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EXPERTAdvice Home Renovation 101

T Tracie Tattrie Sales Representative Royal LePage ProAlliance Realty 640 Cataraqui Woods Drive Kingston 613.484.0225

here is a sense of satisfaction that goes along with completing a home renovation job by yourself, but it goes without saying that skills and abilities vary from person to person. When you’re planning your next home project, you need to consider your own skill set carefully. You never want to get in “over your head” and have a simple project end up costing more money than it would have to hire a professional in the first place.

a professional should always do jobs involving electrical or structural work. If you are thinking of hiring a contractor, electrician, painter or anyone in the trades, I have at list of trusted professionals that work with me time and again. Feel free to contact me for a referral.

You need to think about all the details – from the tools you will need, to building codes and good building practices (which are essential for most projects). I have seen many homes that have received upgrades from the seller, and while you can tell their heart was in the right place, the finishings might not be as attractive as perhaps initially intended. A job you started yourself in order to save money could actually end up costing more in the end if you are not careful. Cost plays a part when it comes to DIY projects versus hiring a professional. If you are leaning towards tackling it yourself, make sure to do your research before starting. From laying a new floor to painting the living room, the quality is in the details; that’s what buyers will pay for. Another option is to act as your own contractor. If you do this, you can hire the tradespeople you need, but still be in control of the situation. No matter what you decide, it’s always good to start with a professional opinion. Also, remember




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