RENOSGROUP – OUT WITH THE OLD IN WITH THE NEW: HOME RENOVATION OTTAWA CHECKLIST

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RENOSGROUP – OUT WITH THE OLD IN WITH THE NEW: HOME RENOVATION OTTAWA CHECKLIST

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Do you want to expand your kitchen space or make your current basement more functional? Do you want to start over and make a whole new living space or upgrade an existing one with contemporary elements? A renovation project can be as simple as installing new windows and changing flooring or as complex as tearing down a wall.
 
To get started, picture your ideal beautiful, vibrant space and what it will look like.
 
Prioritize function: What do you plan to do in your renovated kitchen or basement? There are countless ways to maximize the functionality of space with remodeling or renovation.
 
Improve energy efficiency: Going green in your home can help you save money on energy bills or make your renovation options safer for your family.
 
Hire a designer: If your project is big, it would be much more cost-effective to work with a professional contractor. The experts can help bring your ideas to life and introduce you to new ideas that you might love.
 
Renovate or Remodel? Know the Differences
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Everyone seems to use the terms “renovate” and “remodel” interchangeably. But they don’t mean the same thing. Remodeling is changing the look: Installing new counters, new cabinets, new hardware, new appliances, new flooring, paint, new items, etc.
 
Renovating updates, the function: This includes all things in remodeling plus the demolition of walls, overhauling the floor, window frames, plumping structures, power installations, and gas, and the rearrangement of the entire space to fit your new objectives.
 
Renovations are significant changes to the current space. Remodeling, while still a major project, usually retains the same kitchen designs. You must decide whether what you want to do is remodeling or renovation. It is possible to handle small remodeling projects on your own, but general contracting can save you time and money for extensive renovation projects.
 
How to Go About Renovation
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If you are thinking about where to start, prioritize the kitchen. Kitchen renovations are the most complicated, and if you get done here, the rest of the upgrades are easy. The other reason is the home value of the home-kitchen renovation has a greater potential to improve home value compared to anywhere else in the house.  Bathrooms and basements come in second.
 
Do the Math
Now that you have everything you need, zoom in to what you can afford or is reasonable for your design objectives.
 
Finishes & Repairs
The cost difference between custom and stock cabinets can be huge. It is the same for flooring materials and other design elements. Think about your style and budget and decide whether you need custom or stock to meet your goals.
 
Create a Budget
You need a budget. Whether you earn a small income or have a substantial amount in your saving account, the budget keeps you, your designer, and your contractor on the right track.
 
Not sure about the cost of remodeling your kitchen? Below We have listed average costs to help you get a good idea of how much your project will cost you.
 
Average Renovation Costs
If you want a ballpark figure to help create your budget, we have some startup numbers. Below are the national average costs of kitchen renovations:
 
General Cost of Kitchen Remodeling
Project Low End Mid-Range High End
Kitchen Appliances $2,700 $4,594 $12,431
Cabinets $5,514 $8,635 $17,587
Counters $1,522 $3,306 $6,198
Fixtures and Sinks $688 $1,096 $2,220
Flooring $1,324 $1,987 $3,311
Lighting $700 $1,282 $2,358
Total: $19,211 $34,450 $57,405
The average cost of renovating a small kitchen is  $21,185, and extensive renovations cost $55,503. However, these kitchen renovations increased the home resale value by $17,576 for a minor remodel and $43,363 for larger remodels.
 
So, your cost will actually be $3,600 for small kitchen renovations and $12,000 for extensive renovations in these cases. Good math.
 
Minor Kitchen Remodel
Mid-Range Kitchen Remodel
Major Kitchen Remodel – Upscale
Bathroom Remodels
Common bathroom renovations involve updating vanities countertops and sinks.
 
Upgrading faucets and fixtures
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How to Pay Your Renovation Fees
Whether it’s a kitchen or bathroom renovation Ottawa, there are many ways you can pay for your project. One way is borrowing against your home’s value. There are also ways to borrow that do not rely on your credit history. Here are some of the options at your disposal.
 
Home Equity Loan
Home equity loans are secured by your home’s appreciated value. The advantage is that your interest rate mortgage amount will not be increased.
 
Home Owners Loan
You are borrowing against your income and not the home’s value. Your home will be the collateral, but this is good for those new to homeowners with a healthy income.
 
Value Added Loans
If you are making significant improvements, you can borrow from what will be worth your home after the project instead of its current value. You Need a Timeline
 
Finally, when do you want to start working, and when do you want your basement remodel be completed? Ensure that your home addition Ottawa contractors understand your timelines.
 
Renovation Project Stages
Choosing and Interviewing a Contractor
Once you have your list of qualified pros, you should make sure that you are consistent when interviewing them. Questions that homeowners must ask a contractor should revolve around:
 
How to Analyze Quotes
There is a big difference between a “free” one-paragraph quote and one five-page length statement with all aspects of the project explained. Get every detail on paper!
 
This is also an excellent time to see if you can work with your contractor – are they willing to take time to enlighten you about the process and all your options?
 
What does the contractor’s quote say about cost overruns? Does the stated amount cover everything? What about design, permits, and drawings – is it all in the quote?
 
Don’t assume anything;  if the quote allows for $ 3,000 cabinets, ask your contractor to show you what the $ 3,000 cabinets look like. This will save you from nasty surprises down the road.
 
But remember that money is not everything! Do you like and trust the contractor? Is there anything fishy about them? Trust your instincts and hire only someone who feels right to you.
 
Hiring a Contractor
You’ve done all due diligence and decided on a contractor you like. Despite the progress, you still have work to do to ensure that you enter the right relationship.
 
What a Good Contractor Should Have
During the Construction
The moment you have planned the work and laid down the basic rules, you now need to put on your manager’s project hat. One way to keep things in perspective and stay informed is to have regular progress meetings with your project manager or contractor.
 
Progress meeting is a time for reviewing questions, making decisions, and discussing changes in the scope of the project. You can have these meetings daily or once a week for prolonged projects. Have your contract copy with you in these meetings and take advantage of the forum to express concerns or make changes.
 
Payment Schedule
The rules are not etched in stone. There are many ways a contractor collects his money. Some do not collect until the work is completed (very rare), while others request 50 percent up front (also very rare, and in some cases should be a warning sign). This is our payment structure: 
 
Paying for your contractor everything before they start work is a major risk. Your money is your leash. Use it wisely. Here are tips to help you manage this process so that you and your contractor are happy:
 
House Rules for Constructors
It may be difficult to live in the house when parts of it are under construction. If it’s a kitchen renovation, you may have to order takeout or go without a meal. But things don’t have to be unbearable. Here are some of the things to remember to help make the renovation a smooth process:
 
a) Remove everything that you don’t frequently use from the kitchen or basement during the renovation.
 
b) Make a map of the route the contractors should take from the entrance to the project area and secure the floor with old towels, carpets, or plastic.
 
c) Note that temporary disruption such as when the constructors arrive early or stay late may help accelerate the project.
 
d) Decide what to do with your cats and dogs so that they do not get in the way of a contractor.
 
e) Choose whether you want the home cleaned every day. Remember that for extensive projects, cleaning every day can prolong completion timelines.
 
f) Plan where the contractors will park, and if necessary, and where construction waste will go.
 
g) Decide how you want to start and complete work each day and whether you will be able to work on the weekends.
 
h) During construction, plan well on how to decrease the amount of dust – put plastic covers on the door to keep out dust.
 
i) Choose where they’ll get their electricity.
 
j) Give the workers refreshments if possible.
 
k) Coffee can motivate basement renovation Ottawa contractors to work better and faster.
 
Change Orders
A change order is a written request to change the work scope specified in your contract or plans. There are two types of change orders: those you initiate and those contractors initiate due to unexpected build conditions. 
 
While this type of change order can be much frustrating, it’s an inevitable part of home improvement, and having a well-defined policy change for your contract can streamline this process.
 
A Typical Change Order Must Include the Following
  1. Username, phone number, and address
  2. Name of owner
  3. A complete description of the new work to be done
  4. Total number of building materials and personnel to complete the transformation
  5. Updated graduation date due to replacement
  6. Signatures of the company representative
  7. Signatures of homeowners
Punch Lists
The punch list is a checklist for all incomplete project-related items. It is a good idea to review and share this list of your progress meetings to guarantee that you read from the same script as the constructors.
 
This document acts as a “What’s left” list. Once the contractor has completed work on all the items on your punch list to your satisfaction, you should pay the remaining amount you owe and open a bottle of wine!
 
Inspection and Completion
After the project completion, you and your contractor should schedule an inspection to review all contractual elements, change orders, and your punch list.
 
You may likely have a few highlights or changes you want at this point, and these should be added to the punch list and tied to the final payment.
 
Design Ideas
Traditional
Traditional Kitchen
With a solid base of cabinets with furniture and vanity styles, traditional style is often expanded with lines of decorative plumbing and appliances and complemented by the warm yet subtle colors as well as beautiful shapes.
Country
Country Kitchen
This style draws on the old school and uses nature to incorporate the original feel. The layout is simple and low, from rough wood-hewn wooden floors to floral designs and earthy colors.
Transitional
Transitional Kitchen
Transitional style fills the space between Traditional and Contemporary by softening the modern industrial feel with rounded corners and warm colours while maintaining the sensitivity of Contemporary design.
Tips to Improve your Style
In Summary
Even a small basement of kitchen renovations can turn out to be a lot of work. Divide the project into smaller parts with a defined beginning and end.
 
Write a detailed contract with the clauses that explain the process of terminating the contract and changing the work scope.
 
Prepare a specific communication plan with standard updates to discuss completed work and plan for future work. Ensure the contractor can meet with you at convenient times so that they don’t show up at six on a Monday morning when you are trying to get the kids ready for school; set guidelines for when a contractor can come to the house.