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The questions you need to answer on renovating your house


If you are a home owner there will probably come a time when will be looking to renovate your home but if you begin renovating without asking some questions first you might end up with a bigger headache than anything. Below you will find a few of the most commonly asked questions among home owners who are renovating their homes.

  • What is the reasoning behind the renovation?
    • Are you looking for more space?
    • Do you need an updated space?
    • Do you just need a change?
  • How in depth will this renovation be?
    • Is this something that a coat of paint and a new peel and stick floor can fix?
    • Will you need to knock down walls or build walls?
    • Do you need to run new electric or plumbing?
  • What is your budget?
    • This is one of the first things you must decide on because your budget will determine what can be done and also which contractor you choose.
  • What is your ideal time frame?
    • How long do you have for this project to get completed?
    • Is this a large or small project?
  • Is this a project I can do myself or should I hire a contractor to do it for me?
    • Is this a simple project that you can do or have a friend who can do it or should you leave this sort of job to the professionals.

Now, once you decide on renovating there are some things you should inquire about from your contractor that way you and the contractor are on the same page when it comes to your renovation.

  • Ask your contractor what you can expect during the renovation process?
  • Is your contractor insured and licensed?
  • Referrals are a HUGE thing to remember to get before hiring a contractor.
  • Prices as well as what their prices include, this would be where we recommend getting this in writing as an estimate that way when you decide to hire a contractor they can’t jack up their prices on you.
  • How will you protect my property during the renovation?
  • Is the work guaranteed for any amount of time?

The best way to handle this is to start a notebook, write the renovation project name on the cover and then just write down any and all questions you have about the project. Be sure to include all the contractors you want to interview and write down your thoughts about them and their responses to your questions. Be thorough because after all this is your renovation and your home it is better to get it right the first time than have to redo something after the renovation is complete.

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