Renovating a home is a process that requires careful consideration and preparation.
The first step in a successful renovation is understanding why you are renovating. If you are renovating to improve the value of your home, focus on the areas of the home that offer the most payback. These include the kitchen, bathroom, floors, roof, doors and windows.
Find a renovator early so they can guide you through the renovation process. Many projects require building permits, which is a complex process that can take several months. A professional renovator will know what permits are needed and how to get them.
Some renovations require architectural or design services while others require an engineer. Such services are necessary to obtain building permits and should be factored into your budget. Your renovator will know what services you need and give you a pretty good idea of what the rough costs of the project would be.
When it comes to budgeting, set aside 10 to 15 per cent of the project cost as contingency. Changes during the process are not uncommon, and they can impact the cost and timing of the job. Just make sure you and your renovator agree on how potential changes will are handled.
A detailed written contract is vital to a successful renovation, and a sign you are working with a true professional. Your contract should clearly outline the scope of work, project timelines, payment schedules, warranties and how to handle any changes.
Professional renovators also have legitimate business licenses, are insured and offer warranties on their work. They regularly attend educational seminars and courses to stay ahead of the curve and keep their knowledge and skills up to date.
A great resource to find professional renovators is www.renomark.ca. The website includes a searchable database of companies across the GTA who abide by a renovation-specific Code of Conduct. This includes offering a minimum two-year warranty, having liability insurance and providing a detailed written contract for all work.
A number of Renomark renovators will be volunteering at the GTA Home and Reno Show, which takes place February 12-15 at the International Centre in Mississauga. They will be offering free renovation advice at the Destination Renovation booth, which is BILD’s feature exhibit at the show.
You can buy tickets to the Show at on location or online at www.gtahomeandrenoshow.com. Save $3 per ticket when you buy online and remember that parking at the International Centre is always free. Hope to see you at the Show.
For more renovation tips, check out this video which outlines the 5 steps to a successful renovation.