Want to remodel your home?
Here are some suggestions for a smooth, stress-free job.
10 Tips for a Successful Renovation
- Decide exactly what you want. Talk to friends and experts to learn about the various materials available. Browse magazines for inspiration, and consult a renovator, architect or decorator.
- Think long-term. Envision the future uses of your rooms. For example, if you decide to turn your basement into a rec room knowing you’ll rent it out later, install the plumbing now while the intrusive work is being done.
- Plant out the job. Avoid costly mistakes by drawing up detailed plans or entrusting the task to a professional. Always start with the most important jobs. Want to redo your roof and your kitchen floor? Do the roof first.
- Decide on your living arrangements. Depending on the scope of the renovations, you may have to relocate temporarily or store some of your belongings with a storage service.
- Consider getting insurance. Some kinds of renovations can affect your insurance coverage. Similarly, if you store your goods, make sure you have coverage for them.
- Inquire about permits. Advise your municipality of your renovation project and get a building permit. Doing renovations without one is against the law.
- Choose the right renovator. Compare quotes and quality of services from contractors. Ask friends and relatives if they recommend (or not) a particular renovation company.
- Set a budget. Add 10 to 15 per cent to the renovator’s estimated cost. If you don’t have enough savings, look into different financing options such as loans or a personal line of credit.
- Track the progress. Check in daily to ensure the job is proceeding as planned. Remember to include any project changes to the contract.
- Don’t pay in advance. Make arrangements with the renovator to pay in installments based on the progress. Only make your final payment when the work is completed.