Home Renovation Dos and Don’ts

Looking to transform a cookie-cutter house into the home of your dreams? A home renovation project can make it happen, but only if it’s well-planned and executed with attention to detail by a professional contractor. With that in mind, these are the most important things to consider when planning a home renovation project:

Don’t Go in Blind

You can imagine any renovation project in your head, but in reality it may not be so easy to execute. What starts as a relatively straightforward kitchen renovation, for example, becomes complicated when mould is revealed behind the walls or you discover that the electrical is not up to code. You might have $50,000 budgeted toward a project, but when roof repair eats up $10,000, a new LVL beam eats up $2,500…the budget disappears fast. Whatever you plan for your home renovation, make sure a) it’s feasible in real life, b) you have the budget to account for any unexpected expenses.

Don’t Do It Yourself

A home renovation project is not a weekend craft project or a hobby for when you’re bored. It is a serious, time-consuming, intricate process that should be done by pros. When you factor in electrical, plumbing, gas, and other dangerous components, it’s simply not worth the risk. Take a load off your shoulders and let the pros at do the work – you’ll be amazed at the results.

Do Be Flexible With Your Budget

As we mentioned above, renovations aren’t always straight forward even when you do everything possible to be prepared and cautious. No matter how much time and effort you put into planning the budget, there will always be unexpected costs. We recommend having at least 10%-15% buffer room with your budget so you can avoid delays and headaches and keep the project on track.

Do Be Flexible With the Completion Date

Deadlines are important, there is no doubt. However, with so many moving parts it is understandable that the project may be delayed. What would you rather – a project completed to perfection but three days late, or a sloppy (perhaps dangerous) project rushed to completion? Sometimes there are delays for safety reasons. Some delays are because of backed up material orders. In many instances, the homeowners themselves are the cause of the delay because of changing their mind or budgetary issues. Be patient – once the renovation is complete and you’re relaxing at home, you won’t give the delay a second thought.

Follow these home renovation dos and don’ts and your  project will go smoothly.  Contact us, or give us a call at (613)727-9427

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