Seeing a job through the eyes of a contractor can really give you a fresh perspective on remodelling whether you’re a contractor yourself or are just acting as one as you remodel your home. There are a lot of things you can only learn as, or learn from, a contractor and sometimes your instincts as a homeowner can be detrimental to the project. Here is what not to do when remodelling a home.
- Don’t Delay
If you plan on making sure that things run smoothly then you should decide everything before you even begin work on the project. A builder may talk you through some of the things that could come up during the job but delays aren’t usually caused by deciding about these kinds of problems.
The biggest delays are actually caused by deciding on things like the paint and faucet choices. It may sound like a small issue but when you don’t have your faucet ready a plumber has to reschedule and you may find that things have been badly laid out and require more work to correct.
- Avoid Changing Your Mind
It’s inevitable that you’ll end up changing your mind about something but remember that the more things you change the more your order has to change and the higher the costs. There are also additional time costs as you need to work out the particulars of the change.
It can also drastically affect the schedule. Everyone involved in the project needs to be informed about the change so that everyone is using the same blueprints so to speak. It’s okay to make changes just to remember that they can cause delays so don’t make them too often.
- Let the Builder Buy
Some people try to save some money by buying their own materials. It makes sense after all, right? The builder is going to charge a mark-up after all. Actually the builder may be able to get a better deal than you in the first place, on better quality materials. So buying your own materials could still end up costing you the same amount as if you’d just let the builder buy for you
- You Can’t Save Every House
While a builder is unlikely to actually say it there are some houses that are beyond repair and should just be knocked down instead. It’s a pretty rare situation but there are people who are more than happy to splash cash on cabinets when the foundation is a mess or putting a high-efficiency furnace into a house that doesn’t even have insulation. Listen to your builder and the other professionals and take their advice on board.
- Keep a Contingency Fund
Almost everyone finds themselves in a situation where it turns out that the money they set aside wasn’t enough for the work they really wanted to do. Almost no one actually sets a realistic budget for their home renovation project. So put aside a contingency budget for those times when you need a little more. Even so you should never dip into your contingency budget to make your actual budget bigger. If you stick by the first rule and plan out everything ahead of time you can get a good deal from a good contractor and only need a contingency budget of about 5% of the cost of the project.
Renovating your home doesn’t need to be a huge hassle. There are some steps you can take to try and make things progress a little smoother without having to grease the wheels using your budget. Always plan ahead in advance, avoid changing your mind, and set up a good contingency budget along with a realistic main budget and you can take out a lot of the stress and hassle of renovation.