Renovations ~ Carpentry

p: 905-682-2216
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43 Lakeshore Rd.
St.Catharines, ON
L2N 2T2

Be realistic with your expectations:

The key to a great renovation is communication. This should be self evident but in most cases it is not one of the most pressing concerns.

You can see something in a magazine or at a home show and decide that this is the project or product you absolutely need right now. You call up a contractor and tell them that you would like to have this or that product or job done. Say it is new kitchen cabinets. The contractor might come in and tell you after an initial inspection that there are other issues surrounding the cabinets that need attention but your budget only allows for the cabinets themselves.

At this point the communication may break down because you only want to hear that the work can be done and not the other issues that may arise. Or the contractor gets excited about the possibility of doing the project and ignores the issues.

To do what you want to do, should be tempered with what should be done as part of the whole project. Everybody has a budget and to stick to that budget is difficult at times to take into account when the dreams take on a life of their own. This is where a good relationship and understanding of both the owner and the contractors ideas must be considered. It is great to have grand ideas and plans but it is more important to sit down with your contractor and explain your budget and see what you can get for your money.

A reputable contractor may have to tell you that given the budget you present you will not be able to get all that you want. If you select a contractor who is the lowest bid and tells you that you can have it all, then more than likely, you will have someone who does not know enough or is actually trying to cheat you. Either way you lose and may have to pay extra to get the job completed or may have to put up with inferior work.

Define up front what your budget is and tell this to your contractor and be willing to listen to their advise. Good communication is the key and will save you a lot of grief down the road.