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Property ownership comes with a lot of responsibility. To ensure that your home, condo, or building stays in good shape, it’s important to know when to get things inspected, who to hire, how to prepare for a major renovation, and more! Here you’ll find tips and tricks to help you make the right decisions the first time around.

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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, ...

Published on:
April 22, 2019
4 min read
Maria Santamaria
Renovation Advisor | RenoAssistance
Moving vs Renovating: Which to Choose
Should You Go For a Full House Remodel?
Published on:
April 20, 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 ...

Eric Perigny
Chief Operating Officer | Founder
Save Money on Your Home Renovation by Hiring a Contractor Off-Season
Published on:
April 10, 2019
4 min read
Save Money on Your Home Renovation by Hiring a Contractor Off-Season

It's wintertime, and most contractors are still in hibernation mode. But if you’re the type to take advantage of end-of-season sales, then it’s the perfect time for you to start ...

Marilena Tricarico
Renovation Expert & Interior Designer | RenoAssistance
10 Kitchen Renovation Mistakes to Avoid
Published on:
April 2, 2019
7 min read
10 Kitchen Renovation Mistakes to Avoid

You've got your handy renovation checklist in hand, and you feel ready to start your kitchen project. But do you know what the most common pitfalls are, or how to ...

Marilena Tricarico
Renovation Expert & Interior Designer | RenoAssistance
Renovation Quotes: 5 Essential Things To Look For
Published on:
March 18, 2019
2 min read
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 ...

Marilena Tricarico
Renovation Expert & Interior Designer | RenoAssistance
The Different Types of Roofing Materials
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March 14, 2019
9 min read
The Different Types of Roofing Materials

A qualified contractor for your pitched roof Picking the right roofing material for your needs and desired aesthetic is important but so is hiring the right roofer! Materials age, parts ...

Francis Guertin
Renovation Advisor| RenoAssistance
5 Things to Consider Before You Start Your Kitchen Renovation
Published on:
March 11, 2019
3 min read
5 Things to Consider Before You Start Your Kitchen Renovation

A kitchen renovation is amazing opportunity to create a place to make meals and memories, so think about what you need for it to suit your lifestyle. For example, if ...

Maria Santamaria
Renovation Advisor | RenoAssistance
Flat Roofs: Which Material Should You Choose?
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February 15, 2019
10 min read
Flat Roofs: Which Material Should You Choose?

White roofs: What are they all about?  White roofs are used to offset the urban heat island effect. However, there's some debate regarding their efficiency. Since white roofs don't attract ...

Francis Guertin
Renovation Advisor| RenoAssistance
5 Tips to Protecting Your Home While You’re Away
Published on:
December 12, 2018
3 min read
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 ...

Eric Perigny
Chief Operating Officer | Founder
7 Steps for Successful Home Addition Plans
Published on:
November 6, 2018
5 min read
7 Steps for Successful Home Addition Plans

If you need a bigger home but don’t want to leave your neighbourhood, chances are you’ve been looking at home addition plans. Bump-outs, double garages, additional storeys, solariums… There are ...

Adele Orsini
Renovation Advisor | RenoAssistance
Water Infiltration: Preventing Your Home from Damages
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October 15, 2018
7 min read
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 ...

Adele Orsini
Renovation Advisor | RenoAssistance
How Long Does a Kitchen Renovation take? What to Expect
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November 16, 2017
3 min read
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
Content Manager | RenoAssistance
10 Low-Cost Ideas to Save Money on Your Kitchen Remodel
Published on:
September 27, 2017
7 min read
10 Low-Cost Ideas to Save Money on Your Kitchen Remodel

The kitchen is the heart of the home. It's where we come together to cook, eat, and make memories. Sometimes it’s also the part of our home that needs the ...

Lily Mitchell
Writer
5 Things you can do to Avoid Paying Twice for your Renovation Project
Published on:
September 5, 2017
2 min read
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. ...

Jason Pagliuca
Verification Coordinator | RenoAssistance
6 Things You Need to Know Before Checking a Contractor’s RBQ Licence
Published on:
August 31, 2017
3 min read
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 ...

Manuel Lochard
Team Leader – Customer Experience | RenoAssistance
Home Addition Builders in Toronto & Montreal
Published on:
August 15, 2017
2 min read
Home Addition Builders in Toronto & Montreal

Before beginning a house extension project, there are a few things you need to do to. Once you've compiled design ideas and mood boards, it's time to take your ideas ...

Charles Gosselin
Content Manager | RenoAssistance
Kitchen Design – The Advantages of Working with a Kitchen Designer
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August 8, 2017
7 min read
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 ...

Andrew Collins
360° Verification Coordinator | RenoAssistance
Best Countertop Materials for your Kitchen
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July 27, 2017
7 min read
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 ...

Caroline Brault
Assistant Director – 360° Verification | RenoAssistance
Finding the Right Deck Builder in Toronto and Montreal
Published on:
July 7, 2017
7 min read
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. ...

Caroline Brault
Assistant Director – 360° Verification | RenoAssistance
Five Reasons to Build a Home Addition Instead of Moving
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March 6, 2017
4 min read
Five Reasons to Build a Home Addition Instead of Moving

If you need more space in your house, you have 2 options: have a home addition built, or move. But moving is not a hassle free experience and can be stressful and costly. If you like your neighbourhood, why move? You can turn your current home into your dream home by building the home addition you've always wanted!

Andrew Collins
360° Verification Coordinator | RenoAssistance
How to Choose a Contractor for Your Renovation Project
Published on:
February 8, 2017
6 min read
How to Choose a Contractor for Your Renovation Project

Home renovation projects can be very stressful. Your home is a mess, you might have to move out, and you’re constantly paying bills for labour and materials. The best way ...

Manuel Lochard
Team Leader – Customer Experience | RenoAssistance
Yes, You Should Pay a Fair Price for Your Renovations!
Published on:
December 11, 2015
2 min read
Yes, You Should Pay a Fair Price for Your Renovations!

Whenever I did renovations in the past, my goal was to get the best possible price. I would get estimates from two or three contractors and then simply choose the ...

Eric Perigny
Chief Operating Officer | Founder