. The basement was gutted and the resulting debris piled in the backyard. … Continued

It’s Ice Dam Season Again – Here’s What You Can Do

Most Canadian roofs develop at least a little ice each winter, but if this gets more than a couple of inches thick around the eaves it can cause leaks. A build-up of ice like this is called an ‘ice dam’ and can be a problem because as water pools behind the dam it can work … Continued

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