Choosing The Right Home Renovation

Renovation Vs. Building New

When it comes to choosing between renovating your current home or building a new one, there are many things to consider. If you’re looking to downsize and your current home is too big, chances are that renovating won’t solve your problem and you’ll have to look at other options.

If you have a growing family and need more space, you might be able to renovate your current home to make better use of the space you have, or to add an addition. Of course, you also might just want to move on and build something new that’s perfect for you and your family.

One trend we are seeing regularly is that big houses are increasingly becoming a thing of the past. More and more people are instead looking for smaller houses that are easy to look after and don’t cost an arm and a leg to run. Even people with growing families are looking for spaces that use space efficiently, so they don’t have to build the gigantic houses of the past.

However, the choice isn’t always so simple. Maybe you don’t want to move, or perhaps you’re in love with your current neighbourhood. These things and many more are what you should be considering before making any decisions.

When you should consider renovating:

Location, Location, Location- You love your current neighbourhood and would hate to leave. Popular neighbourhoods can be hard to get into. If you don’t want to think about leaving, then renovating might be more suited for you. However, check to make sure there are no available lots in your preferred area for sale first.

Emotionally Attached-You have an emotional attachment to your current home and the thought of moving makes you cringe. If you don’t want to move from your current home and have the money to make changes then renovating is a good option. Just be sure to check with your local municipality to approve your blueprints as you may not be able to change as much as you would’ve hoped for.

Property Value is Rising- The property value in your neighbourhood is rising and depending on how much money you spent initially you could make a bigger return on your investment. Check with a realtor and ask them what the market is like in your area and whether it’s wise for you to sell now or hold on to it a bit longer.

Poor Home Value- Your home is in a prime location but it needs a lot of work compared to the other homes in the area. Building a new home can be expensive so selling your current home for top dollar is important. Renovating your current home can increase its value and will make it easier for you to sell when/if you decide to.

In Love with Character- Most new homes don’t come with all the character that old homes do. If you’re in love with the old charm of your home and can’t imagine yourself living in a modern home, renovating may be a good choice. You can always add charm to any new build, however it can be costly depending on the amount of work.

Short Timeline- Building a new house can take time, especially depending on the time of year and the weather’s cooperation. If you have a short timeline then renovating is probably the best idea. Depending on the amount of work that needs to be done, renovating typically takes less time than building a new home.

Tips on surviving a kitchen renovation project

kitchen remodel can be one of the most rewarding home improvement projects and also the most frustrating to endure. Family life tends to center on the kitchen, and functioning without one disrupts all aspects of life. Tearing out the heart of your home requires a plan of how to survive the weeks to months of construction ahead.

The duration for a kitchen renovation depends on the scope of the project. Is it a simple tear out with the same basic footprint or a major redesign? If it is a basic tear-out, plan on four to six weeks without much access to the kitchen. If it’s a significant renovation, expect at least three months of disorder.

Set up a separate, temporary kitchen.

If at all possible, move your current refrigerator to another room in the house, where you can still access it. Otherwise, get a small college fridge to keep the essentials. A spare microwave is also a critical appliance.

Find a place in your home to eat.

Many families eat meals in the kitchen, so think about how alternate living spaces will serve at mealtimes. We ended up eating most of our meals in the family room, where our temporary kitchen (a fridge and microwave) was set up, but I wish we had better utilized the dining room.

Invest in paper plates and disposable utensils.

You will end up having to wash dishes in a bathroom sink, so it’s best to keep a stockpile of disposable plates and utensil handy. If at all possible, keep a sink hooked up on main level during the construction.

How to assemble the perfect ‘team’ for home renovation

Like most things in life, sometimes “it takes a village” to do a remodeling project right. So the critical first step on your home improvement journey is to assemble just the right team of partners.

For simple repairs or small projects that are just a bit too much for you to do yourself, a good handyman is an invaluable ally. Some homeowners I know have theirs on speed dial.

A well-rounded handyman can do everything from simple repairs, like fixing a leaky faucet, to those projects you’ve been putting off, like building a no-frills deck out back. Smart ones can help solve just about any routine problem around the house. They’ll hang your flat screen, pictures and shelves; replace your shower door, change your air conditioning filter, clean your gutters and power-wash your porch.

Specialty tradesman. Painters, plumbers and electricians are trained and experienced in a single specialty. When you’ve got a job that requires expertise, hire an expert.

Anyone can slap paint on a wall, but a professional painter knows that for those walls to look nice and for the color to last, painting is only half of the job. Pros will prep your walls by patching cracks, caulking holes, sanding and covering imperfections. A painter will know how many coats your walls need and can advise you on colors and paint brands. He’ll do the job quickly, and he won’t make a mess


Renovating may sound so good and exciting but reviving a home is a process that requires a lot of time and money. Realistically, a full home renovation can be difficult, but it doesn’t have to be. To experience a stress-free home renovation

Plan your renovation.

You can’t start a renovation without a plan. It can be a formal architectural plan or just a set of ideas. The important thing is you have a concrete process for the whole-house renovation.

You can do it by researching or looking for contractors and subcontractors if you do not want to do it yourself.

To help you form out a rough outline, here’s a checklist of some things you should check out.















Work out the costs.

Now that you have a plan, it’s time to do your homework. Budgeting the whole cost will help you in maximizing the renovation. Remember to work out the total expenditure requirements/limit. Make sure to check your budget with your contractor regularly

Assess the condition.

Knowing what you need to fix is crucial before starting a home renovation. Invest in a detailed survey from a reputable building surveyor before buying. Discover the true condition of the building to help you in forming an accurate plan in fixing the damages.

Things to consider when renovating your home for a higher resale value

Get an inspector

You want to get an inspector before anything else. You don’t want your basement to be leaking or your home to have structural, heating, electrical or plumbing issues. It’ll all be taken in by the buyer, so when you do market your home, you’ll be able to advertise the fact that it has been inspected. If you don’t make the changes necessary to pass an inspection, a buyer will usually hold it against the seller to negotiate for a lower price.

When to just sell

It’s important to speak with both your real estate agent and contractor to find out the value of your home and which improvements are financially feasible. But you need to be aware of your home’s circumstances. If you’re selling a bungalow near Avenue Road and Wilson Avenue, it’s likely it will ripped down regardless, making any renovations irrelevant.

Home automation

From voice activated smart lighting to a keypad on your door that can be controlled from your phone, there are simple additions that will add value to your home; spending $2,000 on smart home technology can conceivably add $20,000 in perceived value. Because the technology is new, people may view it as expensive and complicated. But once explained, it’s quite easy to use and understand its value in your day-to-day routine.

What’s worth renovating most

Kitchens and bathrooms will allow you to get the most money back in terms of resale value, but they need to be done right. These are areas of the home that feature appliances that are used everyday. A bathroom renovation in Toronto (with its old plumbing), can cost in the mid- $20,000 range, while in York Region you’ll be spending around $15,000 to $20,000. Kitchen renovations start at around $40,000, but could be a bit less expensive if you’re looking to simply change your cabinets. These changes have seen an added resale value of 75 to 100 per cent.

What should you stay away from?

There’s little reason to renovate your basement and living space, or to change the flooring if you’re simply looking to sell your home. These areas usually involve someone’s personal taste. So, they shouldn’t be cheap and cheerful just to sell the home because the buyer will notice.