Plan and be your own foreman

Would you like to renovate the interior of your home or redecorate a room?

Of course, you could save by putting your skills to the test instead of hiring a professional. But before you go ahead as your own foreman, here are a few tips and tricks.

Plan, plan, plan

A good plan is definitely the key to success in any renovation project. You’ll avoid making impulsive purchases, reduce unnecessary expenses and save on trips back and forth from your home to the hardware store!

Once you have decided on your definitive plan, go through your project step by step to make a complete inventory of the tools and building materials you will need. Be as specific as possible. This way you will be able to establish a detailed budget and avoid cost overruns.

Take advantage of in-store discounts to purchase discounted supplies.

Some tasks are nearly impossible to accomplish on your own. By dividing the work into well-defined steps, you can put together a schedule that will make it easier for you to mobilize family and friends to give you a hand.

If you think you need funding, check out our article “How to finance your home renovations”.

Be smart about acquiring tools

Are you tempted to fill your toolbox like a pro? Great! However, in most cases, you will find that it’s not a profitable investment. Instead of getting into big spending at the hardware store, ask your family and friends and find out if you could borrow the tools you need. You may also consider renting the tools that you would only be using for a single project.

The same logic applies to materials. People often end up with surpluses when renovating. See what your parents and friends have in stock. They might be delighted to give you their beautiful red pine planks and make room in the garage!

Also check the classifieds. You could get a good deal on tools that are almost new or on building materials at a fraction of the cost – and even for free sometimes.

Although it is preferable to minimize surpluses, broken or waisted materials are commonplace on a construction site and stopping work to restock can end up being more expensive. That’s why it is better to give yourself leeway by having a surplus of just under 10%. If you have any leftover materials, you can use them for repairs.

Preparing the construction site

You now have a plan, the tools and the materials? Perfect! Be sure to set up your construction site properly by clearing the room and protecting what can’t be removed out. Accidental damage can happen quickly during renovations – and can be expensive in both time and money.

Organize your materials according to the order in which you will need them, in a way that they can be easily and safely accessed.

Other tips

See also how you can take advantage of government grants and programs to save during your renovation work.

If you decide, after all, to hire a professional, make sure to read our advice in How to find the right building contractor.

Finally, don’t forget that your Multi-Prêts mortgage broker can help you finance your mortgage as well as your renovation work.

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