Steps of A Spring Renovation

Spring has officially begun!  The long-awaited change in season opens the doors to new home renovation projects that may not have been quite as suitable throughout the Winter.  While we have discussed why Spring is the best season for renovations,  this article will discuss the steps of a Spring renovation.  From budgeting to cleaning post-project, we have you covered.  Let’s get started!

Assess The Budget

First, create a “To-Do” list of all the projects you wish to get done.  Then, place them in the order that they should be done.  While it would be nice to tackle all of the projects on your list at the same time, the budget in question may say otherwise.  For example, according to Forbes, the lowest cost for a bathroom remodel is about $2500.  However, this can go as high as $30,000, with an average cost of $10,000.

These costs aren’t too surprising.  However, they do allude to the importance of knowing what fits into your budget and which projects are a priority versus cosmetic.  The shower, bath, sink, and countertops are the main elements of any bathroom.  Therefore, getting these core projects done first is recommended.  Other smaller, “finishing touch” projects can be completed afterward.

If you need to do the renovation in stages, a professional can guide you through what can be done and when it can be done.  This is important for projects that need certain materials to be custom-made or ordered.

Notify Insurance Provider

Before the work begins, speak to your home insurance provider.  They will verify if you have the proper coverage for such a renovation.  Most renovations raise the value of a home.  Therefore, the coverage limit may need to be adjusted.  You and your home need protection in case something gets damaged or destroyed.

Choose A Style

Whether you want the room to be similar to its current state or not, it’s important to go into the project with a clear image or plan in mind.  Is there a certain aesthetic you wish to have?  For example, would you rather it be more Victorian or modern?  Rustic or industrial?  

With so many options, keep a record of what you find appealing.  Make a digital board or a physical collage of the colors, styles/themes, and fixtures you envision in your renovated area.  Look at in-store options to see what catches your eye.  Take photos or samples whenever it’s possible. 

Choosing a style early on will help to keep you on track. It helps to limit the chances of wasting time on ideas you don’t necessarily like.  It can also be helpful for the ones hired to bring your dream to fruition.  Planning ahead of time allows them to offer the best options (materials, style) the first time.  Rather than being a tedious process, gathering inspiration can be fun!  Imagine how it will feel to see all of your ideas become a physical result! All of the planning will be worth it.

Hire A Contractor

The next step is to hire a contractor.  They will go through each aspect of your vision of the space and will explain what is and is not possible.  From timelines and materials to the costs involved, the plans will be more definite.  

Unfortunately, it is increasingly common for some companies to offer false promises. Under the guise of being licensed contractors, some may cause issues to arise- both intentionally and unintentionally- during and after the renovation.  Therefore, once you’ve found a possible contractor, remember that it is okay to ask questions and request references.  You may want previous work samples similar to what you’re looking for or specific accreditations. Do not underestimate the power of your gut instinct.

For added protection, check for a contractor’s RBQ (Régie du bâtiment du Québec) number.  This ensures the contractor is recognized as offering quality work while protecting you as a consumer.  Usually, the RBQ number can be easily found on the contractor’s official website, as demonstrated below by TD Renovations.

At this time, discuss the permits that may be needed.  Not every home repair will need a permit but some projects (such as heating/cooling, electrical, and plumbing) may require one.  Most contractors include the cost of the permits in their initial bid but it is better to be safe than sorry.

Get The Space Ready

Preparing for the start of the Spring renovation will vary depending on the room being renovated.  Most commonly, some items may need to be placed in a different room or storage throughout the renovation.  For example, is the kitchen the room in question? If so, make alternative plans for food storage and meal preparation.  Likewise, if the project involves the sole bathroom in the home, other arrangements will also need to be made.

There is also the possibility that the project will cause a lot of dust and debris.  Be prepared to have sheets or other dust barriers put up for the duration of the renovation.  Or, perhaps renting an air purifier will be recommended.  

If the contractor doesn’t mention this type of preparation, don’t hesitate to ask them! Will they take care of this aspect of the project or will it be up to you?  They will explain what needs to be done on your part if anything.

During The Renovation

One of the first steps of the renovation itself is to ensure all of the materials have arrived. This also includes having them inspected to ensure quality.  Then, any demolition that needs to occur takes place, along with framing and window and/or door installation.

Once completed, the work below the floors, above the ceilings, or behind the walls begins.  It is a large part of the job! It involves all the electrical, heating/air conditioning, subflooring, plumbing, and insulation projects.  Afterward, the flooring and painting can begin.  The order of this usually depends on the contractor and their professional preferences and schedules.  

After the floors are laid and the walls are painted, cabinetry (if any) can be installed.  The final renovation stage is to finish any backsplash areas and to place the light fixtures, hardware, and sealing.  


It’s great to stay on top of the dust throughout the renovation. However, there will still be a minor cleanup phase once the project has been completed.  Wet vacuums, mops, dusters, and air purifiers, can all help to make the new surroundings feel a bit more finalized.  

During this time, it is the perfect opportunity to ensure everything is as it should be.  If an error or slight issue is found, the sooner you contact the contractor to repair it, the better.

The Perfect Spring Renovation…

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