Looking to make some renovations to your home without breaking the bank? At PTX Electric we work with some of Vancouver’s top construction professionals and so we asked them what they thought the most important aspects of renovation were. These were their answers.

Best Renovation Ideas

When you get an older home plan to spend a few thousand dollars in the first year on renos. Sellers usually do botch-up repair jobs on things that are breaking down because they know they will sell home soon. For both homes we bought we spend over 10k in them in the first year. Usually, the culprit is hot water tank blew, furnace replacing, yard fencing panels replacing, outdated electrical and appliances not working. My advice is to keep some money aside for these shocker expenses.


Use mold-resistant drywall and paints, especially in bathrooms and kitchens. Install ventilation fixtures in the bathroom and kitchen. Make sure these are vented to the exterior.

Tom Zakeri Servepro North Vancouver

A fresh coat of paint is the easiest and most cost-effective way to make a room look new. The bedroom is a good place to start. If you want to spruce up the exterior then repainting your deck is always an easy upgrade that will give your house an updated look.

Jay Newell- PLE Painting

Install a new dishwasher to save money on electricity and refresh the look of your kitchen. Another change that requires minimum cost but really gives your bathroom an extra shine is to change the taps in your kitchen and bathroom. Old taps can bring a whole kitchen or bathroom down. This simple upgrade will have your space looking modern and stylish in no time.

Geoff Beckett – Beckett Plumbing

The best advice is to start with a budget and a plan. Most jobs will cost more and take longer than you expect, so always add 20 percent to what you think a project will total when budgeting. This is especially important during COVID where we’ve seen so many price fluctuations. It can be hard to plan for these.  If you don’t have the funds cut back the scope of the job back. If you happen to beat these projections, then your surprises are happy ones..

Ian Gray – Actis Projects

Adding some drapes to a room can really change the look to a room and aren’t expensive. Windows are an important element of any room. They create flow, guide your furniture arrangement, and allow for the natural light and air you need to keep your space happy and healthy. But, we often overlook how window dressing is so much more than, well, window dressing, when it comes to tying a room together. If your curtains are dingy, ill-fitting, or just plain boring, it’s time to give them a makeover.

Ivan – Medina Designs

Spend money on the flooring in your kitchen, bedroom and bathroom but use low-cost vinyl tile in laundry rooms.

Matt – Monarch Flooring

Any upgrade you make to the kitchen will add value to your home. For many people the kitchen is the most important room in the house. It is where a lot of socializing and entertaining are done. Adding a splashback is a great way to bring a real wow factor to the space without spending a fortune. Choose a modern white tile with a black grout for a designer look that will be great for resale value.

Ian Gray – Gray Project Management.