We know that renovating your home is a big decision. That’s why we’ve put together this quick and easy guide on how to get started.
Whether you’ve been thinking about a home renovation for a long time, or are just starting to think about it, the process can be overwhelming. Even our clients that are old pros at updating and renovating their home interiors can struggle with the process overall.
We get it and we’re here to help.
Home renovations are about more than just picking out the materials and designs you love. You have to take into account several steps and processes in addition to picking a home renovation partner you trust. From deciding on a budget and overall scope to timelines and design options, this home renovation guide will help you plan better, and reduce the chances of any costly mistakes.
1) Choosing the Right Home Renovation Partner
We know you are doing the research – that’s how you landed here. Choosing the right partner is critical to the success of your renovation.
You want a contractor that understands your needs and budget and is responsive to your questions at the beginning of the process.
Create a list of your top five partners and make sure to check out portfolios of their work, read reviews and make sure they have the proper licensing and insurance. Always ask for referrals. If a partner is hesitant to give you a list of referrals or doesn’t have a large enough list, that’s a red flag. If at all possible, ask one of the referrals if you can come to see the work that was completed and check it out for yourself.
2) Consider Your Budget and Timeline
This is really important. Establishing your budget and timeline thresholds early on is critical to having a great home renovation experience.
It also helps any potential contractors understand the scope of your project and if they are a good fit for you. If you need a kitchen remodel done in 6-weeks, it may not work for some contractors while others may be able to get it done.
Budgets come in all shapes and sizes. Discuss your needs and budget constraints in detail and be honest. Without this info, it’s impossible for a home renovation contractor to bid on a project accurately. Make sure you also discuss adding some padding to the budget for issues that a contractor cannot control like unseen damage inside floors and walls. Discuss how your budget will be managed throughout the process. Will you have regular meetings? What about change orders? Get it all straight and in writing so there are no surprises.
3) Start the Design Process Early
It’s exciting to remodel and renovate your home. You’ve probably been thinking about it for a long time and have some specific ideas in place. We can’t wait to hear them.
Picking out the materials, fixtures and appliances early can help avoid a lot of headaches and confusion later. If you are working with a designer, they can help keep you on budget and we can help as well. It’s also important to think about lead times and availability for not only raw materials but also decorative elements. Some items are easy to get locally or are available to ship quickly. If you are looking for specialized materials and items from fabulous far away places, they might take longer to get here. Supply Chain can also be an issue and can cause unforeseen delays. Even if products are ordered on time, if the supplier can’t ship them, or there are delays at the point of manufacture, it can delay your project.
If your renovation has a specific deadline that can’t be moved, you will need to take all of this into account.
4) Keep Lines of Communication Open
Like any relationship, communication is key to having a successful home renovation project.
Don’t be afraid to ask questions and it’s reasonable to expect your contractor to respond to you in a timely manner. At the same time, your contractor will also have many questions that need to be answered and decisions made to keep the project moving forward.
If everyone is communicating, the project is going to be a success.
by JASON MALONEY
Jason Maloney has over 20 years of experience in high-end residential construction in the Lower Mainland. He graduated With Distinction from BCIT’s Construction Operations program and is a journeyman carpenter.
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We are passionate about what we do and helping customers just like you build and renovate their dream homes. From kitchen, living room, bathroom and basement renos to upgrading your outdoor spaces and exteriors, we can’t wait to get started on your project.