Advice

Owning a house, a condo or a commercial building inherently involves undertaking renovation work at some point. To avoid potential headaches, good planning is required. Since you don’t renovate the same things every year, it can be hard to know everything about each project and know enough to make the right decision.

We simplify the task by sharing with you different tips from our thousands of projects in experience to renovate intelligently. On this page you can find tips and tricks to help you make the right choices, avoid mistakes, compare products and materials and answers to frequently asked questions. In short, a wealth of relevant information related to the field of renovation and construction.

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As soon as you are ready to take action, it’s very simple: just give us a call on 1-888-670-9742 to speak to an advisor or simply submit your project online and we’ll be in touch to discuss your project, learn your requirements and arrange free competing quotes from our 360° Verified Contractors. It’s free of charge and there’s no obligation!

The Ins and Outs of Legal Basement Apartments

If you’ve been paying attention to real estate news over the last few years, you know that one of the hottest markets is the rental market. From bachelor pads to 2-bedroom apartments, the ...

Published on:
20 September 2021
7 min read
Scott Nordlund
Writer
The Ins and Outs of Legal Basement Apartments
Basement Rental Tax Deductions: How to Save While Avoiding an Audit
Published on:
26 August 2021
7 min read
Basement Rental Tax Deductions: How to Save While Avoiding an Audit

Taxes are part of owning a property. The roads, sidewalks, and other local amenities have to be paid for somehow and most municipalities rely on property owners to foot the bill. But what if there was a way ...

Anthony Granziol
Writer
9 Tips to Prepare for a Major Renovation
Published on:
12 August 2021
6 min read
9 Tips to Prepare for a Major Renovation

It’s decided then! After surviving lockdowns, working from home, and being with the kids 24/7, your down-the-road renovation project can’t be put off any longer – we hear you! Challenges posed by the pandemic have caused many households to take a hard look ...

Yves Carignan
President & CEO - Drummond House Plans
Top 11 Basement Renovation Ideas
Published on:
4 August 2021
8 min read
Top 11 Basement Renovation Ideas

When someone brings up basements, you might instinctively think about storage space or a part of your home that is mostly neglected. This space can have thousands of features! The basement ...

Charles Gosselin
Content Manager | RenoAssistance
Building a House: Floor Plans and Types of Construction
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17 June 2021
6 min read
Building a House: Floor Plans and Types of Construction

A lot of questions quickly come up when it’s time to start a new construction project, but their answers aren’t always easy to find. Many people don’t recognize the amount of planning that goes into construction projects. Land selection, floor plans, ...

Yves Carignan
President & CEO - Drummond House Plans
Architect vs. Architectural Technologist: Which Should You Choose?
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25 April 2021
6 min read
Architect vs. Architectural Technologist: Which Should You Choose?

Do you need a professional to help you plan a renovation, construction, or expansion project? Architects and architectural technologists are trained to help with these tasks but choosing the right one will depend on your needs. Let's explore the differences.  Education and licensing ...

Yves Carignan
President & CEO - Drummond House Plans
10 Kitchen Trends You’ll Be Seeing Everywhere in 2021
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23 March 2021
9 min read
10 Kitchen Trends You’ll Be Seeing Everywhere in 2021

Designing a new kitchen is exciting, especially if it's been a while since it was last renovated. If you plan on renovating your kitchen soon, it would be best to learn ...

Marilena Tricarico
Renovation Advisor | RenoAssistance
Support Local with Home Decor
Published on:
8 January 2021
11 min read
Support Local with Home Decor

Once renovations are completed, it's time to decorate! That's why we've put together some of the best Ontarian and Canadian brands that are as decorative as they are functional for your home. ...

Lucia Di Sclafani
Content Manager | RenoAssistance
Preparing Your Home for Winter: What to Check
Published on:
29 October 2020
5 min read
Preparing Your Home for Winter: What to Check

The days are growing colder, sweaters and hoodies are coming out of the closet... It's clear: winter is coming. While we're donning our toques and putting on our winter tires, we ...

Karine Gazeryan
Renovation Advisor | RenoAssistance
Who to Hire: A General or Specialized Contractor?
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29 June 2020
3 min read
Who to Hire: A General or Specialized Contractor?

Have a bathroom to remodel? Or are planning on extending your home with a garage addition? Who should you hire? Will a general contractor be best suited or a specialized contractor? ...

Paul Begin
VP | RenoAssistance
Roof Inspection: Expert Advice
Published on:
28 April 2020
2 min read
Roof Inspection: Expert Advice

Your roofing requires your attention on a regular basis to ensure it lasts its entire typical lifespan. It's highly recommended to get your roof inspected twice a year: before and after ...

Karine Gazeryan
Renovation Advisor | RenoAssistance
How To Renovate Your Home Theatre For The Perfect Movie Night
Published on:
1 April 2020
5 min read
How To Renovate Your Home Theatre For The Perfect Movie Night

Staying in has never been so simple! With so many great films on streaming services out there, it's the perfect time to create the ultimate home theatre. To get you inspired ...

Julie Calce
Content Writer | RenoAssistance
Preparing your Home for Spring: What to Check
Published on:
31 March 2020
6 min read
Preparing your Home for Spring: What to Check

The arrival of spring means it's the season of renewal. It's the perfect occasion to give your home some TLC, to ensure everything is in good working order. To help take ...

Marilena Tricarico
Renovation Advisor | RenoAssistance
Opening a Restaurant in Toronto: 4 Things to Tackle When Getting Started
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21 February 2020
5 min read
Opening a Restaurant in Toronto: 4 Things to Tackle When Getting Started

Opening a restaurant can be a dream for some, but still seem like a nightmare to realize. From concept planning, to financing, to finding suppliers and hiring staff, there is a ...

Louise Leonard
Account Manager - Commercial Division | RenoAssistance
Basement Conversion: Short-Term vs Long-Term Rental
Published on:
31 January 2020
7 min read
Basement Conversion: Short-Term vs Long-Term Rental

With the prices of houses costing more than 3 times today than they did in 2000, more and more homeowners in the Greater Toronto Area are looking to turn their homes ...

Julie Calce
Content Writer | RenoAssistance
Should You Take On A Mold Remediation Yourself?
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28 January 2020
5 min read
Should You Take On A Mold Remediation Yourself?

Mold is a problem that no homeowner wants to have. It can be caused by a variety of factors, including basement humidity and water infiltration. It’s a significant issue to treat ...

Adele Orsini
Renovation Advisor | RenoAssistance
Top 6 Signs You Need Masonry Work Done
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9 January 2020
6 min read
Top 6 Signs You Need Masonry Work Done

If your house, condo or commercial building has brick or stone walls, you’ll need a mason at some point. In Canada, where exposure to the elements can significantly damage the brick ...

Maria Santamaria
Renovation Advisor | RenoAssistance
5 Advantages To Renovating During The Winter
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8 January 2020
4 min read
5 Advantages To Renovating During The Winter

During the winter months, we often are under the impression that home renovations must come to a halt. However, that is very much not the case! There are quite a few ...

Karine Gazeryan
Renovation Advisor | RenoAssistance
Renovating Your Home for Resale
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7 January 2020
5 min read
Renovating Your Home for Resale

After years in the same home, every homeowner wants to get the most return on their investment when it comes time to sell. Taking on one or many renovation projects before ...

Marilena Tricarico
Renovation Advisor | RenoAssistance
Kitchen Cabinets: The Most Popular Materials and Their Prices
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20 December 2019
5 min read
Kitchen Cabinets: The Most Popular Materials and Their Prices

When it comes time to renovate your kitchen, the possibilities for cabinet styles are endless! There as many materials for cabinets than there are for countertops. There are classic options, more ...

Jason Pagliuca
360° Verification Coordinator | RenoAssistance
Home Staging Hacks for the Holidays
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10 December 2019
9 min read
Home Staging Hacks for the Holidays

With friends and family coming to visit frequently in the coming months, it’s normal that any homeowner would want their house to look great. If you haven’t had time to renovate ...

Julie Calce
Content Writer | RenoAssistance
12 Host Gift Ideas for the Holidays
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4 December 2019
3 min read
12 Host Gift Ideas for the Holidays

Holiday party season is in full swing! There may be a lot of shopping to do, but it’s important to not forget to thank the host who welcomes you into their ...

Julie Calce
Content Writer | RenoAssistance
6 Questions You Should Be Asking Yourself About Building Permits
Published on:
1 November 2019
7 min read
6 Questions You Should Be Asking Yourself About Building Permits

While there are many steps to a renovation that can seem overwhelming, understanding building permits is one that can bring up a lot of questions for any homeowner. As experts in ...

Julie Calce
Content Writer | RenoAssistance
Choosing a Contractor: When Is The Time To Start Planning?
Published on:
22 October 2019
1 min read
Choosing a Contractor: When Is The Time To Start Planning?

Do you have a interior or exterior renovation project to do and don't know where to find contractors? It's important to know that the best contractors are very busy, so ...

Karine Gazeryan
Renovation Advisor | RenoAssistance
The Complete Guide to Your Toronto Home Addition
Published on:
19 July 2019
9 min read
The Complete Guide to Your Toronto Home Addition

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Maria Santamaria
Renovation Advisor | RenoAssistance
Outdoor Kitchen: 7 Tips For A Great Space
Published on:
16 July 2019
6 min read
Outdoor Kitchen: 7 Tips For A Great Space

Now that summer is in full swing, we can finally enjoy our backyards! Why not make the most of your space by putting in an outdoor kitchen? We spoke with our ...

Lucia Di Sclafani
Content Manager | RenoAssistance
Building or Buying a New Home: Which is Best?
Published on:
25 April 2019
10 min read
Building or Buying a New Home: Which is Best?

Purchasing new property is always exciting, but it's also a thought-ridden decision. Should you buy a new home from a promoter, buy land and opt for a self-build or buy an ...

Paul Begin
VP | RenoAssistance
Moving vs Renovating: Which to Choose
Published on:
22 April 2019
4 min read
Moving vs Renovating: Which to Choose

It's a common dilemma most homeowners will face - you feel like it's time for a change, but aren't sure whether or not you should sell your home and move, or ...

Maria Santamaria
Renovation Advisor | RenoAssistance
Should You Go For a Full House Remodel?
Published on:
20 April 2019
13 min read
Should You Go For a Full House Remodel?

As the needs of your household change, thoughts of selling your home may arise. You do not have to take that route, however, if you are not smitten on the idea ...

Eric Perigny
Chief Operating Officer | Founder
10 Kitchen Renovation Mistakes to Avoid
Published on:
2 April 2019
9 min read
10 Kitchen Renovation Mistakes to Avoid

As you get ready to start your kitchen renovations, have you considered how to avoid the most common pitfalls? Or what they even are? By addressing these areas, you can keep ...

Marilena Tricarico
Renovation Advisor | RenoAssistance