Make It Right

A guide to home renovation from Mike Holmes, host of the television show Holmes on Homes.

Mike Holmes

More than one million viewers in Canada watch Mike Holmes' television show, Holmes on Homes, every week. Thousands more see him at his personal appearances and visit his website, looking for advice on renos-gone-wrong. Mike Holmes is Canada's most trusted contractor, a crusader with a mission to expose botched renovations — and now the author of a bestselling book that has shipped over 60,000 copies in its hardcover edition.

Mike has taken his professional expertise and tell-it-like-it-is style and turned it into the guide no homeowner should be without. Make It Right walks readers through a renovation from start to finish, from the process of finding a reliable contractor to understanding the legalities of renovation.

Mike explains the inner workings of a house, covers the most popular reno projects and describes the most common pitfalls. Packed with informative sidebars, checklists, diagrams and photographs, all showing what to expect from contractors and tradespeople, and how to keep every reno running on time and on budget, Make It Right is the book you need to read before you plan a renovation. Be smart. Take charge. Get it right the first time. (From Collins)

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So you're planning a renovation.

Maybe you've been thumbing through decorating magazines, looking at the latest kitchens, with their fantastic stone countertops and the most amazing new stainless-steel appliances. Or you've seen a nice flashy bathroom on some TV show, with a big tub and flashy fittings. Or someone on your street has turned their old basement into a fantastic home entertainment centre.

Or it might be your dreams are a little more down to earth. You've found a house in the right neighbourhood, but it needs work — the bathroom is tiny, and the kitchen is looking a little tired. Or the kids are getting a bit older and you want to turn your basement into a place for them to play. Whether you are going wild or taking a simpler approach, a renovation is your chance to really put your stamp on your home.

From Make It Right by Mike Holmes ©2007. Published by Collins.

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An expert panel recommened two years ago that home inspectors be regulated in Ontario. They are still not. And that means wildly varying degrees of competency and consumer horror stories. Mike Holmes, that guardian angel of home buyers, explains what you