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Scott’s House Call: Derek

Derek is no stranger to TV cameras – he’s been Scott’s director and producer for years. And while most people think that working with Scott McGillivray means free home improvement advice, Derek’s house has yet to reap any of the rewards. He really wants a living room makeover, but he and Scott have been so busy filming that there hasn’t been a spare minute to schedule a house call. But now things have changed, and Scott has decided the time is right to turn the cameras around and surprise Derek with a visit.

Do you know someone with a boring living room that could use some excitement? In one day, and with less than $1000, Scott gave Derek’s living room a whole new look. Here are some tips on how you can do the same thing.


5 Ways to Increase the Value of Your Home with Paint – Paint is one of the most powerful tools at a homeowners disposal. With just a few dollars and a little elbow grease you can transform a room and increase the value of your home.

Upgrade a Space with Decorative Moulding – If you want to elevate a space quickly and inexpensively, decorative moulding is an excellent option. Whether it’s baseboards, door and window casings, crown molding or a decorative design of your own choosing, molding adds a finishing touch that makes a room feel complete.

How to Add Value in Living Rooms and Dining Rooms – Unlike kitchens and bathrooms it’s not always obvious how to add value to living rooms and dining rooms. But there are opportunities to increase the value of your home in subtle ways when redecorating these rooms.

Additional Resources:

CIBC Mobile Solutions – Home improvements, no matter how small, will always cost something. To ensure you stay on track financially consider opening a bank account specifically for home improvement related purchases. With the CIBC mobile app you can open an account, check your balance, pay bills and more. You can also set up spending alerts that can be sent to your phone so you always know where you stand.

Scott’s Last Word…

“Surprising Derek and his family with a living room makeover was awesome. If I had asked Derek if he was ok with the paint colour ahead of time I don’t think he would have let me do it, but seeing the finished result, I think he’s pretty happy. While I normally recommend neutral colours for the sake of resale value, Derek and Christine don’t need to worry about it because they don’t intend to sell any time soon. And with Christine working from home, she really needed something that would add a little energy and excitement. Combined with their existing furniture, art and all the new accessories we brought in, the colour looks great. And judging by their reactions, I’d say they’re pretty pleased.”

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