Remodeling your home can be quite exciting, particularly as you look forward to the new space and features that your home will have after the job is complete. On the other hand, a remodeling project can be quite stressful as you worry about the project getting completed on time and to your satisfaction. To help ensure your remodeling project goes as smoothly as possible, keep these simple remodeling tips in mind.
Tip #1: Take Your Time to Select the Right Contractor
Selecting the right contractor to do the job is the key to a successful remodeling project. You will be spending a lot of time with your contractor, so you need to have a good rapport with effective two-way communication. If you do not feel comfortable talking with the contractor or if you do not feel as if you and the contractor are on the same page regarding your remodeling goals, move on to a different contractor to do the job.
Tip #2: Establish a Schedule
One of the number one complaints among homeowners who hire a contractor to do a job is failure to stay on schedule. To help avoid problems, you and your contractor should agree on a schedule before the project even begins. This way, you will have a clear understanding of what parts of the project should be completed by a certain date.
Tip #3: Discuss the Details
To avoid conflicts and misunderstandings, you and your contractors should discuss all of the little details before the work begins. Topics to address include what time of day the contractor will be working, when and for how long the contractor will need to access the property, how cleanup will be handled and how the contractor will ensure the security of your property.
Tip #4: Put it in Writing
Everything you and your contractor discuss regarding your project should be put into writing. Not only will this help if any legal issues arise, but it also clarifies the expectations of the project. It is far too easy for two people to remember a conversation differently. Avoid potential problems by putting it all in a contract that you and the contractor both sign. If any changes are made to the project along the way, this should also be included within the contract.
Tip #5: Stay Flexible
No matter how well you and your contractor have planned out your project, unexpected delays and problems may occur. If your project involves doing outside work, for example, weather issues could create a delay. Furthermore, if your contractor starts tearing into your house and discovers structural damage or other issues, your project may take longer to complete as these issues are addressed. Be flexible enough to handle the unexpected issues that may force you to alter some of your original plans. A professional contractor will be able to help you handle these issues in the best way possible.
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