Step 1 - Before you Start and Assembling your Renovation Team
When you are considering a renovation project it is important to know why you are doing it. Are you renovating because your space is out of date and you want to keep up to market and design trends? Is it because you are selling your home and are looking to get as much value from your home as possible? or has someone in your family had a change in lifestyle which requires modifying your home for accessibility? Knowing the answers to these questions will help you determine your budget which plays a huge factor in the steps going forward. Determine your must-haves and your nice-to-have items. Determine the quality of finishes you want - are you prepared to spend $15 per square foot for tile, or is spending $2 per square foot more in line with your finances? In some cases certain materials will not only increase the materials costs, but also labour costs, especially if they require specoialized installation. Once you have a budget range you are ready to assemble your renovaiton team.
The next step is to select a renovation contractor or construction contractor depending on the size of your project. It is very important to make sure that your renovation contractor carrie sliability insurance and works only with subcontractors who have workplace safety and employers' liability coverage, asinadequate insurance could leave you liable for the cost of property damage or injuries. With T-ROC you can rest assured you are covered.
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Step 2 - Comparing Quotes and Written Contracts
Before you sign any contract with a contractor be sure you understand exactly what the erms mean, when payments are due, as well as many details as possible. Be wary of a contract that only has a few descriptive lines and requires a large up front deposit. Im sure you have heard of the many hooro stories of contractors leaving with deposits. At The Renovators of Canada we don't take large deposits and only invoice for the work we are currently doing. All contracts are broken down into phases. This creates security for both you, the homeowner, and the contractor. Choose a contractor who understands your easons and goals for renovating and whom your trust to deliver your renovation on time, on budgte, and with the quality you are expecting. T-ROC contracts will contain the name and details of the homeowner and the T-ROC Operator. It will include the scope of work and exclusions as well as a detail of the cost breakdowns. All payment terms will be determined prior to starting as well as how changes will be managed. With T-ROC you are incontrol of your budget at each phase of the project - no work will be completed without an agreement prior to commencement of the work.
Step 3 - Construction - Renovation
Once your renovation or construction project begins expect to be an active participant in the process. Understand who your main point of contact is and the best way to communicate with them - email, text, phone call, meetings. Understand the importance of your contractor in maintaining the cleanliness of your home as well as keeping it safe during the construction / renvovation process. As each phase of the project is completed it shall be inspected both by you and the inspector (if applicable). Once it has passed you can move onto the next phase of the scope of work. Any additional work shall be agreed to in writting, in scope and in cost.
Once your project is nearing the end it will require your final approval. Create a punch list for you and the contractor and be sure all items are dealt with prior to making the final payment. All T-ROC jobs come with a 10 year warranty. This begins once the job has been completed and is paid in full.