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5 Common Mistakes People Make with Exterior Colour

Choosing exterior colours from your home can be a challenge. Not only do you have to think about what colours will complement each other on the home itself, you also have to consider how these colours coordinate with your landscaping and the nature around it. Having stunning curb appeal is important for various reasons, from creating a great first impression to increasing the value of your home. Choosing the right exterior colours ensures your home is as beautiful as can be. Take a look at 5 common mistakes people make with exterior colour, so you can avoid them at all costs!

 

  1. Not Having a Colour Scheme

Just like the interior of your home, your exterior should follow a thought-out colour scheme. Without having a colour scheme, you run the risk of using too many different colours and making your home look chaotic, or not using enough colours and making your exterior look dull. You typically need to choose three colours- a colour for the body of your home, a second colour for your trim, and a third colour for your front door. If you have shutters on your home, you may consider adding a fourth colour if you don’t want to paint them the same colour as your door.

 

  1. Not Saving Trendy Colours for Paint

There are certain colours that go in and out of style for home exteriors. Trendy colours such as teal, coral and cobalt blue should be used on areas of your exterior that you paint, such as your front door. It’s important to think of the future of your home, and whether you plan to stay in it forever or eventually put it on the market, you don’t want to be stuck with an off trend colour when the time comes. Keep this in mind for the more permanent features of your exterior such as your siding.

 

  1. Not Coordinating Window Colours with Exterior Colours

When it comes to choosing the colour for your vinyl windows, keep in mind that if you’re opting for white windows over black, white goes with fresh, crisp colours and cream goes with earth toned colours. If you’re installing earthy stone, brick, or earth toned siding on your home, your windows should be cream coloured, not stark white.

 

  1. Forgetting About Landscaping

Landscaping can completely transform your exterior, and contributes to the overall colour scheme of your home. Make sure that the colours on your home complement the colours in your landscaping, and vice versa. If your exterior colour scheme is elegant and timeless, using colours like white for the body of your home, black for your trim and wood for the front door, add pops of colour with your flowering landscape.

 

  1. Forgetting About Your Front Door

The colour of your front door shouldn’t be an afterthought- it should get just as much consideration as any other part of your exterior. Using the right door colour can really make your home shine. Use your door colour as an accent to pull the rest of your exterior together, elevating your curb appeal and making your home a total stand out!

 

If exterior colours are throwing you for a loop,  steer clear of these 5 common mistakes and you’re sure to have a beautiful home exterior that you’ll love for years to come!

 

 


Horizontal Vs. Vertical Siding: 4 Things to Keep In Mind

 

  

Thinking of changing up your exterior siding? Whether your siding has seen its final days or you’re switching things up for aesthetic reasons, one of the biggest decisions you need to make is whether you’ll use horizontal or vertical siding. The style you choose will affect your curb appeal and the first impression you make with your home. There is plenty to consider, so we’re helping you out in this post with four things to keep in mind when choosing between horizontal and vertical siding! 

1. All About Aesthetics 

If you’re looking to go the more conventional route for your home exterior, stick with horizontal siding. If you look around your neighbourhood, you’ll likely find that horizontal siding is more prominent, and if you want your home to fit in among the others, horizontal siding is for you. It’s simple, timeless, and beautiful, and you can pretty much guarantee it will never go out of style. 

However, if you want your home to have a sense of uniqueness, vertical siding is the way to go. It will help your home stand out and catch the eye of anyone who walks by. Although it’s not as conventional as horizontal siding, it’s still extremely elegant and timeless, and appeals to a wide range of people. If you’re interested in vertical siding, Gentek’s Board and Batten Vertical Siding is beautifully crafted and offers historic appeal blended with modern elegance. It holds our widest selection of colour so you can find the one that suits your home perfectly. 

2. Durability

When it comes to durability, it’s really more about the material you choose than whether your siding is vertical or horizontal. For example, both horizontal and vertical siding in materials like vinyl, aluminum and fiber cement will be durable. If you opt for a material like wood, you’re going to have more problems with horizontal siding than vertical. With horizontal siding you run the risk of rainwater damage, which can overtime lead to mold and mildew. Vertical siding allows water to run right off it, so it is not as much of an issue. 

3. Installation and Budget 

Since horizontal siding is much more common than vertical siding for home exteriors, the installation process is typically quicker and more straightforward. Vertical siding requires more steps in the installation process, requiring a layer of furring strips to be placed down horizontally before the siding. This is done to smooth the surface and ensure a clean, aligned look. As a result, vertical siding tends to take longer to install and can be more expensive. The price of the siding will also depend on the material you choose to use.

4. Maintenance 

All siding requires maintenance, but the amount of maintenance varies with the type of material used. Vinyl siding typically requires the least maintenance since it requires no repainting or frequent replacing, and wood requires the most. When it comes to cleaning, horizontal panels can lead to water leakage, so require a more complex cleaning regimen. Vertical panels can be cleaned easily with a power washer without worrying about any leakage. If you choose to go with Board and Batten Vertical Siding, the watertight properties are increased since the filler strips cover any seams in your siding.

Don’t forget, you can always use a mix of vertical and horizontal siding for a beautiful visual effect. This is a great option if you love the look of both and can’t decide what to use! Take a look at Gentek’s full siding range and find the siding you love most! 


Canada’s 5 Favourite Architecture Styles 

When it comes to architectural styles in our home and native land, there are a few that stand out as favourites. If you’re looking to buy or build a house, one of the most important steps is figuring out the home style you prefer. Your preferences and personality come together to determine the right style for you and the vibe you want your home to portray. Whatever style you choose, Gentek has amazing exterior cladding products to help you create the look you want! Take a look at Canada’s 5 favourite architectural styles to find the perfect one for you!

1. Ranch Style

Ranch style homes have been popular for decades, and while they became overshadowed by two-storey living in the 70’s, many homeowners today love the charm and ease of ranch style living. Ranch style homes refer to any single story home with a long horizontal footprint. They often have an attached patio or deck and are known for their low rooflines and open layouts.

The long horizontal layout of ranch style homes allows for easy connection to the outdoors. Most rooms have a view of both the front and backyard of the home, and the long layout creates space between living and sleeping areas. Ranch homes are ideal for people who don’t want to take the stairs up and down, as well as those who prefer an open layout for their home.

2. Cottage Style

Cottage style homes are small, charming and quaint. Ideal for homeowners who don’t want to take care of a bigger home, they’re recommended for those who enjoy warmth and comfort. They often have a large front porch, which acts as an extension of the home and have an attic for extra space and added personality. 

You’ll often find small, welcoming touches that give cottage style homes their charm. From breakfast nooks to fireplaces, cottage style homes may be small, but they’re full of character. Many people opt for cottage style homes for their vacation homes given their smaller size and charming appeal.

3. Traditional Style

The traditional style refers to a range of home building styles, which each have their own unique features. Traditional styles include Victorian, Colonial and Neo-Classical, and although they differ in origin, they all have common features. 

Features of traditional style homes include large, open porches with overhanging beams and rafters, dormers, and a tall, pointed roof with one or more gables. Traditional homes have a relatively large footprint, but are typically divided into a number of small, single-purpose rooms.

4. Modern Style

Modern architecture was inspired by the historical art movement of modernism. It focuses on function over design, and clean geometric lines. Modern homes are often boxy and geometric with a flat roof, and lines repeated throughout the interior design. They’re typically made from glass, steel and concrete, and commonly feature solid white walls.

Modern style homes favour a minimalist style, with few ornamentations and an open floor plan. Floor to ceiling windows are a common feature in modern homes, and they’re designed to work in surrounding features from the landscape into the architectural plan.

5. Craftsman Style 

Craftsman style homes are known and loved for their simplistic design. They place an emphasis on natural materials and are typically symmetrical structures. They often have low-pitched roofs with gables, overhanging eaves and wide front porches with tapered columns. 


Craftsman style homes have compact but open interiors, and you’ll often find built-in furniture, bookcases and eating nooks inside. They often have fireplaces and exposed beams, and place an emphasis on natural materials like wood, stone and brick.

We hope this post helped you decide on the perfect home style for you! And don’t forget- Gentek’s cladding products can help you create any one of these styles seamlessly!


Premium Renovator Spotlight: Cormack Builders Limited

Here at Gentek, we pride ourselves on working with the top home renovators across the country, and we’ve selected the best of the best to be part of our Premium Renovators. Today we’re shining the spotlight on one of our top Premium Renovators- Cormack Builders Limited. Gentek’s Premium Renovators gain their status by working hard for their customers before, during and after every installation. They’re the top quality renovators across the country, and Cormack Builders Ltd. is no exception. 

Offering incredible products and unbeatable services, they’re the place to go if you need renovation services in Cape Breton and Eastern Nova Scotia. Take a look at what makes Cormack Builders Ltd. such a standout and why we chose them as one of our top Premium Renovators to highlight! 

About Cormack Builders Ltd.

Cormack Builders Ltd. has specialized in interior and exterior renovations since 1973. Serving Cape Breton and surrounding areas of Eastern Nova Scotia, they’re committed to providing complete customer satisfaction as well as superior products. They have a qualified staff who are committed to perfection, and offer expert installation for residential and commercial buildings. 

Cormack Builders Ltd. continually wins the trust of Canadian homeowners, and have an above standard warranty that’s well-known in the construction industry. They’re all around a trust-worthy, reliable and professional company to work with, and we’re proud to call them one of our Premium Renovators! 

Cormack Builders Ltd. Products 

Cormack Builders Ltd. uses and recommends only the best products for your home renovation or building project. They offer a wide range of products to improve and beautify your home, from doors and replacement windows, to custom colour shutters, to long lasting roofing materials. 

They also offer gutter cleaning systems, soffit systems, roofing and siding panels, and roof windows, to name a few. If you’re looking to remodel with Gentek products, they offer Gentek Bays and Bows Windows, Gentek Casement Windows, Gentek Regency Premium Vinyl Replacement Windows, Regency PVC Vinyl Casement & Awning Windows, along with Gentek’s Quality Vinyl Soffit System. 

Cormack Builders Ltd. Services 

Cormack Builders Ltd. provides top quality services, offering professional installation of a wide range of residential and commercial home improvements. They offer services including, but not limited to: Complete renovation services from start to finish, kitchen and bathroom renovations, deck renovations, roofing services, vinyl and steel siding, hardwood and ceramic flooring, plumbing and electrical services. Whatever you need for your home renovation, Cormack Builders Ltd. has you covered!

Why Hire a Gentek Premium Renovator 

When you hire a Premium Renovator like Cormack Builders Ltd., you’re investing in a standard of excellence in service, workmanship and professional business ethics. You can rest assured that your project will be completed with only the highest quality products and services, and you’ll receive workmanship and products that will enhance your home for years to come. Investing in quality always pays off, and you’re sure to love the look and comfort of your home once Cormack Builders Ltd. is done with it! 

If you’re in the Cape Breton or Eastern Nova Scotia area and are looking to renovate, look no further than our Premium Renovator, Cormack Builders Ltd.! 


5 Ways to Prepare Before Renovating Your House 

Before you get started on your home renovation, there are a few things you need to do. Renovating your home is an exciting venture, but you don’t want to dive into it without doing the prep work. A renovation is a big investment (both timewise and financially), and it’s important not to underestimate the work that needs to be done. The end result will only be as wonderful as you’re imagining it if you take the time to prepare beforehand. Check out 5 things to do before renovating your house! 

1. Figure Out What You Like (And Don’t Like)

You may know the exact rooms in your house that you want to remodel, but you have to dig deeper than that for a good renovation. For example, if you want a totally new kitchen or laundry room, will your renovation just be cosmetic (new cupboards, counters and appliances), or will it also be structural (knocking down a wall, changing the layout)? 

Create a visual wish list by flipping through magazines, searching Pinterest and looking at design blogs. This will help you get a direction for the design of your remodel and figure out what you do and don’t like. 

2. Budget

If you’ve never gone through a home renovation before, the price you have in your head for all the work that needs to be done could be very off base. Create a budget and figure out what’s feasible in the parameters of your budget. 

Take a trip to your local design centre to start pricing out materials so you know what’s in your price range. You don’t want to start falling in love with materials and furniture only to be disappointed. The same goes for taking on projects in your home. A consultation with a contractor or architect will give you insight into which projects you can afford, and which to let go of before you get started. 

3. Test Colours and Materials 

Before making decisions on colours and materials for your renovation, make sure to get as many samples as you can, from paint swatches to hardwood to fabrics. Take a few days to sit with them before making your final decisions. Keep in mind that colours and patterns change with the light throughout the day, so check on them at different times.

4. Hire the Right Contractor

You may be able to pull off some of the simple jobs when it comes to your home renovation, but be honest with yourself about your skill set. Using a professional contractor is the best way to make sure your renovation goes off safely and turns out beautifully. 

Hiring a contractor isn’t something you should take lightly. Not only are they responsible for turning your dreams into a reality, you’re going to be spending a lot of time with them and handing them a big chunk of money. Make sure to conduct interviews, get referrals and make sure they have the proper licenses. Head over to our Contractor Locator to find a qualified and trustworthy renovator for your project! 

5. Plan with Ample Time

Home renovations are known to run overschedule. Whether it’s due to weather, back-ordered materials or projects that end up taking longer than expected, unfortunately it’s part of the process. Plan your renovation with ample time, especially if you have date that you really need your renovation to be done by.

Ready to get your renovation started? Do these 5 things to prepare for a seamless renovation! 


What Colour Should You Paint Your Front Door?

If you want to make a great first impression with your home exterior, painting your front door is one of the best ways to do it. Your front door shouldn’t be an afterthought, and although choosing a colour for your front door can feel overwhelming it doesn’t have to be. If you feel like you need a change, but don’t know where to start, we’re letting you in on our best tips for choosing a colour to paint your front door. Don’t forget- all of our First Impression Doors can be painted in any of Gentek’s colours! Whether you want to keep it soft and subtle or make a bold statement, here are 4 colour palettes to consider when choosing a door colour.

 

  1. Go Subtle or Sleek with Greys

Greys are continuing to rise in popularity in the home decor world, both for interiors and exteriors alike. While shades of grey are very on trend, they will also stand the test of time, so you can be confident that your door colour will make you happy for years to come. Depending on your home style and the rest of your facade, you can opt for anything from a soft, light grey to a charcoal, slate grey and anything in between. Take a look at Gentek’s colours to find the perfect grey for you! A light ‘Dover Gray’ would be perfect if you want to keep things subtle, or a darker ‘Chesapeake Grey’ or ‘Graphite’ if you want something with a little more punch.

 

  1. Make a Statement with Dark Hues

Dark doors always make a striking statement. Shades like black, navy blue and burgundy are classic and traditional, offering a sense of sophistication to your home. If you want a more traditional finish, go for a high gloss, and if you want a softer tone, an eggshell finish will give you the look you want. Dark doors contrast nicely with lighter siding hues, and also look gorgeous among red, brown or grey brick.

 

  1. Blend In with Neutrals

While some homeowners want their front door to stand out, others prefer it to beautifully blend in with the rest of their home and its surroundings. In this case, neutrals like black, greys and greens are the way to go. While we’ve already touched on dark and grey hues, green shades such as sage are an awesome way to bring in a natural colour palette, allowing your door to blend beautifully with the greenery of your outdoor space. Try our ‘Meadow Fern’ or ‘Moonlit Moss’ for a gorgeous, neutral green.

 

  1. Go Bold and Bright with Colour

If you want your front door to really pop, opt for a bold, bright colour. Vibrant colours like teal, yellow and red create an eye-catching entrance for your home. Your front door is the one area where you can let your personality shine, so don’t be afraid to go bright and bold if that’s more your style.

 

Changing up your front door colour is one of the best ways to elevate your curb appeal. Take these tips into consideration when deciding on the perfect front door colour for you!

 


How to Choose the Perfect Garage Door for Your Home

When it comes to your home’s facade, there are many aspects that go into creating your desired look. One of those features is your garage door. It’s an area of the home that’s often overlooked when it comes to design and upgrades, but your garage door can elevate the aesthetic of your home, complementing the rest of your exterior and standing out in a gorgeous way. Here are 5 steps to choosing the perfect garage door for your home!

 

  1. Consider Your Home Style

It’s important that all elements of your home exterior work together to create a cohesive look. Before choosing your new garage door, consider your home style. If you have a more traditional home, opt for doors with conservative features, and if you have a modern home, pick out doors with simple straight lines. For a garage door on a modern home, there likely won’t be any ornamentation, and black, grey, white and brown are the quintessential colours. If you have a carriage house, go for a garage door with a country feel. This will bring in the warmth of your home’s design.

 

  1. Pick the Proper Material for Your Climate

Another factor to take into consideration is the climate you live in. While some garage door materials are more durable, others work best for warmer, less harsh climates. You can choose from metal, fibreglass, or wood/timbre, depending on the location and climate of your home. Metal and fiberglass are more durable options, standing the test of time, and wood creates a gorgeous aesthetic for your home, but can be an investment.

 

  1. Colour

Modern style homes tend to stay on the simpler, more understated side when it comes to garage door colour. As we mentioned above, doors in black, grey, white and brown are the norm for the contemporary look. Traditional and carrier homes, on the other hand, can typically get away with more colour. Whatever shade you choose, make sure it complements the rest of your exterior as your garage makes up up to 40% of your facade.

 

  1. Windows

The first decision you need to make is whether you want windows on your garage door. Some styles look best with windows, while others make their mark without them. If you have a more modern home, plain windows are the way to go, however if you want something more decorative, there are lots of window styles to choose from. Some owners choose to match their garage door windows to their entry door windows creating coordination and harmony. Once you’ve decided on windows, you also need to decide on the type and transparency of the glass. You can get anything from crystal clear to completely opaque, plus everything in between.

 

  1. Hardware

The last piece of the puzzle when it comes to your garage door is choosing your decorative hardware. Not all garage doors need hardware, but certain styles require it to get the look. Carriage doors, for example, look best with wrought iron hinges and handles. Look at your home exterior as a whole, and ask yourself if hardware would add to the finished look.

 

Don’t underestimate the difference a garage door can make! Use our tips to pick out the perfect garage door for your home!

 

 


Why Do Renovations Go Over Budget

If you’ve gone through a renovation before, or have watched any home reno shows on TV, you know that renovations can tend to go over budget. While sometimes the reason for blowing the budget is due to unforeseen problems, you can also run into trouble if you work with inexperienced contractors. It’s important that the renovator working on your home is professional, skilled and trustworthy, otherwise you may be in for some not-so-nice surprises. Here are 4 reasons why renovations go over budget, and what you can do about it.

1. Low Cost Estimates 

When putting together a renovation contract, you’ll need to decide on your finishes, details of the project, and a list of products and materials to be used. Product costs will differ based on brand, dimensions, colours and materials. The products, materials and prices should be documented in the contract, as should existing conditions and potential problems seen in your home.

If you work with an inexperienced contractor, they may miss potential issues or give you a low cost estimate to look appealing. You’ll end up being charged the real price of the project at the end, and it will be more than you budgeted for. Get a cost estimate from a few different contractors. If one comes back way lower than the others, you’ll know it’s a red flag. 

2. Missing Contract Details 

The cost estimate and contract should include a detailed description of the work to be done. The contractor should be able to give you a detailed description of the project so you know exactly what you’re paying for. Anything left out of the contract may be forgotten when the project is underway.

Your contract should also have room for a contingency. The contingency is for unexpected costs that may come up down the road. If there don’t end up being any problems, you get to keep your money, but there should always be a space in the contract for contingency items. 

3. Project Changes  

There are almost always changes that come up during home renovations. You could change your mind about colours or materials, want to add another small project, or notice an issue you want to fix. All of these should be included in the contract if you notice them before any work has been done. However, if you decide you want project changes once the work has started, it will likely cost more money and take longer for the renovators to complete your reno.

When you work with an experienced contractor, the contingency clause in the contract will state how changes will be dealt with. It will be clear how the changes will affect the scope of the project, including materials, labour and associated costs. 

4. Hidden/Unforeseen Problems 

Unforeseen problems are unfortunately pretty typical when it comes to renovations. A skilled renovator will help you deal with these issues at the lowest cost while getting the job done right. It’s important to hire a professional renovator that’s familiar with the type of work required in your renovation. They’ll be able to identify issues ahead of time, and help you figure out cost-effective and creative ways to deal with them if they come up once the work has begun.

To save yourself from frustration and going over budget use one of Gentek’s Premium Renovators. They’ve all been hand selected by Gentek for their expertise and proficiency! 


Top Things to Consider When Looking for Replacement Windows 

There is plenty to consider when looking for replacement windows. Upgrading your windows is an investment, but if done right is one that will undoubtedly pay off. New windows enhance your curb appeal, while making your home interior quieter, less drafty, and more comfortable overall. They’re easier to clean and maintain than old windows, and increase your home’s energy efficiency, while lowering your energy bills. Ready to start the search for replacement windows? Here are the top 5 things to consider! 

1. More Expensive Doesn’t Always Mean Better

Just because a window is more expensive, doesn’t mean it will necessarily perform better than others. Upgrading your windows is a big cost, so you don’t want to spend more than you have to. For instance, vinyl windows are a less expensive, more affordable window replacement option, but that doesn’t mean that they’re going to be “cheap”. A well-constructed, insulated vinyl window will conserve energy, and heighten the beauty and comfort of your home, while helping you stay on budget. 

2. Climate Counts

Consider the climate you live in when looking for replacement windows. If you live in a rainy, humid climate, aluminium windows are extremely practical. Due to their strength and durability, they meet strict coastal building codes in hurricane-prone areas. If you live in a climate with high winds and cold temperatures, look for windows that are known to perform well at low temperature wind resistance. 

3. Focus on Value 

When you’re shopping around for replacement windows, you may notice that upgrades are quite common. The thing is, upgrades can end up costing up to 50% of the base cost of the window, skyrocketing your budget. Focus on features that add value and make sense for your climate. Unless you live in an extremely cold climate, triple glazing your windows probably isn’t necessary. Focus on features such as Low-E coatings to improve energy efficiency, double hung window sashes that tilt to make your windows easier to clean, and finer mesh screens that let more light through than standard screens.

4. Understand Window Glass Numbers

When looking for replacement windows, it’s important to understand the numbers. All windows in the Energy Star program have ratings assigned to them by the National Fenestration Rating Council. You’ll see numbers for certain window labels:

  • U-factor or U-value (ranges from 0.20 to 1.20): The lower the number, the better the window is at keeping in heat. 
  • Solar Heat Gain Coefficient (ranges from 0 to 1): The lower the number, the better the window is at blocking unwanted heat from the sun through the glass. In warm climates, you’ll want a lower number, while in cold climates, look for a higher number.
  • Visible Transmittance (ranges from 0 to 1): Specifies how much visible light a window lets in. As the number increases, the light increases.  

5. Installation is Key 

Once you’ve decided on your replacement windows, make sure that they’re installed properly. Even top-rated windows won’t perform properly if they’re not installed correctly. Stay away from any contractors that relies on expanding foams or sealants to get a window to fit properly. If flashing and caulking aren’t done with an eye to detail, you’ll likely be looking at water damage down the road. Choose from our list of Premium Renovators to ensure a job well done! 

Choosing replacement windows requires many decisions. Use this guide to help you choose the right ones for your home! 



5 Steps to a Great Renovation 

Planning a home renovation and don’t know where to start? Before diving in, you should know that there are certain things that help a renovation run smoothly, resulting in a great renovation. Undergoing a renovation is a big investment, and if done right, it will add value to your home while increasing its day to day form and function. Ready to get started? Here are 5 steps to a great renovation!

1. Create a Plan

If you want to pull off a great renovation, it’s important to have a solid plan. The more you know what you want out of the renovation, the better the renovators can help you achieve those goals. To help you determine what you want to accomplish with your reno, think about what currently works and doesn’t work in your space right now. Do you crave an open concept space so you can see your kids playing in the living room while you cook? Is it almost impossible to cook in your kitchen due to lack of counter space? Creating a plan is the first step to a great reno. 

2. Align Your Expectations with Your Budget 

The second step is creating your budget. Sit down with your partner to create a realistic budget for your renovation. Know that if you have a lot on your renovation list, you may not be able to do it all. It’s better to figure this out before you start the work to eliminate disappointment down the road. Create a list, numbering the jobs in order of importance. This will help you figure out what you absolutely need done and what you can take off the list if your budget doesn’t allow for it. 

3. Hire a Professional Renovator 

Choosing a professional renovator will ensure your renovation is done with the utmost care and professionalism. Contractors like Gentek’s Premium Renovators meet strict quality, performance and insurance rules and are sure to finish your renovation to you expectations. They’ll help you achieve your goals, stay on budget and ensure everything runs smoothly. Failing to hire a professional renovator can lead to poor quality work, insurance issues, and expenses down the road. 

4. Sign a Contract 

Don’t start any of the renovation work before signing a contract. Your contract will act as the basis of understanding of the work moving forward and should, at minimum, include an overview of the work to be done, cost, payment schedule, construction timeline, product specific details, a warranty clause and a close-out plan. Never do any work without a contract and be wary of contractors that attempt to start work without one. 

5. Communication is Key

Plans change, and that’s okay, but you have to be able to communicate this with your contractor. Throughout the course of renovations, it’s common for homeowners to request changes or ask for additional or less work. Regular communication between you and your renovator is key to eliminating any problems and getting the job done to your expectations. Be aware that the cost and time to finish the project will change, so it’s important to have a signed change order for any and all changes. 

Undergoing renovations is exciting and nerve racking all at once. Take the stress out of the process by following these 5 steps to a great renovation!