Before You Say “I DO” to Your Contractor {Kohler Moxie™ Showerhead G!VEAWAY!}

When looking for a contractor, looks can be deceiving so it is important to do your research.

Veteran contractors Manny and Anderson at Hardcore Renos always tell their clients that you wouldn’t say “I DO” on a first date so don’t do it with a contractor. Even if it is a referral, make sure you do a thorough background check. How many times have your friends said ”I know just the right person for you”?

Hardcore Renos recommends that you consider these 10 points before you take the plunge with a contractor:

The Dating period:
The contractor you choose will effectively become a major part of your life for the duration of the renovation, so take the time to do the research. Meet with multiple contractors and go see their work. Remember that your contractor has a family too. Soccer practice, date night and other events mean they will have other obligations. If you expect them to work on your home all day, every day, you will be disappointed. Follow your gut, if you get that sense that something isn’t quite right, you may not be ready to commit.

Pre-reno agreement: Before any work begins on your home, you should have a contract or agreement in place outlining the work involved and the estimated costs. It should also spell out responsibilities and the expectations for the finished project as well as potential unforeseen variables.

Plan together: It is a mis-belief to think that the build will take the most time. Your contractor should spend more time planning than building. So before any work begins on your home, make sure there plan that is agreed between you and your contractor.

Picking up the permits: Research whether you need building permits as you will likely need one. You even need a permit to do demolition. Always expect permits to take longer than anticipated. Some contractors will handle the permit paperwork while others will leave that to you.

Budget: Your contractor should provide a detailed estimate of the renovation, with a clear payment schedule. Payments should be made according to the work completed, rather than particular dates. It should also include a detailed breakdown of expected finish material and installation. If you agree to install a simple light fixture and then purchase one with more than 200 pieces of crystal, you can’t expect your contractor to do it for the same amount.

Expect a rainy day: Even with the best planning, any renovation will hit unexpected twists and turns. Your contractor should be able to tell you about the changes and clearly communicate your options, even when all the choices mean more money. And there should be a little wiggle room. There might be some issues that will cost $100 while others might be more pricey. If you are going to get nervous about every overage, you probably need to re-do your budget.

Agree on a schedule: A renovation will take longer than expected but make sure you agree upon a basic timeline.

Communication: Handing over the keys to your largest investment will probably involve some stress. Make sure you are comfortable talking with your contractor before you start, and that he or she takes the time to answer your questions. You will need to communicate with each other throughout the build. Social media might be able to help. If your contractor is posting photos of progress on Twitter, you will know exactly what’s happening.

Listen: As the build starts, your contractor may have suggestions or changes based on what is found. So your plans may have a certain layout but if you find your floor joists go the other way, be willing to discuss other options or additional costs. And don’t be afraid to take advantage of uncovered useable space for a few extra dollars such as a built-in cupboard or shoe drawer.

The inevitable break-up: While many marriages last, your relationship with your contractor will eventually end. Make sure the parting is amicable, because you never know: after some time, you may start feeling that you would like a little more work done.

Hardcore Renos is a renovation show built like no other. Intrepid renovators and high school friends Manny Neves and Anderson Hinds embark on renos that will not only amaze you but also inspire. For updates on their current project – an entirely new re-build of a home in Toronto – visit as well as on Twitter at @hardcorerenos, Facebook and the show’s YouTube channel.

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173 Responses to Before You Say “I DO” to Your Contractor {Kohler Moxie™ Showerhead G!VEAWAY!}

  1. tobyhir says:

    Definitely main bathroom!

  2. Rose says:

    Definitely my kitchen 🙂

  3. Shari G says:

    Kitchen…that’s what we are currently pricing out and planning out.

  4. Just one room? It would have to be the kitchen. The way it is now seems “impossible!”

  5. Erin E says:

    I would renovate my kitchen for sure – my house is only 3 years old but there is so much I would like to change about my small kitchen.

  6. Nicole B says:

    Kitchen for sure!

  7. Sarah says:

    I would renovate…hard choice…probably the bedroom 🙂 Would love a new bed!

  8. I would love my kitchen to be redone.

  9. Jonnie (JB) says:

    My kitchen, for sure!

  10. It’s hard to say. Bathroom or kitchen would be nice, but the basement could use a reno, too. Final answer: basement.

  11. gibberish says:

    The next renovation on our list is the upstairs bathroom, we should be starting this fall. Winning this showerhead would be a bonus.
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  12. hard choice as my kitchen and bathroom could both use an upgrade but my bathroom is worse lol so I would say bathroom

  13. ginette4 says:

    At this time we are currently renovating our kitchen and the bathroom but I really want to renovate the bathroom

  14. Judy C says:

    Definitely the kitchen!

  15. 409cope says:

    I would renovate my bathroom. cardshark42(at)hotmail(dot)com

  16. Tricia says:

    If I were to renovate 1 room in my house it would be the kitchen!

  17. Annie1 says:


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  18. My ensuite bathroom for sure. We kind of cheaped out on it when we built the house, so I would really like to spruce it up.

  19. Darwin Chau says:

    It would be either our Kitchen or the bathroom. Probably the bathroom needs more work at the moment.

  20. My Main Bathroom. We need a new tub and it needs an overhaul!

  21. Jo-Anne Pfoh says:

    I am in the process of doing the kitchen….

  22. This would go in my downstairs bathroom. It’s next on the reno list.

  23. Rebby says:

    The bathroom for sure!

  24. Sherry says:

    I would love to redo my main bathroom and bring it into this century.

  25. We want to renovate our downstairs bathroom/laundry room to put in a sit down shower

  26. Jennifer says:

    The kitchen for sure!

  27. maria says:

    The den. It’s so small but i would love to turn it into a small bedroom or a big walk in closet.

  28. leanne_mac says:

    My main bathroom

    leannemacg at

  29. Samorjj says:

    Does the deck count as a room? An outdoor room perhaps…..

  30. Olivia L says:

    I really want to reno my kitchen.

  31. Carol Denny says:

    Kitchen or bathroom

  32. Belinda M says:

    I would renovate the kitchen

  33. Soozle says:

    My bedroom needs the biggest makeover

  34. for sure my bathroom!

  35. MACFSH says:

    Our master bathroom. I hate our shower doors. They are so hard to clean. I’d like to rip the whole thing out and start over. This shower head would be a good start!

  36. Karin says:

    Definitely my bedroom

  37. Victoria S says:

    The kitchen

    Victoria Ess

  38. We plan on renovating our main bathroom SOON! It is so outdated and is in need of some much needed upgrades! (Rafflecopter: Laird N Crystal Englot) (Email:

  39. Josh Siemens says:

    bathroom would be first on the list

  40. I would renovate my master bedroom and closet!

  41. Tanis S says:

    A new baby room!

  42. I would renovate my kitchen

  43. The master bathroom would be my first choice.

  44. Jen Wilson says:

    My kitchen first, then my bathroom hands down

  45. kelly bouma says:

    My kitchen, still 1950’s, yuck

  46. Viv Sluys says:

    We have plans to renovate both the kitchen and the bathroom. I think the kitchen will be first. My husband is in the construction industry so we have good contractor contacts

  47. mogrill says:

    My Rec Room.
    Thanks for the chance.

  48. abfantom says:

    I need to renovate our kitchen

    abfantom at yahoo dot com

  49. I need to renovate my basement. Water damage has made the partially-finished level a huge mess. 🙁

    Adina H.

  50. Beanscoupons says:

    My kitchen needs a little work (Sabrina Tong on Raffleocpter)

  51. Susan T. says:

    The kitchen. Ours is tiny and our appliances are ancient!

  52. ksceviour says:

    my kitchen!
    (Karla Sceviour)

  53. cinder says:

    My living room.

  54. my main bathroom really needs a renovation

  55. I would love to renovate my kitchen/dining area.

  56. Bernice06 says:

    The kitchen for sure

  57. I would reno my office

  58. Adrianne B says:

    It would be the bathroom for sure.

  59. Tammy D says:

    My bathroom!

    *Tammy Dalley*

  60. pinksuzanne says:

    I would renovate my kitchen

  61. Stephanie says:

    Id renovate the kitchen!

  62. Eva Mitton says:

    Most traffic in the house – undoubtedly the bathroom. Renovate to accommodate grown boys (do’s & don’t….need I say more)….

  63. SG says:

    The bathroom, though the kitchen would be tempting.

  64. Dayna Janzen says:

    Thank you for the great tips on hiring/what to look for in a reno professional!! We would reno our old as dirt bathroom…ohh what I wouldnt give to not mop up water after everyones bath or shower *sigh*

  65. jeffrey ngo says:

    id renovate the bathroom first

  66. Lindsay Cyr says:

    Definitely my kitchen, it could really use an update!

  67. kmfhee says:

    The kitchen. It is ancient!

  68. we’re in the process of doing it … basement bathroom

  69. JENNNY says:

    The living room because that’s where the guests mingle the most. It’s getting out of date!

  70. mamawee says:

    Well, I would love both my Kitchen and Ensuite bath – but if I had to pick JUST one, then I would probably say the kitchen

  71. I would LOVE to have my bathroom redone. It’s in need of a redo!

  72. Unknown says:

    I would absolutely love to have my ugly bathroom reno’d

  73. Wendy Hutton says:

    my kitchen as its the first room you see when you enter my home and its so dated

  74. Kitchen fer sure~!!

  75. Bathroom needs to be renovated

  76. dorcontest says:

    Actually, we are renovating the downstairs bathroom next.


  77. Melanie Mann says:

    I would renovate the basement into a Man Cave for the hubby.

  78. mary casper says:

    it would be the kitchen it is outdated

  79. Mary Ireland says:

    I would have to say the bathroom is in need of renovation

  80. Our master `suite`would be the top of my reno list…I would love to turn it into a suite!

  81. Lyne Proulx says:

    Wow.. just one room lol! Bathroom

  82. ChristineB says:

    The kitchen and the bathroom both need rehauling but the kitchen is central so I would say the kitchen is at the top of the list.

  83. Anu Chopra says:

    I would renovate the washroom in the master bedroom.

  84. Angela M says:

    I’d like to update my kitchen countertop, knobs, and handles.
    Angela Mitchell

  85. peekaboo101 says:

    the bathroom I would love a soaker tub

  86. caryn coates says:

    Would love to renovate my bathroom and add a nice jacuzzi:)

  87. my kitchen, it is from the 50’s

  88. brich2222 says:

    would be the bath for sure. Nothing has changed in there for over 10 years!

  89. my basement! its not done and is terrible!!!

  90. My bathroom, I would love a designer style bathroom.

  91. Sw33tKrv3lty says:

    I would want to renovate my bathroom, its super tiny

  92. Lori Bazan says:

    My downstairs bathroom…I would love to update it so it has a spa feel!

  93. bellz says:

    my bahroom – would kill for a tub that i can relax in

  94. Pip444 says:

    My kitchen for sure

  95. Areta says:

    The kitchen would be my choice

  96. crankyyanky1 says:

    The next room we are going to work on renovating is our kitchen

  97. Debbie B says:

    The bathroom, it was last updated in the 60’s I still have a green tub and sink

  98. Cryss says:

    We’re actually looking to move our woodstove and renovate both our basement and the main area of the house!

  99. Cathy Canton says:

    The kitchen is first on my list (as soon as we finish the bathroom we have been working on forever)

  100. Unknown says:

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  101. Unknown says:

    I would fix the kitchen.

  102. Retrophiliac says:

    the kitchen, need more counterspace

  103. A.J. says:

    The basement.

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  105. Maryse B. says:

    the next room that needs to be renovated is the bathroom

  106. mongupp says:

    Bathroom. It’s tiny and there are 6 of us.

  107. Katy Emanuel says:

    Our bathroom. We have slowly been working our way through our house renovating room by room and the bathroom is on our must do list.

  108. Piggy Wan says:

    definitely the bathroom, it’s like a dump in there!
    rafflecopter – Yan Deng

  109. Skees says:

    My family room!

  110. jopfoh says:

    the kitchen for sure

  111. SueBooBadoos says:

    my children’s bathroom….it’s extremely outdated

  112. We have done a bunch of renovations already, but I would love to do the upstairs bathroom

  113. karine123 says:

    Can I say the patio? haha

  114. Gloria S says:

    I would renovate my den

  115. Damkid17 says:

    We’d start renovating to make room for the 2nd bathroom

  116. Maegan Morin says:

    THE BATHROOM!! omg it needs so much work!!

  117. Nancy Tch says:

    Since we already updated the master ensuite it would either be the girls bathroom or the kitchen next (although a finished basement would be nice too!)

  118. Anonymous says:

    can get my whole house done?

  119. andie says:

    The Family Room, basement. Berry Yogurt Yum Yums

  120. andie says:
    My email for the above comment – sorry.

  121. Erika E says:

    I would renovate our main bathroom. It’s two shades of pink.

  122. Tara says:

    We are renting but if had to change anything about this place it would be the kitchen!

  123. Wendy L. says:

    I would renovate my rec room.

  124. kathryn says:

    I would change the kitchen

  125. pamalot says:

    It would acually be my bathroom. I would make it much bigger by knocking out a wall.

  126. Betty S says:

    my craft room. it is so in need of shelves to organize it

  127. Chantale says:

    The bathroom. It hasn’t been renovated since the 70’s !

  128. The bathroom and kitchen. Everything is so old.

  129. Haha, definitely the kitchen 🙂

  130. sara rai says:


  131. Deb Christie says:

    I’d renovate one of the bathrooms and this fixture would be very useful there.

  132. Anonymous says:

    My bathroom

    kannw27 at gmail dot com

  133. Kim Hardy says:

    I would renovate my living room

  134. T says:

    Bathroom, nothing in it yet.

  135. Heather says:

    My guest bedroom

  136. Jessica says:

    I’d renovate the kitchen, it’s small and could use some work

  137. pickgal says:

    the main bathroom

  138. Robert Pyszk says:

    It would be the kitchen for sure!

  139. Kim says:

    I would renovate my kitchen
    addictedtorodeo at gmail dot com

  140. My bathroom. I would love a spa tub

  141. kimbo1970 says:

    I renovate my downstairs powder room.

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