What To Expect When You’re Renovating

What will your home renovation involve?

Home renovations can be exciting. You imagine what the after will look like and envision how you will decorate your new and/or redesigned space. Before the final touches however home renovations can be messy, noisy and challenging as the work is completed. Here’s a guide on how to get through while keeping your eyes on the prize and your budget to a minimum.

You will likely be asked many questions along the way from the contractor to make sure that you can fully enjoy your space. Your satisfaction with the final product and budget will be exponentially higher if you can answer questions in a timely manner and with some patience for the process. While some details may seem trivial they all impact how you enjoy and interact with your home once it’s completed. From light switch locations to floor plans, faucet styles and paint colours, it may become overwhelming. However, a design team such as Two Birds Design can help with all of the details.

If you haven’t chosen a contractor yet, we can help with what to look for in vetting a contractor. Once you have your contractor hired, they are here to help with the many decisions you’ll make, both before the renovation commences and while the work is being done. Your contractor can offer guidance based on their years of experience, building code and safety concerns and timeline/budget considerations. They should be keeping you updated with how your renovation is progressing and if there are any delays or other hiccups that may prolong the work.

If you’re new to home renovations, here is what you can expect:

  • Early starts to the renovation every day
  • Dust and debris
  • Focus Construction sets up temporary partition walls to confine dust to the room or uses air treatment machines equipped with filters
  • Heavy noise from saws, nail guns, hammers, drills and other power tools
  • Any delay that occurs, foreseeable or not, will have a domino effect on progress. Being patient is extremely helpful as home renovations can come with challenges along the way
  • Unexpected surprises. For example, there could be health concerns with the discovery of mold, asbestos that was not visible until walls have been demolished
  • Focus Construction recommends having a contingency fund built into your budget for such occasions

Depending on the scope of the renovation, you may be better off moving from your house while the work is being done. While it can be unsettling to have to leave your home, sometimes it is better for you, your family, the ability of your contractor and other workers to get the job done efficiently. It will be less disruptive to your day to day and your home’s progress will be expedited. Focus Construction does recommend temporarily relocating as that has proven to be the best option for everyone, but we will always accommodate client needs.

If you do decide to remain in your home, you can expect the following:

  • Bathroom and kitchen renovations mean that you will be unable to use those rooms
  • You’ll have to be creative with washing dishes, making meals or using another bathroom
  • There will likely be times where the water and/or power are turned off, so accommodations for these circumstances are necessary
  • Workers talking and sometimes speaking loudly in order to communicate with each other

There is only one thing in construction that you can guarantee, and that is that nothing goes according to plan. A good contractor will do everything they can to stick to schedule and deal with unforeseen challenges. The most important thing to expect is satisfaction with your new home and remodelling experience. Focus Construction can help you make that happen.

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