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Belcor has been inspired by over 25 years of experience and passion in the home building and renovation industry. You can read our story here. Custom home renovations, basements, and legal duplex conversions are our main areas of specialties, but we also bring our craftsmanship to other areas of your home such as decks, fences, and other home related projects. Please feel free to ask us about your project and we will offer a free consultation and estimate to show how we can make this work for you. We look forward to bringing our craftsmanship and passion into your home.
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Our kitchen, bedroom, and bathroom are the areas we spend most of our time in our home. They are also the areas that add the most value to your home when upgrading and renovating.
Spend more time enjoying and relaxing outside this year. Belcor brings the same quality craftsmanship we put into our homes and renovations to your backyard.
Belcor takes exceptional pride in every project we take on. Our experience and efficiency ensure only the highest standards of workmanship for your home.
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Choosing the right contractor for your project can be a daunting task. While choosing the right contractor for your renovation here are a few items you should consider:
You should always consider choosing a contractor that focuses on your niche. If you are looking for a basement renovation or second suite, choose a contractor that does just that.
Another idea to consider is to pick a busy contractor. Usually a contractor is busy for a reason and if they are over eager to start immediately, that should raise some questions.
A great question to ask the contractor is what work will be done by subcontractors and what work will be done by his team. This ensures that you are comfortable knowing that the project always has a dedicated work force and the contractor is not hiring temporary or casual labour.
Know your contractor has proper licenses and insurance before starting your project and ask for proof if you want to feel comfortable. This is an area that many people do not consider asking their contractor about when starting a project that could lead to serious issues down the road.
Also, have an idea of what you want before talking to your contractor. This ensures everyone is on the same page and can have a productive consultation to be able to provide an accurate estimate and scope of work.
By doing your due diligence, hiring a contractor in Barrie doesn’t have to be such an intimidating task. Belcor Renovations wants to make sure this is a simple process and you feel comfortable right from the beginning. We will be glad to answer any questions you have and provide proper guidance as you consider starting your basement renovation or second suite in Barrie.
Many people ask how to budget for your home renovation and the answer is pretty simple. There are a few guidelines you can follow to help you with the process. As a rule of thumb, consider the overall value of your home. A renovation should not exceed 10 – 15 % of your homes value per room. If your renovation exceeds these numbers the chances are the increase of value of your home will not offset the cost of the renovation.
Before you start considering your project, know what you are prepared to spend and what it is you want to accomplish. Compare these two key pieces of information to see if it is feasible for you to get started with your renovation.
Create a list of needs and wants. Determine what you need for your renovation and the remaining items can be added to your wish list. By doing this you are able to work with your contractor in order to stay within your budget.
With these guidelines in place, you should be able to take the time to consider if your budget is realistic before having your consultation with your contractor. This will help ensure a productive conversation with both parties.
Permits for a renovation, are a definite must, where required. Belcor renovations will ensure a smooth and simple process for you. We apply for all of the permits on your behalf. We know that having a renovation in your home can be stressful and we would like to ensure this is an easy process.
Since we are the professionals, we will complete and submit the forms on your behalf.
We will deal with all of the inspections throughout the process to ensure everything passes and your renovation goes smooth and according to plan. This allows you to save time and money by knowing that the documents will be submitted properly, nothing will have to be redone, and your permits will be approved.
Renovations, regardless of the contractor or location in the home will cause dust. Belcor takes every precaution in order to eliminate the spread of dust and dirt in your home by securing off the construction area, filter covers on your ventilation, and daily cleaning.
Always the best option when getting a large renovation in your home such as a full basement or second suite would be to find alternative living arrangements for the time of the construction. There are many ways you can plan for this, some of them include:
This is beneficial for both parties involved. It ensures that the contractor can work in and out of your home efficiently and ensure that project adheres to all of its deadlines. It also keeps you and your family safe from any dust in the air or construction hazards in the house. We always recommend this option. If this is truly unattainable, at minimum we recommend alternative accommodations during the demolition phase of the project.
A Second Suite or basement apartment in Barrie provides value in three ways:
This ultimately makes it one of the best investments for your home. With the growing needs and rising costs of rentals in Barrie, a second suite is a very wise investment decision.