Considerations before starting a home renovation project

vancouver-home-renovation-225x300Whether you are embarking on a home renovation or you have hired a contractor to carry out the project for you, there are some things as the homeowner that you should be keeping in mind. Building new construction and tackling a home renovation are completely different processes and it is these differences and complications that you need to be aware of before you initiate a renovation whether or not it is a DIY project or you have hired a contractor.


One difference that homeowners need to be aware of is the fact that new construction and renovation construction have a different set of standards. New construction is typically built at the minimum standards from the ground up with generally very little issues. While renovating an existing property usually has to be brought up to the current building codes which can create many issues and added labour on that project. Another factor to consider is when building new construction, everything the builders need is laid out in front of them, where as renovating an existing dwelling, the contractor or DIY homeowner has no idea what is behind those walls or under that floor. For example when doing a bathroom renovation, contractors generally need to replace the sub floor due to moisture build up which in turn damages the stability of the floor as well as may create a mold issue. Until the old floor is brought up however, it is near impossible to determine this.

Can you do the home renovations yourself or should you hire a contractor?

So when deciding to complete a home renovation, homeowners need to consider the following. If you are going to do it yourself, are you capable of handling those unforeseen issues and fixing the root of the problem with your know how? Secondly if you’re hiring a contractor, does that company have experience with new construction or home renovations? The last factor to consider is do you have a flexible budget so that you are able to financially fix these unforeseen issues that may arise and still get your dream renovation? Still have questions? Contact Caliber West Renovations for help with your Greater Vancouver home renovation project. Full story – Renovating vs. building