Un­der­stand­ing ren­o­va­tion quotes

Ottawa Sun - New Homes - - HOMES -

plans first as an ini­tial and sep­a­rate job. De­pend­ing on the level of work in­volved, ex­pect to pay a fee to have this done.

Many ren­o­va­tors of­fer de­sign and plans de­vel­op­ment ser­vices. If you have pur­chased such ser­vices, you can use the com­pleted ma­te­rial to ask con­trac­tors for a for­mal price quote. Hav­ing con­trac­tors price the job based on iden­ti­cal de­sign and spec­i­fi­ca­tion in­for­ma­tion will make eval­u­at­ing their quotes much eas­ier, and pre­vent un­wel­come sur­prises when the work be­gins.

The level of de­tail re­quired in plans will vary de­pend­ing on the scope, size and com­plex­ity of the project. This can range from sim­ple sketches or di­a­grams to full construction draw­ings for projects that in­volve al­ter­ing the struc­ture of your home.

Ex­pe­ri­enced ren­o­va­tors can some­times of­fer an ed­u­cated opin­ion or price range on the spot, based on sim­i­lar jobs they have done in the past. For ex­am­ple, they may be able to share a per-square-foot es­ti­mate for ad­di­tions or base­ment recre­ation rooms, or a rough cost es­ti­mate for up­grad­ing your bath­room.

This can be help­ful up front to make sure that there is a re­al­is­tic fit be­tween what you would like to do and the bud­get you have in mind. How­ever, be aware that the cost of a project can vary greatly de­pend­ing on many fac­tors, in­clud­ing the cur­rent con­di­tion of your home and the types of prod­ucts you de­cide to use. A guessti­mate is not a price quote.

When­ever you plan to hire a con­trac­tor, make sure you understand their price quote and exactly what it cov­ers be­fore you sign a con­tract. Never agree to let a con­trac­tor work with­out a con­tract. The Cana­dian Home Builder’s As­so­ci­a­tion of­fers free, un­bi­ased in­for­ma­tion on how to hire a con­trac­tor the smart and safe way. Find more in­for­ma­tion at www.getit­in­writ­ing.ca.

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