Scott McGillivray is the host of HGTV's Income property. He has done hundreds of renovations and has many great tips to help any home owner stay on the right path. With so many home owners putting in income suites here in KELOWNA, here are 6 reno mistakes and how to avoid them.
1. POOR PREPARATION
A proper renovation takes preparation - lots of it. A detailed plan will help keep you on budget and on time. Set out a very specific agreement with your contractor before the work begins and get everything in writing. You should be able to see on paper how your renovation is going to play out before it even begins.
2. BUYING BEFORE PLANNING
I can't stress this enough: Don't buy materials or appliances until your renovation is planned out and all measurments have been taken. Online sales can be tempting, but that great deal on a 24 inch dishwasher isn't going to save you any money if you only have room for an 18 inch model.
3. IGNORING ISSUES
When you tear down walls or rip up floors, there's a good chance you're going to find something you weren't expecting especially in an older home. Electrical and plumping issues need to be dealt with before you close the walls back up. It might be an unexpected cost up front, but it will save you tons of money in the long run.
4. CUTTING CORNERS
Don't do it. Much like ignoring issues, cutting corners on materials of finishes is only going to cause you problems in the future. It's always better to go the extra mile and do it right the first time than have to go back and redo everything. Hire competent people to do the job, buy quality materials and take the time to complete all the necessary steps.
5. UNLICENSED TRADES
There are projects that any reliable contractor can take on; then there are specialized projects that require a licensed professional to complete. Electrical, plumbing, hvac, asbestos removal and anything to do with gas or the structure of your home should always be completed by a licensed profession in that specific trade.
6. TOO MUCH DIY
I love ambitious homeowners who want to take part in their renovations, but there comes a time when it's best to hand the reins over to the professionals. Projects like cabinetry installation, complicated tile work and carpentry are beyond the scope of most homeowners and can reduce the value of your home if done incorrectly. My advice? Involve yourself in the demo - it's the most fun part, anyway!