With everyone at home, we are sure people are sitting around wondering if there is anything they can do to their home to make it more esthetically pleasing or more efficient. Or maybe its just time for a change. We have put together a quick guide to follow before entering the reno world. Whether it be DIY or hiring a pro ;) this guide will help you out!
Reality check – DIY or Go with the Pros
Are you handy? If so, you could cut some costs by doing the work yourself. DIY renos are a great way to save money, have a sense of accomplishment, and involve the entire family, but they can turn disastrous if you don’t know what you’re doing, so be honest with yourself. Do you have the time or more importantly the skill? If not, then you’ll need to pay someone to do the work. That means taking all expenses into account—not just labour and materials, but also permits, as well as additional overhead. Remember, the people you hire will make a profit. That’s their job.
A project that might seem simple, such as bringing your laundry upstairs, can become a budget buster when you have to re-configure plumbing, electrical and structural work due to the location you chose. A strong suggestion is to book a consultation with a designer/architect or a contractor, who will give you some insight into which projects will be workable. On a related note, it’s a good idea to bring together professionals who have prior, positive experiences working together. Ask your designer to recommend contractors they’ve previously worked with. Or if you have a great contractor on board but need a designer, ask the contractor to recommend someone they have a proven track record with. Think of it like a good marriage.