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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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Marilena Tricarico

by Marilena Tricarico Renovation Advisor | RenoAssistance

10 Kitchen Trends You’ll Be Seeing Everywhere 2020 and 2021

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 …

Paul Begin

by Paul Begin VP | RenoAssistance

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? …

Lucia Di Sclafani

by Lucia Di Sclafani Content Manager | RenoAssistance

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. …

Karine Gazeryan

by Karine Gazeryan Renovation Advisor | RenoAssistance

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 …

Julie Calce

by Julie Calce Content Writer | RenoAssistance

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 …

Marilena Tricarico

by Marilena Tricarico Renovation Advisor | RenoAssistance

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 …

Louise Leonard

by Louise Leonard Account Manager - Commercial Division | RenoAssistance

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 …

Julie Calce

by Julie Calce Content Writer | RenoAssistance

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 …

Adele Orsini

by Adele Orsini Renovation Advisor | RenoAssistance

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 …

Maria Santamaria

by Maria Santamaria Renovation Advisor | RenoAssistance

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 …

Karine Gazeryan

by Karine Gazeryan Renovation Advisor | RenoAssistance

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 …

Marilena Tricarico

by Marilena Tricarico Renovation Advisor | RenoAssistance

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 …

Jason Pagliuca

by Jason Pagliuca 360° Verification Coordinator | RenoAssistance

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 are classic options, more budget-friendly options, and …

Julie Calce

by Julie Calce Content Writer | RenoAssistance

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

by Julie Calce Content Writer | RenoAssistance

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

by Julie Calce Content Writer | RenoAssistance

Great Home Gift Ideas for Every Room

Looking for the perfect gift to help bring some cheer to your loved one’s home this holiday season? We’ve gathered up our favourites for the most-used rooms in any house. You’ll …

Julie Calce

by Julie Calce Content Writer | RenoAssistance

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 | RenoAssistance

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 | RenoAssistance

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 | RenoAssistance

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 …

Maria Santamaria

by Maria Santamaria Renovation Advisor | RenoAssistance

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 | RenoAssistance

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 | RenoAssistance

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 …

Maria Santamaria

by Maria Santamaria Renovation Advisor | RenoAssistance

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 …

Eric Perigny

by Eric Perigny Chief Operating Officer | Founder

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 | RenoAssistance

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 | RenoAssistance

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| RenoAssistance

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 | RenoAssistance

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 …

Francis Guertin

by Francis Guertin Renovation Advisor| RenoAssistance

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 …