Avoiding Delays When Remodelling
When remodelling, you have more power than you think and it starts with preparation before you begin hammering. To keep the project fun and not full of misery, here are some tips to help you remodel successfully.
1. Building A Team
It’s crucial to take the time and do your due diligence in researching contractors prior to hiring them for the job. It’s important to get verified references rather than just trusting online reviews and it doesn’t hurt to visit a project currently in progress or even talk to a client (current or past). Be sure to check the status of the contractor’s license and request a certificate of insurance as with this, you have the ability to know if the contractor’s policy is sufficient for your project and if compensation coverage is included.
2. Unforeseen Expenses
With everything there is always the unexpected and having an account of money for unforeseen expenses will help keep your project from stalling. Initial estimates are done by the contractors and typically reveal evidence of problems; however, some problems aren’t discovered until the walls are down. Experts suggest saving at least 20-25% more than the expected cost of the whole project for unforeseen expenses.
3. Materials & Supplies
As early as you can, after discussing with the contractor, order tiles, flooring, fixtures and other materials to ensure availability and a timely delivery. There’s nothing worse than finding out what you need isn’t available for 6 to 8 weeks.
Renovations require permits to maintain building codes and regulations. Permit approval for larger projects take longer, sometimes upwards of several months. Contractors understand permit requirements and timing in order to keep to schedule and should pull the permits themselves for liability reasons.
5. Write It Down
A contract detailing the project, the work to be done, the materials to be used, the cost, and payment schedule must be signed prior to work starting or money changes hands. This ensures everyone is held responsible and on the same page. It’s unlikely that you will have to pay the full amount up front or before the project is complete to your satisfaction. Hire a lawyer to better understand your contract and agreement.
Knowing what you want ensures you stay on track and helps you avoid contract amendments and order changes. If you absolutely have to, do it, but keep in mind the schedule and budget will have to be adjusted. Contractors understand that when a change order happens, they have to do what’s requested and can charge you what they want.
Source: Claire Tsosie | 6 Ways to Avoid Delays on Your Remodel | Nerd Wallet | Nov 18th, 2020