Learn how to plan your renovations and find a professional renovator.
Be prepared to take some time answering these questions/ The extra days you put into planning at this stage could save you weeks or months later on. It could also save you from making costly mistakes and make it easier for you to select the appropriate professional renovator.
A professional renovator should have the education, experience, and resources to expertly execute your renovation.
You may have friends or colleagues who have had renovations done and can recommend a renovator. We also recommend that you check out the RenoMark: Find a Renomark Renovator webpage for the names of local professionals. RenoMark Renovators are required to adhere to a code of ethics adopted by the Canadian Home Builders' Association and are aware of the social responsibilities of their industry. You can also check out our Members page for the names of professional renovator members. Further, the Ontario Home Builders' Association and the Ontario Renovators' Council support members of the PKHBA and offer many professional development and educational opportunities.
A sub-contractor is a person who works in a specific trade such as plumbing, heating, electrical or drywall installation. A renovator may end up contracting out some of these specific jobs to sub-trades. This is called subcontracting and is commonplace in many renovation projects. Your renovator's most important job is to see to it that all the materials and trades come together smoothly to achieve all your renovation goals. A professional renovator will have a complement of reliable trades-people that will work towards a high quality renovation.
Once you have the name of the renovation company, contact them to set up a time to meet on a one-to-one basis. Be sure anyone who will be involved in the renovation project is on hand to discuss plans with the renovator. Also, try to keep distractions (e.g. pets, children, telephone calls, etc.) to a minimum at this meeting. You are laying the foundation to a complex relationship and it is wise to limit any confusion.
You will be opening your home to the renovator for several weeks or months, so look for someone you would like around your home on an extended period of time.