4 questions to ask the experts before starting a renovation

by | Oct 1, 2023 | Finance and Business, Home and Living

Undergoing a home renovation can be an exciting time. But it can also be stressful with all the costs and unknowns that go into a reno.

A recent report by insurance provider Aviva Canada found backyard renovations to be the most popular in the past year, perhaps reflecting current staycation trends as many Canadians opt to maximize their home space over travel amid rising costs.

If you’re planning a reno, here are some key questions to ask the professionals to ensure a successful project that you’ll be able to enjoy for years to come.

Do you need a permit?
Many people fear building permits as unnecessary red tape. But having permits and inspections as the work progresses are the only ways to ensure your renovations are done to the latest building code standards, and they will help prevent costly damage or retrofit work down the road.

Contact your local building department about the scope of your work to know for sure what you need, especially if a contractor suggests you don’t require permits.

What are the best materials to use?
The climate is changing. And extreme weather events can take a toll on your house. If you’re building a new home or it’s undergoing extensive exterior renovations, talk to your builder about using more resilient materials. Options include durable metal roofing and fire-resistant siding materials. You should also ask about flood prevention options, such as installing a backflow preventer valve on the sewage line and a backup battery if you have a sump pump.

How can technology help?
We live in the era of the Internet of Things where everything from toasters to furnaces comes with smart technology features. And many can save you time and money around the house. For instance, talk to your HVAC installer about how a smart thermostat can help you cut back on your heating and cooling costs. Or how smart lights and other electronics can help you reduce your monthly electricity bill.

Are you sufficiently insured?
Home insurance covers your home and its contents, but your new renovations could increase the overall value of your home, and you’ll want to make sure they are protected. Additionally, some changes to your home can also result in savings. So, it’s important to talk to your insurance representative, review your coverage and make any necessary adjustments, especially when undergoing a renovation. Find more information on planning for a renovation at aviva.ca

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