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Renovation Guide

Having the right information at the right time is key to better decision-making.

That is why we continually gather useful, up-to-date information and tips to help you, our customer, better understand the renovation process, and how to make your home more energy-efficient. Please feel free to contact us if you have any questions, or would like to discuss your own design-build, renovation or restoration project.

 

Living Through Your Renovation

Living Through Your Renovation

A few years ago, when I owned a period home in Sandy Hill, I did a small kitchen renovation. It involved stripping the old linoleum floor to the original hardwood, repositioning the existing kitchen cabinets, relocating some wiring and a small amount of plumbing, adding a new counter top and – of course – painting. The scope of work was simple enough – considering the work we often do! Even though all my employees and Trade Contractors were as professional as possible and even though the renovation lasted only a few weeks, I found, as a homeowner (!), that the project was extremely stressful – almost invasive! Even though one expects the inconveniences, it’s HOW to live through them that needs to be addressed. All our regular habits get turned upside down- through our desire for a nicer or larger home. While it is normal to have small amounts of airborne dust floating around, steps can still be taken to minimize the discomfort. In addition to using drop sheets and tarps, it is helpful to do some extra vacuuming and dusting where possible; too often the usual cleaning gets ‘cancelled’ when in fact it would probably be quite helpful. During renovations, homeowners often complain that they can’t find anything anymore because many items are inevitably moved or rearranged by the workers. This contributes to an atmosphere of ‘chaos’. The last straw comes with all the different people coming and going at different and unexpected times. From my own experience and through working with so many families, we encourage you to consider the following suggestions to minimize the personal impact of renovations on your daily routines and family life:

Plan ahead

How long can you live with a crew of people working in your home? Is the whole family aware that when the kitchen is being renovated, have you planned when and where you will be eating out? Where the groceries will go? Can you and your partner anticipate some of the extra work that will have to be done in the interim?

Trust your renovator

We try to be your best friend before, during and after the project is done. If you check with the B.B.B. you will find that Sandy Hill Construction has won awards for several years for customer satisfaction. We have a great track record with our clients and really enjoy our work. We are approved Renomark contractors upholding the highest renovation standards in Canada.

Don’t disappear

Some clients like to be away while renovating-others prefer to be close to home. I think it is important to always be available (at the very least by phone) as there are always ‘mini’ decisions and alternative choices to be made along the way, particularly in extensive renovations. We strive to meet our clients’ expectations which is possible only when there is proper communication. This ensures perfect satisfaction in the construction details.

Be cautious when ordering finishing materials

It may be fun to go to showrooms and start looking at samples of exotic materials. Costs can rise quickly after a few visits to the showroom which can seriously impact your final renovation costs! Beware too of the many disclaimers upon ordering ‘natural’ products – for example, often “color” is not guaranteed or ‘sample’ items may be discontinued.

Try to keep changes to a minimum

I always recommend sticking to your choices right from your Permit Drawings stage thorough to the end of construction. The reason is that the more changes you make to the original plan – especially if you make these changes during the actual renovation stage – the more it’s going to cost and the longer the job will take. One change can dominos into ten ….

Don’t rush to the finish line

Renovation is a very complicated process. We work hard to keep it on track and on budget and there still may be things that go astray. Patience is a virtue that will be rewarded by proper finishing detail.

Take time to get comfortable with your renovation

Rooms that look enormous with only the studs in, shrink when the drywall is up. Spaces that seemed more than adequate on the drawing board suddenly seem cramped when the furniture is in. Give yourself six months to get used to things. It might even be a good idea to resist the idea of extensive decorating until you’ve had a chance to live with the new space.

A certain amount of doubt and unease is perfectly normal when your life is undergoing such a major upheaval. Sandy Hill Construction will guide you through the process and you will have many years to enjoy your newly renovated home! Always keep in mind – it will be
worth it!

Renovation Ideas

Renovation Ideas

When I am invited out to a prospective client’s house I encounter an enormous variety of renovation circumstances. Some clients are really unsure of what they would like to see and have a great deal of difficulty envisioning the renovation. Other clients provide plans with complete specifications and details. I have found the degree of thought put into a renovation will affect the outcome, both in price, degree of detail and the length of time required for the project. To help the thought process along for those planning a renovation, I thought it might be helpful to offer some general planning considerations.

For almost any kind of renovation work, you will need draft design work to start to visualize the scope of the work. Draft drawings in the early stages of planning may save you both time and money down the road. The purpose of these drawings are to pull together all of your ideas and situate them within the architectural and structural constraints of your home. Don’t hesitate to ask for advice; we will be able to offer ideas that will help you stretch your renovation budget or provide you with a better-finished result.

Once you have decided on your draft drawings, we will prepare a budget estimate for the work. If the budget is agreeable to you, we will prepare Permit Drawings which have much more of the information needed for the City of Ottawa Building Permits. We will prepare a final cost estimate based on the plans and a contract for your review. If necessary, final changes may be made to the Permit Drawings as well as to the Estimate before we make the application for the permit.

Sandy Hill Construction offers full planning and design services. We also offer Structural Engineering Services for structural repairs as well as for remediation of foundations and waterproofing.

We always offer references from previous clients.

Ask as many questions as you need to and be sure you understand the full range of options available to you. Generally, the more thought put into your renovation, the more “fun” the process will be!

Canadian Housing

Canadian Housing – A Model For The World

Canadians are some of the best housed people in the world. Our country has long been recognized as a world leader in residential construction technology, and more recently, the Canadian “housing system”—the system that supports new home buyers through technical research, consumer information, financing, mortgage insurance, new home warranty and so on—has gained international acclaim.

Throughout the world, a Canadian-style home is synonymous with quality. The popularity of Canadian wood frame construction increased dramatically, for example, in Japan after a recent earthquake demonstrated the superior strength of this type of housing. Canadian new home and renovation professionals are building homes and communities in countries around the world, such as Germany, Russia and China, to mention a few examples.

To home buyers abroad, the attraction of Canadian housing is clear—the homes are exceedingly comfortable, energy efficient, healthy, spacious and durable. The Canadian home has been developed carefully over many years to suit our climate, one of the most demanding and varied in the world.

Canadian construction techniques and building products are among the most advanced in the world. Energy-efficient construction—including superior insulation, high-performance windows and state-of-the-art heating, cooling and ventilation equipment—has created homes that can withstand the harsh cold of winter or a mid-summer’s heat wave, while leaving the indoor air fresh and pleasant. The spacious, open design of Canadian homes is an additional attraction, along with a sophisticated selection of high-quality finishing products, such as exterior cladding and pre-fabricated kitchen cabinetry.

Our technological know-how goes hand in hand with good management. Canadian builders know how to achieve cost-effective designs and on-site efficiency. Canadian-trained crews are highly skilled, and work well and quickly. As a result, value and quality are built right into new homes from foundation to finishing, here in Canada and abroad.

But our international reputation goes beyond construction and technological expertise. What most Canadians take for granted—availability of mortgages at reasonable interest rates, low down payments, mortgage insurance, building codes and standards, and new home warranty—places Canada at the forefront of housing affordability, quality and choice.

In essence, the Canadian housing system ensures a reasonable opportunity for Canadians to own a home, with the confidence that their home is healthy, safe and durable, and that their investment is well protected. Many countries, including Russia, Morocco, South Korea, Trinidad, Poland and others, are looking to the Canadian system for ways to improve their own housing systems.

Our reputation for excellence is opening doors around the world for Canada’s professional new homebuilders, manufacturers of building products and materials, and related service providers. The Canadian professional new home building industry—setting the standards for excellence in homes everywhere!

Choosing A Builder

Choosing A Builder – Take The Professional Approach

Skills, experience and integrity . . . these are the cornerstones of professionalism in the residential construction industry. All across the region, dozens of home renovation companies are headed by men and women who are professionals in their field, dedicated to excellence and customer satisfaction.

Professional builders are well equipped with the skills and knowledge it takes to build your home, from design to actual construction. In a fast-paced industry, where change is the order of the day, learning is a life-long process. Professional builders stay on top of new products, technical innovations and changing regulations.

Every aspect of the construction of your home must be carefully scheduled, budgeted and managed. New homes contain about 3,000 different parts and often involve the specialized services of more than 30 different trades. The construction of a new house also demands building permits plan approvals and inspections to meet regulatory requirements.

Professional builders are experienced project managers who share a common goal with homebuyers: a high-quality, well-finished home, built on time and on budget with no hassles and no problems.

Honesty, commitment, fairness . . . professional builders work with their customers and for their customers. They understand their customer’s needs and are committed to service and satisfaction.

If you are buying a new home, make sure you are dealing with a professional builder. Ask about past projects and clients and the service you can expect before, during and after construction of your home. Ask about membership in the Greater Ottawa Home Builders Association and warranty coverage. Once you are satisfied with your choice, you can relax and discover the real value of dealing with a professional builder and/or renovator.

City Approvals

City approvals required for your renovation

Renovation will often require one or more permits and approvals from local authorities before any work commences at your home. While requirements vary from municipality to municipality, the following criteria will help determine if your project requires a building permit or other approvals.

When is a building permit not required?

As a rule, a building permit is not normally required for re-roofing, painting and decorating, installation of kitchen cabinets (not including plumbing fixtures), re-pointing brick veneer, installation of air conditioners or heat pumps, sundecks not more than 600 millimetres (24 inches) in height from grade, garden or tool sheds 10 square metres (108 square feet) or less in building area. Very occasionally, there may be a zoning by-law, Heritage or Design Committee requirement that applies to the property so that a permit is required even though the scope of work will not exceed this list.

When is a building permit required?

A building permit is required for projects such as new buildings, additions, most alterations, garages, carports, porches, decks, finishing basements, adding a washroom or the installation of a fireplace or wood stove and for swimming pool enclosures. A plumbing permit is required to add, extend, alter, renew or repair any plumbing system. City staff will do a review of your permit application to ensure that building code standards and zoning by-law requirements, etc. are met, providing for life safety and for fire protection of your property. Apart from the safety risk, work that is done without a permit could negate your household insurance policy.

What information needs to be submitted?

To apply for a permit, the owner or the renovation contractor is required to complete an application form and file it with the appropriate fee and 2 or 3 sets of drawings. The required drawings will vary from project to project depending on the scope of work and generally include a plan of survey, a site plan, floor plans, elevation, a cross section and details. The submission must be drawn to scale and fully dimensioned, must be of sufficient quality and contain adequate information that any competent person/builder could carry out the construction based on the information provided on the plans. If you find that you cannot prepare the drawings yourself, you must obtain the services of a qualified person.

To facilitate the processing of your application, a variety of processing streams are usually available. For example, many municipalities offer a 24 hour permit service for certain types of applications (e.g., where no other approvals such as heritage, zoning variances or Design Committee are required).

When are “other approvals” required and what are they?

The buildings department of most area municipalities have technically trained staff available to receive and assist you with your application through the development approval process and they are best able to explain the detailed submission requirements and tell you which other permits or approvals may be necessary. Most cities encourage you to discuss your proposal with city staff before you prepare and submit your application.

Gary Holtz is a Plans Examiner with the City of Ottawa Department of Planning & Development.

Completing Your Renovation

Completing Your Renovation Successfully

Up front planning, and hiring Sandy Hill Construction, lays a solid foundation for a successful renovation project. Once the actual work begins, much of the homeowner’s task is complete. You can now relax and enjoy watching your ideas take shape creating the home you have always wanted.

How the renovation will affect your daily life depends to a great extent on the type of renovation you are involved in, and how long it will go on. Many our responsibilities and those of the homeowner have already been spelled out in the contract. Before the work starts, sit down with us and discuss how you can both ensure the steady progress of your renovation.

Keeping the lines of communication open and maintaining a pleasant work environment is, ultimately, the responsibility of all members of the “renovation team.”

Before the work begins…

Discuss the requirements for the work. We will need access to electricity and water on a regular basis. Delivery and temporary storage of building materials, and the disposal of wastes should be decided upon.

Determine the rules of the house for the work crew. Discuss your expectations of the crew with us. Let us know which parts of the house are off limits; determine access to bathroom facilities and eating areas, as well as kitchen privileges, if any; discuss your smoking policy, telephone access, and your attitude toward music in the home.

Sandy Hill Construction Responsibilities

Scheduling work to minimize inconvenience. We will make every effort to avoid disruptions and inconvenience. For instance, additions will be built and partially finished before the connecting wall is removed. Temporary hook-ups for water and electricity will allow you to continue your daily cooking and cleaning routines.

Keeping you informed at all times. We will name a contact person for your project either the site foreman or him/herself who will stay in touch with you throughout the project. The contact person will give you regular updates on the progress of the work, let you know when to expect tradespeople and tell you, in advance, when you will be needed for decisions.


Meeting deadlines. The contract often outlines the project schedule and deadlines to which your renovation is anticipated to proceed. If the work gets off-track for unforeseen reasons, we will discuss the situation with you immediately and find ways to correct it.


Daily clean up. We leave a clean work site at the end of each day. Be sure to discuss your expectations with us so that we can make the appropriate plan.

Dealing with Unforeseen Conditions

Dealing with unforeseen conditions during the renovation

Unforeseen conditions are inherent in all renovation work to some degree. Soil conditions are at the top of the list of areas with unknown conditions. Sites requiring deeper or more difficult excavation because of rock, disturbed or contaminated soil or rotten walls invisible from the interior or exterior which need to be changed for structural integrity are only two examples.

Changes in design and finishes may also be needed either because of unavailability of products or a more desirable finish is wanted. Planning first on paper with a qualified, experienced home renovator and designer will help avoid some unforeseen conditions. Preparing complete and concise drawings and specifications will help both the designer to identify areas of possible difficulty at the plan stage and will help the renovators be more precise and competitive in pricing the work. A change on paper is much less costly than on site.

Some changes will inevitably occur during the renovation. Budget money to pay for unforeseen conditions and for changes you may request during the renovation. A contingency fund of approximately 5% to 10% should be included in the original estimate to cover the cost of changes.

If a change must happen, managing the change quickly and cost effectively is an important aspect of any renovation. The initial contract form should have a clause setting out the procedure for a change to the contract. The change order should describe the work either requested or proposed, the cost, and the effect on the schedule and completion date.

The client should decide who will be his or her representative to authorize the change orders to avoid confusion and lost time.

One last word about changes. It is better to suffer the short term implications of a change, such as cost and delay, than to be dissatisfied with the final product.

Lynn Schmidt is a partner with Solterra Developments, an Ottawa firm specializing in renovations and energy efficient home construction.

How Much Should You Spend

How much should you spend on your renovation?

At the early stages of your renovation planning, you will not know how much your renovations will cost, but you need to have some idea of what you can, and want to, spend. It is also wise to ensure that your renovations will offer reasonable payback on the value of your house.

Often, renovations are financed through a combination of savings, short-term loans and mortgages, taking advantage of the existing equity in the home. Talk with several financial institutions to figure out your options. Consider the following:

  • the amount of your savings
  • the costs associated with the renovation, such as new furniture, drapes and blinds, fixtures and appliances
  • the amount you can, or are willing to, borrow
  • the total amount you are prepared to spend
Consult with Us

Going from the “ideas stage” to the “final plans stage” that are the basis for the scope of the renovation work happens in several steps, as you explore the feasibility of getting what you want within your budget. You’ll likely want to talk to us in the initial stages of your renovation planning to get a better idea of cost and how best to proceed with the design work for your project.

Sandy Hill Construction can provide “ballpark” estimates for rough ideas, offer design or architectural services, and tell you how you maximize the return on your renovation investment. We can also advise you on the kinds of work that homeowners typically are able to do themselves to stretch their budget, and we can help you to develop a long-term plan if you wish to renovate your home in stages.

The Real Estate Appraiser

If you are concerned about payback on your investment and you don’t want to exceed the value of similar homes in your neighbourhood, talk to a professional real estate appraiser before you start renovating. The appraiser can establish the current value of your home and of comparable homes in the area, and determine how the renovation you are planning will affect the value of your home. The appraiser will also be able to advise you on the types of home renovations that offer the greatest payback value.

The Home Inspector

A pre-renovation inspection by an independent home inspector can help you to evaluate the overall condition of your home, and to set priorities for current and future renovation projects. The inspector can identify repair work and equipment replacement that may be needed in the short or long term. A copy of the inspector’s report could help with the decision making on your project. Check under “Building Inspection Service” and choose an inspector who is a member of the Association of Greater Ottawa Building Inspectors.

Know Your Responsibilities

Know your responsibilities when renovating

When renovating, there are some responsibilities that must be borne by the homeowner. Keep these points in mind to help your Sandy Hill Construction Renovation progress smoothly:

Often, renovations are financed through a combination of savings, short-term loans and mortgages, taking advantage of the existing equity in the home. Talk with several financial institutions to figure out your options. Consider the following:

Clear work areas of furniture, drapes and art

Protect your valuables by placing them in an area where no work is going on, or out of the home, and cover anything that might be harmed by dust. Discuss any foreseeable damage concerns you might have in advance of your renovation.

Make early product selections

The contract may stipulate that you select and/or provide specific items such as flooring, lighting equipment, tiles and kitchen cabinets. Have these items available to Sandy Hill Construction when needed to ensure the smooth progress of the work.

Be available to your renovator on short notice

Invariably, you will be asked to make a number of smaller decisions as the work progresses. Make sure that your renovation company contact you at short notice (or work may fall behind schedule).

Keep changes to a minimum

We are usually willing to accommodate changes to the original plan as you go along. However, be aware that any change you make could result in a cost increase and most certainly a time delay. “Change orders”, if required, are amendments to the contract, and they must be signed by both parties.

Discuss your concerns as they arise

Bring any concerns and questions to our attention immediately. We’re always available to you.

Provide payment as agreed upon

Payment is anticipated promptly according to the payment schedule set up in the contract. (Be sure to hold back the appropriate amounts required by the Construction Lien Act. Contact your lawyer for information or call the Greater Ottawa Home Builders’ Association.)

Accept the unpredictable with grace

Foul weather, unavailable products, and unforeseen complications . . . these can be part of the renovation experience and will be dealt with Sandy Hill Construction in as professional a manner as possible.

Inform your insurance company of the work going on in your home

Many standard policies do not cover residential construction; you may have to purchase additional coverage for the duration of the renovation. If you plan to vacate your home while your renovation work is under way, make sure that you advise your insurance company. Failure to do so could mean that the home is considered unoccupied and your insurance would be null and void.

Post Renovation Service

Post renovation service – what to do if a problem arises

What can you expect after all the renovation work has been done? If a problem arises, following the advice below will help you understand what to do next. This is often half the battle.

Almost all renovation projects encounter some minor problems this is the nature of renovation work. When you add something new to something old, not everything is going to fit snugly and smoothly. But this is by no means cause for alarm. The key to professionalism is quickly and effectively resolving and correcting problems.

Services

A professional renovation job does not end when the last nail is hammered in or the last coat of paint applied. Every contractor has a different type of after sales service but the common element is customer satisfaction.

One of the first things you should do before all the workers are completely gone is to schedule a “walk through” of the project with your contractor. As your contractor shows you everything that has been done, keep a list of small items that haven’t been finished yet, eg. sections of baseboard missing, face plates for switches and outlets that have to be put on, last minute wiring, etc. Catching these little items that can often be forgotten in the jumble of finishing up a job is important while the workers are still in your home. It will be very inconvenient for you and the contractor to schedule a time for one of his crew to come back to your house to install that little piece of trim that was forgotten.

When everyone is gone and you and your family are settling back to your normal lifestyle, you may find problems popping up that either weren’t there before or you didn’t catch on your walk through. With any renovation project, little things can be expected. The best thing you can do is divide your problems into two categories, MINOR and MAJOR problems.

A MINOR problem which is not urgent would be one that causes you some inconvenience or doesn’t look complete. For example, a broken tile, a piece of missing trim, a loose or sticky door, small drywall cracks or popped screw heads, etc. These are all things that you can live with until a worker can come back to your house. The easiest way to handle MINOR problems is to make a list of them as you notice them. When you have accumulated several on your list, call your contractor and let him know what you’ve found. You can then arrange a time for a worker to come and fix them all at once.

A MAJOR problem which would require immediate attention (within 24 hours) would be one that, if left undone or unfinished would make your house unlivable, unsafe and/or the problem will get worse. For example, no heat, a leaky pipe or fitting, a drywall crack that seems to grow every day, uncovered electrical wires or unusual sounds when you turn on a new light or motor.

It’s a good idea to ask your contractor or renovator to explain how to operate new controls and devices and also find out what you should be doing for proper care and maintenance of the new products.

Professional Design Tips

Professional design tips can help you plan

Planning your renovation is both exciting and challenging. You want to create a home that suits your lifestyle and your budget. You also want to protect your investment by making wise decisions that let you recoup all, or most, of your money on resale. Recently, a group of professional renovators from across Canada were asked what design advice they most often give to their customers. Here are some of their answers:

Be realistic about the space that you need.

Homeowners often overestimate the amount of space that they need, and underestimate the amount of space they already have. Look closely at your home and try to “see past the walls”; rearranging rooms and eliminating separations may give you all the space you really need. When you do decide to add more space, make sure the design will continue to work as your family changes. “Over-building” your home can make it less comfortable in the long term.

Add natural light to create an open,spaceous feeling.

In older homes, windows are often small and located high on the wall, reflecting an era when windows were both “energy-consuming” and expensive. Today’s energy-efficient windows, skylights and glass doors bring the outside into your living spaces, bathe your home in light and add wonderful decorative touches throughout the house.

Look at your neighbourhood.

Older, established neighbourhoods usually have a balanced overall design; homes and lots have similar proportions and styles, creating a pleasant and harmonious streetscape. When your renovation involves external changes or additions, spend some time studying your street before you decide on a design. Additions that blend with the existing streetscape will probably add the most value to your home, and they will certainly be appreciated the most by your neighbours.

Kitchen renovations get noticed on re-sale.

If there is a move in your future, a high- quality kitchen renovation is an important selling feature. The condition of your kitchen can determine whether potential buyers will make an offer on your home, and can influence the size of their offer.

Look under existing carpeting and sheet flooring before deciding on new floor treatments. Old hardwood, even if covered with glued-down flooring, is often of high quality and can be refinished. If you want the warmth of natural wood in your renovated home, check what’s under your feet already.

Don’t overlook storage areas.

Efficient and convenient storage space makes everyday living easier. The layout of older homes reflects different patterns of living, before the advent of microwaves, exercise equipment, home computers and CDs. Having somewhere to keep everything is important, especially in an open-concept home, where just a few things lying around can quickly become the beginning of clutter and disorder.

Detailing ties your renovation together.

If your renovation project involves only some areas of the home, consider changing the detailing in other areas to tie it all together visually. Replacing the baseboards and mouldings in the non-renovated areas, and installing French doors in the “transition areas” can effectively blend the old with the new.

Remember – Renovating generates equal measures of enthusiasm, loving care, patience and reward.

City Approvals

City approvals required for your renovation

Renovation will often require one or more permits and approvals from local authorities before any work commences at your home. While requirements vary from municipality to municipality, the following criteria will help determine if your project requires a building permit or other approvals.

When is a building permit not required?

As a rule, a building permit is not normally required for re-roofing, painting and decorating, installation of kitchen cabinets (not including plumbing fixtures), re-pointing brick veneer, installation of air conditioners or heat pumps, sundecks not more than 600 millimetres (24 inches) in height from grade, garden or tool sheds 10 square metres (108 square feet) or less in building area. Very occasionally, there may be a zoning by-law, Heritage or Design Committee requirement that applies to the property so that a permit is required even though the scope of work will not exceed this list.

When is a building permit required?

A building permit is required for projects such as new buildings, additions, most alterations, garages, carports, porches, decks, finishing basements, adding a washroom or the installation of a fireplace or wood stove and for swimming pool enclosures. A plumbing permit is required to add, extend, alter, renew or repair any plumbing system. City staff will do a review of your permit application to ensure that building code standards and zoning by-law requirements, etc. are met, providing for life safety and for fire protection of your property. Apart from the safety risk, work that is done without a permit could negate your household insurance policy.

What information needs to be submitted?

To apply for a permit, the owner or the renovation contractor is required to complete an application form and file it with the appropriate fee and 2 or 3 sets of drawings. The required drawings will vary from project to project depending on the scope of work and generally include a plan of survey, a site plan, floor plans, elevation, a cross section and details. The submission must be drawn to scale and fully dimensioned, must be of sufficient quality and contain adequate information that any competent person/builder could carry out the construction based on the information provided on the plans. If you find that you cannot prepare the drawings yourself, you must obtain the services of a qualified person.

To facilitate the processing of your application, a variety of processing streams are usually available. For example, many municipalities offer a 24 hour permit service for certain types of applications (e.g., where no other approvals such as heritage, zoning variances or Design Committee are required).

When are “other approvals” required and what are they?

The buildings department of most area municipalities have technically trained staff available to receive and assist you with your application through the development approval process and they are best able to explain the detailed submission requirements and tell you which other permits or approvals may be necessary. Most cities encourage you to discuss your proposal with city staff before you prepare and submit your application.

Gary Holtz is a Plans Examiner with the City of Ottawa Department of Planning & Development.

What to Do When You Hire a Contractor

What to Do When You Hire a Contractor?

Many local experienced and reliable contractors work in your community-highly skilled professionals who do business the right way.

Unfortunately not all contractors play by the same rules. Some cut corners to offer lower prices. They promise you a “good deal” as long as nothing is written down and you pay in cash.

These cash deals can mean a lot of risk for you. Contractors who don’t do business properly don’t protect you from accidents or their mistakes. If there is a work-related injury or damage to your home, you could face lawsuits and financial loss. You could be responsible for your contractor’s unpaid bills. And you could be stuck with work that is incomplete or badly done.

While serious, these risks are easy to avoid. Before you agree to let anyone work on your home, take these three simple steps: know who you’re dealing with, make sure you’re protected from risks, and always Get it in Writing!

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