If you are an avid HGTV watcher, you've probably seen hundreds of home renovations. Some shows focus on the disasters that come, but others make it look so easy. What you see on TV probably the halfway truth to the reality of home renovations. It isn't very easy, but it isn't just disaster after disaster either. There are a few things that you need to know as a homeowner, before you start doing renovations on your Collingwood home.
You may require permits
Before you start busting down cabinets, you should research your project thoroughly and find out if you need any permits. Talk to your relevant city or municipality government office to find out what is required legally before beginning work on your home.
You should research local Collingwood Contractors
If you aren't doing all of the work yourself and require hiring local Collingwood contractors, you should really do your research. First, see if you can get referrals from friends or family members who have had someone who did quality work for them. Beyond that, you should talk to a few contractors, get quotes and get references. You could also see if they have a portfolio of their work so you can decide if they are truly right for you. Don't pay them under the table, because then you have no legal recourse if something goes wrong or they don't do the work. Sign a contract and do things right to protect yourself.
You may need to relocate for a while
Many people decide to stay in their homes during a renovation, but depending on what is being done, this may not be a good idea. You should consider the following points.
- Your budget for staying elsewhere (could be included in the initial renovation budget)
- How large the renovations are (will it make your life hell to stay?)
- Where the renovations are taking place (will you have no running water or no use of your kitchen?)
- Do you have children (how stressed will they be missing naps?)
- The mess a renovation makes
- Fumes or dust
- Safety concerns for your family and pets
You may need to over-budget
Sure, you've added up all of the numbers and they seem to work perfectly, but as you may know from those home reno shows, you should always have a buffer. Things do go wrong, even with the best laid plans, so having money ready to remedy any problems is a very smart move.
Home renovations (depending on what you do) can add to the value of your home, as well as to your own individual comfort. As a Collingwood homeowner, you need to decide if the benefit outweighs the work and if your future plans include listing your home on the Collingwood Real Estate Market to cashin. Good Luck!