A recent article on USAWeekend.com summarized five things that “your contractor wishes you knew.” We took a look at it from the contractor’s perspective and indeed, this list is an important summary of many of the issues faced before and during remodeling. Both the homeowner and the builder are better off when the client is well informed.
As part of the effort to keep everyone well informed, we’ve summarized the five things you need to know, and even added a bonus 5.5 item to the list!
- Remodel starts with you
- Have a strong sense of what you want the outcome of your remodeling to be. This is about you, your family and your home. A clear vision will help get the project properly started.
- Research is encouraged
- Research isn’t just encouraged, it’s mandatory. Luckily, today’s technology and websites such as Houzz and Pinterest make it easy and fun to research various looks, trends and materials.
- It’s a budget balancing act
- Have an understanding of how much you’re willing to spend but also learn how much things cost. Conducting research and creating a vision without a sense of the budget involved can lead to disappointment.
- Be realistic about timing
- This is an important one. A timeline looks great on paper. Then the real world enters the equation. Between permits, inspections, Mother Nature and a host of other potential issues, the timing of a project can be a moving target. Remaining flexible and having a contractor that communicates those issues to you will go a long way to providing peace of mind.
- Micromanaging slows down the work
- One of the other benefits of technology is ability to monitor and oversee your remodeling project via the web. It’s easy to call your contractor every day for an update, but it can also hold up work and bog down your builder. If you’ve done your homework, checked references and interviewed the contractors, then know that you have made the right decision. Should you manage your project, its progress and costs? Of course. Should you micromanage your project, all the subcontractors and technical day-to-day details ? We don’t recommend it.
- This is about your quality of life
- The great thing about remodeling is that it adds value – to your home and to your life, the latter being the more important of the two. Never lose sight of the fact that this is about the quality of life for you and your loved ones. After the work is complete, you’ll be able to enjoy your home and even your life in a way that wasn’t possible before. Keep that in mind, heed our five things to know above and you’ll be well on your way to a successful remodeling!