How to Prepare for a Home Remodeling Project

How to Prepare for a Home Remodeling Project

A home remodeling project may be just what you need to spruce up your home. As professional general contractors, we have seen many renovations run smoothly, but unfortunately, we have seen when other home renovations in Newmarket that turned into a negative experience because of various facets.

Unexpected delay and added costs can make the renovating process a hassle. To avoid this, you need to be prepared in advance. Before we delve into that, let’s look at the key parties of a remodeling project.

The Key Parties for a Remodeling Project

Any remodeling project will normally have at least 2 main parties. You and the general contractor. Each party has its own tasks and responsibilities they must fulfill.

1. General Contractor

We, at Atera speak from experience. The duty of a general contractor is to oversee the whole project. We have overseen many projects involving home renovation in Newmarket. At times, we do use subcontractors when the scope of the project is large.

Our clients love us for taking the responsibility of permits acquisition. We understand the complexities and requirements involved in gaining a permit. In this area, we make this process for our clients stress free by dealing with all the hassle of getting a permit.

2. You

Yes, You! You’re the one that commissioned the project after all. It only makes sense that you’re one of the key parties for the project. Your duty is mostly to sign contracts, maintain communication with the contractor, and make sure that payment deadlines are met for the project.


Don’t forget the Change Orders

As experienced professionals, we typically urge our clients to sign change orders. They’re basically mutual agreements between you and the contractor to make addendum to the main contract.

It’s a normal clause to have for a home renovation project in Newmarket. You’d be surprised to learn that most times its clients that push for change orders.  It allows for some fluidity in the project.

Now that we know the key parties to the project, let’s have a look at how we can prepare for the process.

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How to Prepare for The Remodeling Project

  • Research, Research, Research!

Always do your research even if you choose to hire a general contractor for your home renovation in Newmarket. By learning more, you get to know what materials will be needed, the costs associated, the scope of the project and more. It’s even better if you can visit a project that is similar in design to what you hope to achieve with your renovation. It can help you visualize and understand what’s needed and how the project will progress.

  • Consider other living arrangements

Always plan ahead before starting the project, one of the things you need to think about is living arrangements. Depending on the scope of the project, you might have to consider moving out of your home for a while. Another thing you have to consider is weather you will be comfortable with the dust and noise during the renovating?

  • Empty the Room/House

You’ll need to clean and declutter the room/house depending on the scope of the project. Clear all the cabinets and countertops. Make the job easier for the general contractor and his crew.

  • Prepare for the Unexpected

This is sadly a harsh reality. No matter how much planning you do, unexpected costs/setbacks do occur. It’s always good to be prepared for these by setting aside reserve money and consulting with your contractor as soon as a setback occurs.

We, here at Atera, always talk to our clients as soon as a hindrance is noticed. We communicate with our clients about the best problem solving option to make sure that the project continues and achieves the expected results, despite setbacks


A Junk Removal Company to Assist With Cleanup

In our many years of operating as professional general contractors, we know that home renovations in Newmarket can get quite messy. Lots of materials need to be disposed properly to make room for the new project.

We’d advise that you use a junk removal company to make your life easier. These companies deal with taking unwanted stuff away from your home. This makes the cleanup process a lot easier for you.