Whether you’re in Edmonton or Calgary or anywhere else for that matter, you may be thinking about renovating your home. You may want to list it or perhaps you plan on staying where you are because the location is absolutely perfect. In either case, the first step in renovating is to create a renovation budget.


In this article we’ll take you through the steps to create a renovation budget and also show you how to save some money.

Hire a Home Inspector

Before you begin to dream about how amazing your home is going to become, hire a home inspector. By hiring a home inspector, they will look into many important aspects of your house. By doing that, you can find any major issues that you should know of. Then, you can address those issues before you begin renovations. That way, you will know what costs are involved in conducting all the fixes before your grand renovation. By doing this, you will not be surprised when you have less money to spend on renovations and you can plan accordingly.

Estimating the Cost of Renovating Your Home

Mark Cooper, a director of the Greater Vancouver Home Builder’s Association, was recently quoted in the Vancouver Sun as saying that “most interior-only renovations come in at about $100-$125 per square foot. Add in some new windows and exterior work, and that jumps to about $150.”

Stay within the Limits

Even if you plan on keeping your home forever, any renovation project should still proportionally add value. As a rule of thumb, you shouldn’t spend more than 10%-15% of your home’s value on a single room. For example, if your house is worth $500,000 then the maximum, you’d want to spend on a kitchen renovation is between $50,000 and $75,000.

Financing Your Home Renovation

Before you decide what to spend your money on, you’ll need to determine where the money for your home renovation will come from. The answer is easy if you’ve got cash saved. Other ways to fund your project include a cash-out refinance or a home equity loan. Your real estate agent can give you a good idea of what homes comparable to yours are worth in the current market and how much equity your home has.

Steps to Creating a Home Renovation Budget

Now you know where the money is coming from. Next, follow these steps to create your perfect renovation budget:

  • Determine the scope of your renovation project and timeline: start with your dream list by walking through each room and making a complete list of repairs and updating. You can always narrow it down later if you need to.
  • Decide if you want to be your own general contractor: a general contractor, or GC, is the one who manages all the specialty subcontractors like electricians, plumbers, and cabinet makers. Doing this will save some money but will also take up more of your time.
  • Interview and get quotes from several contractors: ask a lot of questions and always make sure you have enough details from each bid to compare apples to apples.
  • Set a renovation budget based on your estimates: make it as detailed as possible and be sure to include everything down to the last nail or screw.

After that, it’s time for your home renovation to begin!

4 Ways to Save Money on Home Renovations

There are ways to save money on your home renovation without cutting corners. Some of the most cost-effective include:

  1. Doing demolition work like removing old cabinets and tile yourself
  2. Ordering finishing’s and fixtures yourself
  3. Doing your own painting
  4. Shopping for used and refurbished items instead of brand new

4 Things To Remember When Renovating Your Home

  1. Do a ballpark estimate on the costs: interior-only renovations start at $100-$125 per square foot while windows and exterior work begins at about $150.
  2. Decide how much money you have to spend: cash or getting funds for renovation through a cash-out refinance, a home equity loan, or a home equity line of credit (HELOC).
  3. If you’re not doing a DIY home renovation, get quotes from contractors, being sure to look at their recent work, and check references.
  4. Prioritize item you want renovated and if necessary, change the project to fit your budget by using lower-cost alternatives or keeping items that still work.

Home Renovations That Protect Your Home From Damage

Certain renovations can protect your home from damage and expensive remediation.  For example: making sure your roof is well vented by adding more vents is important in combating moldy attics.  Making sure that your hood fan and bathroom fans vent out of the house through the attic or through an exterior wall ensures that mold likely won’t grow in your attic from warm moist air.

If you are renovating your home in order to sell it then you may want to hire an inspector and do a pre-inspection.  Doing a pre-inspection prior to listing can save you money and heartache.  The pre-inspection will show up any issues with the house that can be corrected with some of your renovation budget prior to going to market.  There is nothing more disappointing than having a deal collapse due to the findings of an inspection.

So if you are looking to do a reno in Edmonton, Calgary, or surrounding areas make your you give us a call at 780-862-3549!

This article was in collaboration with Nanaimo Homes For Sale

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