Home Renovation Blog

Homeowners always have a lot of questions when it comes to home renovations. What are the latest trends? How do I find the right contractor? How much will it cost?

RenosGroup’s home renovation blog is the go-to source for all your renovation needs. We provide tips, tricks, and advice from the experts to help you make your renovation project a success. From start to finish, we’ve got you covered.

Whether you’re looking to update your kitchen, restore your bathroom, or add an addition to your home, the RenosGroup blog has the information you need to get the job done right. We’ll help you save time and money while ensuring that your renovation project is a beautiful and stress-free experience. Let us help you turn your house into the home of your dreams.  Don’t hesitate to contact us (613)727-9427 should you have any questions

Don’t Let Your Mobility Limitations Chase You Out of Your Home

Make your home safer more accessible and easier to live in with well thought out mobility renovations.  A survey by the American association of retired persons found 90% of people age 65 to 74 would like to live out their years in their current homes. Yet many homes are still ill suited for the physical limitations and challenges that arrive with advancing age…don’t let your mobility limitations chase you out of your home.

The primary issues seniors and people with mobility limitations come across in most homes are:

  1. Space – Most homes don’t have enough open space in the appropriate area to allow easy maneuvering for people with mobility limitations, particularly those in wheelchairs or scooters
  2. Access – Counters cabinets and storage areas are designed for easy access for people who have no limitations on their reaching, bending or standing
  3. Safety – Storing heavy or large items, reaching across hot elements on the stove, retrieving linens from high shelf, taking a shower and other seemingly routine tasks can be very dangerous for people with mobility limitations

Unfortunately some home renovation contractors are beginning to realize the value in providing renovation services specifically to those with mobility limitations, I say unfortunately because most of these jack of all trade types have little experience with mobility aiding products and/or understanding the medical conditions of the clients

Their lure of dirt cheap prices highlights the risk in hiring them…..trusting someone with your health should never be based on price.  RenosGroup is currently one of Ottawa’s only specialist in providing mobility limitation renovations….we don’t cut corners with your well being

“The more you’re renovator knows about you, the safer you’ll be in your home”

If your potential renovator can’t observe the nature and severity of your mobility limitations within the confines of your home they can’t possibly make your home safer or more accessible. Free estimates over the phone or in a showroom are not compatible with mobility limitation renovations. The RenosGroup team of renovators insists on a free in home consultation to ensure we get your renovation done right.

Our free consultation service will allow us to understand your current limitations and take into consideration where your future health may lead. Our questions may seem personal, but they are invaluable in protecting your future quality of life within your home, and we will help you avoid future remodeling should your condition or those of your loved ones change

Being in your home will allow our project manager to see exactly what kind of products you need to increase your comfort and make your mobility easier within your home.

Mobility limitation Changes can include:

  • Whiter doorways
  • Lower counters and table tops for ease of access whether sitting or standing
  • Brighter lighting for increased visibility
  • Easy to grasp handles for all drawers and cabinet doors
  • Hand wheels on Both sides of all steps
  • Reflective non slip tape on all non carpeted stairs
  • Ease of movement, non slip floors and floor coverings
  • Shower stall or bathtub seat, so you can sit down while taking a shower
  • Strategically placed handrails in your bathroom for greater ease of use
  • Eddie handheld shower devices to give you increased independence
  • And many more

Please don’t wait to give us a call at (613) 727-9427 to get the ball rolling. You can also use this form to request a free in-home consultation and estimate.

Basement Renovations Are Often Overlooked

Many homeowners often leave their basements unfinished, or use them for storage rather than functionality. Even though basement renovations are often overlooked, the potential to make an incredible basement living space is always there. Whether you’re looking for a fun kid friendly space, a place to entertain friends, a man cave or organized storage, RenosGroup.ca can help make all of your basement renovation ideas become a reality.

Anyone Can Offer a Free Quote Over the Phone

Each basement renovation presents unique challenges; after all, each of us has a personal vision for our home. Embracing your vision is the key to giving you a successful basement renovation. This cannot be captured in a phone call or email. What you need is a free consultation.

Upon your request our designers will meet with you to determine your needs and specifications. Working with you, we’ll create a design plan to ensure the proper use of space in the area to be renovated. Our contracts are written out in layman’s terms, free of industry jargon. This way you’ll be able to understand your renovation contract and be protected against hidden escape clauses.

Basement Renovation

Trust the Professionals

Although you may think to try a basement renovation as a weekend DIY project, we do not recommend it. Some jobs are certainly meant to be done by professionals and basement renovations are one of them. If you attempt a basement renovation by yourself, unknown problems, expenses and safety hazards could occur. It is our job to design, plan and execute the entire renovation ensuring all aspects are covered and
taken care of in a professional manner.

Creating the Perfect Basement

You may have a type of basement living space in mind; however there is a lot more to a renovation than a simple idea. The concept is the first step, and consulting a basement renovation professional is always a good idea as they can help you envision and utilize the space to the fullest.

Cheaper Isn’t Always Better

Many independent contractors simply can’t perform the quality work they continually boast about. Instead they offer cheaper services, which is not usually the best option. Hiring a professional team of renovators will protect you and your home from unexpected complications. The RenosGroup.ca team of experts has the knowledge and experience to handle any situation onsite as they may arise. You won’t have to wait
three days for the plumber to show up, or worry about carpenter fixing your electrical wiring

Please don’t wait to give us a call at (613) 727-9427 to get the ball rolling. You can also use this form to request a free in-home consultation and estimate.

Kitchen Renovation Stress?

“Important decisions are easier when made from the comfort of your own home”

Here’s The Secret to taking the stress out of planning your kitchen renovation Ottawa

Being in your home is the only way to precisely design your kitchen. It gives your renovator the opportunity to make note of your ventilation and electrical, to accurately measure the available space, match cabinets and tiles with existing colors of your home or pinpoint any barriers to work around

Kitchen Renovation Ottawa

Our competitors don’t see it that way

Kitchen renovation  companies need you to visit their showrooms in order to control the purchasing relationship. It’s the only way they can expose you to their expensive floor and backsplash tiles color patterns and cabinet designs. But in the rush to sell you something they’ve missed one critical element even the best designer can’t accurately design your kitchen if they never been in the space unfortunately most of them will never set foot in your home without a deposit or retainer so much for free estimates

Asking you to pay for a kitchen renovation plan before coming to your home is more than just impractical it’s irresponsible yet that’s the industry standard

Exceeding industry standards is how we’ve separated ourselves from the competition

Our clients get more than a free estimate

RenosGroup offers a free in-home consultation for every prospective client complete with measurements and suggestions

This isn’t rocket science…..knowing the measurements of the space we’re going to work in and identifying obstacles before the reservation begins provides you with a reliable cost analysis and makes the job significant easier for us you can go about your daily life without being distracted or experiencing undue stress and our company is able to get your renovation done more efficiently allowing us to take on more projects

Of course our in home consultation doesn’t mean you get deprived of those wonderful soul room dreams…..we’ve created an online showroom to shop for products whenever it’s convenient and our professional project manager can help pick your toilet’s, cabinets and countertops online with you while in your own home.  This way you can see how your design plan accentuates your home’s current look. None of our clients have ever had to say, “it didn’t look that way in the store….”

It’s a mystery to us why we’re one of the only kitchen renovation companies in Ottawa who operates under this philosophy

Call (613) 727-9427 or contact us today for your free in home consultation and discover why RenosGroup is your only choice for creating your perfect you’re perfect kitchen renovation.


*This page was previous main kitchen page*

Choosing The Right General Contractor in Ottawa

For most homeowners, the most challenging part of beginning a new renovation project is finding a professional, competent and reliable contractor. Choosing the right general contractor can make a significant difference between a successful home renovation project and a complete disaster.

We understand that this is a critical first step in your planning process and would like to help. The more you know about working with a general contractor, the better prepared you’ll be to navigate the road ahead.

What You Need to Know Before Hiring a General Contractor 

Know What You Want

Even before speaking or meeting with a potential contractor, it’s important to think about your goals and vision for the project. What would you want your kitchen remodel to look like? What amenities do you want? And so on. Decide on the scope of work to be done and how much you’re willing to spend on that project.

Consider factoring major future life changes into your plan to cater to your potentially expanding family. Whether it’s an accessible walk-in shower or an open-plan family room big enough to accommodate your family and guests.

Don’t settle for a Couple of Bids. Get More

Call a few companies and get multiple estimates. Make sure you’re comparing the same set of plans and specifications for each bid as you can’t effectively compare the estimates if you’re using different brands of building materials, work methods, etc.

Find Someone You Can Trust

Trust is a critical component when it comes to finding the right contractor. Your home is your personal place of safety and relaxation so it helps to find someone who understands and respects your space, privacy, and security. After all, the people you entrust the service to will be in your home for weeks or even months.

Don’t Make a Decision Based on Price Alone

Choosing The Right General Contractor in Ottawa

The lowest prices may not ultimately provide the best value for your home renovation project in Ottawa. A lot of homeowners are lured by the lowest prices, thinking that they have landed a great deal. Be skeptical of very cheap prices as these tend to be more costly in the end, especially if a contractor is trying to cut corners, excluding certain costs, using cheap materials, not pulling permits, or is inexperienced.

You don’t want to end up in a situation where you’re forced to fix remodels from unscrupulous contractors who delivered shoddy or unsafe work.

Choosing Your Home Renovations Partner in Ottawa

Once you begin your search for a general contractor in Ottawa, you’ll likely come across all levels of experience and ability. Fortunately, there are ways to sift through the numbers to find a fit that guarantees quality work and peace of mind. The National Association of the Remodelling Industry offers some suggestions on some of the qualities you should look out for in a qualified general contractor.

At Renosgrop.ca, exceeding industry standards is how we have put ourselves ahead of the competition.

Free In-Home Consultation with a difference

One of the benefits that we offer is a free in-home consultation. While some companies only rely on virtual consultations, we prefer to meet you at your home to assess the project. This enables us to evaluate and discuss your needs as well as come up with reliable cost estimates.

We recognize that every home renovation is different, and a proper assessment is necessary to implement the designer’s plan efficiently while being able to anticipate possible problems.

Everything Under One Roof

When it comes to major renovations like additions or complete kitchen overhauls, it’s important to work with a licensed and insured general contractor who is in charge of all aspects of the project, from beginning to completion. Homeowners can find it challenging to deal with independent contractors who come and go, only specializing in certain areas of the construction process, e.g. electricity work, carpentry, etc.

At Renosgroup.ca, we are responsible for design work and construction management of all your home renovations in Ottawa. This means that you only need to hire one company, not several. We supervise all of the contractors and constantly check the quality of their work to guarantee high-quality workmanship and timely delivery of your projects.

Mobility Renovations

As a full-service general contractor, we not only provide bathroom/kitchen renovations, home additions, basement transformations, etc but also offer home accessibility modifications to make the home you love safer and more accessible for your loved ones.

While some companies claim to offer this service, unfortunately, they may lack experience in all the nuances of adapting a home to better suit the abilities living there. The highly-skilled team at Renosgroup.ca has successfully overcome many building challenges for residential projects involving a range of different scopes. We take the time to know you and understand your needs before recommending an accessibility or mobility solution.

Your Professional Local Contractor

Hiring an experienced general contractor saves you money, time, and hassle at the very least. As your local general contractor in Ottawa, it’s easier to contact us whenever you have a home renovation need. We show up on time and finish jobs when we say we will. This core mission has enabled us to build successful relationships with homeowners all across Ottawa and solidified our reputation as a professional contractor focused on offering exceptional customer service.


From the first point of contact with your contractor, you want to make sure they are providing good communication. Many times, some contractors fail to get back to a client in a timely manner to confirm the appointment or answer all of their client’s questions. This usually can be an indicator that things could only intensify as the home renovation project heats up.

Most contractors today don’t care enough to educate and support their customers and help them make smart and confident decisions. All they do is simply provide a quote and get going. This is where we are different. We are committed to transforming your living spaces and elevating the comfort of your home with superior services you can count on.

To learn more about what the professional home renovators at Renosgroup.ca can do for you, please contact us today, or give us a call at (613) 727-9427. Our friendly and knowledgeable staff are available Monday through Friday to answer any questions you may have for your upcoming

*This used to be the main General Contractor page

Are you running out of space in your current home, but love the location?

Are you running out of space in your current home?  If so, you deserve a stunning home addition built by the professionals.  A home addition is a major undertaking. Whether you’re planning a bump-out, converting a sunroom or garage, or adding a second story to your home, there are a lot of moving parts. It’s definitely not a DIY project, and even trusting your home addition to an unqualified jack-of-all-trades contractor would result in huge disappointment. Trust the professionals to build your home addition right at every stage of the process.

For the best results, trust a professional home addition company to put their experience and knowledge to work for you. It all starts with meeting you to determine your needs. No two home additions are alike, and you deserve a home addition that is built to match the specific needs of your family. We’ll sit down and meet with you in person to discuss your exact needs. What are your space needs for the present and into the future? How can your home be made more functional? What is your design taste? We’ll come up with design plans that fit within your budget and blend with the existing home.

Once we have an idea of your needs and specifications, we’ll provide you with a no-obligation quote. We write our contracts in layman’s terms so you have a clear understanding of the scope of work and exactly what you’re paying for. We don’t stuff our contracts with industry jargon designed to cloak hidden fees and tricky escape clauses – just clear and honest work.

You should be skeptical about contractors who claim to offer quality work at unbeatable prices – something doesn’t add up. Either the price you end up paying won’t be as promised, or the quality of work will be a huge disappointment. Just because it’s cheap, doesn’t mean it’s a deal!

Home additions are very complicated projects. You’re not just installing drywall or slapping on a new coat of paint, you’re fundamentally changing the structure of the home. Our construction accounts for absolutely everything, from the soil type to the weight of the foundation to the interior finishes. We believe in the importance of both form and function. Your home addition should solve a problem and address your needs, while also looking beautiful and blending smoothly with the existing home.

You can probably imagine the problems that are associated with poorly planned home additions – shabby finishes, inefficient heating, a cracked foundation, roof leaks – the list goes on. Even projects that look good on the surface can turn into disasters just a couple years down the road if the builders didn’t take proper measures and care during constructions. Our home addition projects are executed with attentiveness and diligence to make sure you get a dream addition to your home, not a nightmare.

Creating the Perfect Home Addition

“Home Additions” are a big category, and the perfect home addition varies by family. We can convert a sunroom into a gorgeous great room, ideal for entertaining and hanging out with family and friends. Our talented crew can create a second story addition with a stunning master bedroom retreat, complete with a spacious walk-in closet and relaxing en-suite master bath. We can construct a bump-out off the back of the home to house a contemporary kitchen with beautiful custom cabinetry. We can create a main floor living space designed for a person with mobility limitations. Or we can expand dormers to create an additional bedroom upstairs to make room for your growing family. No matter the project, we are proud to design and build the perfect home addition for you and your family.

Making us even more tempting is our online product showroom.  Though we don’t sell any products these pages can help with your product selections while your in your own home. We even have our own interior designer to help you match colours and fixtures bringing out the warmth and comfort you want your home to exude.  Design work does come with extra fees, but well worth it when it comes to the final look of the finished product

If you are ready to transform your home with a perfect home addition, contact us, or give us a call at (613)727-9427 today to find out why RenosGroup.ca is the right choice. Call or email us today to schedule a free in-home consultation and get the process started.

What Home Renovations Require a Permit in Ottawa?

Home renovations, home improvements, or home remodeling are processes of improving the design and functionality of a home. It normally involves various projects which help to upgrade the existing condition of a property. Home renovations may involve the interior, exterior, or other sections of the house.

Renovating a home is important as it helps to restore its appeal and functionality. If you live in Ontario, Canada, you definitely understand how important the remodeling process is and how you need a permit before you can begin the renovations. But do you know what renovations require a permit? Well, let’s find out.

What Home Renovations Require a Permit in Ontario, Canada?

A building permit usually includes all aspects that relate to construction, renovation, demolition, and home addition. As per the Ontario Building Code, the validity of building permits is usually within the period of construction. But in case you have finished or started the construction process, then the validity of the permit can go up to 6 months. It should be noted that you can always seek to extend your permit, in case you are not able to complete everything within the stipulated timeframe.

Home Renovations that Require a Permit in Ontario

You need to apply for a permit if you need to:

  • Change or alter a property structure
  • Construct a detached or attached garage
  • Construct a fireplace or chimney
  • Underpin, repair, or excavate a property foundation
  • Create a home addition to an existing building
  • Construct other accessory buildings that have areas covering more than 10 meters squared.
  • Close or change the size of windows and entrances
  • Add new windows and entrances
  • Home repair or renovation work involving electrical wiring, air conditioning, heating, plumbing, and ventilation.
  • Relocate or remove parts of a building
  • Finish sections of buildings that had been previously left unfinished
  • Construct additional rooms within a building
  • Build a deck that’s attached to a property
  • Construct a new detached deck that is above 60.96 cm from the ground
  • Construct a new swimming pool enclosure

Not all types of home renovations need a permit. Some of the home improvements that don’t need the application of a permit in Ontario include:

  • Installation of shelves and cabinets
  • Construction of fences
  • Altering an opening
  • Replacing windows and doors
  • Using the same material to replace shingles, siding, or stucco
  • Painting, patching and decorating

How to Apply for the Permit

If you live in Ottawa and you’re keen on doing home improvements, then you need to first get a permit. You need to personally submit your application to the customer service counter found at your local district office. This should be within the area where your home is located.

Once you have paid the application fee, the building staff will do a comprehensive overview of your home improvement plan. This is a vital procedure that’s put in place by the district to ensure that your plans comply with local zoning by-laws of the Ontario Building Code. In addition to that, the plans have to comply with other stipulated regulations put in place.

The best thing about the application is that you can conveniently monitor its status online. Generally, the application process is usually fast, especially for small projects such as home renovations. This is important in ensuring that you start and finish the projects as soon as possible.

It takes a few days to review smaller projects while complex projects take longer because they need a comprehensive overview. The municipality offers permits to specific projects and in case you want to carry out other renovations, then you must apply for another permit.

Why Are Home Improvements Important?

Our needs change with time and this may be in terms of size and design. Besides that, the esthetic appeal of buildings normally declines with time. So, some of the benefits of doing home renovations include:

Enhanced Comfortability

A home needs to be comfortable for you to enjoy living with it. Because our needs change with time, we need to do home renovations to ensure that we can still enjoy our homes.

Better Security

As stated above, the aesthetic appeal of a property usually declines as time goes by. After years of use, you will find that a home has started developing cracks on the walls, contains tainted shelves and cabinets, has leaking roofs, and worn-out floors among others.

This can pose a serious security threat if you are not careful. However, an effective home renovation project can help to fix such issues and minimize the risk of injuries or theft.

Improved Efficiency

As technology advances, you find that also equipment previously installed in our homes end up becoming updated. For instance, you will find that there are new lighting systems, window designs, flooring material, and others.

To ensure that your home is efficient, you can have a renovation project. This helps to ensure that everything runs efficiently as per your preferences. Understand that some of these renovations can be cost-friendly in the long run. For instance, the installation of new heat pumps can help to significantly reduce your energy costs.

Enhanced Home Function

As time goes by, you might find that your family is growing or reducing in number. If you start to have kids, you might be forced to create an extra room or story. Alternatively, you might be forced to demolish some room units in case they are not in use or you need a larger space. This is important for functionality to ensure that your home meets your changing needs.

Increased Home Value

Home renovations can significantly increase the value of your home. If your home has an outdated design, then it will less appealing. However, improving its original design in order to meet the latest market trends in the real estate sector can easily attract a good buyer.

It’s worth noting that additions such as basements, garages, and the number of bathrooms can also increase the value of your home. Changing the style of the cabinets, installing new doors and windows are all crucial in increasing the value of any property. So, if you are going to put your home on sale in the future, make sure that you do the necessary upgrades.

Types of Renovations

There are several types of renovations and they include:

Bathroom Renovation

You not only deserve a bathroom that’s functional but one that’s appealing aesthetically as well. We understand that a bathroom is like a sanctuary. This is where you get to bathe and relax after a tiring day. So, why not make it stylish and functional?

Under our bathroom renovation plan, we aim to give your special room a classic design with a touch of modern accessories. We will work with your design and preferences to ensure that you end up with something that you will enjoy for years to come. We always consider our customers’ tastes and how they want their bathrooms to be designed.

Kitchen Renovations

We know that a kitchen is a special place for most of you and, therefore, we normally take time to create something magical. This is the ultimate place where you prepare food, store cooking items, and get to try new dishes.

Generally, our kitchen renovations are inclined in creating a design that’s fun and attractive. We normally create highly functioning kitchens that are spacious and accommodating enough. We efficiently remodel all our clients’ kitchen spaces to ensure that it has that homely ambiance.

Basement Renovations

Basements provide a great way of adding space to any building. So, if you have a non-functional basement, we can help you turn it into a good living space. With our extensive team of experienced experts, Renos Group can enhance the appearance of your basement by uniquely tailoring new adjustments to meet your needs.

We understand that basement renovations are quite different from other types of home remodeling. This is because basements are located below the ground level. However, we normally assess the basements and apply the solution. Creating a good basement area can significantly increase the value of your money, especially if you are planning to put it on the market in the future.

Mobility Renovations

Research surveys in Ottawa, Ontario indicate that most seniors love to remain in their homes. This is because their desire to move around is normally restricted due to poor safety measures and restrictions in most homes. However, Renos Group can efficiently handle this type of home remodeling. The company has a great portfolio of home improvements.

To ensure that the elderly remain independent throughout their sunset years, we normally offer effective mobility renovations. This can also cater to the needs of those who are differently-abled. Some of the home renovations that we do in relation to mobility include:

  • Fixing the bathroom: we normally install non-slip floors in addition to shower stalls. Besides that, we can install walk-in bathtubs to enhance access to the bathroom. All these in addition to grab-bars in the shower room and toilet can help to enhance the safety of an elderly person. We recommend that homes with elderly persons have hands-free faucets for seamless accessibility to basic hygiene resources.

  • Enhancing the stairs: Does your home have staircases? Well, if you are abled differently or you are an elderly person, this can pose serious restrictions when it comes to movement. However, Renos Group can help to enhance your mobility by installing handrails or mechanic stairlifts. Besides that, improving lighting, installing non-slip tapes, and widening such stairways are some of the renovations that we do in order to facilitate movement.

  • Changing the kitchen: A fully functional home should be able to allow the occupant to make meals conveniently. So, if you are a senior, we can alter and remodel your kitchen to ensure that you still make your favorite meals even as your sunset years continue to clock. This may involve the installation of touch latches on cupboards and drawers. Additionally, we also lower the countertops for easier access.

Home Additions

Instead of buying a new home or pulling the whole building down, you can enhance your home by making significant additions. Home additions normally come in various types and sizes, depending on the new beneficial addition that you want. It can be:

  • A house addition that involves an extra room. This may be lateral or vertical.
  • An additional sunroom to let you enjoy the beautiful sunrises and sunsets at the comfort of your home.
  • House lifting in order to install a basement area that can increase your home’s value.
  • Adding a garage or a workshop for your car and other equipment
  • Adding a second story, especially if you want more home space
  • Bump out additions that help to enhance the space of your living room, especially if you have a growing family.

Why You Should Choose Renos Group for Home Renovations

We can help turn your home into a new stunning space with our home renovations. But what makes Renos Group a favourite among homeowners who want to improve the appearance and value of their homes? Well, here are some of the reasons that make us stand out.

We consider your personal needs

As much as we are tasked to do home improvements, we love to work hand-in-hand with our customers. We have to understand your needs and the important alterations that your home needs to undergo. It should be noted that your preferences are what will guide us.

We Have An Experienced Team of Experts

All our team members have the right knowledge in construction work and home remodeling. Having years of experience in this sector means that we normally deliver outstanding work. We have handled numerous home renovation projects in the past and our construction and repair experts are skilled in various home remodeling disciplines. Regardless of your needs, you can fully depend on us to cater to them.

We Are a Certified Business

Renos Group is a certified business that’s allowed to carry out home renovations legally. The director is a certified general contractor. So, you are sure of working with certified professionals who have the right expertise. With this, you can rest easy knowing that we have the right people with the best craftsmanship in place to handle your home renovations.

We Complete Our Renovations on Time

To us, time is an important resource that should never go wasted. Even before we begin the home remodeling process, we have to sit with the homeowner to outline project delivery timelines. Completion dates matter to us because we understand that your home needs to be renovated in the shortest time possible. Besides that, it gives us the opportunity to clearly schedule our appointments with other clients.

We love to work with customized project management systems for effective and timely delivery. Besides that, we also have project managers always onsite to ensure that all aspects of home renovations move efficiently. Generally, we love to ensure that work for the day is clearly outlined, including the delivery of the construction materials.

We Produce Quality Work

Working within the stipulated time frame and with professionals is one thing. Delivering quality work is another thing that we take seriously. Our standards are premium work delivery. So, each renovation standards not only have to meet your standards but also ours as well.

Our workmanship in terms of quality speaks for itself. That’s why one of the factors that have driven our company’s growth is the word of mouth and referrals from previous clients. Our quality of work is usually 5-star rated.

Flexibility in Budget Considerations

Times are tough and that’s why a lot of people are now thinking twice if they should or shouldn’t have home renovations. The truth is that we understand the economy and as times are shifting, we are also keen on adjusting our prices.

We normally offer competitive prices. We love to provide our clients with a cost-plus contract or a fixed price contract. Nobody wants to spend money excessively and that’s why we are usually transparent with finances and payments. To ensure that we work within your budget, we also implement a model design that effectively meets your finances.

We Stay in Constant with Our Clients

When it comes to home remodeling, constant and reliable communication with the property owner is important. You need to be aware of the progress, what needs to be changed, what needs to be altered, and stuff like that.

It’s our job to ensure that are aware of all the tasks we are handling. To ensure that you have a reliable person to contact, we usually assign that task to the project manager who will be introduced to you before even the remodeling process begins. So, if you have any inquiries or require the latest update, you can always be guaranteed of communication.

It’s All About Your Satisfaction

All our projects are normally handled with the aim of satisfying the client. We want you to see the value for your money and that’s why our team members work to ensure that you are happy. Satisfying your needs is the only thing that can make us proud!

At Renos Group, we love what we do and how we do it. Every renovation project to us is as valuable as the last one. We are usually enthusiastic to start and finish all our projects on time and deliver quality work. We love to hold the hand of any nervous homeowner and reassure them that everything is under the right team. So, if you need any home renovation work, or simply want to know what home renovations require a permit in Ottawa don’t hesitate to contact us. Our experts are readily available and can perform any remodeling task efficiently within the stipulated timeframe.  Don’t wait to get started get in touch, give us a call today at (613) 727-9427.

Home Renovation During Covid 19

Due to Covid-19, the world has come to a standstill. Plans which people had been waiting to execute for months had fallen apart. This crisis has undoubtedly effected home renovation projects and have abruptly paused the progress in the past. Although some countries have given the green signal for construction work, it is of utmost importance that you only get the job done by a team who understands the severity of the situation. This is why RenosGroup is here to provide you with a home renovation during Covid-19 in Ottawa.

We have been in the home renovations and remodeling industry for years. Considering how finding a reliable general contractor has become harder than ever, we are here to satisfy all your home renovation requirements and execute your plans to perfection. It is easy to go wrong with home renovations by picking the wrong contractors. Your months or even years of planning can go down the drain with a single bad decision. Moreover, you would have to bear the financial loss as well. This is why let’s see how you can make your renovation project a success.

Things to Consider When Searching for a Home Renovation Contractor

1)  Finding Someone Trustable

This should go without saying that if you are looking to get home renovation during Covid-19, then it should be done by someone trustable. Far too many people make the mistake of choosing the wrong contractor, and in return, their investment is wasted. Before you trust a contractor, always make sure that you evaluate their previous track record. The kind of services they offer and how open they are to communication. Renovation work can go on for days, weeks, or even months. So, rather than trusting someone who does not even come close to meeting your expectations, it is better to be more careful with your decision from the start.

2)  Implementation of SOPs

There is nothing more important than your health. This is why SOPs are one thing you should never compromise upon. If you are getting a home renovation during Covid-19, your top priority should be to hire contractors who strictly follow and work according to the SOPs. Professional contractors realize the importance of implementing SOPs. RenosGroup is dedicated to not only transform your house but also prioritize the safety of you and your loved ones.

3)  Know your Needs

This is a problem that people often face during renovations. Regardless of how professional your contractor is, if you are not sure about what you are looking for, you will ultimately be disappointed by the end-results. You must at least have a vague picture in your mind of what you expect to decide on the scope of work. We are not saying that you should come up with a full blueprint. However, giving the contractors a direction to work towards alone can significantly affect the outcome and make it turn out the way you want it to.

4)  Prioritize Quality over Price

One common mistake that people make when they are planning to get their house renovated is that they get too caught up in price. While it is true that everyone would want their home remodeling project to be done in the lowest budget possible, it still should not be your only priority. It often happens that when you prioritize price too much, you end up losing sight of what truly matters the most. Sure, you will be able to save a couple hundred or thousand dollars, but in the long run, it is certainly not going to be worth it. Normally, contractors who offer their services at an incredibly low price, often either lack the experience or they cut costs somewhere else.

When you are getting your house remodeled or renovated, you want to at least go for a 5-year solution if not more. Therefore, if the price seems too good to be true, then you might have to pause for a moment and re-evaluate your decision.

5)  Expand your Search

The general rule before you get started with any renovation work is to know the market. If you directly proceed with the decision to get your house renovated, the chances are that you may miss out on much better options. Every contractor will use different building materials and have their own unique approach while working on a project. Expand your search to first understand which approach suits you the most and also get an estimate of the renovation costs.

Why Choose RenosGroup?

You can find numerous home renovators in Ottawa. However, what makes us truly stand-out is our attention to detail. Our main aim is to exceed industry standards, and that is what helps us stay ahead of the competition.

Here’s the process we follow for all of our home improvements/remodeling jobs:

Design: Our aim at RenosGroup is to help homeowners achieve their dreams. Most of the time homeowners have a vague picture in their mind on what they are expecting in terms of design. Our goal is to turn that abstract idea into a reality and provide you with satisfactory end-results.

Plan: The most important aspect of any renovation project is planning. What truly makes us excel in what we do is that we lay out all the groundwork for the project. Having a direction is essential before you begin with any construction or remodeling job. And this is exactly what we always prioritize.

Execute: Once the groundwork is laid out, executing it to perfection is also an equally important step. However, you do not have to worry. We are going to make sure you are involved throughout the process while we complete the job professionally and efficiently.

End Result: There is no bigger dream of our team at RenosGroup than to transform the house of homeowners according to their expectations. Our main priority is to provide you with complete satisfaction, and until we have not achieved that, our job remains incomplete.

Our Approach towards Home Renovation during Covid-19

Given the circumstances, it is common for homeowners to feel reluctant nowadays while trusting home renovators. This is why here’s what makes us different in comparison to other contractors:

1)  Maintaining Hygiene

Maintaining hygiene has become more important than ever. If you are trusting us to renovate your house during a global pandemic, then you can rest assured that we would not leave any stones unturned to maintain safety measures. The team at Renosgroup is specially trained to follow the necessary SOPs while working. We make sure that throughout the time we are working in your house, we frequently sanitize ourselves so you and your loved ones can stay safe.

2)  Using Disinfectants

Another reason people feel reluctant to get their homes renovated during the pandemic is that it can be a huge hassle to disinfect the house. That is the last thing you would want to worry about every single day. Our team makes sure that at the end of the day, before we leave your house we disinfect each and every corner we have worked in so you are not stuck with that job.

3)  Maintain Social Distance

The importance of social distancing nowadays cannot be emphasized enough. Our team takes this very seriously and our top priority is to maintain a distance of 6 ft. Although mostly no one is really present in the rooms which are being renovated, so usually maintaining distance is not something you would have to worry about either way.

4)  Protective Equipment

If you still feel skeptical, then do not worry because we always make sure to come fully prepared for a renovation project. This does not only mean that we will have all the necessary equipment to carry out the construction work but also all the protective equipment to battle Covid-19.

Services we Offer

Our services are tailored according to the requirements of our clients. Here are some domains we specialize in:

1)  Home Renovations

Looking for a complete makeover of your house? Don’t worry, we have got you covered. Over the years we have brought satisfaction and smiles to the face of countless homeowners. Our top priority is to proceed with every home renovation project as if we are working on our own house. It is not every day that people are able to go for a complete house makeover. This is why rest assured that your investment is going into safe hands. Whether you are looking to revamp your living space or looking to enhance the curb appeal of your property, our aim is to meet your expectations.

Our intricate attention to detail complemented with years of experience and cutting edge equipment helps us ensure that we more than meet the expectations of our clients.

2)  Bathroom Renovations

The bathrooms play an important role in a house. In fact, we even go as far as to say that they can be a deciding factor in creating and destroying the interest of buyers. However, people often neglect bathroom renovations because they end up thinking it will cost them a fortune.

If you want to transform your bathroom, then you do not have to worry because our team at RenosGroup.ca also specializes in bathroom renovations. Whether you want to get those years old slippery floorings replaced, or just want to get a few ideas, we would be more than happy to assist you. You might feel overwhelmed by looking at luxurious bathroom designs in our portfolio, but do not worry because our rates are flexible according to your budget.

3)  Kitchen Renovations

Most people prioritize kitchen renovations, and we do not blame them because, in most modern houses, the kitchen is located at the center. This means that if your kitchen does not look good, then the overall aesthetic appeal of your house can also be impacted. Due to moisture and heat, the appeal of a kitchen can quickly deteriorate. This is why if you are making plans to renovate your kitchen, then it would be our pleasure to assist you.

Whether you want to get a new countertop installed or replace your cabinets, you can expect the job to be done with maximum efficiency. Our budget kitchen renovations solutions are tailored to your preferences. Even if you are looking for a full kitchen makeover, consider it done.

4)  Basement Renovations

The basement is often one of the most neglected parts of our house. Even if you spending thousands of dollars on renovations, the chances are the basement would not even be at the bottom of your list. One of the main reasons is that contractors often do not highlight the importance of basement renovations.

Getting your basement renovated opens you to a world of perks which includes increased storage, higher property value, and most importantly, extra living space. Construction companies often cut costs when it comes to basements, this is why you never know how lousy of a job they may have done with it. From the use of low-quality material to faulty electrical wiring, these are just a couple of problems you can expect to find in your basement.

This is why choosing someone reliable such as RenosGroup for the job can enable you to fully transform your basement and enhance its functionality.

5)  Mobility Renovations

Seniors often face space restrictions and mobility issues in their homes. This leads to safety concerns while also taking away their independence. If you want your loved ones to stay safe, then your top priority should be to go for mobility renovations. Although mobility renovations are often neglected, they are extremely important especially if there are seniors in your house. Mobility renovations can be a great decision as it makes it much easier for them to move around the house without being exposed to any sort of danger.

Some of the most important parts of the house that you should consider getting renovated for mobility are the kitchen, bathroom staircases, and the exterior. These are the parts of a house that seniors frequently go to. This is why you must consult home improvement professionals such as RenosGroup to assist you so you can add ease to the lives of your loved ones.

6)  Home Additions

If you love the house you currently live in, but find yourself short on space then you do not necessarily have to move out. Home additions are a great way to increase the space and give your loved ones the necessary amenities they always dreamed of. Even in terms of budget, home additions can be much lighter on the pocket. Property value is increasing by the day, and even if you sell your current house, the chances are that you would not be able to move to your dream home. Rather than parting ways with your current house for a place you would not be satisfied with, is it not better to enhance your current living space?

With home additions, you can not only have enough space but also house additional family members. Moreover, you can add luxury to your home with home additions while staying in budget. Renosgroup.ca also specializes in home additions, this is why if you are looking to free up your living space then all you need to do is let us know your requirements.

Free In-Home Consultations

At the end of the day choosing the right contractors for home renovations can still be a difficult decision to make. We make sure to only take up jobs that we feel confident in carrying out with full efficiency. The satisfaction of our clients always stays at the top of our priority list, this is why we offer free in-home consultation. Unlike most contractors who rely on virtual consistency, we always go the extra mile. We like to see the project we would work on with our very eyes and then communicate with the homeowners to understand what they are looking for.

Each home is designed differently, this is why every home renovation project requires different assessment. Only after we have fully understood your requirements we proceed with the planning phase of the project. In case you are unable to have a clear picture of what you would like to do with your house, we are always open for a free in-home consultation to guide you.


Finding the right home renovations contractor for has become more important than ever. Apart from your investment, the health of your loved ones is also on the line, especially amidst the coronavirus pandemic that has made everything come to a standstill. This is why make sure that you entrust this important job only in the hands of experts. If you are looking for a reliable general contractor to get a home renovation during Covid-19, then the team at RenosGroup.ca would be more than happy to assist you! Our solutions are tailored according to the requirements of our clients, so whether you want to make subtle changes to your living space, or completely remodel your house, we have got you covered. Do not let your budget hold you back. Get in touch with us, or give us a call at (613) 727-9427 to get a quote and turn your dream home into a reality.

Out with the Old in With the New: Home Renovation Checklist

Do you want to expand your kitchen space or make your current basement more functional? Do you want to start over and make a whole new living space or upgrade an existing one with contemporary elements? A home renovation project can be as simple as installing new windows and changing flooring or as complex as tearing down a wall.

To get started, picture your ideal beautiful, vibrant space and what it will look like.

Prioritize function: What do you plan to do in your kitchen renovation or when finishing the basement? There are countless ways to maximize the functionality of space with remodeling or renovation.

Improve energy efficiency: Going green in your home can help you save money on energy bills or make your home renovation options safer for your family.

Hire a designer: If your project is big, it would be much more cost-effective to work with a professional contractor. The experts can help bring your ideas to life and introduce you to new ideas that you might love.

Home Renovation or Remodel? Know the Differences

Everyone seems to use the terms “renovate” and “remodel” interchangeably. But they don’t mean the same thing. Remodeling is changing the look: Installing new counters, new cabinets, new hardware, new appliances, new flooring, paint, new items, etc.

Renovating updates, the function: This includes all things in remodeling plus the demolition of walls, overhauling the floor, window frames, plumping structures, power installations, and gas, and the rearrangement of the entire space to fit your new objectives.

Renovations are significant changes to the current space. Remodeling, while still a major project, usually retains the same kitchen designs. You must decide whether what you want to do is remodeling or renovation. It is possible to handle small remodeling projects on your own, but general contracting can save you time and money for extensive renovation projects.

How to Go About Home Renovations

Find renovation ideas

Home Renovation Return on Investment

Image: Home renovation return on investment

If you are thinking about where to start, prioritize the kitchen. Kitchen renovations are the most complicated, and if you get done here, the rest of the upgrades are easy. The other reason is the home value of the kitchen renovation has a greater potential to improve home value compared to anywhere else in the house. Bathrooms and basements come in second.

  • Search online for the best renovation ideas within your budget and save the images in a ‘design ideas folder’ on your gadget.
  • Consider home renovations that increase home resale value; including changes to flooring and walls
  • Consider your comfort and the impression you want the home to have on your guests
  • Take a tour of some of the local shops, showrooms, and home shows.
  • Call a general contractor in Ottawa, or subcontractors for expert insight

Do the Math

Now that you have everything you need zoom in to what you can afford or is reasonable for your design objectives.

Finishes & Repairs

The cost difference between custom and stock cabinets can be huge. It is the same for flooring materials and other design elements. Think about your style and budget and decide whether you need custom or stock to meet your goals.

Create a Budget

You need a budget. Whether you earn a small income or have a substantial amount in your saving account, the budget keeps you, your designer, and your contractor on the right track.

Not sure about the cost of remodeling your kitchen? Below We have listed average costs to help you get a good idea of how much your project will cost you.

Average Renovation Costs

If you want a ballpark figure to help create your budget, we have some startup numbers. Below are the national average costs of kitchen renovations:

General Cost of Kitchen Remodeling

The average cost of renovating a small kitchen is $ 21,185, and extensive renovations cost $ 55,503. However, these kitchen renovations increased the home resale value by $ 17,576 for a minor remodel and $ 43,363 for larger remodels.

So, your cost will actually be $ 3,600 for small kitchen renovations and $ 12,000 for extensive renovations in these cases. Good math.

Minor Kitchen Remodel


  • Replace the front of the cabinet with new raised wooden drawers and doors, including the new hardware
  • Replace wall-mounted ovens with new energy-saving features
  • Replace laminate countertops; install a moderately priced sink and a tap
  • Reset, add wallpaper and remove and lay down a solid floor

Mid-Range Kitchen Remodel


  • Renovate a 200-square-foot kitchen with a functional 30-foot conventional custom cabinet made of wood cabinets, including a 3-meter-long island
  • Replace laminate countertops
  • Install a stainless-steel sink
  • standard tap for single handle
  • Replace energy-saving wall oven, cooking area, ventilation system, built-in microwave, dishwasher, garbage disposal, and custom lighting
  • Install a new solid floor
  • Finish with the painted walls, ceiling, and color

Major Kitchen Remodel – Upscale


  • Upgrade a 200-square-foot kitchen with a 30-meter-high cherry cabinet top with shelves built into other interiors
  • Replace laminate cabinets with stone countertops and ceramic or glass backsplash imported
  • Install a built-in refrigerator, and 36-inch grade range and vent hood; built-in oven, garbage disposal, and integrated built-in microwave
  • Install a low-rise sink faucet and add a built-in water filter
  • Install new low voltage lamps under the cabinets
  • Install cork flooring

Bathroom Remodels

A typical bathroom renovation involves updating vanities counter-tops and sinks.

Re-tiling the walls, re-painting the walls, and changing the flooring

Upgrading faucets and fixtures

Bathroom Remodeling Costs

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How to Pay Your Renovation Fees

Whether it’s a kitchen or bathroom renovation Ottawa, there are many ways you can pay for your project. One way is borrowing against your home’s value. There are also ways to borrow that do not rely on your credit history. Here are some of the options at your disposal.

Home Equity Loans

Home equity loans are secured by your home’s appreciated value. The advantage is that your interest rate mortgage amount will not be increased.

Homeowner’s Loan

You are borrowing against your income and not the home’s value. Your home will be the collateral, but this is good for those new to homeowners with a healthy income.

Value Added Loans

If you are making significant improvements, you can borrow from what will be worth your home after the project instead of its current value.

You Need a Timeline

Finally, when do you want to start working, and when do you want your basement remodel be completed? Ensure that your home renovation contractors understand your timelines.

Home Renovation Project Stages

Choosing and Interviewing a Contractor

Once you have your list of qualified pros, you should make sure that you are consistent when interviewing them. Questions that homeowners must ask a contractor should revolve around:

  • List of references
  • Portfolio of past projects
  • Overview of costs
  • Payment terms and schedule

How to analyze quotes

There is a big difference between a “free” one-paragraph quote and one five-page length statement with all aspects of the project explained. Get every detail on paper!

This is also an excellent time to see if you can work with your contractor – are they willing to take time to enlighten you about the process and all your options?

What does the contractor’s quote say about cost overruns? Does the stated amount cover everything? What about design, permits, and drawings – is it all in the quote?

Don’t assume anything; if the quote allows for $ 3,000 cabinets, ask your contractor to show you what the $ 3,000 cabinets look like. This will save you from nasty surprises down the road.

But remember that money is not everything! Do you like and trust the contractor? Is there anything fishy about them? Trust your instincts and hire only someone who feels right to you.

Hiring a Contractor

You’ve done all due diligence and decided on a contractor you like. Despite the progress, you still have work to do to ensure that you enter the right relationship.

  • Confirm that whoever you are speaking to works for the contractor company
  • Ask for a copy of the contractor company license.
  • Ask for a copy of the insurance documents.
  • Choosing a Contractor – Contracts
  • Now, you need to make sure the contract terms are in line with your expectations

What a Good Contract Should Have


  • It should include a detailed description of the work to be done
  • It should be drawn on the company letterhead.
  • It must contain the company’s name, address, telephone number, and license number.
  • Provides a payment plan
  • Includes a termination clause
  • Provides dollar costs associated with each project included in the project
  • Includes expected date / start / estimated date
  • It clearly states whether permits will be needed and who will be responsible for getting them

During the Construction

The moment you have planned the work and laid down the basic rules, you now need to put on your manager’s project hat. One way to keep things in perspective and stay informed is to have regular progress meetings with your project manager or contractor.

Progress meeting is a time for reviewing questions, making decisions, and discussing changes in the scope of the project. You can have these meetings daily or once a week for prolonged projects. Have your contract copy with you in these meetings and take advantage of the forum to express concerns or make changes.

Payment Schedule

The rules are not etched in stone. There are many ways a contractor collects his money. Some do not collect until the work is completed, while others request 50 percent earlier. These are the three types of payments:

  • Initial payment is usually made when bulk items are shipped
  • The second payment is made when work is half complete
  • Another 20% when the work is almost completed

Paying for your contractor everything before they start work is a major risk. Your money is your leash. Use it wisely. Here are tips to help you manage this process so that you and your contractor are happy:

  • Pay the company, not an individual.
  • Don’t pay cash. Write a check or pay with a credit card and get receipts.
  • Only make the final payment when satisfied with a project.
  • Do not advance funds for materials.

House Rules for Constructors

It may difficult to live in the house when parts of it are under construction. If it’s a kitchen renovation, you may have to order takeout or go without a meal. But things don’t have to be unbearable. Here are some of the things to remember to help make the home renovation a smooth process:

1  a) Remove everything that you don’t frequently use from the kitchen or basement during the renovation.

1  b) Make a map of the route the contractors should take from the entrance to the project area and secure the floor with old towels, carpets, or plastic.

1  c) Note that temporary disruption such as when the constructors arrive early or stay late may help accelerate the project.

1  d) Decide what to do with your cats and dogs so that they do not get in the way of a contractor.

1  e) Choose whether you want the home cleaned every day. Remember that for extensive projects, cleaning every day can prolong completion timelines.

1  f) Plan where the contractors will park, and if necessary, and where construction waste will go.

1  g) Decide how you want to start and complete work each day and whether you will be able to work on the weekends.

1  h) During construction, plan well on how to decrease the amount of dust – put plastic covers on the door to keep out dust.

1  i) Choose where they’ll get their electricity.

1  j) Give the workers refreshments if possible.

1  k) Coffee can motivate home renovation contractors to work better and faster.

Change Orders

A change order is a written request to change the work scope specified in your contract or plans. There are two types of change orders: those you initiate and those contractors initiate due to unexpected build conditions. While this type of change order can be much frustrating, it’s an inevitable part of home renovations, and having a well-defined policy change for your contract can streamline this process.

A typical change order must include the following:


  1. Username, phone number, and address
  2. Name of owner
  3. A complete description of the new work to be done
  4. Total number of building materials and personnel to complete the transformation
  5. Updated graduation date due to replacement
  6. Signatures of the company representative
  7. Signatures of homeowners

Punch Lists

The punch list is a checklist for all incomplete project-related items. It is a good idea to review and share this list of your progress meetings to guarantee that you read from the same script as the constructors.

This document acts as a “What’s left” list. Once the contractor has completed work on all the items on your punch list to your satisfaction, you should pay the remaining amount you owe and open a bottle of wine!

Inspection and Completion

After the project completion, you and your contractor should schedule an inspection to review all contractual elements, change orders, and your punch list.

You may likely have a few highlights or changes you want at this point, and these should be added to the punch list and tied to the final payment.

Design Ideas


With a solid base of cabinets with furniture and vanity styles, traditional style is often expanded with lines of decorative plumbing and appliances and complemented by the warm yet subtle colors as well as beautiful shapes.


This style is marked with sharp lines sharp, minimalism, and an oriental effect. Modern kitchens often have various unique materials and smooth surfaces, such as concrete, wrought iron, and brass.


This style draws on the old school and uses nature to incorporate the original feel. The layout is simple and low, from rough wood-hewn wooden floors to floral designs and earthy colors.


Transitional style fills the space between Traditional and Contemporary by softening the modern industrial feel with rounded corners and warm colors while maintaining the sensitivity of Contemporary design.

Tips to improve your style:


  • Align changes with the style and feel of other rooms in your home.
  • The kitchen style should match the style and time in which the house is built/decorated.
  • Imagine you are sitting in the final space after a home renovation – what colors and objects do you see?
  • Keep it simple and tasty, and don’t cut corners with details.
  • Don’t go too far out of your comfort zone

In summary:

Even small basement of kitchen renovations can turn out to be a lot of work. Divide the project into smaller parts with a defined beginning and end.

Write a detailed contract with the clauses that explain the process of terminating the contract and changing the work scope.

Prepare a specific communication plan with standard updates to discuss completed work and plan for future work. Ensure the contractor can meet with you at convenient times so that they don’t show up at six on a Monday morning when you are trying to get the kids ready for school; set guidelines for when a contractor can come to the house.  Don’t wait to get started get in touch, give us a call today at (613) 727-9427 or use our online form.

Home Renovation Guide

Basics You Need to Know About Home Renovation in Ottawa, Canada

Are you planning to renovate your home for the first time – or the first time in a long time? If yes, this quick, handy Home Renovation Guide will give you the steps to follow so that your renovation is low-stress, on-budget, and improves both the quality of your life and the value of your home. Enjoy!

How to Find an Excellent General Contractor in Ottawa

Before beginning any home renovation project, your first step is to find an excellent general contractor to take care of everything for you. The general contractor you use will either make your home renovations a joy or, if you choose poorly, could make the entire project a colossal debacle. Below are the basics to follow when searching:

Call several contractors and arrange an interview with all of them. (We recommend you call 3)
Check online reviews on review websites like Google, HomeStars, Trusted Pros, Yelp, and others. The more positive the reviews, and the more of them you find, the better.  Also check out the companies replies

  • Surf the contractor’s Facebook page and see how they interact with customers. This can give you a great deal of insight into how they deal with the public.
  • Look out for companies with websites or social media pages that only have 3 or 4 portfolios/pictures of their work.  You don’t want to get stuck with a company that has only done 3 bathrooms…..
  • Ask family, friends, and colleagues who have had home renovations or a home addition done in Ottawa, who they would recommend.
  • If they can start right away, keep looking. The best general contractors are always busy and will need to schedule your renovations to fit their work schedule.


Set Aside Extra Funds for Hidden Surprises During Your Home Renovation

Here’s the thing; there can be a surprise or two when having a basement renovation done in your home. The same goes for kitchen, bathroom, and other renovations. No matter how much you plan, there can be unforeseen problems, changes, and repairs that need to be made, which will increase your final cost. For this reason, we recommend setting aside 10% over and above your home renovation budget. That way, when those surprises happen, you’ll be financially ready to handle them.

Don’t Be Fooled by Suspiciously Low Bids

One of the biggest causes of stress when renovating a home is being told that the cost will be higher than the contractor told you at the project’s onset. In some cases, the cost can be significantly higher, especially if the contractor gave you a much lower bid than the other bids you received.

Two different things cause this scenario. The first, and the worst, is that the contractor purposely underbid to get the job. The second, which is still wrong, is when the person who put together the bid either was new at their job or missed something that the contractor should have included.

Either of these two scenarios, a purposefully low bid or a mistakenly low bid, can cause massive headaches down the road once your renovation project is already underway. In most cases, you’ll need to pay the difference or else be left with renovations that are only partially completed.

Don’t Put Down a Large Deposit on Your Renovation Project

One of the warning signs to look for when hiring general contractor is one who asks for more than 10% down to get the project started. The reason some do is a bit nefarious; unfortunately, they may need the money to finish another person’s renovation project. One caveat; if you’ve asked for expensive fixtures in your home renovation project, your contractor may ask for a 50% deposit for those items.

Make Sure the General Contractor you Choose Is Insured

This may seem trivial but, at the end of the day, it could be huge. It’s vital you make sure your general contractor has insurance to cover any accidents that might occur during the project. If they don’t, the responsibility for any accidents and injuries could rest on your shoulders alone, which would be very bad, financially speaking. Our suggestion; ask to see their insurance policy and ask for a copy of it as well.

Be Prepared for a Bit of Extra Stress

One thing that many homeowners don’t plan on is the extra stress that home renovations cause. The truth is, when you have kitchen renovation done, your kitchen will be out of commission, at least for a few weeks, if not a month. The same can be said for a basement renovation or bathroom renovation (although the kitchen is usually the worst).

Disruptions, dust, and strangers traipsing through your home can be a very stressful time for many folks, especially children. Planning for this extra stress can be helpful, such as a day out at the zoo or having meals sent to your home.

Speaking of planning, negotiating the rules of your home with the renovation crew is vital and needs to be done on day one. For example, will the crew use your bathroom, or will they bring a porta-potty? Will they clean at the end of each day? What hours will they arrive and leave every day, and how they’ll communicate if they’re going to be early or late? Your home addition will be much less stressful if you work these things out at the start of the project.

Last Words

If you follow the basics above, ask questions (and get answers to those questions), it will usually go off without any significant problems or stress. We recommend staying in constant contact with the head contractor during the project and letting them know of any issues or concerns right away. Do these things, and all of your home renovation projects should come to a very satisfactory conclusion.  Don’t wait to get started get in touch, give us a call today at (613) 727-9427 or use our online form.

How to Control Pest Problems Before During and After Renovation

Home renovation is a demanding project that may include several sub-projects that will improve the appearance and functionality of your home.  In order to efficiently carry out various activities within these renovation tasks, there are several prerequisites every homeowner needs to fulfill in advance.  Taking care of pests, such as bugs and rodents, is one of these important works that require certain care before and throughout the renovation process. Here’s what we suggest on how to control pest problems during renovations.

Removing the furniture

Furniture items usually hide a lot of secrets about pests. Mice, rats, cockroaches, and water bugs like to build their nests behind pieces of furniture and inside them.

When you’re making your renovation plan, you should remove the furniture first. Homeowners need to look behind every closet, armchair, and cabinet to check whether there are any hidden nests.

They’re more common in houses than in apartments. So, if you live in a house, you need to be especially careful in locating and identifying insects, mice, and rats.

If you don’t notice any nests or poops left by pests, it still doesn’t mean that your home is pest-free. Take a look inside all your closets and cabinets because this is where they like to live and hatch.

What’s more, inspect all the wall areas that are usually behind your furniture items. If you notice any holes or damaged parts, it might be a sign that you have some unwanted tenants in your home.

Installing traps and sealing holes

Homeowners who realize that pests are living in their homes need to try to eliminate them before the renovation starts.

For starters, you can make some eco-friendly insecticides and treat bugs, mites, and other insects on your own.

In case insects have entered your closets and cabinets or woodworms have spread throughout them, think about replacing them with new pieces of furniture.

If you notice that you have rodents in your home, you’ll start wondering what to do to get rid of them.

For starters, you can try using some mouse traps. They might be useful if you have only a few mice around your place.

However, a larger number of mice or rats is a sign that you might have a more serious problem with pests. This is where calling a reputable pest control company that specializes in mice control to help you is a smart choice. A professional rodent exterminator will cope with your rodent problem efficiently and much quicker than a DIY mice trap method, so you’ll be able to continue with your renovation works.

Once you’ve treated the bugs, insects, and rodents, the next thing you should do is to double-check the walls for holes and cracks. When you’re certain that you’ve eliminated all the pests and their nests, you can seal all the cracks, holes, and other damaged parts of the walls.

Inspecting neglected parts of the home

Renovation is the right time to repurpose some of the parts of your home to give them a new life. Many people neglect their garages. Instead of keeping their cars or bikes in them, they use them as storage space. Whenever there’s a lot of clutter in one place, the risk of infestation is much higher. So, when you’re cleaning or transforming your garage, it’s necessary to inspect all its corners and see whether there are any signs of the presence of pests.

What’s more, if there are any water inlets in the garage, clean them with some ecological solutions to make sure that any insects and rodents are eliminated from these areas. If you don’t want to use those inlets in your remodelled garage, seal them.

You should apply the same procedure to any storage spaces you have inside your home. From kitchen storage compartments to workshops and the basement, inspect all the areas, eliminate pests, and seal all the potential holes and cracks through which they could sneak into your home.

Keeping outdoor pests away

If you decide to replace the doors and windows during the renovation process, make sure to prevent insects, flies, and other pests from entering your home. Only one door should be used for entrance/exit to the home. Protect all other empty places for doors with screeners. The entire area needs to be covered so that neither rodents nor flying insects can enter your home.

If you remove all the old windows at once, close the window holes and install new windows one at a time. This will prevent flies, hornets, and wasps from entering your home and making nests inside it during the renovation.

Once the renovation is finished, conduct a thorough inspection of the entire home to confirm that you’ve kept pests away from it.


If not properly controlled and eliminated pests can slow down your renovation process. That’s why you should take all the necessary precautionary measures before, during, and after renovations. Only such an approach will ensure that you enjoy yourself in a remodelled and refreshed home, free of insects, bugs, and rodents.

* To learn more about pest problems during renovations, don’t hesitate to contact us, or give us a call at (613)727-9427.  For pest control services please contact the author; Pestend

About the author

Luqman has been a pest control technician for over 20 years. He is passionate about solving people’s pest and wildlife control problems through innovative, eco-friendly and humane methods. Luqman currently works for Pestend. He believes that pest control is a science and feels that his function in his community is very important since he helps people live in peace without causing unnecessary harm to animals.

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