The MHBA’s “Ask A Renovator” booth is a signature feature of this weekend’s 2023 Winnipeg Renovation Show taking place at the RBC Convention Centre from 10 a.m. to 9 p.m. today and 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. Sunday.
The MHBA “Ask a Renovator” booth is staffed by professional Manitoba Home Builders’ Association RenoMark renovator members who are available to answer your questions about an upgrade or renovation project you may be planning or dreaming about. These professional renovators can provide you with a free 15-minute consultation to help steer you in the right direction towards a new project for your home.
Before heading to the Winnipeg Renovation Show to talk to the experts, the MHBA has some tips that will help you get your project planning underway:
Know why you want to renovate: What problems are you trying to solve? What is the purpose of your renovation? Having a clear idea of the purpose of the project will help you get started.
Have a plan:
Have a clear focus on what must be included in your project, as well as any other features you would like to include if your budget allows. Which renovation items are must haves, and which ones would be nice to have, but are not essential?
Give yourself lots of time:
The demand for professional renovators has never been higher. Many contractors are booking 9 to 12 months out for projects. If you have a significant renovation project that you are planning, give yourself time to properly plan the project and to hire the right contractor for the job.
Get a written contract:
When you make your decision to hire a professional renovator, get it in writing. Avoid renovators who offer to do work without a contract. This type of renovator may not be paying provincial worker’s compensation coverage or carrying adequate insurance, leaving you at financial risk.
Set a realistic budget: Decide as early as possible how much money you want to spend. Speak to your lender and discuss the amount you can reasonably afford and the most suitable financing options. Remember—your budget should cover everything that may result from the renovation, such as draperies, blinds, furniture, and appliances.
Building permits: Generally, a building permit is required for renovations that involve changes to the structure or systems of your home. Ensure your renovator includes all required permits as part of your agreement.
An Energy Efficient Renovation: Renovation offers many opportunities to make a home healthier and more energy-efficient. Consider these options during the planning process. Efficiency Manitoba and the federal Greener Homes programs are a great resource for homeowners looking to make their home much more energy efficient.
For more show information, speaker schedules, and to buy your tickets online, go to http://www.winnipegrenovationshow.com. Use the promo code “MHBA” to save $3 off your ticket.
Lanny McInnes is president of the Manitoba Home Builders’ Association.