Good, bad and ugly of doing renovations
Free seminar to offer advice on hiring contractors
Clint Eastwood would approve. David Litwiller of Litwiller Developments is set to show people how to hire a renovator with his second seminar that explains “the good, the bad and the ugly” of hiring a renovation contractor.
The free seminar takes place Thursday from 7 p.m. to 9 p.m. at Willow Ridge Community Association, 680 Acadia Drive S.E.
“We’ll leave lots of time for questions afterwards and we have a lineup of experts in the various fields related to the renovation sector to help people make an informed, wise decision,” says Litwiller, who has been involved in residential renovations for more than three decades. The lineup includes someone from the Better Business Bureau of Alberta, an architectural design technologist, a realtor, and a City of Calgary representative from the development and building approvals department, as well as Litwiller, himself.
The topics, according to speaker, are:
City of Calgary — do you need a permit?
“We’ll be asking the City of Calgary to focus on permits: what’s needed for a permit and who needs a permit,” says Litwiller.
“We’ll ask them to talk specifically about building, electrical, gas and fireplace permits, and why they are needed. Fire regulations, for instance, are there so people can escape a burning building, but they also need to allow the firemen emergency access to the building.”
Better Business Bureau — How to tell if your contractor is legitimate.
“This will go through everything about why a call is necessary to how to use the Better Business Bureau to best advantage.”
Architectural technologist — Renova- tion design and when to invest in plans.
“He will explain what a good set of plans will show and why they are needed for city permits,” says Litwiller. “He’ll also tell you why a good set of plans can save time and money.”
Realtor — Should you renovate or move?
“How much is the property worth as is, and will it be worth more after the renovation?,” says Litwiller. “Perhaps a better property can be found in a neighbouring area for the same accumulated amount of money without going through the potential renovation nightmare.”
Renovator — Get it in writing. Topics Litwiller will tackle include the importance of a contract and what it should include; bonding; insurance; workers’ compensation; and lien fund holdbacks.
“I am not a lawyer and the consumer should always feel comfortable in seeking the advice of a lawyer,” he says.
Seating for the seminar is limited. RSVP by e-mail to info@calgaryrenovations. com, or call Litwiller Developments Ltd. at 403-275-2588.
When hiring a contractor for a renovation, get your agreement in writing and be sure to ask about bonding, insurance, workers’ compensation and lien-fund holdbacks.
David Litwiller of Litwiller Developments, right, is to speak at the seminar.