Here at ShowMeTheGreen.ca we see a lot of the same questions about home renovation grants over and over again. So to set the record straight we’ve decided to correct 5 of the top mistakes we see Canadian homeowners making when they apply for home improvement grants.
Hold onto your seats!
5 Government Grant Application Mistakes – And How You Can Avoid Them
- Not getting an energy audit done before the home renovations
We hear this question countless times: “I just finished a renovation, but didn’t get an energy audit done. Can I still apply for a government grant?” Unfortunately, in most cases the answer is “no”.
Many government grants (the ones that pay serious money, anyway) require that you do an energy audit before you do the renovations.
- Not combining government grants with manufacturers’ rebates
A huge oversight! Did you know that many manufacturers of windows, furnaces, and home appliances offer rebates or cash-back offers? Up until now, you probably didn’t know that – and you’re not alone. An appliance salesman once told us that fewer than 5% of consumers actually fill in the manufacturer’s rebate coupon!
A good website to check out for appliance rebates is www.RedFlagDeals.ca
- Not keeping receipts
This is a very common mistake. How many times have you gone looking for a receipt and realized that it just fell out of your pocket?
Here’s a simple thing you can do to solve this problem: buy a 10-cent envelope, and write on it “Home renovation receipts” (along with the month your renos took place). Put the envelope in one of your desk drawers, or your home filing cabinet. Now you have a designated “file” for your receipts! Every time you get a receipt or invoice for your renovations, stick it in there!
- Assuming that government grants are available for all small projects
We often get questions like this: “I just replaced two of my windows. Can I get a rebate?” Again, for such small jobs it’s unlikely that there will be a government rebate that will be worth applying for – especially if you have to get an energy audit done (which can cost up to $300).
If there’s no government grant program that is worthwhile applying to, make sure to check with the manufacturer to see if they have a rebate program.
- Not looking into grants that are available in your province
Let’s face it – the big government grant programs like the ecoENERGY Home Retrofit program get all of the attention. But there are lots of government grant programs that are only available in specific provinces or cities.
If you’re only applying to the biggies, you might be missing out on a lot of grant money. Make sure to start your search on the ShowMeTheGreen homepage. Click your province on the map, then choose the kind of home improvement you’re doing.
There you go. Keep these 5 common mistakes in mind when planning your home improvements. It’ll help your pocketbook, and will direct some of that “stimulus” money where it belongs!
Daisy Kurp says
On the home renovation grant I would like to know if the outer brick wall of my 2 story house
could be repaired. This is a home built in 1985 or before, and the outer layer of bricks are
breaking,and the inside walls along that side are soft and the drywall is mushy. This needs
some of the outer bricks replaced, and then the basement floor would not be damp all during
spring summer and fall. So, there is actually 2 problems in one. I am a senior and cannot do
any of this work any more. Also my income does not provide this kind of expense…The house
next door has a roof that hangs overtop of mine, and how can I find out if this is illegal – if you say a survey is needed? I can’t afford that – but you may know of some way I could find
out that answer from the city? I thank you so much if you can help me with this dilemma.
Daisy Kurp 89 Northumberland Street, Guelph N1H 3A7
Can you get a rebate for replacing your roof shingles, concreting your drive way and replacing your lawn with artificial grass (reduces carbon footprint, no lawn mower)? If you can can you direct me to the right site to apply for them?
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But please tell me how to replace roof and concreting.
I am a single mother working part-time and have a semi-detached house with a bachelor apartment below the second floor. I have an elderly tenant with a disability and have to replace the roof shingles on that side of the house, as well as build a ramp to accomodate her motorized scooter, as well as concrete the (gravel) driveway, also to accomodate her scooter. Would I qualify for any type of grant for these renovations?
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I purchased a home two years ago and hired a home inspector at that time. There was no inspection done on the septic in his report. Was no mention of oil furnace being to old as well. I was a first time home buyer and did not realize the importance of having the septic inspected, within a few months I realized the septic was not working properly, I also have well capacity issues, I had to remove my oil furnace and replace with electric baseboard heating as I could not get home insurance with the oil furnace. I have recently had to replace the hot water tank. I am a single income male and I make approx 40,000 a year income. I cannot afford to install a new septic as there are now issues as to where I would have to put the new septic which involves changing the plumbing to the opposite side of my house where it is now. Is there a grant of any kind that I can apply for as I am experience hardship from all of these issues that keep happening to this house. Thank you
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