Are you thinking about remodeling a room or area of your home – or maybe you already have a remodel scheduled? Day-to-day life can be stressful enough, and renovations even more so. Here are some tips to help keep that stress down.
Educate Yourself on the Project
When it comes to renovations, you want (NEED!) to know as much as possible. Educate yourself on everything about the project, from the scope of the project, the professionals required, the bylaws and licenses needed, and more.
Learn About The Contractor
Take the time to learn all you can about a contractor before hiring them. Know whether they will handle all tasks with their crew, or if they plan to hire subcontractors. Be sure that all companies (contractors and subcontractors) have the proper licensing and insurance.
Also, know what your homeowner’s insurance will and won’t cover. During your research, ask for references and look online for reviews about the companies you are thinking about hiring.
Know The Details
Get clear about the project’s steps, timeline, and detailed costs. Ask about any unexpected expenses that might arise.
Depending on the extent of your renovation, some issues may only be discovered after the removal of walls, floors, and fixtures. Knowing about potential issues can help prevent some unexpected add-ons. (A good contractor will offer this information without you having to ask for it.)
Make Final Decisions Early
Before your project begins, be as decisive as possible about the parameters of the project. Making changes to the project design, materials, appliances, fixtures, etc. after it has started can cost much more, and extend completion deadlines beyond the initial timeline expectations.
When establishing the details of your project, be as open with your contractors as possible. For example, if you are struggling to visualize the completed project or want to see materials ahead of time, make sure the contractor knows.
Communicating openly helps prevent unexpected issues.
Plan, Plan, Plan!
Everybody’s life gets thrown out of the comfort zone during a renovation, and that can strain relationships. During all the steps above – vetting the contractor, planning your desired reno, and finalizing all costs and decisions – be sure to discuss and agree on things with your partner.
No matter what, when the renovation is happening, remember to breathe. It will be over before you know it!
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