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Smart Tips

Want to remodel your home?

Here are some suggestions for a smooth, stress-free job.


10 Tips for a Successful Renovation

  1. 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.
  2. 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.
  3. 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.
  4. 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.
  5. 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.
  6. Inquire about permits.  Advise your municipality of your renovation project and get a building permit.  Doing renovations without one is against the law.
  7. 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.
  8. 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.
  9. Track the progress.  Check in daily to ensure the job is proceeding as planned.  Remember to include any project changes to the contract.
  10. 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.







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