Decorating & Design

September 10, 2018

Hot Spots! Safe Home Renovation Tips

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Renovations aren’t just about choosing the right paint, furniture and surfaces. Many of today’s design trends have hidden electrical considerations, and the Electrical Safety Authority has some great tips to help you plan safe home upgrades. Whether you’re choosing a new light fixture or deciding whether to install in-floor heating for your new tiles, it’s important to know how to get today’s most coveted design looks safely and up to code. The first step is to hire only a licensed electrical contractor for electrical work — it’s the law in Ontario. Find a licensed electrical contractor online and get advice in the early planning stages — before you start renovating. Most electrical work requires a permit from the Electrical Safety Authority — not the same as a building permit — and be sure to ask for an ESA Certificate of Inspection when the electrical work is complete.

Want more advice? Learn four ways to make your home smarterfour ways to turn your bedroom into a retreatthree tips for a dream backyardfour ways to boost your bathroom style, and five ways to warm up your basement reno. Plus, watch our video with Kimberley Brown and Joel Bray for more kitchen and bath safety tips.