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5 Tips to Prepare for a Home Renovation

During this unprecedented time, homeowners have a little extra time on their hands. So why not make that change you have been dreaming of?

Whether you are redecorating, conducting a demolition, or starting to rebuild from the ground up, there is typically a long road ahead of you. Here are a few tips to mitigate the headache!

1. Don’t Start the Renovation too Early

Try to live in your space for some time before making overhaul plans. Learn the flow of your home, and what could go where in order to optimize efficiency and personalization. For example, where does the sun hit? How can you optimize natural light? Where do your groceries naturally land?

2. Make a Realistic Budget

Your project needs a budget to keep the costs in check. You must find the perfect middle ground and balance between your dream home designs with the allotted time and money you are willing to delegate. Don’t forget, time is money!

The major problem homeowners face is underestimating the costs involved with re-designs. Make sure you are choosing a trusted contractor. Home improvement costs can be misleading and ambiguous. Look over your budget with a professional to make sure it is realistic and timely.

3. Create a Clear Vision

From the flooring ideals, to paint color and appliances, sketch out your design, and pick out these pieces before you begin the work. Because renovations can be unpredictable, the more decisions you make beforehand, the less of a headache you will have in the long run.

4. Hire a Professional that is a Good Fit

Just because someone is a good designer and/or contractor who has strong references, it doesn’t always mean that they will be a good fit for you. Do they have the same aesthetic and priorities? Do they understand your vision? It can be helpful to hold an interview or discussion before starting off the services.

5. Prepare to Live in Discomfort - It’ll be Worth it.

No pain, no gain, as we like to put it. Renovations that involve kitchens and bathrooms typically can mean no water, no counter space, no safe flooring, and more. So, how do you cope? Be realistic with your renovation. Allow for dirt and dust to be in places where it typically isn’t, and don’t let it bother you. Order some takeout dinner, stay with friends or family, or even better, go on vacation until your space becomes more liveable.

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The President of Urban Core Ventures is Leonard Cole, a third generation Victorian with a passion for housing. Together with our partnerships, I build our team and we build homes for everyone.


From in-fill housing, long-term rentals and securing below market housing, we create and design homes for everyone. 


Urban Core Ventures has been recognized for its work in the community and has received many awards.


Three of the most lauded projects include our current Cook St Village building being built right now and ready next year.


Latitude Living-Urban Core Ventures is providing below market housing in partnership with Island Health and the CRD by providing homes to 32 adults struggling with mental health and substance abuse challenges. 


And as a major heritage restoration, The Moderne-an art moderne home originally built by PL James and reclaimed and re-imagined by Urban Core Ventures. The Moderne was recognized with a Hallmark Heritage Award and 5 CARE Awards in 2015.


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