If you are a contractor or a client, here is the information that you need to know:
YOU ARE A CLIENT
Check with your provincial authorities to find out about current recommendations for renovation projects. In some parts of Canada, contractors are allowed to present quotes and carry out renovation projects starting in the upcoming days and weeks.
For example, in Quebec, all renovation projects will be allowed to start on May 11th 2020. In Ontario and Alberta, there is no set date for construction and home renovations to be relaunched. As such, strict guidelines are still in order. Please consult your provincial government website for specific information.
In the meantime, RenoQuotes is here to put you in touch with our network of contractors. We encourage clients and contractors to follow the rules and guidelines enforced by provincial authorities.
Consult our article for tips on how to organize your project remotely: How to Receive Quotes Remotely
Be sure to check out the following article for general information about renovations during this extraordinary situation: Renovation projects in the time of COVID-19
YOU ARE A CONTRACTOR
Guidelines vary from one province to another. As the information is changing daily, we encourage you to consult your local government website for specific information.
In any case, you will have to adapt your practices when presenting quotes and carrying out the work. In some areas, only remote communications are permitted. For advice on how to present a quote remotely, check out this article: 3 tips to present quotes remotely
If you meet with a client in person and start working on a project, strict hygiene and social distancing measures must be adopted. Here's another article that could interest you: What you need to know about construction sites reopening
Do you need financial help for your renovation company? Check out this article: Guide to financial assistance programs for Canadian businesses
Last modified: 2020-01-22 | Approximate reading time 5 mins
You may have watched a home renovation program and think that you know a thing or two about how long it takes to refurbish and remodel a house. Well, if you’re basing your knowledge off this half-hour program, you may want to do some additional research.
Regardless of if you’re renovating to make your home more beautiful or comfortable, or how big your home refurbishment project is, it will take time and effort.
If you’re on a budget, and can’t afford to hire an architect, then you can take on a home renovation project yourself. The key to a perfectly executed home renovation or refurbishment is to take the time to plan the project steps. If you have no idea where to start, do not fret because we’re here to help!
As we mentioned in our introduction, careful planning is a crucial step in the undertaking of any home refurbishment. The best way to tackle a home refurbishment is to divide up your home into sections and look closely at each one individually.
Brainstorm what you think you’ll need to update the look of your home and refurbish according to the plans you draw up. Ensure that you take all budgeting into consideration. Further, make a list of projects that you want done by a professional, alongside those which you will be able to do yourself.
Another key step in the planning process is applying for permits. For electrical work and some plumbing jobs, it is necessary to have a permit as it will be illegal to proceed without one. This is also true of any exterior renovation.
To avoid legal trouble and the chance of having to spend much more than you’ve budgeted for, consider building permits before starting any big home refurbishment projects. Of course, if the project you're taking on is small and won't involve anything of this nature, you don't need to worry too much about finding yourself a permit. Lastly, write specific end goals for all your spaces as well as your house overall. If you know exactly what you're getting yourself into, it will allow for the most well-rounded outcome.
As we mentioned, budget is key to the outcome of home renovations and refurbishments. Since you want your home refurbishment to be as economical as possible, it would be recommended that you carefully research the cost of all materials and appliances involved. If you are shopping online, make sure to factor in the cost of shipping. Further, never overestimate your budget, as this is a key mistake made by many homeowners. Keep it underestimated, as it is common for additional and unexpected costs to arise during the refurbishment process.
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Again, research is another important part of the planning process of a refurbishment. It’s likely that for any size project, you’ll be doing some initial research. If you have your heart set on a specific piece of furniture, a style of trimming or a material for flooring that you saw in a high-end magazine, you should be able to find a similar piece for a cheaper price from a manufacturer.
When something comes into fashion, especially within the realm of home décor, many suppliers will replicate popular styles for inexpensive prices. Look online, check out thrift stores and antique shops and see what treasures these places might hold. There are plenty of ways to have a beautiful home while keeping things economical!
If you’re looking to add a breath of fresh air into the rooms of your home but don’t want to rip up the floors and the walls, why not consider a coat of paint or two? Especially if you haven’t updated the colour in quite some time, paint can drastically shift the way that your home looks and feel on the inside.
Painting greatly affects the way that the light refracts off the walls of your home, so consider colour in relation to the layout of your home. Lighter colours will work to open things up while darker ones will make rooms feel cozy. If you’re already on a budget, it might be risky to go all out with colour, so consider an accent wall or keep things monochromatic.
Look through some design magazines for inspiration regarding the latest colour trends, but also make sure to stay true to yourself and your personal design vision. Also check out our article, 5 ways to remodel your bathroom using paint.
Paying attention to how your store your things is one of the most underrated ways to refurbish and remodel the inside of your home. Small to mid-sized renovation projects will often involve decluttering spaces, and it is recommended that you think about inventive and creative ways to add storage to your rooms. Have you considered open concept shelving?
Are you utilizing your kitchen cabinets to the best of your ability? If you’re working with old and clunky storage units, consider giving these an update by building your own with refurbished or found materials. Open concept shelving is great in the living room or bedroom, displaying the necessary items while helping you to avoid clutter.
If you’re fine with the shelving and storage units you already have, maybe consider re-staining or repainting the units for an updated look! Increasing the efficiency of things you already have in your home is an excellent way to give it an update without going overboard.
If you are renovating several aspects of your home, it would be best to leave your flooring installation or update until the end of the job. Installing the flooring as late as possible during home refurbishments and renovations will save them from damage that could occur over the course of the project.
If you’re not interested in started over regarding the ground you walk on, but you’re sick of the floors consider giving them a thorough clean, refinishing and re-staining them. We may not consider how much time we spend walking on our floors, but if you think long and hard you’ll understand why they look so dull.
Here are some articles on floors from our renovation blog:
Looking for specific ideas for renovation projects that can renew your home? Check out our article 8 renovation projects that will renew your home.
RenoQuotes.com can help you get quotes for your home refurbishment project. If you submit your project to us, we’ll put you in contact with top-rated contractors. Fill in the form on the homepage (it only takes a few minutes), and you will receive quotes from companies that are specialized in home renovations.
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