Even if you’re working with a reputable contractor to renovate your home, it’s in your best interest to know what’s going on in order to double check the work that’s been done and to be better informed. We’ll go over some of the most commonly overlooked facts so that you’ll be prepared upon starting the remodel.
Have a goal in mind
One way to visualize the final outcome to be aiming for is by asking yourself how you would like to feel when you walk into your home. After you’ve established that goal, you can work with your contractor, a designer, or software to meet your needs.
Knowing your rights as a consumer
Before you begin, you should always know how to protect yourself in case your contractor is not who you expected them to be. These rights may vary from province to province, and it’s even possible to research consumer protection information — for example, in Ontario, there is a list of charges and convictions where you can search for contractors who may have broken the law recently.
The easiest way to do this, however, is to simply read online reviews. Go with a design team that’s reputable and has a strong history of delivering on what is offered.
How much do you want to spend
First, you will need to have some idea of how you will organize your finances, although many renovation companies offer forms of financing for remodelling. Second, allocate 20% of the budget for cost overruns as things may come up, and you want to have your options open if the opportunity comes up.
It takes time to do a good job
Reputable contractors are some of the most hardworking people in the construction industry, but they are also just people, meaning they can only go so fast before they start to cut corners. While getting quotes from contractors, make sure that you also discuss the anticipated time frame and be firm when it comes to ironing out the details. A wishy-washy contractor may not have the experience to get the job done.
Find the contractor for you
One of the key indicators of a contractor who does a good job is one who can provide at least a few recent references who are willing to vouch for them. In addition, a contractor should be able to communicate clearly when giving you instructions (such as how to prepare for the renovation) or while answering your questions. A good contractor will tell you what you need to hear and not just what you want to hear.