By Herb Lagois
How to find the right renovator
Tired of the old kitchen? Is your family outgrowing your home?
Maybe it’s time to start thinking about renovating. It’s really fun to consider all the ways you can make your home more functional for your family.
Seeing the changes happen right before your eyes is very exciting, but it doesn’t happen overnight. In fact, it takes several months, starting with selecting the right renovator. Doing your research upfront and taking the time to interview potential remodelers will be well worth it in the end.
Research your project
Take the time to research the average price, scope of work, return on investment, and material options for your remodel. Ask a professional Renomark™ remodeler for guidance for a better understanding of price ranges and how to set an appropriate budget.
When you’re comparing estimates from professionals, be sure you completely understand what you’re getting. Every estimate must be in writing. Does each estimate include complete installation, finishing details, on-site supervision, quality materials, and a warranty? A lower price may look attractive, but may cost you more in the long run if installation is not done properly or if low-quality materials are used.
If you are on the fence about whether to move or remodel, speak with a real estate agent who knows your community. Find out what your home’s resale value would be with and without the renovations you are considering. Always keep your long-term goals in mind. If you love your neighbourhood and can make the improvements you want to your home, the return on investment may not be as important.
Interview your remodeler
Don’t be afraid to ask about your renovator’s education, training, specialties, familiarity with local codes, and any references or issues with past clients. A true professional will appreciate any and all questions. Talk to your neighbours who have recently completed a renovation. Ask them if they would recommend the firm they used. Research online the remodelers you are considering. Visit their websites, view their portfolios, and read customer reviews.
It’s also a good time to ask about their process and how they expect to get paid. Make sure you really understand how your project is created from design – through selections and during construction. Pay close attention to methods for scheduling, communication with your project team, and quality control.
You also want to make sure the renovator’s way of doing business fits with you and your family. Is finishing on time important? Is being on budget important? Will they help with selections if you need guidance? Is it okay if you do some parts of the renovation yourselves?
You want to know that the people you are allowing into your home are going to do a great job, so check them out!
Herb Lagois is the owner of Lagois Design−Build−Renovate.