5 Things To Do Before A Home Renovation

Things to do before a home renovation project

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A home renovation project isn’t something that you do on a whim (and if you do, the results could be pretty catastrophic, not only to your home but to your bank account, too) – a home renovation requires planning in order to be carried out in a safe, cost-efficient way.

According to the Calgary Herald and a BMO Economics’ survey, Canadians were predicted to spend about $46 billion on home renovations in 2011, up slightly from $45.3 billion in 2010, and in May of last year, 62% of Canadian homeowners said that they are likely to renovate their home in the next two years.

If you’re planning a home makeover, be sure to take into account these things to do before a home renovation.

1- Determine your needs

What is the purpose of the home renovation? Is it to expand your living space or upgrade a current room? What other requirements should the project fulfill, like added storage, updated appliances or accessories, and more? Once you and your family determine all of your needs, you can proceed with the next stage of your home renovation.

2- Hire an expert

Unless you’re a true Mike Holmes, a major home renovation should really be overseen by a professional like a contractor. Not only do they have the experience of dealing with such large-scale plans but they also have myriad connections with building material companies and others in the industry, making it all the easier to source the supplies and expertise you’ll need for your home renovation.

3- Create a budget

The budget is one of the most important elements of a home renovation – by setting a budget from the get-go you’ll ensure that the reno really does add value to your home as opposed to sucking your bank account dry. By heeding the aforementioned tip, a professional contractor has the know-how to help you accurately assess the costs involved in various home renovation projects and come up with a budget that is both realistic and affordable.

4- Plan the work involved

Create a timeline in order to properly manage the progress of the home renovation. This entails sitting with the contractor and reviewing how much can get done in a set amount of time. Will you be without a kitchen for a week or a month? How long will one part of your home be unlivable? What other details should be accounted for, such as road permits that may be required if part of your street will be blocked to accommodate the delivery of large materials?

If the work is properly planned out, there will be no unexpected surprises.

5- Add a “green” element

During your home renovation, why not offer a nod to Mother Nature and incorporate something eco-friendly into your plans? The Government of Canada has renewed the popular ecoENERGY Retrofit – Homes program to help Canadians make their homes more energy-efficient and reduce the burden of high-energy costs. From June 6, 2011 until March 31, 2012, homeowners may be eligible to receive reimbursements of up to $5,000 to make their homes more energy-efficient.

Any more home renovation tips?

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