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Avoid a poor renovation experience

Each year millions of Canadians plan to undergo home renovation projects. They either tackle the project themselves or hire a professional to get the job done properly. Whether you’re painting a bedroom or completely redoing your kitchen, you can hire help or do it yourself. However, what if the end results aren’t what you had hoped for? Familiarize yourself with what makes a good home renovation compared to a poor one.

Your Contractor

“Carelessness” and “contractor” are two words that should never be used in the same sentence. When searching for a contractor, ensure that you are doing extensive homework before you hire someone.  Some warning signs that your contractor may not be the right match for you are: their lack of enthusiasm about the project, no contracting license or insurance, or if they ask you to pay up front.

These are just a few warning signs, so do some serious research before you hire anyone. Research should include talking to friends and family, looking online and interviewing a few before making your final decision.

Cheap Materials

According to experts, the selection of cheap, poorly crafted materials is one of the biggest mistakes someone can make during a renovation. While the desire to save money is common and commendable in most instances, shopping on price alone can lead early breakdowns. More often than not, this results in the homeowner having to pay more money in the future, in order to repair or replace the cheap materials. You’re going to get what you pay for, so make the right decision the first time around.

Noise and Odors

Foul smells and loud noises could mean that short cuts were taken in the process of your renovation. When you walk around your newly renovated home, it should; smell clean, be squeak free and you shouldn’t be able to hear outdoor noises.

Unfinished Projects

If you’ve paid a contractor to come and complete a project but they are showing up less and less, kindly ask them to return the materials you’ve paid for. Before you started the project, a contract should be read through and signed by both you and your contractor. If you do this you are legally covered if any problem arises. Along with the contract, set a drop-dead date for when the project is to be completed. If you can, set up consequences for missing project end dates as well. Doing so will put your mind at ease. Your contractor knows they have a business with you, and if they don’t deliver what they promise, things could go very poorly for them.

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