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From permits to deadlines, liability to work guarantees, industry professionals can save time, stress and money

We’ve all heard the horror stories, whether it’s been on the home improvement shows, through our own situations or from friends, about bad experiences when it comes to a renovation or new home project. However, there are a number of steps that can be taken to help eliminate these challenges from happening. This would ensure your project is a success without the headaches that can happen when things go wrong.

The best way to eliminate serious challenges from occurring is to make sure you are prepared in advance, so you will know what to expect as well as the right questions to ask. It is important when it comes to a new home that the expectations on com-pletion dates, costs and the like are realistic.

One comment that is often heard in relation to residential construction is – ‘the contractor should just do this extra item for free because I am paying a lot for the job.’ What is important to remember is when we go to work every day, we are not volunteering our time for our day-to-day job, so why should it be expected that a contractor should provide a service for no charge?

There are costs to running a business and you want to make sure the contractor you hire is a professional. First and foremost, the contractor you choose to work with should provide you with proof of liability insurance; workers’ compensation coverage; and offer a written contract fully detailing the work that will be completed, the payment schedule and products that will be used in the project.

Whenever changes are made to the initial contract you want to make sure a change order is put in writing. A change order should include all of the details that are included in the change to the original contract and the cost to make this change. If changes are made once the contract has been signed remember, this could have an impact on the completion dates and will most likely increase the final cost of the project.

It is important to do your homework before you begin so your new home experience will be satisfying to both you and your family. Be prepared, plan ahead and know what to expect.

For more information on building or renovating visit the Nova Scotia Home Builders’ Association’s website at  www.nshomebuilders.ca or phone 450-5554 or 1-800-668-2001.

Sherry Donovan

Sherry Donovan

Sherry Donovan is Communications Director for the Nova Scotia Home Builders' Association. She is a regular contributer to various local media and currently has columns appearing in Halifax Metro News and The Chronicle Herald's Homesetc publication.

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