Thankfully the weather is warming up, and it may finally be time to kick off that home renovation project before we hit the summer months. Whether it is a smaller bathroom renovation or full scale home renovation with new tile flooring and a bright, fresh paint job, you should follow a few key steps to ensure success.
Firstly, plan on what you want. Your Pickering or Ajax general contractor will certainly be able to give you great ideas, but they will need you as the homeowner to define the scope of work in your home. As an example, you may determine that you require new tile flooring throughout the main floor of your home. Your tile installer will then be able to give you some advice as to tile selection, layout, preparation, and overall budget. This is important because a great tile contractor will help you to maximize value and give you the best possible result for your home.
Secondly, you can begin searching for your renovation contractor. This will likely be the most important step in the process. The internet makes it easy to look up renovation companies, but by the same token, almost anybody with a computer can advertise and claim to be a renovator. Looking up reviews are a great way to start, but you should also recognize that not all reviews are authentic. You can always request references and check out past projects to verify for yourself. Calling a reference that a contractor provides, as an example, and asking certain questions is a great idea. Speaking to a homeowner who has dealt with a particular renovation contractor to discuss the process and results of their renovation project can be well worth it. For larger projects, consider arranging a visit to a previous job site to view the renovation project in person.
Thirdly, you should develop a timeline and written contract with your home renovation contractor. If you are dealing with somebody who cannot or will not provide you with a detailed written contract outlining the work, materials, and timeline to be followed in your home, you should move on to somebody who will provide one. Not only is it the law in Ontario, but it will also help to protect you should something go wrong. In the vast majority of cases, having a written contract will result in a smooth flowing and successful home renovation.