Tackling a home renovation

If you have been thinking about completing a home renovation, you may have some apprehension which is stopping you from completing the project. While this is understandable as home renovation projects are typically very stressful and can be very costly, there are some measures you can take to prevent such a displeasing feeling.

In fact, here are five things you can take into consideration before you tackle your next home renovation project:

1.  Depending upon the type of renovation project you wish to undertake, you may need to acquire some permits in order to complete the work. Smaller projects typically do not require permits, however, larger projects such as additions, altering structures, or electrical and plumbing work, may require special permits before you start the project. If you plan on tackling this project on your own you should contact your local city office and inquire about any necessary permits. If you plan on using a contractor to complete your renovation work, they will be able to acquire the necessary permits. Staying in compliance with local laws is important, as without the necessary permits, you can be assessed heavy fines and they can require you to stop work on the project.

2.  If you intend to use a contractor make sure that you use a professional that has completed a similar project. You will want to make sure that they are licensed, bonded and reputable by asking for references and actually calling them to check on their work. Save yourself the headache and the horror story that typically follows with not doing your homework before hiring a contractor.

3.  Depending on your project it may be beneficial for you to stay somewhere else while the work is being completed. You will need to remember that there is the possibility of loud noises (saws, hammers, etc) and lots of dust and dirt that will accompany the work being done.

4.  Always keep in mind that whatever time period and whatever budget you originally think you will set for the project, it will typically always be more. You need to buffer in some additional time for project completion and buffer in some additional funds just in case the project goes over budget.

5.  You should really consider all of these variables before diving in to your home renovation project. Deciding whether you really want to undertake this project is not an easy task and should not be taken lightly. Consider all the variables and make an informed decision.

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About the Author

Lisa Salt is a Vernon born Realtor® who, along with her husband Gord Fowler from Calgary, lead one of the most successful and dynamic real estate teams in the North Okanagan. 

An international clay target shooting champion, Lisa brought the attributes of hard work and diligent focus to the real estate industry to create the success she and her team have today. 

To experience the local knowledge and expertise that only someone born and raised in the Okanagan can offer, call Lisa today and 'Just Add Salt'.

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