February 9, 2018

BC Home + Garden Show: Love It or List It contractor Kenny Gemmill offers reno tips

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By Claudia Kwan

As the resident contractor on HGTV’s Love It or List It Vancouver, Kenny Gemmill knows a thing or two about how to make renovations go more smoothly.
The first and most important step, he says, is to hire someone that you can have a good relationship with. He also stresses that it takes a great deal of planning to get the right results.
“People see a picture of a room in a magazine and say ‘I want that,’ ” he says. “You have to have someone who can talk you through the process of how you get there.”
Gemmill also says it’s important to manage expectations around what can be achieved within specific budgets, and to be prepared to solve issues that come up— from the presence of asbestos to permit delays.
He believes it’s important for homeowners to understand what they like in terms of finishes or products, instead of potentially being influenced by the trend of the moment.
With a laugh, Gemmill says people should also watch out for a little known hazard—they may enjoy the end result of a renovation so much that they jump right into doing another one.

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