Winnipeg Free Press, February 15, 2001, Page 96

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Winnipeg Free Press (Newspaper) - February 15, 2001, Winnipeg, Manitoba 26 The Jewish Post fie News Financial Guide 2001 HALLMARK Custom Design Build to Your Specifications Upholstered Wooden Furniture Italianmade Dining Chairs Occasional Chair Frames Repair Residential Commercial Full Warranty Showroom 315 William MB 9460209 We bring Kindred Gm Do some homework before you start renovation SOP Even under the best of circumstances renovating has its but it can be a satisfying experi ence if youre properly prepared and are se lective about the peo ple who will be doing the Before deal ing directly with a con consider con sulting an architect who understands de construction work and To take some of the trauma out of the Ca nadian Home Builders Association has an in formative Web site KITGUKff SHOWitOOM I H 5 i K 5 OF C H 0 I t W 0 I I DW I 8 Division ot tOO 1336 Sargent Avenue 9 that will help you avoid many of the pitfalls that our readers Protect Dealing with a profes sional renovator is your greatest protection against an incompe tent or unfinished A written contract spells out the arrange ments between you and your renovatprand describes your renova tion in Profes sional renovators also carry Workers Com insurance and any necessary li Check renova tors Make sure they are for work similar to Most homeowners check with a renovators past clients to find out whether they were sat isfied with the process and the Dont choose on price While it is always tempting to go for the lowest you need to consider the implications of doing Will the lowbid renovator agree to a binding contract Carry insurance to pro tect workers on your job Complete the job to your satisfaction Warranty the work Or still be in business if you need to call back dont jeop ardize the quality of the overall renovation by compromising on the quality of products or Dont buy from a doortodoor salesper son without checking outthe Con tact your local Home Builders Association to see whether the com pany is a and check with the Better Business Know what you Discuss your needs and desires with a professional renova tor or architect and decide how you want your new home to feel and work for you and your Once you have a clear idea of the big pic your renovator will help you work out all the Establish a realis tic Knowing early on how much money you have to spend allows you to focus on the work that is Experienced renovators will provide sound cost advice and If you are borrowing money for a large sit down with your lenderand discuss the amount you can reasonably afford and the most suitable fi nancing Your budget should cover everything that might arise from the renova including such items as new furniture and Plan for the long Thinking ahead avoids shortterm reno vations that might need to be redone in the ;