How to Win a Bidding War

The title of this post is a little misleading, because as far as I’m concerned, there’s no such thing as “winning” a bidding war. But in markets where demand is high and…

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How to Take the Stress Out of Selling a Home

Every local market has its own buying and selling cycle, but conventional wisdom tells us that real estate generally hits an upswing in the spring. As the market suddenly gets more competitive,…

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Scott McGillivray and Crew

How to Hire a Contractor (and the rest of your renovation team)

 

One of the most common questions I get is “can you recommend a contractor in my area?” The answer unfortunately is no. I have a trusted group of people I…

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Basement Flooring Options

When deciding the best type of flooring for your basement, there are a few things you need to think about. Price is obviously a big one, but so is lifestyle, the style…

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Renovation Health Check: Mold and Air Quality

Mold can be a real problem in basements so it’s important to stop it before it starts. In any renovation project, and particularly basement, kitchen and bathroom renovations, you need to take…

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How to Create a Renovation Budget

A large number of people spend more than they plan during a renovation. Sometimes it’s because of unexpected problems that come up, sometimes it’s because someone changes their mind about what they…

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Know Your Limits: DIY vs Contractor

It’s a very fine line between what can be considered a DIY project and what requires a professional contractor – and the answer varies depending on the person. I’ve seen some people…

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5 Steps to a Functional Mudroom

Any busy family knows how important it is to have a mudroom.  Here’s what you need to make it functional.

Mudroom Storage
The number one most important thing every mudroom…

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The SCOTT MCGILLIVRAY COLLECTION has Arrived!

I’m thrilled to announce that after almost 20 years in the renovation and design industry (20 years – wow!) I’m branching out into home furnishings. I’ve teamed up with my friends at…

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Bathroom Renovation Saves & Splurges

Next to the kitchen the bathroom is the most important room when it comes to improving the value of your home. And while bathroom renovations aren’t exactly inexpensive, you don’t always have…

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