It’s time for something fresh!

So your house is falling apart, or you’re tired of the old outdated finishes, and it’s time to rejuvenate some life into your home!

Where do you start? How much will it cost? How long will it take?  Will we get taken for a loop by a bad contractor?  You may be thinking “jeez this is stressful already and I haven’t even started”.  But don’t worry.  There are things you can do to answer these questions BEFORE you even swing a hammer or sign a cheque.

Room under renovation
Planning ahead and asking the right questions are keys to success.

Plan Ahead of Time Planning out your project is key to getting through a renovation without losing your sanity or emptying your bank account from unexpected costs. Determine the extent of what you’d like to do and decide as best you can all of the details that matter most to you.  

Consider kitchen style, type of counter tops, trim, flooring etc. This can even be done before you hire a contractor and will help your renovator to give you a completely accurate estimate with a much smaller contingency. Things come up in construction but many can be addressed if a solid plan is in place prior to beginning. Your contractor may suggest changes based on budget and how new products mesh with an older home but it’s helpful to have your needs and wants outlined from the start.

Hire The Right Company Selecting a contractor to work on your home can seem daunting.  But asking the right questions and having a contract in place can take away the worry and make your project as fun and enjoyable experience as possible. Seeing the steps of your home transform is as interesting for most as it is exciting.

Selecting a company that has experience in the specific job you want done is a great place to start.   If it’s a specific job like new siding, a new roof or even a deck or fence, get in touch with companies that specialize.  They do the same job day in and day out and are the best at their trade.

If it’s a large renovation that includes multiple trades such as an addition or entire floor renovation.  Be weary of contractors that are “jack of all trades” because as the saying goes they’re usually master of none.  Most large scale renovators use almost entirely sub trades to do the work such as paint, tile, trim, plumbing, electrical and hvac. In this case your general contractors crew will typically be in charge of things like demolition and maintaining the site as well as assisting the sub trades and being the eyes and ears on site for the general contractor.  Your general’s job is essentially to organize the project according to the timeline while keeping you the customer in the loop with progress and changes.

Customer References The most important overlooked part of hiring someone for your project is customer references.  Happy clients are typically proud to show off their renovations and are happy to assist their contractor in making new customers feel comfortable.

BUT WAIT don’t just go have a peek at the wonderful job they’ve done. Ask if the project was on budget from start to finish. Or if the extra costs were agreed upon upgrades chosen by the customer during the project, or things that came up that were beyond the contractor’s control and were unreasonable to anticipate prior to starting.