Home Renovation Education

The more you know about home renovations and improvement

Renovating your home

Room by Room or Whole House Renovations

Whether you are attempting the home improvement/renovation yourself, hiring Western Pride Home Services or a bit of both.  A home renovation plan is ideal.

Part of any cost of any home renovation is planning. Planning takes time and time is money to a home renovation contractor. The more details you can provide to us will speed up the process and save you money.

Develop a clear description of what you want to change in your home. Set specific goals for your renovation project.

Define your priorities. Which renovation items are “NEEDED,” and which are WANTED if your budget allows.

We have compiled a number of home renovation planning tools to help you.

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Home Renovation Questions

Are you ready for a home renovation?

Should I do the home reno myself or hire someone?

If you are thinking about renovating your home you may have some questions

The first question you need to ask yourself is:

  • Do we take on the home renovations ourselves?
  • Do we hire a reputable company to perform the home renovations?
  • Do we become our own general contractor and hire the sub-trades ourselves?

There really is no right or wrong answer to the questions above. It comes down to a few things …

  • Do you have the knowledge to hire your own sub-trades?
  • Do you have the experience to handle all aspects of a home renovation? (plumbing, electrical, flooring, etc.)
  • Do you have the time to research the sub-trades required

Home Renovation's

Do it Yourself or Hire a Professional?

If you think it’s expensive to hire a professional to do the job, wait until you hire an amateur.

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DIY home renovations are not for the faint of heart

With proper planning, they can be rewarding

Some people have a real knack for home renovation/improvement projects. Some want to have the ability to do home projects while others know they need to hire someone.

There are at least 5 things to consider when starting a major home renovation.

  • What is the scope of the project and what is the timeline?
    • Are you just wanting to paint some walls, replace the flooring and add a new window?
    • Or are you looking to tear down a room to the bare wood and start over?
  • Should you be your own General Contractor or Hire a General Contractor?
    • A general contractor is responsible for providing all of the material, labour, equipment and services necessary to complete a home improvement project.
    • Having the right tools and experience can make a renovation go smoother and quicker. Not having the right tools means you need to rent the correct too and learn to use it correctly.
    • General contractors also have connections to other trades and suppliers to help the home renovation
  • Setting a Budget
    • After you have your budget, a general contractor should be able to tell you very quickly if your goals can be achieved with your budget.
    • You may want to look into a separate bank account for your home renovation
  • Are you prepared for the project?
    • Depending on the size and scope of your renovation project. There is going to be noise, dust and people in your home.
      • If you are renovating your kitchen, where will you eat and prepare meals?
      • If you are renovating a bathroom … do you have another one to use while one is being renovated?
      • Where will you wash clothes if your renovation includes a laundry room?
  • Demolition, Storage and Garbage
    • When the renovation starts, and depending on the size of the renovation, there is going to be some demolition.
    • Plan the demolition if it is is a multi-room renovation. Nothing worse than tearing apart a room that is not going to be worked on for awhile.
    • Make sure you remove any furniture, valuables and anything else from the room that is being renovated. If you don’t have a lot of extra room in your home, you may want to consider storage. Storage that can come to your home or a storage unit located elsewhere.

Downloadable and Home Renovation Apps

Helping renovations go smoother

Download renovation worksheets and Apps.

RENOVATION PLANNER

If money was no object then you wouldn’t need to renovate. You would just build new. We have put together a straightforward renovation planner for you.  Use it for each room you want to renovate, including outdoor projects.

DOWNLOAD THE PDF

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BUDGET PLANNER

Creating a budget for your home renovation will help keep the project on task.

DOWNLOAD THE SPREADSHEET

If you do not have Spreadsheet Software, you can use Google Docs for free.

BUILDSHOP APP

Organize all of your ideas, get prepared to hire a contractor, budget, track expenses, plus more

This app is a must-have tool for homeowners, designers, builders, and remodelers. The app allows you to plan and organize all your constructions projects. You can estimate the cost of your home renovations. Schedule all related activities.
 
Buildshop comes with predefined checklists and a to-do list feature. You can break down the projects into small tasks and tick off the lists as you proceed.
 
The app also has a project scrapbook and a feature that enables you to share your drawings.
 
The app is always free. You can upgrade to the pro software for more professional features.

 

HOMEZADA APP

Easy to use smart applications, content and data to manage your home for insurance, maintenance, remodeling, and financial purposes. It is time to manage your largest asset!

This app will help you create tasks and set deadlines for each task. You can also create a budget for the project.
 
Another amazing feature of this app is the capability to create a wish list. for the items, you intend to purchase for the renovations.
 
You can use your phone camera to take photos of the items and save them on the app. Or, you can save links to the stores where you intend to buy the items. The wish list will help you create a budget and estimate the full cost of renovations. HomeZada has a free and paid version and is compatible with iOS and Android devices.
 
The app is always free. You can upgrade to the pro software for more professional features.