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Creating a Plan before the Renovation

People have a tendency to underestimate the materials and timeline needed for a simple renovation, and a more complicated and detailed renovation can take over an entire home for a long period of time. Although you may have started with a quick and easy renovation making last minute changes can cause the reno to become extremely detailed, intricate and costly. The best way to avoid this from happening is for both you and your general contractors to come up with a detailed plan before beginning. Here are some tips to help you create a plan for your upcoming renovation:

Specific Idea

If you plan to stick to one given area of the home, do just that. For example, if you’re planning on redoing the kitchen don’t get side tracked by thinking the dining room would look great with wainscoting, or the windows may need replacing. Ultimately you started with the one room that needed it the most, so chances are all other changes can wait. Outline exactly what you think needs to be changed and stick to that plan. Once you have finished the renovation you had in mind, you can always look to your Ottawa general contractor for further projects.


Have a set budget with a contingency fund so you avoid throwing a lot of money at just one project. A contractor will be able to give you a pretty good estimate of how much the renovation for the kitchen, bathroom or extension will cost. With a strict budget you know exactly what you can afford and what you cannot. Your Ottawa general contractor will do their best to keep everything within budget, making you one happy home owner. A contingency fund is always a good idea in case unforeseeable problems occur such as water damage, plumbing issues or structural challenges for your layout.


As the project progresses it will be tempting to start adding changes and upgrades. This is the fastest way to go over budget. Stay in contact with your general contractor to make sure things stay on budget and to let you know if and when your budget will carry any upgrades.


Your plan should include a start and end date so you aren’t left in the lurch. You need to pin down the date the crew will show up and mark milestones such as when deliveries are scheduled and when each stage is expected to be complete. A plan with your contractor will keep your renovations on track and save you money.

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