HOME RENOVATION...RENOVATE KITCHEN..RENOVATE BASEMENT..RENOVATE BATHROOM..

Home Renovation Tips...RENOVATE KITCHEN..RENOVATE BASEMENT..RENOVATE BATHROOM..


A professionally done kitchen renovation, can add as much as 10% to the resale value of your home?

Renovating your home....some tips and general rules to save money on your renovation....

Take the time you need to explore the possibilities for your home and develop a firm plan. Begins with the fundamentals-what do you need and how you want your home to look, feel and work for you and your family. Once you have a clear idea of the "big picture", your renovator will help you work out all the details.

Renovators and contractors can really take advantage and run up the bills on clients who don’t know what they want. “I want to fix up my kitchen” is not a renovation plan; it’s an invite for work that you may really not need and may be a burden on your expanding budget plans. A reputable contractor will discuss the exact specifications of the job before a deal is made. But many others will give an estimate based on what they think you want done. Work then is invariably going to cost more.

The more time that you put into detailing your needs, the easier it will be to obtain and compare quotes. If the cost seems overbudget, then remember you don’t have to do everything at once. Prioritize the needs that are most important to you, and decide what you need to get the greatest bang for the buck. Make a list and then try to stick to it throughout the renovation project. A detailed list and a good renovation plan will also help you to schedule the work in small, affordable stages, if neccessary.

The CHBA web site (www.chba.ca) has a Home Renovation Resource Centre that’s full of good advice and printable work sheets. And some suppliers offer no-charge design consultations if you buy your materials from them.

If you’re having a difficult time deciding exactly what you want, consider hiring a registered interior designer instead of an architect. These professionals are sometimes less expensive and trained to make sense of your needs, and organize the project so that it matches your budget, and they can often handle the unexpected extras like structural planning for additions.

While designers’ fees vary widely, you should expect to pay eight to ten percent of your overall construction costs to the designer; the larger the job, the smaller the percentage. See (www.interiordesigncanada.org) for more information.

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