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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!

Julie Calce

by Julie Calce Content Manager | Reno-Assistance

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 …

Karine Gazeryan

by Karine Gazeryan Renovation Advisor | Reno-Assistance

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 …

Lucia Di Sclafani

by Lucia Di Sclafani Content Manager | Reno-Assistance

Architect vs. Architectural Technologist: Which Should You Choose?

You need a plan for a construction or renovation project, such as an addition, and you wonder what kind of professional should do it? Architects and architectural technologists have overlapping skills …

Karine Gazeryan

by Karine Gazeryan Renovation Advisor | Reno-Assistance

Preparing your Home for the Winter Months: What to Check

When cooler days start becoming frequent, it’s usually a sign that winter is fast approaching. It’s time to prepare your home for the winter months. We always think of taking our …

Jason Pagliuca

by Jason Pagliuca 360° Verification Coordinator | Reno-Assistance

Kitchen Cabinets: The Most Popular Materials and Their Prices

When it comes time to renovate your kitchen, the possibilities are endless – there as many materials for cabinets than there are for countertops. There’s the classics, the affordable ones, the …

Marilena Tricarico

by Marilena Tricarico Renovation Advisor | Reno-Assistance

Kitchen Trends: 10 Trends Making Their Way into 2020

The idea of getting a brand-new kitchen is rather exciting. Especially if it’s been a while since it was last renovated. If you plan on renovating your kitchen soon, it would …

Maria Santamaria

by Maria Santamaria Renovation Advisor | Reno-Assistance

The Complete Guide to Your Toronto Home Addition

Running out of space at home? With Toronto real estate pricing increasing rather quickly, moving into a different home might not be the most economical option. With a home addition, you …

Lucia Di Sclafani

by Lucia Di Sclafani Content Manager | Reno-Assistance

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 …

Paul Begin

by Paul Begin VP | Reno-Assistance

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

by Paul Begin VP | Reno-Assistance

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 …

Eric Perigny

by Eric Perigny President and Founder | Reno-Assistance

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 …

Marilena Tricarico

by Marilena Tricarico Renovation Advisor | Reno-Assistance

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

by Marilena Tricarico Renovation Advisor | Reno-Assistance

Renovation Quotes: 5 Essential Things To Look For

How do you find the perfect contractor for your renovation? A good place to start is with the quote. A common misconception is that the quote is just the price of …

Francis Guertin

by Francis Guertin Renovation Advisor| Reno-Assistance

Pitched Roofs: What Material Should You Choose?

Pitched roofs tend to be the norm for homes. There’s a varying list of reasons, but chief among them is the fact that their resistance is better, and they simply look …

Maria Santamaria

by Maria Santamaria Renovation Advisor | Reno-Assistance

5 Things to Consider Before Your Kitchen Renovation

Before starting your kitchen renovation, there are many things to consider in order for it to live up to your expectations. It’s where you might spend most of the time in …

Karine Gazeryan

by Karine Gazeryan Renovation Advisor | Reno-Assistance

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 …

Francis Guertin

by Francis Guertin Renovation Advisor| Reno-Assistance

Flat Roofs: What Material Should You Choose?

EPDM, TPO, Elastomer, Polyolefin…What do these words/letters even mean? These acronyms surely won’t tell you much in regards to which roofing option is best suited for you.  That’s why we’ve …

Eric Perigny

by Eric Perigny President and Founder | Reno-Assistance

5 Tips to Protecting Your Home While You’re Away

Making your home seem lived in while you’re away is key to avoiding potential break-ins and thefts. Intruders are much less likely to break in if they believe you’re home. Some …

Adele Orsini

by Adele Orsini Renovation Advisor | Reno-Assistance

9 Steps to a Successful Home Addition

Your home addition’s success in 9 simple steps There may be a time where you’ll need, or want, a bigger home with more space. Though, you might love the neighbourhood …

Charles Gosselin

by Charles Gosselin Content Manager | Reno-Assistance

Top 10 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 …

Adele Orsini

by Adele Orsini Renovation Advisor | Reno-Assistance

Water Infiltration: Preventing Your Home from Damages

Whether water is infiltrating into your home through cracks in your foundation, your basement’s floor, the roof, your house’s siding, or even through the windows, it’s crucial to act quickly. Water …

Melissa Thibeault

by Melissa Thibeault Content Manager | Reno-Assistance

Top 6 Signs You Need Masonry Work Done

Masonry work is “working with brick, concrete block, glass block, tile, terra cotta and stone using mortar to put them together.” according to the definition of the Ontario Masonry Training Centre. …

Charles Gosselin

by Charles Gosselin Content Manager | Reno-Assistance

How Long Does a Kitchen Renovation take? What to Expect

How long will my kitchen renovation take? Depending on the scale of your project, the time frame for your kitchen renovation could be impacted by a number of factors, including: …

Charles Gosselin

by Charles Gosselin Content Manager | Reno-Assistance

10 Cost and Stress Saving Tips for a Budget Kitchen Renovation

Renovating your kitchen can bring your home into the modern era while creating a space for memorable meals and moments. However, if you aren’t careful, a renovation can go over budget …

Jason Pagliuca

by Jason Pagliuca 360° Verification Coordinator | Reno-Assistance

5 Things you can do to Avoid Paying Twice for your Renovation Project

You hired a contractor for a major renovation and everything went very well. Shortly after, though, you receive formal notices from suppliers who claim that they have not been paid. Yet …

Manuel Lochard

by Manuel Lochard Team Leader – Customer Experience | Reno-Assistance

6 Things You Need to Know Before Checking a Contractor’s RBQ Licence

Checking a construction or renovation contractor’s RBQ licence may be in vain if you do not do it at the right time or based on an informed assessment. Informed consumer alert: …

Charles Gosselin

by Charles Gosselin Content Manager | Reno-Assistance

Home Addition Builders in Toronto & Montreal

Before beginning a house extension project there are a number of preliminary steps that need to be taken to minimize the risk of something going wrong during the project. Along with …

Andrew Collins

by Andrew Collins 360° Verification Coordinator | Reno-Assistance

Kitchen Design – The Advantages of Working with a Kitchen Designer

Kitchens have evolved a lot over the years. Once found only in the rear of the home, today’s kitchen designs take the kitchen out of the background to become a focal …

Caroline Brault

by Caroline Brault Assistant Director – 360° Verification | Reno-Assistance

Best Countertop Materials for your Kitchen

When renovating the most functional rooms in your home, such as your kitchen or bathroom, decisions need to be made carefully when it comes to the elements that will be heavily …

Caroline Brault

by Caroline Brault Assistant Director – 360° Verification | Reno-Assistance

Finding the Right Deck Builder in Toronto and Montreal

Throughout the year, many of us naturally turn to the outdoors for entertaining, and this inevitably creates a very high demand for decks, balconies, patios, and other outdoor living spaces. Unfortunately, …