Tips for a successful home renovation
If you’re making modest changes to a few rooms in the house, or if you’re transforming your dream home, the renovating process can be pleasant, smooth and rewarding – if you take time to plan your project carefully and prepare for all contingencies by:
Doing your homework
- Consider your lifestyle and the needs of your family before planning your renovation project
- Think about how much you’re willing to spend and how you plan on paying for your project
- Contact your insurance broker and review your homeowners’ policy in regards to your renovation
Hiring a professional renovator
- Hire a renovator who is a member of the Hamilton-Halton Home Builders’ Association
- Ensure your renovator is RenoMarkTM certified
- Call the renovator’s previous clients to ensure you’re making the right decision
Getting it in writing
- Once you accept the renovator’s offer, get it written in a contract
- Read the contract carefully before signing it
- Consider elements like the description of work to be done, payment and holdback schedules and the responsibilities of the renovator
- Remember, if it isn’t in the contract, then it is your responsibility as the homeowner
Establishing a good relationship with your renovator
- Keep lines of communication open at all times
- Ask for a progress reports at regular intervals of your renovation job
- Ensure you’re available to make decisions when needed so work isn’t held up
Top 10 Reasons to use an HHHBA renovator
Renovators who are members of the Hamilton-Halton Home Builders’ Association are recognized as local leaders in the renovation and home building industries and will help you with all aspects of your renovation with professionalism.
- Help from start to finish, a professional renovator will help you put it all together.
- Experienced advice can turn your ideas into breathtaking results. HHHBA renovators will listen, make suggestions and look for the best ways to do things.
- Technical proficiency to develop efficient construction plans, understand and overcome challenges and obstacles and improve the comfort and value of your home.
- An expert network of skilled staff, subcontractors and suppliers ready to work for you.
- You can see work they’ve done in the past by talking with past customers, looking at previous renovation jobs and investigating their reputation.
- Get accurate pricing information and avoid the uncertainty of low-ball costing, inferior work or escalating prices once the job begins. Your renovator will tell you up front what the job will cost.
- You get it in writing so that there’s a record of the contract you and your renovator have agreed to.
- Liability insurance and workers’ compensation coverage protects you in case of an accident or damage to your property or your neighbour’s property.
- Warranties on labour, materials and products ensure your investment will last a long time and no additional cost to you.
- Personalized service from a hard-working renovator who wants to earn your trust by making your renovation experience a great one.
The roles of the renovator and the homeowner
Before embarking on any renovation project – and prior to signing a final contract – it’s important to understand the common roles of the renovator and the homeowner.
- Co-ordinates their work schedule with you
- Keeps you informed on a regular basis (i.e. when to expect subcontractors, progress updates, when you need to make decisions)
- Makes themselves available to answer your questions and deal with changes
- Honours deadlines set out in the contract, subject to any changes orders
- Respects your home and family and ensures all others on the project do the same
- Clears the work area of furniture and personal items and creating a safe working environment
- Selects materials in a timely manner so as to not delay the job
- Keeps changes to a minimum once work is underway to avoid scheduling and budgeting changes
- Discusses questions and issues as they arise
- Pays the contractor on time and in accordance with the terms set out in the contract
View our resource library for articles and other information regarding the renovation industry.
- Renovation Myths: No Decent Contractors
- Renovation Myths: Paying Money Up Front
- The Healthy Homes Renovation Tax Credit
- HHHBA Renovators Support Renovation Tax Rebates