Planning a Renovation

The first step in any successful renovation project is to develop a clear set of goals. You should be keeping several points in mind while you’re making these goals.
Be prepared to take some time answering these questions. The extra days you put into planning at this stage could save you weeks or months later on. It will also make it easier for you to select a renovator.

FORM: How do you want the renovation to look?
FUNCTION: What do you want to do in the space you’re creating or redesigning?
FIT: Is this project going to blend in with the rest of your house or will the project look like an add-on? Consider structural factors such as load bearing walls or beams together with existing locations of plumbing pipes, and heating ducts that may put limits on what you can do.
BUDGET: Determine your budget to decide how to best finance your renovations and allow you to give clear direction to your contractor.
FINDING A PROFESSIONAL RENOVATOR: A professional renovator can handle every aspect of the job- including the design work, obtaining permits, ordering parts, materials and contracting special trades.
THE INITIAL MEETING: Enables you to get to know a renovator and discuss your plans.
THE ESTIMATE: A proposal includes a written estimate along with a specifications list, and maybe a few rough sketches. A fee may be charge for this service. Check references. Get enough detail so the level of service and quality you are getting from each renovator is comparable.
THE FINAL DESIGN: Once you are satisfied with the references and estimate it’s time to get a firm quote.
CAUTIONS ABOUT CASH: Did you know when you pay cash without a contract or permits you might lose out on some critical services and ‘safety nets”.
FINALIZING THE CONTRACT: The Contract is a legally binding agreement between the customer and renovator. It should include plans, specifications and the written agreement.
THE WORK BEGINS: Site preparation – remove furniture and other items from the work area. Arrange for a wash-up area, materials and tools storage, washroom facilities and hydro. “Unforeseen Conditions” may require you to make some additional decisions about the project.
COMMUNICATION: The customer and renovator should be in regular contact.
WARRANTY: Warranty service will come from three sources: the renovator’s own work force, the sub contractors and the manufacturer or suppliers.
POST RENOVATION SERVICE: Every renovator has a different type of after sales service but the common element should be customer satisfaction.