Renovating a home, or even just one room, is not something that should be taken lightly, as it often involves months of planning, designing and choosing the right contractor. Not to mention the fact that once the renovation actually starts, youre usually looking at spending tens of thousands of dollars and facing weeks or months of construction mess.
That being said, there are a few things that you definitely need to know heading into any home renovation project that can help save you some headache and hassle. Unfortunately though, most contractors aren’t likely to tell you these tips, which is why we have put together this guide to help you make the most of your next renovation project.
Yes You Can Stay, Although It’s Better If You Don’t
One of the first things most homeowners want to know when facing a major renovation project is how much they will still be able to use their home during construction. Although your contractor will likely tell you its fine if you continue to use the surrounding areas or are at home while they’re working, but in truth, it’s really better that you stay out of their way as much as possible. Otherwise, you’re simply slowing things down for yourself and the contractor.
The Contractor May Not Be At Your House Every Day
In an ideal world, your contractor would be on the job Monday to Friday until it’s complete. However, this hardly ever happens, as contractors usually have multiple jobs running at any one time, meaning that sometimes they might need to be elsewhere. This is especially true for any subcontractors, such as plumbers or electricians. Patience is the key herethe contractor isnt ignoring you or trying to cheat you and will usually make every attempt to finish each job as quickly as possible.
They Want You to Be Upfront & Honest
If you don’t like the look of something, always be honest and tell the contractor immediately. They would much rather fix the problem for you than have you complain or potentially take them to court in the future. As well, always make sure to state precisely what you want and don’t want from the very start of the job, as this way both you and the contractor can be on the same page about your specific requirements. This doesn’t mean you can’t change your mind down the road, as most contractors will have no problems accommodating any requests, as long as you’re clear with your instructions and ask in a constructive way.