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Self-Building: Reaching the Balance Between Your Dream House and Reality

Do you have a vision for the house of your dreams? Better yet, you may already have the perfect land for it. Now an important decision needs to be made: hire a general contractor to take over the construction and management of trades or do it yourself and hire your specialized contractors as they’re required and start self-building.

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Managing a self-build can be a headache

If you are considering a self-build, you will need to consider the implications well before you start construction. You will most likely need the help of various professionals for the steps you cannot do alone, even before starting your project, including:

  • Assessing your city's criteria for obtaining a building permit as a homeowner (and getting approved)
  • An architectural plan prepared by a technologist or architect (depending on the size of your project), which usually requires a number of meetings before the final version is drawn.
  • Advice from an interior designer regarding construction of the interior if you’re after a distinctive decor
  • The meticulous coordination of internal and external contractors specializing in important areas for which you may not have the expertise and required licences e.g.:
    - Roofers
    - Cabinetmakers
    - Electricians
    - Plumbers
    - Experts in balconies
    - Experts in house framing
    - Experts in heating and air conditioning
    - Experts in French drains
    - Foundation experts
    - Experts in septic tanks and septic fields
    - Fireplace experts
    - Experts in external coatings
    - Masons

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Choosing to self-build puts you in charge

Becoming a site manager is a full-time job. It’s very difficult to combine voting work with the management of your building site, especially if you want your project to go smoothly, on time and without too many extra costs. Coordination of shifts is extremely important and if you don’t have experience in site management, it will be almost impossible to coordinate all shifts with the right dates on your job site, while ensuring the same quality of work.

When you hire a general contractor, they become accountable for the quality of the entire job. Therefore if an error is made in any area, the general contractor will be responsible for fixing it which may involve paying their employees overtime out of their own pocket. If you are managing all builders and trades yourself, it will be difficult to identify parties responsible for any blunders or mistakes which may result in more costs, time and energy fixing problems yourself.

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With a self-build, you need to be realistic and expect a multitude of extra costs incurred

As a self-builder, you will be left to your own devices in coordinating all the work to be done and ensure it’s completed in the correct order. It’s almost a guarantee that extra costs will arise due to unforeseen circumstances e.g. mistakes that need to be corrected, pre-existing problems which are uncovered during construction, miscoordination of trades resulting in extra labour expenses, etc.

It’s therefore advisable to allow for room to manoeuvre when calculating your budget since it can inflate easily and quickly. You will have to rectify the house of your dreams with the realities of construction. To help you, there is Reno-Assistance - your source for renovations and the construction of your home.

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Be prepared for the unexpected with a little help from your friends at Reno-Assistance

In spite of everything you do right, from budgeting to on-site coordination, be ready to face the unexpected. Here are some of the risks you’ll be exposed to:

  • Work accidents 
  • Absenteeism of workers who delay other shifts 
  • Severe weather 
  • Oversights or omissions by you or your trades

At Reno-Assistance, our contractors are verified at 360°

Homeowners tend not to trust contractors. It's not a new phenomenon and is understandable when you hear some of the horror stories out there. That's why Reno-Assistance provides a service that aims to protect customers from dishonest/incompetent contractors. With our 360° Verification, you can be sure that all the contractors we will refer to you have had their licenses and insurance verified, have no outstanding complaints with consumer organizations, a satisfactory litigation history, sound financial stability and positive client references. This stringent verification process is in place to mitigate the risks to you as a customer which are present during construction and renovation projects.

In addition, we don’t just have general contractors to refer to you. With more than 1,000 active contractors in our network, we have experts covering all specialities. For example, if you need contractors to pour your foundation, build your framing and roof, but you want to do the rest yourself? No problem! We can send you the best-suited experts in each of the areas necessary for your new construction.

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Get up to quotes from different contractors

In general, if you are thinking of doing a self-build, it is to make sure you get the right price and not overpay. With Reno-Assistance, our service is to find you verified contractors, but also to ensure that you get the right price. For these reasons, we always try to put up to 3 contractors in competition on your project and they fight in some way to offer you the best quality / price ratio according to your needs. Our services are free of charge and without any obligations. You then have nothing to lose! Successful renovations start here!

Talk to a renovation advisor now! 1-888-670-9742

Let me help you to find the right contractors

Francis Guertin, Renovation Advisor

Or call me

1 888 670-9742
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Our 3 Easy Steps

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Entrust us with your project

Your very own Renovation Advisor will be assigned to your project

Benefit from our experience on renovation projects.
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Get up to 3 Competing Quotes

Your renovation at the right price

Your advisor will even help you compare and understand your quotations.
3

Choose the Perfect Contractor

All of our contractors have been 360° Verified

Our team evaluates all contractors to a strict set of criteria.
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It's free and there's no obligation!

Let me help you to find the right contractors

Francis Guertin, Renovation Advisor

Or call me

1 888 670-9742
It's free and there's no obligation

Our stamp of approval. A greater peace of mind.

With your renovation or construction project, it doesn’t pay to take chances with an unknown. Let Reno-Assistance refer you to one of our experts with our coveted 360° Verified Contractor stamp of approval — your peace of mind that our dedicated verification team has done a complete 360 of their credentials and track record. And you can take our word for it — literally. Everything we can share as we verify our 360° Verified Contractors is written in our 360° Verification Report, the only one of its kind in the industry. Bottom line? Only the best get our stamp of approval — and only the best get referred to you.

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