Duplex Conversions, Hamilton

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What Is Duplex Conversion?

Duplex conversion is converting a property that is typically a single-family house into a legal duplex. Many real estate professionals see benefits for an investor in creating a legal duplex. An investor or homeowner could create a secondary suite in their basement, and they could rent it to a tenant.

Duplexes often consist of a main-floor unit with a basement suite. Depending on your city, finding a property or real estate that is suited for conversion can be tricky as things like lot size, required parking, zoning and property code can all affect your ability to build a rental unit from a bungalow or two-storey house.

Many properties are undergoing construction to be converted into legal apartments. Brokerage companies may work with prospective buyers who are looking to specifically buy a home for transformation. These brokerage companies ensure your property is up to requirements before buying. However, if you’re forgoing the brokerage aspect of homebuying, our planning consultants will be here for you throughout your renovation. You don’t need a brokerage company!

We’re Here Throughout The Process

We’re here for you every step of the way and look forward to working with you on every aspect of converting your single-family home into a duplex. Whether you plan on living in the house, or see it as an investment opportunity, creating a rental unit within a house is a new opportunity when purchasing a property.

We will meet your budget and work with your cash flow throughout the planning process. Our renovation consultants will help with permits and legal needs and ensure that your house is up to code and meets the regulations of the law. Unfortunately, Illegal duplexes are a common thing. Illegal duplexes are also considered illegal for a reason as they can affect the quality of living over time if the ceiling is too short or there is no separate entrance between new tenants.

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Rules & Regulations Regarding Duplex Conversions

Properties must have separate entrances and each basement ceiling must be a proper height. Each unit must also have its own metering system and you must make sure the unit provides adequate space in terms of bedrooms and square footage (sq. ft).

Lot size is an important component of conversion as well. Lots considering remodelling must be 270 square metres, or 2906.3 sq. ft. Units on the property must be in accordance with the law. Creating enough bedrooms to fit your space is also important since have multiple bedrooms creates value in your secondary suite or basement apartment. One bedroom can also be a good option for people looking to rent to a single person.

Legal Duplex Conversion In The GTHA

In the GTHA, the duplex conversion is a huge opportunity to rent and keep your costs down.
One of the main hubs for the conversion is the Hamilton mountain area. The mountain is a sought-after area due to its lower housing cost than that of central or downtown Hamilton. Many mountain-dwellers live in units in houses, and some houses would be built to specifically be duplexes due to their side doors, or separate entrances.

We can help make your bungalow or investment house into a beautiful, unique home for two families that meet the requirements of the law. Our building services are top-notch and will help you achieve a bungalow apartment you and your tenants can be proud of! We understand as a homeowner or investor this is a life-changing experience and want to help you make the most of it!

Choosing Honest Renovations

At Honest Renovations, our team of well-trained professional tradesmen are here to get the job done efficiently, affordably, and exquisitely. For the past five years, we’ve been providing top-quality renovation services at an affordable cost. Our one mission is to provide customers with 100% satisfaction in their property renovation endeavours. We specialize in a variety of renovation projects and have a passion for every project we do.

Contact us today and we will assess your property and provide you with a free, no-obligation quote for a secondary basement apartment you can rent out. We’re honest with our estimates and work to meet any budget. We are totally transparent about cost and there will be no surprise fees.

We’re proud to serve customers throughout Hamilton, Hamilton Mountain, Flamborough, Burlington, Brantford, Oakville, Stoney Creek, Mississauga, Niagara and Dundas!

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