Friday, July 15, 2011

Risky Renovations

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July 15th., 2011
Volume 10, Issue 8

Dear Friends and Partners,

Trust that you are keeping busy and taking advantage of the summer. We're knee-deep in drywall, asbestos and concrete for our Cornerstone suite renovation. You can follow the progress on Edmonton Investor blog spot.

CBC Radio Active had a snapshot interview that centered around the very good advice of not over-"renoing". One of the most common traps that home owners get into when renovating is the add on. We're much more likely to throw in all our wish list items during a renovation project and end up way over budget. It seems easier to get the work done on your bathroom when your kitchen is being ripped out. Logical or not, don't do it. Stick to your budget and factor in additional renovations for a later date.

Often during renovations you may uncover some fault that needs remedy and it is beneficial to have a cushion in your budget for the unexpected. For example, while tearing down the walls to build a kitchen in the basement suite we found a hairline crack in the parging. Not a big deal except that it was damp at the base with a slow seep of water coming in. The parging had been done about 20 years earlier and covered up a much larger crack in the concrete wall. Better to discover this now than after you have spent $35K building the basement suite.

I ended up repairing this crack myself for about $60 in materials and 4 hours labour. You can spend anywhere from $400-$1000 for an internal crack to be repaired and much more if you attack the job from on the outside (I did a combination of both). Unexpected jobs come up and can be costly; prepare as best you can in your budget. Resist the urge to over renovate, instead, work in stages.

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Job Gains In Alberta Top Numbers For Entire U.S.

Province Added 22,000 Jobs In June

By Kim Guttormson, Calgary Herald. July 9th 2011

Alberta's brisk employment growth continued in June as the province added 22,000 jobs, more than were created in the entire United States.
But with more people re-entering the job hunt and moving here in search of work, Alberta's unemployment rate actually climbed slightly, to 5.6 per cent.

"They're really strong," ATB Financial economist Dan Sumner said of the Statistics Canada job numbers released Friday. "It's a little bit surprising how strong."

The variety of jobs across a number of sectors also speaks to the health of the Alberta economy, he pointed out. FOLLOW THIS ARTICLE

Husky Bets Big On Northern Canada Oil Drilling Rights

TEDx A Showcase of Edmonton Innovators

By Jeffrey Jones, Reuters July 5th 2011

CALGARY, Alberta, July 5 (Reuters) - Husky Energy Inc (HSE.TO) has opened its wallet to grab the lion's share of C$534 million ($556 million) of winning bids for oil-drilling rights in the central Mackenzie Valley area of Canada's far north, sparking speculation it may be chasing a rich prospect.

In the 2011 government auction of drilling rights in northern lands, Husky bid C$376 million for two parcels near Norman Wells in the Northwest Territories, vastly outspending some of the world's largest oil majors, the government announced on Monday. READ MORE HERE


Energy Drives Alberta To #1 Growth

By Mario Toneguzzi, Calgary Herald July 7th, 2011

An improving energy sector will fuel economic growth in Alberta, which Scotia Economics predicts will be the strongest in the country this year and next.

In a report released Wednesday, the bank said real GDP growth in the province will be 4.2 per cent this year, the highest in the nation, followed by 3.3 per cent growth in 2012, which will tie Saskatchewan at No. 1.

Scotia Economics is forecasting Canadian economic growth of 2.7 per cent this year and 2.5 per cent in 2012. GRAB THIS STORY


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