Remodeling Your Home
Doing your research upfront is the single biggest step to making sure that the job gets done right. Contractors are only as good as their reputation. Most companies are in business to stay and they can only do so to the extent that they have satisfied customers.
Use this checklist to help you select the right contractor for the job:
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With any remodeling project, the secret of success lies in careful planning. This means having a solid objective on what you want to achieve, what must-haves should be included, as well as any other nice-to-haves if your budget allows.
In many cases, the final design and specs will be worked out with the help of your contractor, designer or architect. However, the more information you can give them, the better they are able to provide you with good advice and cost estimates.
Here's the info you should include in your plan:
The focus you put on your planning can make a difference in terms of the success of your project, your ability to clearly communicate it to contractors and your ability to stay within budget.
Doing a home remodel or major renovation is much different than building a new home. Your HOME becomes the worksite. You live side-by-side with the project from start to finish. Once construction begins, you'll probably long for the simple pleasures of a dust-free home or a fully functioning kitchen or bath. But it will all be worth it in the end!
Here are a few things to keep in mind and ensure the success of your project:
Communication - Consistent and open communication with your contractor will enhance your understanding of things, provide an opportunity to exchange idea and make the experience more positive all around.
Make sure you know who to contact for daily decisions or after-hours emergencies. Is there a project manager, is it the lead carpenter or the contractor's spouse? Ask questions. If you are uncertain about any aspect of your project, be sure to let your contact know. It's also a good idea to designate a certain area for messages - maybe a certain countertop in your home where you and the contact person can leave notes for each other.
A Pre-Construction Meeting - One way to make sure that everyone is on the same page is to schedule a pre-construction meeting. This will allow your contractor to clarify procedures and explain how the job will progress. It also offers both of you an opportunity to prepare for those issues that may pop up. Things to consider during the meeting:
Prevent frustration and prepare for some inconvenience - If you are doing a major project, you can expect disrupted routines and loss of personal space. Try to focus on the progress being made. Some other suggestions that may help:
Need help or have more questions? Contact your local builders association today.