Winter can't last forever, can it? Eventually, the snow has to melt, the ground has to thaw and the flowers and grass have to grow.
We've been locked inside our houses for far too long this year and, when we finally do get out, we're going out with a vengeance. There is so much to do in what seems like so little time. It's difficult to decide what to do first and how to do it.
We love to renovate. Winnipeggers indicate that they plan to do a renovation this year more than any other city in Canada. Manitobans spend over $2 billion per year on renovations.
Whether it's an exterior renovation demanding warmer weather and no snow or an interior renovation for which you would like to open the windows and let some air in, we're waiting for warmer weather. We don't need to wait any longer, because all of the information that we have been looking for is available this coming Wednesday.
The Manitoba Home Builders' Association is presenting a free renovation seminar on Wednesday, May 1 at 6:30 p.m. at the Norwood Hotel. Expert representatives of the RenoMark Renovators Council will be on hand to tell you all you need to know in order to plan that next renovation project.
All aspects of a renovation will be discussed. You'll learn about planning the project, creating a list of what needs to be done and establishing a realistic budget. You will learn how to select the best renovator for your project and what to demand in terms of professionalism.
Manitoba Hydro will share how you can save money and access rebates through utilization of energy-efficient strategies.
City of Winnipeg personnel will tell you what you need to know about when a zoning variance is needed and when permits are and aren't required. They will also share information on how to access city services in order to make the project go smoother.
Representatives from Steinbach Credit Union also will present innovative ideas on how to best finance and pay for your renovation within your budget.
There will be a number of professional RenoMark renovators on hand to answer your questions, so bring your drawings, concepts and dreams to the free Renovation Seminar. Register in advance at any Steinbach Credit Union.
Mike Moore is president of the Manitoba Home Builders, Association.