Carefully Plan Your Project

  • Be realistic about the time a project will take to get started and to complete, including at least a 10 per cent contingency for changes and unexpected conditions.
  • Plan for inconvenience and disruption. Some will require that you move out during construction; others may allow you to live with the building project.
  • Remember that major projects may require the services of an architect and other professionals such as engineers and heating contractors.
  • Discuss any lengthy project with neighbours. In addition to unavoidable noise and dirt, there will be vehicles parked on the street, disposal bins in the driveway, and plenty of truck deliveries.
  • Include a requirement for daily clean-up in your contract.


Select a Renomark™ Renovator

  • Always look for a Renomark™ renovator.
  • Get the names of homeowners who have had equivalent work done and ask them about their experience.
  • If you engage a designer first, bring a renovator into the team as early as possible. At this stage their drawings and specifications will allow a budget estimate and an indication of the time it will take to complete the project.
  • Know that your Renomark™ renovator will select and manage experienced trades people for specific elements, such as electricians, plumbers, painters, or those who apply drywall, brick or stucco.


Get a Written Contract

  • Once you are satisfied with a preliminary design, a preliminary budget and a realistic timetable, you are ready to commit to final drawings.
  • Now is the time for an accurate estimate of the cost and to sign a contract with a renovator to perform the work.
  • If you decide to ask more than one renovator to submit bids, remember that this can be a time-consuming effort.
  • When you make your decision to hire a renovator, get it in writing. State the precise scope of work; the exact price, including a schedule of payments; a reasonable timetable for completing the work; and any instructions for protecting parts of the house not under construction.
  • If there is any difference of opinion between your renovator and your design professional about procedures or materials, this is the time to resolve it to avoid delays and extra cost.
  • Avoid renovators who offer to do work without a contract in an attempt to avoid payment of the GST. This type of renovator may also not be paying workers’ compensation or carrying adequate insurance, leaving you at financial risk.


Check on Progress

  • Make sure there is regular communication between you and your renovator.
  • Understand that requests for changes or additional work may affect cost and time. Be sure you have a signed “change order” for all changes.


Discuss Your Concerns

  • Raise any concerns you may have. But be flexible when minor changes occur that do not affect either the appearance or function of the job.
  • Note any changes that are made as a result of such conferences, and do so in writing.