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Points to consider when starting a renovation

 

startingRenovation projects, more often than not, involve years of saving and planning. It is important, as a homeowner, that you take some time and use tools at your disposal to choose a contractor who will ensure your project will be handles professionally and efficiently.

 

  1. Make a strong communication with the renovator. Communication right from the start means problems will be minimised. Be observant on the character of your contractor. Do they return your calls swiftly, listen to your suggestions, and respond to your questions. A good contractor must be open-minded to ensure that both of you can address complications if they arise.

  2. Choose a contractor that has already established good track record. Word of mouth can be the best way to find out if other clients are satisfied with the contractor’s work. Find out if the contractor pays their subtrades and suppliers. Knowing a contractor respects their clients and takes care of their trades people and suppliers will allow you trust a contractor to come into your home. Feeling comfortable working with a contractor makes all the difference in a renovation.

  3. Have the contractor create a schedule for the project. If there is a delay, you can monitor the progress. With a clear time line, contingency plans can also be properly placed into position.

  4. Request that all decisions and agreements be placed in writing to make things clear both for you and the contractor. A written estimate and scope of work will guarantee your understanding and expectations of the contractor.

  5. Watch the small details. Knowing what finishes you are installing will help the contractor calculate the cost to install those finishes ahead of time.

  6. Set a budget and try to stick to it. Have your contractor help you create a budget for the scope of work you are considering. Be realistic with your budget.


  7. Be flexible. As with most renovations, what you envision your renovation is to become may not be exactly what it turns out to be. Expect disruptions as the work progresses, and expect to update the planning based on existing material and structures.

  8. Be sure that the agreement covers everything about the project. The contract must include:
    1. timetable,
    2. cost and payment schedule,
    3. specs for products and materials,
    4. permit information,
    5. access to your home,
    6. care for the home,
    7. clean up.
  9. Work together with your contractor. Remember that contractors are home owners too with families and lives outside of construction and can probably relate to any issues that you may bring up. Treat them accordingly and expect the same in return. Any good contractor would go the extra mile for a good client.