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What are the most important things to consider when thinking about a home renovation?

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  1. Experience: There is no replacement for experience – perfecting processes, learning from past mistakes, working on a wide range of projects, and the ability to satisfy the specific needs of each client all come from years of experience. An experienced builder will have developed processes that are highly productive and reduce stress for the customer. A builder or renovator that has been in business for decades has seen it all and will have the knowledge and foresight to help you address potential problems in the process or avoid them all together, making the renovation process smooth and stress-free. Ask – “What is your experience with this type of renovation?”
  2. Manpower: Unless it is a very small project, your chosen builder should have the manpower to get the job done on time. You want to work with a builder who has the resources to help you complete you renovation within a specified time line, but without sacrificing quality or attention toAsk – “How big is your team?”
  3. Quality of the team: Ideally, a builder should treat your home as if it were their own. The ideal team will be comprised of professional and dedicated individuals, which leads to solid teamwork and trust on the job site, ultimately reducing stress and worry for theIt is important to understand the capabilities of each team member that will be working on your project and the quality of their work. Ask – “Do you use subcontractors and if so, how are they selected?”
  4. Responsiveness: Renovating your home can be a stressful process, but it doesn’t have to be. Working with a builder who is responsive and reliable can lead to a very positive experience. Before selecting a builder to help you with a renovation, you will want to know that they will be available to answer any questions and to provide consultation and guidance when it is needed. Your builder should demonstrate a strong willingness to help, regardless of circumstances. Ask – “How do I reach you if I have a problem or question?”
  5. Well-planned design: While you may have been dreaming about your renovation project for months or even years, you may not have considered that you will need to have a solid plan on paper before starting the process. You should have a well-planned, quality design for your desired renovation in place ahead ofUsing an architect can be very helpful for this step, but if you do not have this resource available, you will still want to have a well-planned out job and a set of drawings. Be sure your project is on paper before it begins. Ask – “What sort of plan is needed before we can begin the renovation process?