Remodel? What Could Possibly Go Wrong?
Frankly, a lot of things.
Remodels can take an unexpected bite out of your budget if they're not done correctly. Unfortunately, most people have heard at least one nightmare story of a project gone wrong. We've heard them too and don't want it to happen to you.
Here are our top 3 home construction tips
for your next project.
The first thing to remember is that Murphy's Law is alive and well. More likely than not, something will not go according to plan, so minimize that risk by following these three tips.
1. Hire a reputable, reliable contractor.
Your contractor is the keystone that holds the project together. A good contractor won't leave you with an unusable kitchen for weeks or months because they didn't notice it was on back order. Resist the urge to go with the lowest bid and avoid contractors who are unlicensed, receive bad reviews, have no physical office, or who ask for more than 50% as a down payment up front.
2. Be clear about what the job will involve.
There are lots of moving parts during a remodel, and you'll most likely talk to several professionals along the way including vendors, designers, and contractors. It can be overwhelming to keep track of how it all fits together, and it's easy to misunderstand the scope of work being done. Make sure to double check your paperwork, design layouts, estimates, and scheduling before work begins.
3. Be specific about what the quote includes.
Halfway in, you discover the bathroom toilet has been leaking into the first floor ceiling, rotting the wood and throwing a wrench into the entire remodel. Check your quote. Does it state that in certain situations, additional work might be required and the cost will increase accordingly?
Just because you thoroughly explained your vision to the contractor doesn't mean all that work is included in the quote. Understand it completely and make sure to get every detail spelled out to prevent unwelcome surprises.
A well-planned project can save you valuable time and money. Companies like ours that offer a full suite of in-house services – design, cabinetry, general contracting, and appliances – are ideal since everything is handled under one roof and greatly reduces the risk of errors and miscommunication. So the next time you find yourself swimming in meetings, information and choices, just pause, breathe and start with these simple tips.