10 Tips for a Smooth Home Remodel
These 10 tips when you embark on an exciting home remodeling project
Establish effective two-way communication with the home remodeler.It’s essential to have good communication for a smooth home remodeling project. Does the remodeler listen? Does he or she answer questions clearly and candidly? Can you reach him when you need to? Does he return phone calls promptly? Does he let you know when problems arise and work with you on solving them?
Make sure you are compatible with the contractor.You’ll spend a lot of time with your remodeler so it’s important to have a good rapport and trust in him or her.
Set a clear and mutual understanding about the schedule.You and your home remodeler should agree on the schedule up front to avoid conflict and problems later in the project.
Request a written proposal.Often, two people remember the same conversation differently. Get the proposal in writing and work with the remodeler to ensure it reflects your wishes.
Get a clear and mutual understanding on miscellaneous details up front.There are a lot of little details that need to be settled before work starts. What times of day will they be working? How will he or she access the property? How will cleanup be handled? How will they protect your property?
Remember to be flexible. Remodeling is an interruption of your normal life.Remember to be flexible during the project so that you can handle the unexpected and go with the flow.
Discuss and agree on how change orders will be handled.With home remodeling there is always the chance you may want to change materials or other project details during the job. Before work starts, make sure you agree with your remodeler about how these changes will be handled. Also understand that changes could affect the schedule and the budget, so it’s important you have all changes in writing.