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home renovation guide

Kickstarting a home renovation project can be an overwhelming endeavor — particularly if you’ve never before taken on such a project. Before getting started, you need to ensure you understand what you’re getting yourself into. What follows is a look at what a complete home renovation entails — so that you can see whether or not you really want to do so.

Step 1. Construct a Thorough Home Improvement Project Strategy

The initial step in a renovation project is to create a plan that includes the main objective of your home renovation. It should also highlight, among other things, the things that need to be done.

What follows are things your project should include:

  • Blueprints or sketches of the projected end result.
  • A list of needs and wants for the renovation project.
  • A list of steps that is divided in terms of what you can do on your own and what needs to be done by professionals.

You’ll also want to check any zoning or permit requirements. If your home renovation project will alter the structure of your home in any way, you’ll likely need a permit. Retain the help you need and figure out your project timeline before applying for permits.

Step 2. Choose Renovation Project Budget

Your next step is to figure out a budget and how you’re going to pay for your home renovation. When figuring out the budget, you need to include expenses related to any permits, building materials, labor costs, and decorations or cosmetic elements.

Do the following when developing your budget:

  • Figure out the amount you want to spend and get financing in place. Add another 10% to your budget to account for unexpected expenses that are bound to come up.
  • Get quotes from professionals.
  • Price out materials.

If your cost estimates exceed your budget, go back to your home renovation plan from step one and cross out as many project elements as needed to meet your budget. Ensure you get quotes from multiple service providers.

Tip: Some Canadian providers offer rebate programs for replacing windows, doors, etc. Do a little bit of digging to see if you qualify for any of them.

Step 3. Find and Hire Contractors

The next step in the process is to retain contractors. Don’t rely solely on cost when selecting contractors. When looking for the right professionals, look at factors like cost, experience, insurance, and licensing. You can learn a lot by reading reviews or asking people you know for recommendations.

If you need to retain the services of more than one contractor for your home renovation project, figure out which one of them will be in charge. You’ll want to determine this before the project gets underway. Otherwise, things might get confusing.

Tip: A reputable contractor won’t request that you pay the full cost upfront. Moreover, the Better Business Bureau suggests never doing so. Before agreeing to anything, you need to discuss payment terms.

Step 4. Note the Stages of Work and Timeline

Once you have a budget in place and have assembled a team of contractors, you’ll want to come up with timelines for different stages of the home renovation project. Meet with your contractors to figure out how long the different stages of the project will take. Talks about what should be done first, long each phase will take, and what parts of the project can be done at the same time.

Home Renovation Stages

What follows is a look at the renovation stages based on priority and timeline considerations:

1. Foundation Repairs

First, secure the foundation and ensure critical foundation repairs to areas like weakened walls, carrying beams, and joists.

2. Roof and Siding Replacement

If needed, fix or replace the roof. You’ll also want to replace the siding if it’s damaged.

3. Structural Carpentry Jobs

The next step is to relocate walls, make new walls, add beams to support extra weight upstairs, add new doors or remove existing doors, and create framing for any new construction windows.

4. Electrical, HVAC, and Plumbing Jobs

Opening walls and ceilings will help not only the HVAC company to install ductwork for central heating and air conditioning but also for plumbers and electricians to run new plumbing and electrical systems.

5. Windows and Doors Installation

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6. Insulation and Drywall

Before putting up the drywall, you need to put in the insulation. Don’t be hasty. Consider your insulation options since some types will be better for different areas of your home.

7. Fine Carpentry

Next on the list of tasks is the fine carpentry — such as molding, baseboards, molding, and trim around windows and doors — and the built-in elements — such as breakfast nooks and bookcases.

8. Painting, Wallpaper, and Other Finishing Work

Near the conclusion of the home renovation, you’ll want to focus on things like painting interior walls, applying wallpaper, and painting or sealing trim.

9. Installing Flooring

If you want to install flooring, wait until the tail end of your home renovation project. Doing so will safeguard the flooring from damage that might occur if it’s put down too early in the process.

10. Exterior Works

After the inside work is complete, get started on the exterior of your home. You can put up the gutters and siding.

Step 5. Final Walkthrough After Project is Completed

During the walkthrough, you’ll carefully assess every detail of the renovation project. Ensure that contractors are there during the walkthrough so that you can point out anything of concern. 

Congratulations! You’ve completed your home renovation project, and you’ll be able to enjoy the results.

Let Us Handle Your Plumbing Renovation

Whether you want to know about plumbing renovation services, want a quote for a renovation project, or have some drain or plumbing problems, get in touch with us at Dr. Pipe Drain and Plumbing Services. We offer 24/7 emergency services, upfront pricing with no hidden costs, and five-star customer service. Please call us at 613-791-5777 and let us know how we can help.

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