This weekend, homeowners will be visiting the 2020 Winnipeg Renovation Show at the RBC Convention Centre to learn about the latest trends in home renovation, and pick up some great tips and ideas from the numerous vendors and experts.
Show attendees can also visit the Manitoba Home Builders’ Association’s Ask A Renovator booth, staffed by professional RenoMark renovators, who are available to answer your questions about an upgrade or renovation project you may be planning or dreaming about.
Before you visit the show, the MHBA has some tips to help you get your project planning underway:
Know why you wantto renovate
What problems are you trying to solve? What is the purpose of your renovation? For instance, your bathroom may be cramped, you need more storage space in the kitchen, there is no place for the children to play or do their homework under your supervision. Or it’s just the right time to spruce up a part of your home. 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.
Keep it simple
Whether you want to build onto your home, change roof lines or reconfigure interior space, consult with a professional renovator on the impact of design on your construction and budget.
Select a RenoMarkrenovator
Look for a professional RenoMark renovator. The RenoMark symbol tells you that your contractor has agreed to abide by the MHBA’s renovation-specific code of conduct.
Ask about the renovator’s experience. Ask for references and check them out. Many renovators have design professionals or architects they work with. Contact these professionals as well. Check social media reviews and other resources to see if they have a record of reliability.
Get a written contract
When you make your decision to hire a professional renovator, get it in writing. Include the scope of work, the exact price including a schedule of payments, a reasonable timetable for completing the work, and any instruction for protecting parts of the house not under construction. It is important to avoid any significant changes during construction because this may cause delays and add extra costs. 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.
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.
Energy efficient reno
Renovation offers many opportunities to make a home healthier and more energy-efficient. Consider these options during the planning process.
For more information regarding the 2020 Winnipeg Renovation Show or to buy your tickets online check out winnipegrenovationshow.com. Use the promo code MHBA and save $3.00 off your ticket purchase. Our MHBA Renovators look forward to chatting with you at this year’s Winnipeg Renovation Show!
Lanny McInnes is president of the Manitoba Home Builders’ Association.