Renovating is a great way to improve your home and your family’s enjoyment of it, and a refurbished home can enhance the look of your neighbourhood. However, the process can be hard on your neighbours.
Major renovations often bring months of dirt, noise and additional vehicles into the lives of your neighbours. It’s important to be considerate of the people who live around you when designing your renovation and discuss your plans with them long before the hammers start swinging.
The project may affect more than just those next door, so keep in mind neighbours behind you, across from you and further down the street.
Whether you are building a deck, adding a second story or tearing down and rebuilding your home, it is important for you to inform your neighbours of your building plans.
Spend some time going door to door to discuss your renovation plans. Let them know what type of renovation you are taking on, how long construction is expected to take and who to contact if potential issues arise.
A professional renovator will guide you through working with neighbours and can accompany you on these visits. The national RenoMark program is a great resource to find professional. Visit www.renomark.ca to locate a RenoMark contractor in your area.
All RenoMark renovators agreed to a renovation-specific Code of Conduct, which includes things like providing a written contract; offering a minimum $2 million in liability insurance; providing two years warranty on all work; and having all applicable licenses and certificates.
With a professional renovator by your side, you’ll be prepared for any questions your neighbours may have, from architectural design to zoning bylaw compliance. Keeping your neighbours fully informed will make them more supportive of the renovation. The City of Toronto recommends posting your building permit in a prominent area on your property.
Curb appeal is a common concern for people. Bring your drawings so they can see what the final product will look like. A good design will put a lot of people at ease.
The advantage of working with a professional renovator is his knowledge of the numerous municipal bylaws regarding noise, waste removal, equipment storage and safety. A true professional will comply with these bylaws and avoid potential fines from the municipality.