The GTA Home & Reno Show is a chance to learn from the pros
By DAVE WILKESBILD President & CEO
Fri., Jan. 11, 2019
When you are planning a home improvement project, the key to success is to be honest with yourself about how much help you’ll need.
Do you have the time and the skills to DIY? Or is it wiser to call in a professional renovation contractor? Whether you decide to do your next home renovation project yourself or outsource the work, you will find advice and inspiration at the GTA Home & Reno Show, presented by RE/MAX, running Friday, Feb. 15 to Monday, Feb. 18 at the International Centre, in Mississauga.
At the Home Hardware DIY & Tooling Centre, experts such as carpenter and craftsman Jordan Spear will demonstrate hands-on skills — including the use of power tools — and will share tips on tackling small projects. For a sample of what you can learn, visit gtahomeandrenoshow.com and have a look at Jordan’s videos about mitre saw safety and how to cut crown moulding.
While you are on the website, note the times when you can catch presentations by Canada’s handyman, Shawn Monteith, at the GTA Home & Reno Show. He will cover topics ranging from caulking to patching drywall. And if design advice is what you are after, be sure to visit Reno & Decor’s Design Intervention booth for a free, 15-minute consultation with a design and decor expert.
When it comes to bigger renovation jobs such as structural changes, plumbing or electrical wiring, you will want to hire experts unless you are very experienced. Your best bet for finding a reliable professional renovation contractor is through the RenoMark program, at renomark.ca. RenoMark renovators have committed to a renovation-specific code of conduct and BILD’s code of ethics, and they have the training and experience to manage the renovation process safely and professionally.
For a hands-on demonstration of what can happen without professional renovation guidance, visit RenoMark’s $5,000 Kitchen at the show. The work done on this kitchen may have been fast and cheap, but it has come with more than 50 different problems. Spot some of them for a chance to win a prize and learn about more realistic budgets on the screens in the booth.
As you walk through the show, look for the RenoMark symbol as an indication that an exhibitor is a RenoMark renovator. They will be happy to answer any questions you may have about your upcoming reno.
Planning a renovation takes work, but be sure to have fun at the GTA Home & Reno Show, too. Take a walk through the Héméra micro-loft built by Bonneville Homes, test-drive a new Toyota, and watch your kids design their own personalized cape on Family Day, Feb. 18.
The GTA Home & Reno Show is just over a month awayto get your tickets and plan your visit. See you there!
David Wilkes is President and CEO of the Building Industry and Land Development Association (BILD) and a contributor for the Star. Follow him on Twitter: @bildgta
Craftsman and carpenter Jordan Spear will demonstrate to use power tools at next month’s GTA Home & Reno Show. (TORONTO HOME SHOWS / TORONTO HOME SHOWS)