Tips for a successful home renovation

planning a renovationIf 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

Checking references

  • 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


A homeowner guide to renovation contracts. 

Top 10 Reasons to use a West End HBA 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.

  1. Help from start to finish, a professional renovator will help you put it all together.
  2. Experienced advice can turn your ideas into breathtaking results. WE HBA renovators will listen, make suggestions and look for the best ways to do things.
  3. Technical proficiency to develop efficient construction plans, understand and overcome challenges and obstacles and improve the comfort and value of your home.
  4. An expert network of skilled staff, subcontractors and suppliers ready to work for you.
  5. You can see work they’ve done in the past by talking with past customers, looking at previous renovation jobs and investigating their reputation.
  6. 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.
  7. You get it in writing so that there’s a record of the contract you and your renovator have agreed to.
  8. Liability insurance and workers’ compensation coverage protects you in case of an accident or damage to your property or your neighbour’s property.
  9. Warranties on labour, materials and products ensure your investment will last a long time and no additional cost to you.
  10. 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.

Role of the Renovator
  • 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
Role of the Homeowner
  • 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


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