Don’t race your reno
Are you planning on entertaining during the vacation season? How fast can you expect a renovator to get your home “guest-ready”?
Part of it depends on the time of year. If, for instance, you want a new bathroom or kitchen in time for a major holiday, you’ll need to book ahead, because all the good renovators and their suppliers will already be busy.
Part of the secret of a great renovation is in the planning, and that takes time, too. So if you’re thinking about getting your house ready for guests, think as far ahead as you can. The last thing you’ll want is to end up with a lot of guests and an unfinished renovation in progress.
It also depends on the kind of renovation you want. If, for example, you’d like beautiful tiles hand-crafted in Europe, that could take awhile, and the timing might be unpredictable.
Here are some basic things professional renovators tell you to keep in mind if you have a specific deadline to meet:
- Order what is available. That means “in stock” or “immediate delivery”.
- Don’t start until everything is on site and ready to go, including your renovator.
- Don’t change your mind midway through the project.
- If you’re not sure about a fixture or a detail, don’t change it now. Change it later if you still don’t like it.
- Concentrate on one project at a time.
- Be prepared to adjust your living arrangements around the project.
- Communicate well and often with your renovator.
- Keep kids and pets away from the job site.
- Move all your personal possessions out of the way before work begins.
- Be available to answer questions and allow proper access to the site as needed.
- Make sure all permits and permissions are in place ahead of time.
- Allow for the unexpected. If your home is more than 15 years old, your renovator might find surprises when tearing things apart.
And no matter what the season or the timing, be sure to hire a renovator who carries the RenoMark™ logo. It’s the sign of a professional, with many important benefits. (Check out RenoMark™ on the web.)