Renovating your home is a very important process, so having a good relationship with the contractor of your choice and making informed decisions is very important. That’s why, in this article, we are going to give you some advice on all the things you should do to make sure that the renovation goes smoothly.
The first thing you should do is to establish exactly what you want to achieve through the renovation. A contractor can advise and guide you, but you can’t expect them to have all the answers. In order to give them a clear image of what you want a certain room to look like, you have to be clear about your preferences. To achieve this, you can make a short list with the things you don’t like about your home and how you would like to change them. Before discussing this with the contractor, make sure to show the list to your family, to see if they agree or if they have something to add.
Another thing you should do is prepare your family for the renovation. A renovation project can bring a lot of noise, dust, dirt, and personal intrusion, but it can be bearable if you properly organize your activities. You should consult the contractor’s schedule and try to make the home accessible to them at all times. Try to organize your household activities around the renovation activities and you will find a way to make it work. If it ever gets too much, you can take a small family trip for a couple of days, to relax and get away from it all.
Also, you should try to always communicate with your contractor because that means you will have a deeper understanding about every aspect of the renovation. In order to achieve this, you have to ask questions every time you don’t understand something, you have to look over drawings and sketches and be in touch with every detail of the project. Make sure to give the contractor your contact information, like a cell number, to give him the possibility to reach you at any time.
Lastly, if it is the first time you work with a certain contractor, make sure to check his references. Check if the company has enough experience in the field and what their past clients think of them. You can find all this information online, on sites like Yelp. Another way to find a great contractor is to use the Better Business Bureau. For example, if you live in the Calgary area, on the BBB site of your region you will find all the Calgary renovation companies and you can see the feedback score for each of them.