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Finding reliable designers and contractors
LindenCraft, an Ottawa Ontario based design and remodel contractor that specializes in kitchen, bathrooms and finished basements, has come up with twelve secrets to finding and choosing a reliable remodel contractor.
12 Secrets Revealed
Tips to determine if a renovation or remodel is needed
Often LindenCraft, an Ottawa Ontario renovation and remodeling company that specializes in the design and renovation of kitchens, bathrooms and finished basements, is called in to help people decide if they should renovate their homes. Sadly, many people neglect their homes for too long, citing excuses like money, time and inconvenience. Then many customers feel like it would be better to move than to renovate. Moving is the quick fix, but it is not always the most cost effective or sensible choice. Renovating can add value for future sale, that is true, but it can also add value in improved living space.
Here are some essential tips on when to remodel or renovate your home using a reputable renovation professional like LindenCraft, Ottawa Home Renovators:
Six Essential Pet Safety Tips For Your Ottawa Kitchen, Bathroom or Finished Basement Renovation
LindenCraft, an Ottawa kitchen, bathroom and basement renovator, cares about pets. In fact, Justin Linden, the owner, is so passionate about animals that he rescues hard to place dogs and cats. Here are his top tips to safeguard your beloved pets during your renovation process.
01 Keep your pet out of the construction area. Pets are curious about strangers and new noises and smells, so will naturally want to investigate. Unfortunately, there are many dangers to pets in a renovation zone, including sharp objects, and materials that if eaten will cause a trip to the vet.
Once you've got the experience of a few renos under your belt, it gets easier to sniff out the good contractors from the bad. If only we all knew what to look for when we hadn't had the experience! Well, here is a list of ten things that you should be able to spot before any walls get torn down. If you can check off each of these, you're probably off to a good start with your contractor-client relationship.
You have met with your home renovation contractor and you have been given an estimate about the cost of your kitchen, bathroom or basement renovation. Your contractor has also provided you with a tentative beginning and end date. Now what? The time until your job is meant to start may seem like forever. Try not to fret; quality work is worth waiting for. A renovation project schedule is complex and has many dependencies. Better that the renovation starts when all the resources are free rather than starting too early and then having gaps leading to reduced efficiency and greater disruption to your home.
Does this sentence sound familiar? :
“One of the worst parts about renovation is the contractors who leave cigarette butts behind on your property and leave the area smelling like smoke.”
Although an annoying scenario, this kind of bad behaviour is not part of the renovation process!
The reason it's all-too-familiar and so easy to picture is because of how common it is, and we think it reflects poorly on the industry. Fine restoration is an art, and the canvas (your home) is not a dumpy construction site to use as an ash tray. Which is why you will never find a LindenCraft employee (we don't sub-contract; we only have professional, permanent employees) smoking. Nor will they show up smelling like smoke and leaving odour on everything they touch.
If you have lived in your house for a while there comes a time when you know that some changes have to be made in either your kitchen, bathroom or basement so that they function better for your family's needs. When you are dreaming of this new space you will likely develop of list of ideas of what you, your spouse and your family would like. From that list you will have to determine what is need or a must. Your budget will ultimately be a deciding factor in the renovations you choose.
Are you gutting completely and starting from scratch or are you making some cosmetic changes? Are you going to do it yourself or hire a contractor? The cost varies as does the time spent on the renovation, but making the change will be worth it.
Ahhh… sticky situations, we all hope to avoid them. Unfortunately hoping they won’t happen won’t help us out when they do. Proper preparation and prudent decision-making can help you to minimize the chance of conflict. Fair and careful judgment is essential to make sure things run smoothly. With any problem, you need to separate the causality from the commonalities. What do we mean by that? For example, if you have a plumber working on your sink, and the dishwasher breaks, it might not be the plumber’s fault. So those two incidents would be commonalities. The difference between what the cause of problem is and what’s just a commonality is often a fine line. Here are a few tips to help you avoid getting into that situation in the first place.
In the world of home renovations there are many fears. The one fear common to all contractors and clients alike is the fear of drywall dust. Many renovators assure clients that the dust will be cleaned up, and try as they might, the dust seems to reappear despite best efforts.
However, drywall dust can actually be a homeowner's best friend as there are a number of hidden benefits that are often overlooked.