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10 Home Renovation Rules

Before starting a home reno project, make sure you know how to find the best contractor or renovator to make your home improvement go smooth, efficiently and within your budget. Here are our top ten home renovation rules:

1. HIRE A PROFESSIONAL
Check for:
• Liability insurance
• Worker’s compensation (WSIB or Independent Operators)
• Member of a professional association (Home Builder Associations, Better Business Bureau, Tarion,
RenoMark)
• Who gets the building permits -reputable companies always get the permits

2. CHECK THE REFERENCES
Go see works in progress and ask for people you can call and speak with about their experiences.

3. DON’T CHOOSE BY PRICE ALONE
The cheaper quotes may cost more at the end as extras are added to the contract price.

4. ALLOW FOR THE FINAL BILL TO COME WITHIN 10-15% OF THE ORIGINAL QUOTE
There are unforeseen expenses that happen on job sites. (e.g. wiring not up to code, faulty insulation, things that cannot be seen until demolition is done but need to be corrected before the project can go on), changes made by the homeowner during construction. Ask how extras or unforseen problem costs will be handled by the contractor.

5. PLAN AHEAD
Don’t expect to be able to start tomorrow. The good contractors are the busy contractors and are well booked in advance.

6. DEPOSITS
The contractor should work out a payment schedule when the contract is signed. You should not pay most of it up front. A deposit will be required to start the project.

7. KNOW WHAT WORK IS BEING DONE
The work involved should be explained to you prior to signing the project contract and you should know what you want the project to be. Changing your mind as construction is in progress causes the price to go up and slows down the job.

8. UNDERSTAND MOTHER NATURE DICTATES
Expect weather delays. Contractors try to work around the weather however; some things just can’t be done in inclement weather. A flexible outlook is needed to deal with these set backs.

9. BE REALISTIC
It can be difficult to deal with the mess that is created. Trust in your choice of contractor to do the best for you – there is a reason you hired him.

10. KEEP AN OPEN MIND
Things may appear not to follow your plan. Your contractor knows how, what and when to schedule the different jobs. Ask questions, keep a positive communication link and trust in his knowledge. He wants to do the best job for you.

Links

Sears Canada – http://www.sears.ca
Ferrell Builders’ Supply Ltd. – http://www.ferrellbrick.com
EnergyStar® – http://www.energystar.gov
Centura Floor and Wall Fashions – http://www.centura.ca
GCW Kitchen & Bath – http://www.gcwkitchens.com
RONA – http://www.rona.ca
Gentek Building Products Ltd. – http://www.gentekinc.com
Canada Mortgage and Housing Corporation (CMHC) – http://www.cmhc.ca
Tarion Warranty Corporation – http://www.tarion.ca
“Get it in Writing!” – http://www.hiringacontractor.com
EnergyStar® for New Homes – http://www.esnewhomes.ca
St.Thomas & Elgin Home Builders’ Association – http://www.twentyfivepercentmorelife.com
Kaycan Siding – http://www.kaycan.ca
Kingsman – http://www.kingsmanind.com
Lifebreath Indoor Air Systems – http://www.lifebreath.com
Home Hardware – http://www.homehardware.com
London Home Builders – http://www.lhba.on.ca
RenoMark – http://www.renomark.ca