How to Avoid Mistakes on a Home Remodeling Project
October 8, 2021 | Kirk Callender
It’s enough to make you freeze in your tracks with frustration. You have a project. You know how it’s supposed to go together. You know (mostly) what you’re supposed to do. But it still seems overwhelming and somehow nebulous. You want to be able to have it done correctly, which is what makes it almost impossible to begin at all. How can you avoid mistakes (and get unfrozen so you can finish) that home remodeling project?
Your first step to getting un-overwhelmed is to gather together information about your budget and the budget for the project. Budgets help immensely to not get project-creep, that insidious issue where one project becomes three times as expensive when you’re not looking. If you have a written budget with outlines of where and to what the money is going, along with comparative costs if necessary, it helps you to know that you can more closely stick to it and be prepared.
Know Your Contractors
If you’re worried about who is to be doing the work, it’s important to know all of those who are working for you. Knowing your contractor comes highly recommended, and having a written contract with that contractor, will save your heartache and stress in the long run. The primary contractor should have a written contract with every subcontractor on site. Knowing that those you hire have done work similar to that which you need done, and have experience in their field and a repertoire of recommendations always helps you breathe easily while they complete your project!
Ignoring Your Gut
Everybody has done it—ignoring a sense of unease while trying to get a project done quickly. If you feel you are miscommunicating with your contractors, you might be! Having periodic check-ins with your contractors to make sure everything is staying on schedule, on budget, and that it’s ok is always a good idea. In fact, your contractor should be responsibly keeping you apprised of the work that’s being done and if you’re on schedule. If they’re not, don’t be shy about checking in.
It won’t be long until your home renovation is finished! You’ll feel a lot more peaceful about it when you have a plan in place. Take care of your budget, and vet contractors thoroughly! Trust your gut, and make sure to check in often. Pretty soon you’ll enjoy your new rooms in peace and quiet!
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