Renovating a home is an exciting process. However, it can also be full of frustrations. Costs that escalate or fall out of your range of comfort can make the project unrealistic. Then, you also need to take into consideration the reliability of the general contractor. Finding someone who is reliable, professional and experienced is essential to getting the job done right.
If you can get through the process successfully, you’re one step closer to creating your dream home, one that enhances your lifestyle and truly meets your needs. You’ll have the new rooms you’ve always wanted, better lighting, more spacious interiors, and, in general, a more livable home.
So, how do you ensure that the process is smooth and free of trouble? Simple – by carefully planning the remodel, involving professionals, and avoiding common remodel pitfalls. The following are a few dos and don’ts to get you started;
Home Renovation Dos
- Plan in advance
Don’t just wake up one day and decide that you want to renovate your home. Renovations don’t work that way. You’re likely to make costly mistakes. Instead, begin planning a few months out. For major remodels like a home addition, you may need several months of planning.
- Save up for the renovation
Home renovations are financial investments. Once you’ve decided to go ahead with the project, give yourself sufficient time to save the required money. Whether you’re replacing the floors in your custom kitchen or adding square footage, you need time to save.
- Find the right contractor
Never let cost get in the way of finding the right contractor. Compare apples to apples. Consider experience and the ability to negotiate prices on materials and labor. If a price seems too good to be true, it probably is. Be cautious, and go with the person you’re comfortable communicating with. It’s in your best interest.
- Check that the contractor is insured, licensed, and bonded
This is very important. An uninsured home renovation contractor is an accident waiting to happen. If they’re injured, for instance, their medical bills might become your burden. Licensing and bonding are just as important.
Home Renovation Don’ts
- Don’t begin without a permit
Some Canadian provinces require that you obtain approval before you begin your home renovation. Make looking into this one of your first steps. Allow a month to work through the permitting process. If you have questions, ask or consult with your general contractor for advice.
- Don’t work without a budget
It’s very important that you create a comprehensive budget for the renovation. Among other things, your budget should detail the costs of materials, contractor charges, and approval fees (if any). Also, set aside around 20% of the budget for unexpected expenses.
- Don’t ignore your safety
Home renovation sites aren’t entirely safe. You may have walls being torn down and windows and doors being knocked out. It’s your duty to protect you and your family from potential injuries. To this end, keep the children away and, whenever you’re visiting the site, wear protective gear.
Speak to the Pros
Alair Homes is a home renovation expert. We’ve experienced many of these do’s and don’ts and helped families like yours to overcome challenges to create the home of their dreams. If you need help with any aspect of the process, contact us and schedule a consultation.