It’s that time of year again where we are spending less time under the cloud cover, and more time noticing the flowers popping up all over the city.

We are much more fortunate than our neighbours to the East, as they seem to be still experiencing the chill of winter. Spring always seems like the perfect motivation to start all of the do-it-yourself projects that have been put to the side because of holidays, unfavorable weather and lack of motivation.

Now is also the perfect time to start your research as the influx of home shows is about to begin. Before tackling
a DIY project, I still always recommend even a one-hour consultation with a professional. They can help you figure
out whether permits will be needed, if the work to be done will improve the value of your property, and where to
spend your budget while tackling as many of the items on your wish list as possible. They can also help you with a
plan B if there is a need for one.

There are often all sorts of surprises in your home once you start opening up walls and tearing up the floors. If you are hiring a contractor to help with the work or take on the project management now is the time to call and book your selected company. Our industry is booking and there is no shortage of work for the great trades companies. It may be a bit of a wait to get the company of your choosing, so be prepared.

Interview three professionals for your project, taking more into account than price alone. Who did you get the best
feeling from? Which company is the right match for your scope of work? What is their availability and how does this fit in with your timeline. If your first choice isn’t available within your timing, ask them for their recommendation.

Most importantly, make the process a fun one. The better prepared you are in the beginning, the more likely you are to have a good experience and want to renovate again. Make one person in charge of the project, and ensure that everything is being organized through them. Too many cooks in the kitchen can often produce unfavorable results.

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