Any renovation project has a long list of tasks and decisions that all require equal consideration. These range from choosing the layout of your planned space and hiring a contractor to sourcing materials and clean up afterward. Understanding what you need before your project starts will help cut down on delays and extra expenses. iRemodel Home Renovations has put together a list of things you should keep in mind during your next renovation project.
Knowing what you want to do and having a plan to follow before the project starts will keep your efforts on track and budget. If you have a general idea of what changes or upgrade you need, make a list and plan the order in which you want the work to proceed.
Financing Your Renovation
Your budget will determine the scope and size of your renovation project. Before starting your renovations, consider creating a budget and securing a loan in advance of hiring a contractor. Not only will this give you a firm idea of how much you have to spend, but it will also help you to keep any company you hire on a strict budget.
Research in Advance
Hiring the right company for your project is one of the most important steps during a renovation project. There are many companies and contractors out there to choose from, and each one will bring a different set of skills to the table. Make sure to research their skills and certifications before selecting one. It’s also important that they have expertise in the building regulations in your locality.
Unless you have a separate architect, it’s best to choose a contractor versed in the use and creation of architectural drawings. Reviews are another important aspect to consider during the selection process. Look for those with a track record of good time management, fair pricing, and quality customer service, like the team here at iRemodel Home Renovations.
Know Your Consumer Rights
No matter how small or how large your project may be, make sure to have a written contract drawn up for the job. In the case of a larger project, this is an especially important step. This will help to create a written record of what work should be completed and what materials you expect to be used. Contracts should include:
- Job scope – a guideline for each part of the job ranging from permits to the number and tasks for each worker.
- Payment terms – the cost of your project including materials, labor, and permits should be written out in black and white. If there is a payment plan, this should be clearly listed in the contract as well.
- Project details – this includes the planned start and finish of the job. Add a few days cushion for any delays due to weather or material shortage, but also layout firm dates within reason. Make sure there are clauses listed for late or incomplete work.
How We Can Help
Renovating your home can be stressful, but with proper planning and a reliable contractor, you can make the process much more efficient. If you are ready for a Toronto home renovation to transform your space, give us a call at (416) 825-2542 to set up a no-obligation consultation.