Home renovation tax credits and how to obtain them

Did you know that there are tax credits for your renovations? If you decide to renovate your home, you may be eligible for two types of tax credits. There’s the RÉNOVERT renovation tax credit. You may also qualify for a subsidy program called RÉNOCLIMAT, which is independent of home renovation tax credits.

Renovations might interest you for a number of reasons, including limited living space, a growing family, or even just due to your changing needs. Unfortunately, each renovation comes with its share of challenges, regardless of which room you are planning to do over. This can be enough to discourage most of us from undertaking renovations, yet there is a solution to lessen the financial impact these renovations can have on your budget: home renovation tax credits.

Learn more about everything there is to know about home renovation tax credits and how to get them.

Home renovation tax credits  

Home renovation tax credits are there to improve the energy efficiency of a building and reduce the planet’s energy bill. These renovation tax credits offer numerous advantages. For instance, as a client, you can benefit from:

  • A lower hydro bill
  • Renovations to match your tastes
  • A notable increase in comfort
  • Cumulative tax credits to lower your overall renovation costs

The RÉNOVERT renovation tax credit and RÉNO-CLIMAT subsidy program


RÉNOVERT is a home renovation tax credit available until March 31, 2019. This credit offers 20 % after the first $2,500 up to a total of $10,000. Here is a list of renovation works recognized by the RÉNOVERT credit.

Works affecting a home’s envelope:

  • Insulation using GREENGUARD or ÉcoLogo-certified insulation materials
  • Attic insulation
  • Insulating a flat roof or a cathedral ceiling
  • External wall insulation
  • Insulation of a crawl space
  • Insulation of exposed floors
  • Foundation waterproofing
  • Air sealing (walls, doors, windows and skylights, if applicable)
  • Door and window replacement with ENERGY STAR models
  • Installing a green or white roof

Works affecting a home’s mechanical systems:

  • Replacement of any indoor wood burning appliance or system (old non-compliant fireplaces) with newer appliances that adhere to the standards of the Régie de l’habitation du Québec
  • Replacement of a boiler, heat pump or oil system
  • Installation or replacement of an air conditioning system with an ENERGY STAR-approved one
  • Replacement of a water heater with an ENERGY STAR one
  • Replacement of a ventilation system

Renovation works affecting water, soil, or other renewable energy sources

  • Installation of a rainwater recovery tank
  • Riparian area restoration
  • Construction, renovation, modification or reconstruction of a wastewater disposal, collection or treatment system
  • Remediation of oil-contaminated soil
  • Solar panel installation
  • Installation of a home wind turbine


RÉNO-CLIMAT is available until March 31, 2021 and offers a maximum refund of 20%, depending on the energy efficiency improvement percentage. Here are the steps to obtain this subsidy program:

  1. Do a pre-renovation evaluation. The cost is approximately $150, and $100 of that will be refunded once the work has been completed on time. The evaluator performs tests and sends a report with pre-reno recommendations and scoring regarding the home’s current energy efficiency.
  2. Eligible works are insulation, doors and windows, and the replacement of any mechanical systems. Here’s an example of a maximum refund:
    Insulation and foundation: a maximum of $1,625
    Rim joist insulation: a maximum of $165
    Sealing: a maximum of $490
    Heat recovery ventilation: a maximum of $490 
    Heat pump: a maximum of $650
  3. Do a post-renovation evaluation. The evaluator must pass by again after the work has been done to retest and produce a different score, depending on the level of energy efficiency improvement. This step also allows you to see where improvements have been made.
  4. Get your reimbursement at tax time, reflective of the improvement percentage between your scores pre and post-renovation. A major advantage for older homes.

In conclusion, any renovation requires a lot of planning. This means time to perform the evaluations and thoroughly prepare your project. To complete renovations by the required deadline (6 months following the contract end date) we recommend that you not put off getting started. This way you can benefit from both the tax credits and the subsidy program and lower the costs of your renovation.

Your needs can change at any moment. Take time to think it over but remember that there are ways to reduce the financial impact of your renovations. To benefit from the home renovation tax credit, any renovations you do must significantly improve your building or home’s energy efficiency.  

Happy renovating!

The 5 qualities to be found in a general contractor

Renovation projects in mind? Do you have one or more rooms that are in the running to be renovated? Calling on a general contractor can be of great help in completing your renovation project (s). However, one must first make sure to choose the right entrepreneur to work with. 

Here, to help you make your decision, are the 5 great qualities you should find in your general contractor.


1. Is your general contractor well established?

The first criterion to check is whether your general contractor is in good standing with the licenses (R.B.Q. and others) required by law. This may seem trivial, but many people fail to learn about the issue.

Then, it is important to know if the company has a good reputation in the community and on social networks. Do not hesitate to observe the company's social media pages (Facebook, Twitter, LinkedIn, etc.) and the opinions on the web. It can also be very interesting to see if the general contractor has received awards and distinctions, or if we talked about them in the media.

2. Ensure the general contractor is qualified

Find out about the projects done by the general contractor you have chosen. Check out their website and do not hesitate to call them and start a discussion to learn more about the company, their expertise, their successes, etc. Hearing from the person of interest directly about these different elements will give you a good idea about the type of business they represent. A person appearing bored and passionless may approach your renovation project with the same attitude ...

Note that some contractors will even offer to visit job sites in progress in order to help you understand the renovation process. Do not be afraid to take advantage of this opportunity!


3.An organization defying all the unexpected

The general contractor is a bit like the conductor of your renovation. Choose a general contractor who works with an entire "orchestra" of expertise: a structural specialist, an insulation expert, a plumber, an electrician and other experienced specialists.

The company must have all the necessary suppliers at its disposal and be able to coordinate them precisely in order to offer the best solutions to its customers, but also to meet deadlines.

A good general contractor should be able to reassure you as to the fluidity of execution of the renovation project. Some even offer 3D rendering technical plans to give their customers a concrete idea of the renovation project before it is started.


4.Transparency for trust

A competent and reliable contractor will provide you with all the necessary information in a transparent way. Do not hesitate to ask for a meeting at the office to talk in detail about your renovation projects and get an official quote. It may also be a good time to ask questions about financing your renovation project, if need be.

A face-to-face meeting on their premises will allow you to enter the world of general entrepreneur potential, to see how he presents his business in his own environment and to have a more frank discussion with him.

Let's be honest: a general contractor who owns his business in premises that have been dubiously remodeled (or even unsightly) and who cannot give you clear and precise answers to your questions, should not be a good omen for the rest to come... 


5. A proactive general contractor

A proactive general contractor will be able to listen to your needs and meet the specifications related to your renovation project. He can also offer you innovative ideas, both functional and aesthetic.

You can of course have requirements on your side. However, a good general contractor, as an expert, should always remain proactive and looking for the best solutions to your needs.

If a few problems arise, a qualified general contractor will also be able to cope by finding creative and adapted solutions.


About Groupe SP Réno Urbaine

Are you looking for a general contractor who will realize your renovation project beyond all your expectations, respecting your specifications, deadlines and budget? Groupe SP Réno Urbaine is the team for you. Our innovative methods, structured and tailored to your needs, will ensure you a spectacular success!

Contact us via our contact form or at 514-524-2362 to present your project. We look forward to helping you create your dream home!

5 reasons to turn a duplex or triplex into a single-family home in Montreal

It's no secret that Montreal real estate is currently booming. The rise in real estate prices is driven in particular by the growth in the number of foreign buyers, which has jumped 40% since the beginning of the year, with a marked increase in the Chinese clientele.

Comparatively cheaper than other major Canadian cities such as Toronto or Vancouver, Montreal seems to be a new real estate El Dorado. This dynamic is supported by positive migratory flows, a stable economic climate and the installation of a growing number of multinationals, particularly in the technology sector. Recently, even the American giant Amazon mentioned the possibility of installing its second world headquarters in Montreal.

Single-family homes in Montreal: a rare commodity

One type of property is particularly attractive to investors: single-family homes. The only problem: in some popular neighbourhoods such as Saint-Henri, Plateau Mont-Royal or Rosemont, single-family homes are very rare and are subject to fierce competition. The average price of a single-family home in Montreal has increased by 53% over the last ten years! Vacant land for new construction is also very difficult to find.

To make up for this, more and more buyers are opting for the purchase of a duplex or triplex which they then transform into a single-family home. This allows them to target less competitive goods and renovate them to their liking.

So, why convert a duplex or triplex into a single-family home in Montreal? Here are a few good reasons:

The benefits of converting a duplex or triplex into a single-family home in Montreal

Entrepreneur général à Montréal

1. A cost-effective solution

The scarcity of single-family homes in Montreal has resulted in a significant increase in prices and the perceived value of this type of housing. For example, in some neighbourhoods near downtown Montreal, you may soon be paying more than $ 400 per square foot for a single-family home. Duplexes or triplexes generally offer a lower price per square foot, although they require more investment in order to be converted.

2. An opportunity to live in the city without being cramped

For families who wish to resist the call of the suburbs, a critical element often arises in a recurring way: the possibility of having a 3rd bedroom. The transformation of a duplex or triplex into a multi-storey single-family home perfectly meets this need. Even better, in the case of a triplex, it allows putting the master suite on a completely different floor from the kids bedrooms for those who wish to have a little more tranquility.

A duplex or triplex converted into a single-family home can very easily offer over 2,000 square feet of living space. This space will allow you to create a spacious vestibule, an additional bathroom, an open kitchen and of course the very much needed 3rd bedroom!

3. More choices

The island of Montreal is full of duplex or triplex for sale especially in urban neighborhoods near downtown such as Plateau Mont Royal or Rosemont. At the moment (March 2018), 224 plexes are for sale on the Centris site in these neighborhoods and there are less than 50 single-family homes in the same areas.

This additional choice will allow you to be more demanding, especially in terms of the geographical location of your property (proximity to public transport, schools, etc.).

4. More freedom

When you are the sole owner of your building, you naturally have more freedom to the extent of the work that can be done. Transforming a duplex into a single-family home in Montreal allows you to dig a basement, build a garden, expand its terrace (or have one built on your roof). A basement renovation can for example allow you to finally have the bachelor, the open kitchen, the guest room or family room you always dreamed of!

Groupe Sp Réno-Urbaine Maison Unifamiliale

The construction of a patio in your garden will allow you to welcome your friends for summer barbecues in a friendly and airy space.

In duplexes and triplexes, the kitchen is traditionally positioned at the back of the house. Renovation work to place it in the middle of the open space could, for example, promote proximity to the living room and contact with the children. In short, the possibilities are limitless, just be creative!

5. Alot rarer

The conversion of a duplex or triplex into a single-family home is often an opportunity to create a unique property that combines charm and uniqueness.

However, before you start renovating, do not forget to obtain a conversion permit and have the work approved by the Urban Planning, Business Services and Public Affairs Department. In addition, if the project involves a modification of the living area, it is strongly advised to consult this committee in advance.

 Single-family homes in Montreal are extremely rare properties. If you want to transform your home into a cottage, contact SP Reno Urbaine's professionals today. Also take advantage of our interior design service for well thought-out renovations.


Winner of the ESTim Construction Company award given by the Eastern Montreal Chamber of Commerce

During the ESTim gala at the TOHU, the Group SP Réno Urbaine team was rewarded by the Board of Trade of the Eastern Montreal Metropolitain Area in the "Construction Company" category. This helps highlight our continued contribution in growing the economy of Eastern Montreal.

We want to thank the Montreal Metropolitan branch of the APCHQ for their continued support and guidance.

Congrats to the entire team and a warm thank you to all our customers who continue trusting us with their renovation projects. 


The Group SP Reno Urbaine team


- Serving your Montreal home



Finaliste pour un prix ESTim, remis par la Chambre de Commerce de l'Est de Montréal

Nous sommes très honorés d'avoir été sélectionnés parmi les finalistes des prix ESTim 2016, remis par la Chambre de Commerce de l'Est de Montréal.

Nos bureaux sont situés dans l'est de Montréal depuis notre fondation et nous sommes très fiers de participer au développement de ce secteur.

Le concours vise à reconnaître publiquement des entreprises qui se distinguent dans leur industrie. 

Le Groupe SP Réno Urbaine a été sélectionné dans la catégorie: Entreprise de construction.

L'équipe du Groupe SP Réno Urbaine est composée de gens qui ont à coeur les projets de rénovation qui leur sont confiés et qui travaillent dans le but continuel d'améliorer la satisfaction de leurs clients.

Nous misons beaucoup sur l'innovation et la technologie pour nous distinguer dans notre industrie et nous sommes convaincus que cette approche nous a été bénéfique. 

Nos clients, très fidèles, nous ont aussi beaucoup aidés à nous améliorer.  Nous avons toujours une pensée pour tous ceux qui nous ont encouragés depuis notre création.

Dévoilement des gagnants le 5 mai 2016 lors du gala officiel. 

Cliquez ici pour le dévoilement du gagnant!

Winner - Best of Houzz 2015 Award - Customer service

Our Houzz profile was selected “Best Of Houzz 2015” winner at

The “Best Of Houzz 2015” winners, is an annual survey and analysis of community of over 25 million monthly users reveals top-rated home remodeling professionals and design trends.

The internet community at Houzz voted and selected our account as “Best Of Houzz 2015” winner. We thought this news should be shared with you because after all it's for you that we work hard !  

The Group SP Reno Urbaine team

- Serving your Montreal home

Time to change the clocks? Time to check your smoke detectors!

Every smoke detector in your home should be checked each time you change the time on your clocks.

Smoke detectors are in use 24 hours a day, so it is very important that they remain functional at all times. 

Here is how a proper checkup should be done:

  • Press and hold the button on the face of the smoke detector for a few seconds. You should hear a long beep letting you know the smoke detector is still functional. 
  • If the beep is intermittent, replace the battery immediately. This sound means the battery must be changed. 
  • Test the smoke detector by lighting a match or a candle directly underneath the smoke detector in order to confirm that it will ring the alarm in case of smoke. 
  • If your smoke detector is directly linked to a central alarm system, make sure that the signal has properly been sent to the central. 
  • NEVER use rechargeable batteries. 

It is important to know that as of October 1st 2018, in compliance to Quebec's updated electric code, it will be mandatory to install hard-wired fire detectors in each bedroom including rooms that could be used as bedrooms as well as installing one per common area. The smoke detector should be changed every 10 years. 


The Group SP Reno Urbaine team- RENOVATOR OF THE YEAR

Tonight, at the 33rd Domus Gala organised by the Montreal metropolitain APCHQ, we won the most prestigious award: the Renovator of the year

It is a great honour to win this new prize which is the holy grail of all Renovators in the greater Montreal area.  We would like to thank the Montreal metropolitain APCHQ and jury members of the Domus contest for all the great support offered to builders and renovators. 

Thank you also to our customers that allow us to prosent their projects to the greater renovation public.

Lastly, the biggest thank you goes out to our team that ensures on a daily basis that our customers are always well taken care of and engaged in order to make their experience the very best in what can be a very stressfull time!


The Group SP Reno Urbaine team

- Serving your Montreal home

Group SP Reno Urbaine, finalist for Renovator of the year!

We are proud to share another great success with you! We are in fact officially nominated in 2 categories for the prestigious Domus Award (the equivalent of the Oscars in the field of renovation and construction in Québec):

- Renovator of the year

- Best interior and/or exterior renovation under 50 000$.  The renovation project nominated in this category includes a bathroom, a shower room and mudroom.  It was conducted in Town of Mount- Royal.

The winners will be announced during a gala organized by the APCHQ Montreal Metropolitan on February 20th 2016. Stay tuned for the latest news and to know the outcome!

We now know the winner of the Renovator of the year award.


The Group SP Reno Urbaine team

- Serving your Montreal home

Winner - 30th Domus gala by Montreal metropolitain APCHQ

Since correcting them required major work, they decided that, while they were at it, they would enlarge the bathroom by shrinking the adjacent bedroom. This allowed them to have a bathroom with a linen closet, multi-jet shower, bathtub and double-vanity: no mean feat in this type of house! But, at the same time, they wanted to keep the original count of four bedrooms in order to maintain the value of their home. For help with this, they hired one of our design partners, who came up with a plan for sophisticated plumbing and tiles. 

Some of the technical challenges: 

• A supporting wall separating the original bathroom from the bedroom was removed on the second storey, but it had to be compensated without putting a column in the middle of the ground-floor living room.

• New studs and polyurethane foam insulation applied to the exterior walls.

• Installation of a heated floor.

• Installation of high-end faucets.

• Manufacture and installation of high-end cabinetry and glass elements.

• Use of Schluter KERDI and DITRA membranes.

• Complicated tile installation.

• High-end finishing


The Group SP Reno Urbaine team


- Serving your Montreal home