When taking on any new projects you need to take a look at getting plans drawn up and approved by the city planners or the MD in which you live. It is extremely important to have approval by the city or MD before you proceed with any construction. If you donít you could get a stop work order which could be very costly. The City and MD have a lot of by-laws they need to check so allow for extra time.

All finances need to be in place. It can be far more costly to stop a project midway through, than to ensure you have all the finances in place up front.

Make sure you get two or three estimates from legitimate contractors. The lowest or highest estimate is not necessarily the best. Make sure you are comparing apples to apples.