General Contractor - Renovator
A major home remodel can be an exciting prospect! Not only will it give you and your family an aesthetically pleasing, more functional space, it will also increase your home’s value and have a great return on investment at resale. If you’re embarking on a major home renovation, here are some important things to consider:
What is your budget?
Before anyone picks up a hammer, you must determine what your budget is for the home renovation. Hiring an experienced general contracting company like Nicons Enterprises can help you create a budget by estimating key costs like design consulting, labour, materials, and permit fees. Having that budget will help you pick out materials and design what your must-haves are and what you can do without.
Home remodels take time.
If you think you can completely remodel your house in a weekend, or even in a week, you’re mistaken. Your general contractor can give you an accurate idea of how long your home renovation will take. Some major home remodels can take weeks or months, especially if they include structural changes or the installation of new electrical or plumbing. Preparing for this will make the process go smoother, cause less disruption to your home life and help you set reasonable expectations.
Hidden problems could pop up.
When the contractors start demolishing your old interior, they might find some hidden problems, especially if you live in an older home. Things like faulty electrical, aging or damaged plumbing, water damage, mold, and mildew or structural problems could all be possibilities. Preparing for this, both mentally and in your budget, will help you and your contractor navigate through these problems smoothly and cost-effectively.
Deciding on design style and functionality.
This is the fun part. Working with a Nicons Enterprises Ltd. team, you can start to think about how you want your new space to look and function. Consider things like appliances, additional counter space, a tub to shower conversion, open concept living areas, eating nooks, and other functional parts of your full home renovation. Then start doing research on things like paint colour, tile choices, cabinetry, flooring, faucets, and fixtures. It can feel a little daunting, but a designer can help you find materials that will bring both the visual design and function together perfectly.
Choosing a general contractor.
You should always choose a general contractor that has a proven reputation and years of experience working in the home renovation industry. The more renovations they’ve done, the better. You don’t want your major home remodel to be someone’s very first reno. Then you should check for proper business licensing, liability insurance, WCB coverage, and whether they’re a member of any professional association like the Better Business Bureau. Check several references, ask to see some of their work and if you’re happy with them, ask for an estimate for your project.