Tips for planning your siding renovation projects

Fall has arrived and traditionally siding renovation projects tend to take a hiatus until the good weather returns.

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This impasse is ideal to start thinking about the renovation project that aims to start when the good weather returns.

In the case of siding renovation, we suggest that you start planning 3-4 months in advance to allow yourself enough time and not make mistakes. The more information you have in your possession, the better decisions you will be able to make.

It is known that siding renovation projects can be stressful, especially if it is the first one that you carry out, so we suggest developing a guide that includes all the necessary steps.

The benefits of an action plan are several, among them it will allow you to see the “big picture” of the project, as well as the details of tasks and their respective schedule. This will undoubtedly bring you peace of mind and help you be in control.

What should your project plan include:

Project description

Budget

  • Allocated budget
  • Financing required
  • Contingency budget: We recommend between 5-10%

Who will execute the work?

List of potential contractors

Research companies

  • How many years has the company been operating in the market?
  • Contractor’s reputation with the BBB and other organizations
  • How many jobs completed in the area?
  • List of references
  • Proof of business license and insurance
  • Guarantees
  • Availability to start the project

Procedures

  • Job site safety during the project
  • Communication
  • Realistic schedule and how you keep it on schedule.

Contract

  • Get familiar with what a renovation contracts should include so you don’t have any nasty surprises.
  • Make sure all tasks are included as well responsibilities.

Permits

Requirements

This generally depends on the size of the project and the city you live in. Most siding projects do not require special permits, but in Vancouver’s historic areas, this may be the exception. Keep in mind that if you need a permit, it can take a long time, so we suggest that you check with the city before starting anything. Is it provided by company or is it the homeowner’s and responsibility and what the cost is.

Materials

  • Type of materials
  • Obtain samples if possible
  • Manufacturer’s guarantee

Additional tips

We know that the times we live in are not easy and that every dollar we can save is essential, but one of the most serious mistakes is making decisions to hire a company or buy materials only based on the low price factor. A renovation project executed by non-professionals can have negative consequences not only on the aesthetics of your property, but on the overall value of your property.

Remember to set a flexible estimated completion date in case of unexpected problems.

This is a general guide that can help you analyse the scope of your project more clearly, but by no means it includes all the details of the project.

Contact our team of professionals who have the experience and track record to give you peace of mind that your project will be carried out not only within the stipulated budget and time. 8Diamonds Siding is a member of BBB with an A+ Rating