Our aim is not just to complete your project but to ensure that you get the best possible value, considering both the cost and the construction quality. By collaborating with us, you can reap significant financial benefits, primarily because our project managers can offer valuable renovation insights that you might not have been aware of. Additionally, our team can assist you in modifying your architectural and engineering plans, which could translate into substantial cost savings in the long run.
Expect to receive 2-3 quotes from trusted professionals for your project!
If any issues arise during your renovation, your Homeezy project manager will communicate with the general contractor to resolve them quickly. We'll support you throughout the renovation process, so we can manage any risks that might come up.
Your satisfaction is our top priority. You will receive feedback requests by email throughout the renovation process. At the end of your project, will ask you to rate your contractor and provide comments. These will be added to the contractor’s profile. You can also share your feedback with our customer service team. Your feedback will help us better qualify contractors and help future Homeezy customers make better decisions.
If you have been matched with a contractor and haven’t heard from them in one business day, we recommend calling them directly.
Renovations can be stressful, and most projects do not go 100% according to plan. Having a good contract can help you plan ahead on how to handle problems if they do arise.
Before making any payments, we recommend signing a contract with clear payment milestones tied to construction milestones; The contract should describe an agreement between you and the contractor on how disputes will be handled and resolved if they do arise.
For any issues during construction, we recommend you first speak with your contractor to resolve them. If you are unable to resolve the matter, please contact our customer support team and depending on the situation, we can refer you to the appropriate resources in your province. Please note that we can only help with communications but are not responsible for resolving disputes, since the contract is an agreement between you and your contractor.
Every project is unique, but on average our customers receive between 3 and 5 calls from contractors. When matched with a contractor, you will receive an email with their contact details so you have the option to contact them directly.
We will review the timeline and category of your project and identify contractors that are both available and qualified to do it. Those qualified contractors will contact you directly in order to better understand your project and provide you with a quote. From this point, you’re able to coordinate next steps directly with your chosen contractor. We will be available throughout your entire project to assist you whenever you need it.
Using our history of over 100,000 projects, we use a combination of live project experts and a proprietary matching system to find contractors that are the right fit for you that fit your desired project timeline. The contractors will be in your local area and available when you need them.
The contractors we refer for your project have gone through our verification process. No verification process is 100% perfect, and we recommend doing your own due diligence where possible. The decision for which contractor to work with is yours, and there is no obligation to choose any of the contractors we match you with. Once you do select a contractor, whether it’s within our network or outside of it, simply let us know so we can close the quoting process for other pros.
You can submit your renovation project directly on our website by clicking Find a Contractor. We’ll ask you a few questions to describe your project.
Just as there isn’t one way to renovate a kitchen, there isn’t one cheapest way to renovate a kitchen. Reducing kitchen renovation costs can be accomplished by optimizing the materials used and working with qualified professionals who charge a fair price. Use Homeezy’s cost estimate tool to get three free quotes for your project. If your vision surpasses your current budget, consider consulting with a professional kitchen contractor on how to reduce costs.
Renovating your kitchen not only adds resale value to your home; it improves your quality of life. With the kitchen of your dreams, you’ll find increased satisfaction in preparing and eating your meals. If your kitchen is where you spend most of your time at home—cooking, eating meals with family and friends, or just enjoying a cup of coffee and a quiet moment—then investing in a remodel is an investment in your happiness.
Start by determining what you want out of your kitchen. Are you improving an investment property, renovating an older home, or simply making your kitchen a better space for cooking and eating? Consolidate your kitchen remodelling ideas into a solid plan, get an estimate for the cost of your kitchen renovation, and find a qualified, verified contractor.
It’s possible to remodel a kitchen for $5,000 if you work on your own to apply laminate countertops, repaint cabinets, and install budget appliances at existing water and electrical hookups. This is not a realistic budget for a kitchen remodel that requires more extensive renovations.
Plywood kitchen cabinets will be the cheapest choice, but you may prefer the look of solid wood or MDF (wood and resin blend) cabinets. Having cabinets made from scratch will be more expensive than buying a premade cabinet system. For kitchens with an unusual floor plan, custom cabinetry may be necessary. Work with your contractor to find the materials and design that will work best for you, within your budget.
Air filters should be inspected and cleaned every month and should be replaced every six months. Your HVAC contractor can provide specific instructions on how to clean and replace air filters on your HVAC unit.
HVAC systems that are over 15-years-old and require frequent repairs, or HVAC systems that are inadequately heating or cooling your home will often require a replacement. Replacing a poorly functioning HVAC system will often save you money on energy costs, and will keep your home safe and comfortable.
It is recommended that you have your HVAC system serviced every six months, once for heating and once for cooling, for cleaning of all coils, filters, and housings, and in order to ensure your system is functioning to its highest performance.
The fan setting on your thermostat controls your HVAC systems blower which circulates air throughout your home. The most efficient fan setting on a properly functioning HVAC system is auto. When your system’s fan is set to auto, it will automatically turn on when your system begins heating or cooling and will shut off once your system reaches the desired temperature until the next cycle.
A unit that is too small or too large for the size of your home will not properly satisfy your heating or cooling needs and will be energy inefficient. An HVAC contractor can properly calculate heat loss/heat gain based on your room load and determine your HVAC requirements. Based on your home layout and budget your HVAC contractor will determine whether you need split systems, hybrid systems, duct-free systems, or a packaged heating and air system.
While you may see thermostats available for purchase at the hardware store or online, it is not always a simple DIY job. An HVAC expert will make sure to select a fully compatible unit and can handle any complicated wiring of your thermostat. Additionally, some warranties are considered void by manufacturers unless the thermostat is installed by an HVAC professional. An expertly installed thermostat will ensure your HVAC system is functioning to its highest efficiency.
If you notice your HVAC system keeps shutting off, if there are unusual noises coming from your furnace or air conditioner, or if you’re not getting adequate heating or cooling in your home you likely will require HVAC repair.
HVAC stands for heating, ventilation, and air conditioning. HVAC systems are composed of various equipment to heat, cool, purify, circulate, and control the humidity in your home. This may include furnaces or boilers, air conditioners, ducts, humidifiers and dehumidifiers, thermostats and more.
Firstly, hiring an HVAC pro can help you save money – a lot of money! Not only can professional HVAC contractors immediately identify HVAC issues and get your system up and running as quickly as possible, they also have the experience to ensure that a job is done correctly the first time, without the need for extra services down the road.
Secondly, HVAC contractors know about safety – servicing any electrical unit, like an air condition, can pose dangers and they have the training to ensure a safe working environment. These experts also have a network of fellow professionals who update their training and certifications regularly so they comply with the certifications required by city codes and regulations.
Finally, there’s the warranty – DIY fixes to an HVAC system often void the warranty so a pro is recommended for both preventative work and repair.
Once you’ve planned out your basement remodel, including the design and layout, you’ll want to obtain quotes from local contractors experienced with basement renovations. With Homeezy's renovation project planning tool, you will receive up to five free quotes when you share the details of your basement renovation. Narrow down your list of contractors by asking to see previous similar projects they have completed. If you like the customer testimonials and the look of the final renovations, put the contractor on your shortlist and ask them questions about their business practices, licensure and professional history before signing a contract.
If you do not obtain a permit before finishing your basement, you will likely not be subject to heavy fines and jail time. However, you can miss out on resale value and safety inspections. Realtors will not list a house at its full value if the seller made major renovations without a permit. Moreover, the inspections required after you file your permit can catch flaws in your building plan and provide you with tools and strategies for improving the safety of your home.
If you aren’t modifying your basement floor plans, you may not require an architect. However, changing a basement’s layout does often require a consultation with an architect.
The cheapest way to renovate a basement is by repainting it. It takes about $3,000 to repaint a thousand square-foot basement. When installing new flooring, adding in a basement bathroom, or rewiring the electrical outlets, the price runs higher. You can still economize through judicious use of materials.
A thousand-square-foot finished basement will run you between $15,000 and $20,000, assuming the use of standard materials. Adding in a kitchen or bathroom can bump the price up another $15,000 to $30,000. If you are looking to supplement your income by renting out a basement living space, this additional investment can pay for itself.
A full basement renovation, complete with plumbing, electrical, subfloor installation, and modifications to your floor plan, can cost $38,000 to $98,000. To get a general idea of pricing for your needs, use our cost estimator tool.
Tiling a shower will run between $1,500 and $3,000, depending on the type of shower. A tub-shower combination requires tiling only on the tub surround, so it will cost less to tile than a stand-alone shower.
Compared to other rooms in your house, bathrooms are one of the most expensive to renovate. Because they are humid environments, they often require higher quality materials that can resist water damage. There are also a number of plumbing fixtures in a tight area. If you’re looking to reposition your toilet, tub, or sink, that often means ripping open the floor and installing new plumbing lines. Lastly, tiling also doesn’t come cheap. Commonly used as a flooring material, if you opt for an ultra modern look by tiling your walls, it will also increase the cost of your project.
This may be possible if you are not making major structural changes and are doing all the work yourself. However, most bathroom renovations cannot be accomplished at this price. We recommend using Homeezy to obtain a cost estimate and comparing quotes to find a quality contractor. In the long run, this greater investment will result in a higher return, as a professional bathroom remodel will increase the value of your home.
The average bathroom renovation cost isn’t determined exclusively by the size of a washroom, but by the location and materials as well. On the lower end of remodelling costs, you can expect to spend $11,000 to $17,000. Even if you are changing the location of the toilet and sink in a small bathroom, as well as re-tiling the shower with a hand-painted mosaic, it is not likely to run you more than $25,000.
The cost of your professional bathroom remodel will vary depending on location, floor plan, and desired improvements. Before submitting your project with Homeezy, use our Cost Estimator to get an estimate based on your needs.
The process of selecting a door and window contractor can be daunting, but here are a few factors to consider:
Read more about the specific questions to ask a contractor before starting a renovation, as well as the five key criteria Homeezy requires all of our contractors to meet.
When it comes to a window and door installation project, you have the option to take the DIY route or hire a professional contractor. At Homeezy, we believe going with a pro is the best solution for several reasons. Not only do professional contractors possess the high-level expertise and deep industry knowledge about things like mechanical patterns and styles needed for your specific type of residence, they’ll also factor in the style of your home and your household needs.
Further, a window and door contractor will have the necessary tools, equipment, and reputable suppliers to source the materials to get the job done right and often, more quickly. They’ll also know the ins and outs about setting safety measures to ensure a successful installation while reducing the impact on your household.
Finally, most qualified, accredited, professional contractors — like the ones you’ll find with Homeezy — will provide some guarantee on the installation in the form of a warranty. That way, you can have peace of mind that the work was done right the first time around, and that you’re protected if anything goes wrong.
Replacing a standard window will usually cost between $500 and $600. Using more economical PVC frames will keep costs down, but installing new hardwood frames or built-in window seats will increase your costs. This price range assumes you’re installing a retrofit window in an existing opening. Widening the opening or adding a new one will increase the cost of your project.
The cost of door replacement varies based on the style and location. Specialty and exterior doors will cost more to replace than interior doors.
Your contractor may offer a reduced rate per window if you replace multiple windows at once. If you have the funds, it can ultimately save you money to complete all your window replacements in a single contract.
Adding a window to a wall involves creating an opening, which is more expensive than replacing a window in an existing opening. Before adding new windows, consider replacing existing windows with options that still increase the quality and quantity of light coming in without altering exterior walls.
New windows can increase the value of your home by improving the exterior’s aesthetic appeal and bringing more natural light into the interior. More light in your living space attracts home buyers and encourages realtors to list at a higher price.
Unlike some home projects, roof replacement is most definitely not a DIY task. Roof repair is a serious business that should be left to professional roof repair contractors. These experts have years of experience so are familiar with roof repair challenges and installation requirements. They know about the many roofing materials available and which works best for your roof. Plus, with enhanced safety measures and proper gear, they can get the job done in a timely fashion for a reasonable price.
Start by obtaining quotes from local roofing contractors and installers. With Homeezy's renovation project planning tool, you will receive up to three free quotes when you share the details of your planned roof renovation. Narrow down your list of roof replacement contractors by asking to see previous similar projects they have completed. If you like the customer testimonials and their work, put the contractor on your shortlist and ask them questions about their business practices, licensure and professional history before signing a contract.
A new, properly installed roof ensures that a home is protected from the elements, which can be especially harsh in Canada. That means no leaks or water damage. A new roof can also amp up a home’s curb appeal and boost its value (no one wants to live with a worn-out roof, after all). Being both practical and aesthetic, roof replacement allows you to enjoy greater energy efficiency so you can save on energy costs.
A quality roofing renovation will last between 20–30 years. Home roof repairs and replacing roof shingles will be required during your roof’s lifetime.
Roof shingles lose the granules that make up their pebbly surface over time. Bald spots on your roof are a sure sign that your roof is at least 20years old. A professional roof inspector can offer you a more precise estimate.
Ask your roofer if they’re certified. In Quebec, roofers are required to obtain a license. In all other provinces and territories, licensure or certification for roofers is available, but voluntary. We recommend hiring a certified roofer. Additionally, ask for proof of insurance and a letter of exemption from your province’s Worker’s Compensation Board. This will protect you against liability for worker injuries or property damage.
A handyman can do roofing without a roofer’s licence in every province and territory outside Quebec. However, we suggest engaging a licensed, certified roof contractor who is guaranteed to have the requisite experience to perform roofing renovations and who is accountable to a licensing board.
Darker roof colours absorb heat well. In a cold climate, this contributes to your winter insulation and facilitates snow removal. Canadian houses almost always opt for dark roof colours. While homeowners in hot climates prefer lighter roofs that reflect sunlight, keeping the house cool.
For a conventional home addition, you will most likely need an architect or structural engineer to develop home extension drawings. There are easy house additions, like installing a carport or greenhouse, that may not require an architect. More complex additions, like building an apartment above your garage, performing a two or three-storey extension, or adding an attic to your home, will involve employing an architect for the development of detailed home addition plans.
Before embarking on your home addition, be sure to consult with your contractor and check your city bylaws. Zoning regulations may prevent you from building an extension on your home. Check with your local permit issuing authority before beginning any construction project involving major structural changes to a residential building.
Depending on the scale of your house extension, the work can be accomplished over the course of a weekend or may take place over a period of months. Multi-room additions and extensions involving multiple stories will take longer to complete than a bump-out.
DIY-style home additions are possible with greenhouse or carport kits. Bump-outs and multi-room extensions are undertakings that involve skilled labor and professional expertise. For your safety, do not attempt a home extension without possessing the skills and expert knowledge of a construction professional.
The term “contractor” refers to professionals who make contracts to complete a construction or renovation project. A general contractor oversees the entirety of these projects, hiring more specialized contractors as the need arises.
The best way to find a good contractor is to look for a licensed general contractor with many positive and honest reviews from former customers. You should have concrete proof and a gut feeling that your contractor is the best partner to enlist for your home renovation.
The cost of hiring a general contractor will vary depending on your province and the nature of your project. In Canada, general contractors typically charge between 10-20% of the overall project cost, depending on the scope of the project and their years of experience.
For a simple painting project or finishing drywall, a general contractor may be unnecessary. However, larger projects involving plumbing, electrical, framing, flooring, and painting concerns, such as constructing new additions or fully remodelling a room in your home, will almost certainly require a general contractor’s expertise.
A general contractor oversees a construction project, keeping your home renovation’s big picture in mind while taking care of the small details.
Although electrical wiring may be out of sight, it should never be out of mind. There are the obvious reasons to invest in rewiring your home, namely making sure it’s up to date and compliant with industry standards. A licensed electrician can ensure this and prevent unsafe occurrences, such as power trips and even electrical shocks and fires (telltale warning signs of electrical issues include flickering lights, buzzing noises and regularly blown fuses).
It’s also important to remember that, unlike say, a home improvement that will last a lifetime, electric wiring only lasts, on average, 20 years. Two decades might sound like a long time, but how many homeowners remember when they had their last electrical inspection? Another reason to invest in rewiring your home.
Finally, new, up-to-date wiring improves efficiency so energy costs are significantly reduced – something every homeowner can appreciate.
You probably already know that residential electricians are pros when it comes to things like light fixture installation, design and repair, but there’s more to electrical contractors than you might think. Installing energy-efficient LED lighting is just one of the many services a certified electrician can provide – think updating the electrical panel, reworking cables and circuits and installing smoke and carbon monoxide detectors. With the use of smart home technology on the rise, licensed electricians can oversee home automation systems, electric heating and, if you’re lucky enough to have a home spa and pool, they can do those too. Ultimately, realizing the full potential of electrical contractors and all they can offer is truly a light-bulb moment.
Your residential electrician can develop electrical wiring diagrams based on your floor plans and proposed renovations, converting the plan into a blueprint and, finally, a fully rewired home. For less involved projects, your electrician can perform GFCI installation to improve your home’s safety and do general repairs and upgrades over the full spectrum of home electrical work.
A licensed electrician, also known as an electrical contractor, has completed an apprenticeship and successfully applied for licensing in their province or territory. With that licence, they are accountable to their provincial regulatory board and must maintain their skill and competency in electrical work.
Hiring a licensed electrician means hiring a professional who is accountable to a provincial regulatory board to do a job well and see it through to completion. An unlicenced electrician isn’t required to maintain competency and is not responsible to a higher authority for finishing their contract.
The cost of a full electrical rewiring ranges widely depending on square footage, the type of wiring in place, and the unique requirements of your home’s location. Generally, you can expect to set aside $10,000 or more to rewire your home.
There is no hard and fast rule for how often you should rewire your house. Rewiring work may be necessary if your older home hasn’t had electrical work since its construction, or if the last time you rewired your home was over twenty years ago. Even homes that’ve had a full electrical overhaul only two years prior may need a rewiring due to chewed wires or storm damage. If you have any doubts, get your home electrical system inspected.
A subfloor is the first layer of your flooring installation that rests directly on top of your floor joists. Plywood and OSB are commonly used to provide an even surface to lay your floor covering on. Unless your floor is concrete, a subfloor is almost always required. It not only makes floor installations easier, it also provides structural support by bridging all your joists together.
Laminate or vinyl flooring is the easiest flooring to install, as these options can be applied over an existing floor. They also can be part of a floating floor installation, which is easier than performing an installation with subfloor and underlayment.
In terms of comfort, eco-friendliness, and energy efficiency, underfloor heating is hard to beat. Forced-air central heating uses more energy than underfloor heating, which relies on radiant heat to increase the temperature of your home. Renovate flooring with radiant heat, and your feet will be warm and toasty while you save on propane and electricity bills during the winter.
Underlayment refers to the middle layer of your flooring installation, consisting of foam or plywood laid over the subfloor to provide additional insulation or soundproofing. For floor refinishing projects, the subfloor installation may be left intact with the addition of underlayment providing enhancement for the top layer of hardwood flooring.
The middle layer of your flooring installation is referred to as underlayment. It’s often necessary to install underlayment over a subfloor before putting down carpet, hardwood flooring, or laminate flooring. It also helps create a softer feel for your feet and dampen noise between floors.
To enlist the help of an professional landscape contractor, follow these three steps:
Plan ahead. Landscaping projects can range in scope and complexity from mowing a lawn to installing an ornamental flower garden with a koi pond as its centrepiece. Your desired improvements may require the involvement of skilled masonry contractors, carpenters, or electricians. Think through the vision for your outdoor space and how you’d like to use it.
Define a realistic budget. Develop a budget that stays within your means while allowing you to realize your garden ideas to their full potential. Generally, your price will depend on the average cost per hour of landscaping services, the square footage of the exterior area, and the type of project.
Compare several contractors. Find a local landscaper who fits your budget and your garden ideas by submitting your project to Homeezy. If you’re looking for landscape design help, talk to landscaping companies that also offer the services of a landscape architect. No matter the nature of your project, ensure you compare quotes from landscaping companies to be certain you’re getting a fair price.
Landscaping refers to the modification of an outdoor space via planting trees, flowers, shrubbery, and vegetables and installing hardscape elements like ponds, fences, and pathway stones. Lawn aeration, seeding, and mowing are also considered part of landscaping. Gardening and landscaping often go hand in hand, with landscape architects offering guidance in how to design a garden given difficult weather conditions and uneven topography.
Residential landscapers work on ground preparation and maintenance jobs, often collaborating with a landscape designer or landscape architect to implement gardening and landscaping projects. Your local landscapers mow lawns, install sod, mulch gardens, remove tree stumps, and perform many other lawn improvement tasks.
Realizing your lawn improvement ideas affords you a beautiful view from your front window and increases your resale value. Landscaping services allow you to enjoy your morning coffee while looking out over a living, growing investment in the value of your home. Nothing adds to curb appeal more than a gorgeous front yard garden.
The cost of landscaping services should accurately reflect the scope of your garden ideas and the size of your exterior space. Obtain quotes from multiple landscaping companies to get an idea of the average cost for your outdoor project. Be as detailed as possible when describing your square footage, your lawn improvement ideas, and desired backyard design. The more information you can provide, the more accurate your cost estimate will be.
In landscape design, installing a fence is part of the “hardscaping” process. Hardscaping refers to the installation of non-living elements in your garden, and fences are only the beginning. Ask your landscape architect about how to incorporate pathways, ponds, and decorative fountains into your garden.
There are several! The most obvious ones include:
In short, a home renovation loan affords you the opportunity to turn your property into your dream home.
There are several home renovation loans depending on the size of the renovation. If it’s a small project, it can be put on a credit card. While credit cards are easy to obtain, they usually come with high interest rates.
For a lower interest rate option, there is a HELOC or Home Equity Line of Credit Loan where you leverage the equity in your property to get a loan. This type of loan can be a good option if you’ve been paying your mortgage for several years, as the entire credit amount will be made available to you up-front, and you will only pay interest on the amount you withdraw, giving you greater flexibility in your payment schedule. You can re-borrow and pay down as often as you like within approved credit limits.
Another option is a Draw Mortgage which advances approved funds to you based on completed agreed-upon renovation milestones. This means that you won’t get the entire amount of the home renovation loan upfront. Instead, the money is released based on meeting certain goals.
Other loan options for home improvements include a second mortgage or a home equity loan which, similar to a HELOC, gives you a lump sum but usually come with very set payment terms. It is important to understand that a second mortgage must be paid off in addition to your current mortgage — if you cannot meet your financial obligations, you may risk losing your home.
This type of loan is used to cover the cost of renovating a property and is often part of a mortgage loan. Homeowners tap the equity in their property to borrow the amount needed for the renovations.
When you apply for a home renovation loan, you often have to estimate the cost. That’s why it’s important to get several quotes from contractors before you apply for a loan.
A home renovation loan has a structured payment plan and you can get access to the funds immediately. It has a flexible timeline, running from as short as six months to several years. That means you can customize the length of your loan so you have lower monthly payments.
Each contractor is slightly different, but payment options might include cash, check, e-transfer, or credit cards.
Absolutely. Projects we receive have different desired timelines, from within the current month up to weeks or months in advance. This allows you to continue booking up your calendar for the rest of the year. Understanding the timeline from the initial project description can also help with filling in your schedule when one of your own projects has been postponed.
Our network currently receives a wide variety of projects requiring General Contractors and Specialty Contractors, and our clients are located across Canada. The volume of projects submitted is consistently rising, so we are able to provide various potential projects to our contractors no matter your location.
When you join the Homeezy network, your clients will know that you are a high-quality and trustworthy contractor. With your membership, you will receive qualified leads for your specialty in your region as well as personalized service and support from your dedicated Account Manager.
You will be notified of new projects via email. Within each email, you can follow a link to your Dashboard to Accept or Reject each project.
In the short term, nothing. In the long term, our algorithm will think that you are not looking at the projects and will decrease your rating. This will move you down the priority list for projects and decrease the number of leads you receive. This is why it is important to reject projects when you are not interested or cannot accept them.
Yes you can decline projects. If you know you won’t be able to accept new projects for a while, let your account manager know. They will set your status to inactive, which will preserve your rating.
The maximum number of contractors able to quote for the same project is five. However, our average quotes per project in the last few years is three. There are many ways to stand out from the competition, such as communicating quickly with your clients, following up after quotes are sent, and offering great customer service.
When you join the Homeezy network, you will be assigned an Account Manager who will be assisting you in setting up your profile, which includes selecting the categories of projects you are interesting in receiving and the regions where you are available to work. New projects coming in that match your profile will be sent to you. You will then decide which projects correspond to your preferences and availability.
There are various plans that are offered to contractors in our network. Please contact us to learn more about our service.
In order to have the opportunity to be recommended to potential clients that contact us to realize their project, you must be part of our network of verified contractors. Please contact us to start the qualification process.