FREQUENTLY ASKED QUESTIONS

Let us take the guesswork out of preparing for your project by answering some of your questions right away.


WHO WILL BE HANDLING MY PROJECT?

All projects are handled by trained project managers, who have years of experience, and a full-time team from the head office to help coordinate all the endeavours on the site. By using a team-based approach, we ensure that a team member will be available to lead the team and answer your questions for each stage of the project.

WHAT DO I NEED TO DO BEFORE A PROJECT CAN START?

As no two projects are the same, we suggest you start with your project’s goals and your budget. Once you contact us, we’ll supply you with a detailed list of requirements that need to be arranged before your project can begin. Plus, we’ll help you work through them.

WHO HANDLES THE PERMITS?

The Norseman Construction & Development Ltd. team will handle all of the building permits required for your project and ensure they are approved before proceeding.

WHO DEALS WITH THE UTILITY COMPANIES?

With your authorization, we will make any necessary arrangements with your utility company – including being on site as needed – to ensure that your services work properly.

DO I NEED TO HIRE AN ARCHITECT?

That depends on the scope of the project. For a simple indoor ground-floor restoration, probably not. But for a custom home or a complex addition dealing with structural construction, you’ll be hiring an architect or plans designer. At Norseman Construction & Development Ltd., we can meet with your architect and evaluate the drawings to ensure that the project can stay within budget. As a design-build company, our knowledge helps us identify plans and concepts that can raise costs and come up with workable solutions to create optimal, affordable results.

WHAT DOES DESIGN-BUILD MEAN?

Design-build is architectural construction. A design-build project is one that starts as the pre-planned specifications of a building designed on paper and then it’s brought to life through construction.

DOES MY FAMILY HAVE TO MOVE OUT DURING THE RENOVATION/ADDITION PROJECT?

Again, that depends on the scope of the project. For example, some families are comfortable living in the basement during a second-storey addition, while others balk at the thought of that much togetherness – especially teenagers. We can tell you what to expect, so you can make the arrangements that work best for your household.

HOW INVOLVED DO I NEED TO BE?

That’s up to you. We have clients who like weekly check-ins, and others who only want to know when milestones are achieved. We’re happy to involve you as much – or as little – as you want.

HOW WILL I KNOW IF MY PROJECT IS RUNNING ACCORDING TO PLAN?

Based on the scope of your project, we’ll put a comprehensive plan together for you that includes milestones and specific goals and timelines for each milestone for your reference.

WHAT TYPE OF GUARANTEE DO YOU PROVIDE?

Norseman Construction & Development Ltd. offers a two-year warranty on all work, and we follow the manufacturers’ warranties on the parts and materials we install.

WHAT’S THE BEST WAY TO FINANCE HOME IMPROVEMENT PROJECTS?

Financeit makes financing your renovations easy through a fully customizable program. The experts at Financeit can guide you through the process of creating a financing plan based on your budget, lifestyle and other relevant characteristics.

ARE RENOVATIONS TAX DEDUCTIBLE?

Yes and no – When you (or a family member) reach age 65, you become eligible for Ontario’s Healthy Homes Renovation Tax Credit. This tax credit qualifies for a refund of 15% for up to $10,000 worth of home improvements, provided that these improvements make your home more accessible for the elderly individual.

ARE RENOVATIONS CAPITAL EXPENDITURES?

Yes – A capital expenditure is an amount of money spent to provide long-term improvements to a home, and thus renovations are generally considered as capital expenditures. However, the home’s market value is not a substantial determining factor. There are a number of other criteria that must be met in order to qualify, such as whether the home improvement provides a lasting benefit, maintains or improves the property, includes new assets, and is of a considerable value in direct correlation with the value of the home.

 

Still have questions? Contact us and we would be happy to answer them for you.

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