Cleaning Up After Your Home Renovation: Everything You Need To Know


Renovating your home is a messy business. It involves a lot of dust, power tools running constantly and people walking in and out of your home. Once the renovation is complete, you may want to kick back, relax and enjoy your beautifully renovated new home. But first things first—you’re going to need to do a top-to-bottom clean to ensure you get rid of all the dust before it gets into your air ducts.

Check your contract with your contractor—extensive cleaning isn’t usually a part of a contract. More often than not, contractors will include a “broom-sweep” in their contracts. That means they will vacuum the place and do a quick Swiffer or dusting of the place. If your contract does include a deep clean, that’s great. If it’s something you’d like your contractor to take care of, speak to them beforehand to have it included in your contract. Keep in mind that this may incur additional costs.

If you decide to go the route of taking care of the cleaning yourself, kudos! Right after the renovation is a great time. It allows you to take advantage of the fact that your furniture is out of the house or moved to a corner and covered in plastic. Part of the job is done for you already!


But what else will you need to do to ensure that your newly renovated home is spic and span? We’ve put together a checklist so you can ensure you enjoy your home to its fullest.

  1. Clean your walls, including all molding. If you didn’t paint, wipe the walls down with a damp towel. If your walls are newly painted, stick to a simple dry dusting to preserve the paint job. Are your walls wallpapered? Use a wet cloth and don’t forget to do a spot check to make sure you don’t damage the wallpaper.

  2. Sweep and/or vacuum all the surfaces in your home. This includes the ceilings.

  3. Mop all wood, tile and linoleum floors after vacuuming. Be sure to use a good, disinfectant cleaner.

  4. Make sure to vacuum all of your furniture. From your couches to your mattresses, give everything a good vacuum with the upholstery attachment even if it was covered in plastic during the renovation.

  5. With a damp cloth, wipe down all wood or metal furniture, knickknacks, door knobs and other items in your home.

  6. If they weren’t already removed, take down all light fixtures and clean them.

  7. Clean inside all of your closets, cabinets and shelves to ensure there is no dust.

  8. Give your bathroom and kitchen a thorough wipe-down with a sanitizer.

  9. Dust and wipe-down all windows and window sills.

  10. Remove all of your vents and clean them with warm, soapy water.

  11. Replace any exposed air filters with fresh ones before replacing the vent covers.

If this isn’t something you feel like doing yourself, there are a lot of great services that specialize in after-renovation cleaning. But keep in mind that this will undoubtedly add to the cost of your renovation. The cost will be dependant on the size of your home, so you should get some quotes and build this into your budget.

So whether you take on the work yourself or outsource the job, the effort or the price tag will be well worth it!


5 Things To Consider Before Starting A Home Addition


Are you starting to feel a bit cramped in your home? Have you been dreaming of a sunroom or an extra guest bedroom? If you’re still head over heels in love with your home but want to add more space, a home addition is the perfect option for you.

But before you jump in with both feet, take time to run through a personal inventory and ask yourself these five questions.

#1 What is your budget?

Just like any other home renovation project, it’s important to go in with your eyes open. The average home addition in the GTA costs anywhere from $175 to $225 per square foot. Every project will vary in cost based on the specific requirements, but if you want a successful home addition, you need to start with a plan and square footage estimate.

There is a lot that goes into an addition and a lot of professionals are required. Turning to a trusted full-service contractor will give you peace of mind and allow you to focus less on managing your addition.

#2 Is a home addition going to be worth it?

When we renovate our homes, we often look towards the future. Will this renovation increase the value of the home and until it comes time to sell, will it increase your enjoyment of the home? You should be asking these same questions when it comes to a home addition.

So what home addition gives you the most bang for your buck? According to Home Advisor, these are the additions with the best return:

  • Two-story addition - 65% return on investment  

  • Master suite addition - 63% return on investment

  • Bathroom addition - 53% return on investment

  • Sunroom addition - 49% return on investment

#3 Is it smarter to build up or out?

There are pros and cons to building your home addition up and building it out. First thing to consider is if you have the space to build out.

Building out can be more of a struggle for homes found in busier urban areas. You will need to excavate which adds some cost and time to your home addition plans. But if you are able to, it can potentially save you money in the long run. Detached home additions, such as garages, guesthouses or even home offices, are more affordable.

If you decide to go the route of building your home addition on a new floor, you’ll get to skip the costs of excavation and any foundation work. You may need to hire an architect, as building up is more complicated than building out.

#4 What kind of building restrictions do I need to worry about?

Simply put—yes. The answer is slightly more complicated than that. Restrictions and permits will be different depending on your neighbourhood, city or county. To get a better idea of what you can expect, call your local office or speak to your contractor who will have the answers to your home addition questions.

You’ll need to know what parts of your property you’re actually allowed to build on. There may also be a height limit enforced in your area, which may impact what kind of home addition you choose.

#5 Do I need a contractor?

Odds are that if you are undertaking a home addition, you will need to hire a contractor. A contracting company that provides full service from start to finish of your home addition will help make your project easier to manage. They will take care of hiring all the tradespeople and professionals you will need to complete the project.

Any contractor you hire should be licensed and insured. Be sure to check their references and look through their portfolio to see their previous work. A great contractor won’t have anything to hide.

How Renovations Can Increase Your Resell Value: Our Springwell Renovation

There are many reasons to undertake a home renovation project. Whether you need more space in your home, want to convert a room or make a space more functional, one of the added bonuses to renovations are the increased resell value.

We wanted to share a real world example of this with our South Mississauga renovation project. We renovated this Springwell Avenue family home a year ago. Last week the home went up for sale and sold for 30% over the asking price. 

Take a look at the images below to see the exterior and interior renovations.

Interior design by Sue Bullock.