What to Expect When You Decide to Renovate

We are builders, and it stands to reason that homebuilders would also be very good at rebuilding. We would love to build a home from scratch for every client that comes to us, but some folks, for various reasons, choose to stay-put in their present homes. That’s fine, because as it happens, West Ridge Fine Homes is very good at whole home renovations!

If your home or investment property needs a major renovation, or if you just want a change of scenery without moving from your neighborhood, we’ve got you covered.

Don’t be afraid to take on a whole home renovation project for fear of turning your life upside down. First of all, the outcome will be worth the inconvenience, and secondly, the inconvenience is manageable, especially if you have in mind what to expect.

What to expect

A whole home renovation will produce noise. Depending on how much tearing out and down is involved, you can fairly count on the fact that it will be loud inside your house. But, the noise will be tolerable because the use of tools is intermittent. One solution is to find a way to avoid being home during renovation hours, or look forward to quiet evenings, as workers finish up by that time. Ear plugs are also a solution.

Dust will be present during the renovation, but workers will clean up after themselves each day, and precautions will be made to keep the dust at bay. Workers may hang plastic sheets between rooms, and spread drop cloths etc., to catch the dirt and dust. Ask your renovator about the possibility of closing off the construction zone from the rest of the house by blocking ducts. You may also be able to pull clean air from the non-construction side of your house, using air handler filtering systems.

You will have questions during the process. Don’t be afraid to ask them and to also expect an answer. You are paying for the renovation, and the renovator has a responsibility to make you happy. Before beginning the process, speak with the renovation company’s representative about cost and timing.

Unexpected problems may occur, which may affect the projected completion date and could even affect the finished price. However, aside from major problems like asbestos, or mold (270 species of mold have been identified in Calgary homes) the renovation process will be predictable. The renovator should sit down with you during an initial consultation to discuss what you have in mind for your remodel and to provide you with a projected cost for labor and materials. Ask for a written estimate.

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