Things to Consider for a Home Renovation
There are loads of questions that you need to ask your contractor before signing the contract on any project. Speaking up before any project could save you headache and money down the road.
ASK THEIR OPINION
Find out their professional opinion about your budget, schedule, other contractors, and materials. Is it reasonable for the amount of work you need done. If 3 or 4 say it’s not, and one contractor says it is, you might want to look closely at the one quoting differently. There may be a reason such as lack of experienced sub contractors, lack of insurance, etc.
HAVE THEM DEFINE EVERY STEP OF THE PROJECT
Don’t be afraid to ask your contractor about every step of each process in the project. Be sure they break it down for you in English so you’ll know what to expect – especially when you have multiple jobs in the same project. Such as floor replacement / paint / trim. Asking questions before the work starts let the contractor know you are serious about the project as well – and all questions should be welcomed. Never feel rushed to make a decision. The more thought out each step of the project is, the less issues you may have.
STICK TO THE PLAN:
Stick to your plans as much as possible. Don’t let a contractor force a more expensive product or service on you unless there’s a good reason for it. Just use their expertise to validate your choices and prevent serious mistakes.
BE REALISTIC WITH TIME, AND PREPARE FOR SETBACKS:
Plan for potential problems during renovation. Especially with multiple jobs / contractors on a single project. Timelines do sometimes get changed when subcontractors or supplies aren’t available when scheduled. Even the most detailed home remodeling plans go off track. Don’t let it upset you. Giving yourself extra time in your timeline will go a long way to alleviate stress.
BUDGET MAJOR EXPENSES FIRST:
When a project involves major structure changes or repairs such as replacing a roof or moving walls, be sure and budget for those first. By completing the major projects that must be done, you can prepare for the less expensive and more flexible cosmetic changes you need. Better to cut corners on a less expensive paint, than cutting corners on electrical or plumbing.
ASK ABOUT WASTE REMOVAL BEFORE THE PROJECT BEGINS:
Make sure you plan for waste removal. Don’t wait until your contractor is piling concrete or trim in your driveway to think about waste removal. If your project is extensive make sure you plan for the cost of waste removal. Decide who is responsible for the removal before signing any contracts. The contractor should include it in the bid if they determine they are responsible. Also, how is the removal done? Construction can last months. Have the contractor explain where the waste is to be stored while the project takes place.
Sonrise-Construction welcomes all questions and our experts are here to guide you on what you can expect through all phases of your project. We will be honest when quoting bids and let you know if your expectations are reasonable. We not only want your current remodeling project, we want all future ones as well! We specialize in all kinds of home remodel including Kitchen and Bath Remodeling Tulsa.