Planning Your Next Renovation

Posted on September 18th, 2012

Is it time to renovate your home or business?  Maybe you’re thinking about putting your house up for sale and you’d like to increase the amount you might be able to get by selling.

Or maybe your business is growing so fast that you need more space?  Congrats!  That is a good problem to have.

Whatever your reason for renovating, working from a solid and reasonable plan is essential.  Here are some key things to consider before you begin the renovation process.

Knowing What You Want

It is your home or your business so you are the one that knows how the end result should look.  Having a clear understanding of what constitutes a success is the first step in renovating.  It is critical that you get a professional architect or draftsman to draw up a detailed scope of work as early as possible.  This way everyone will be working from the same set of specs and all contractors will be bidding on the same job.  This will ensure you get fair pricing and is more likely to avoid any confusion or budget changes down the road.

Set a Realistic Budget

Knowing what you want and having the means to pay for it are often two different things (unfortunately).  Fortunately, with the right contractor a little goes a long way.  Decide on how much you’re willing and able to spend before meeting with anyone will facilitate the process.

Interview Contractors

This is where the rubber begins to meet the road. Interview as many credible contractors as necessary to find the one you’re most comfortable with having in and around your house for an extended period of time.  Don’t shy away from asking the tough questions and make sure you get references. Also ask about their licensing, past projects and how they plan on handling any problems should any arise during your renovation.

Let the Profession Do His or Her Job

Once you’ve selected your contractor, let them get to work. It is human nature to want to be involved in the process. After all it is your home or business and with Newsam, your advice and input is always welcome.  That said, by stepping back and letting the professionals do what their years of experience have trained them to do will almost always speed up the process.

Remember. A renovation is a big deal.  By following the above steps early on in the process you will give yourself a good chance that the project will go smoothly and stay within budget.

Newsam has been helping Montrealers plan and renovate homes and businesses for years. We have extensive experience in creating detailed scope documents and we’re very familiar with the details involved in major renovations. Give us a call if we can help.