How to Ensure a Foolproof Remodel
Measure twice, cut once. That’s the motto most contractors live by. But how does a homeowner apply the same logic to their remodeling project and avoid mishaps like cost overruns, delays, and disappointments? If remodeling were a task we undertook on a routine basis, we would better understand minor risks and common procedures. But we don’t. Instead remodeling jobs are few and far between, with each new project fueled by so much excitement that it’s easy to get distracted and find even the simplest upgrade dragging on or causing unexpected sticker shock when all is said and done.
If you “do it yourself” to save cost, you’re probably prone to overestimating abilities. You might also overlook important building codes, requisite permits, or construction drawings essential in some cities to obtain those permits. Down the road, these seemingly minor oversights could lead to costly fines or problems when you eventually put your home on the market for sale.
But do-it-yourself aside, some homeowners have also landed in murky water with projects managed by a contractor. A common pitfall homeowners make is under-budgeting the work. Once walls have come down and items like electric and plumbing are more closely inspected, unforeseen repairs can really add up. So it’s always a good idea to budget 15-20 percent above your original quote “just in case”. Other issues arise when choosing based on price or when failing to properly vet a professional. Unfortunately, not all contractors are licensed, insured, bonded, proven, and in good standing.
Contracting projects should be collaborative partnerships, with important decisions and precautions in your hands. When you hire the best contractor at the outset, you’re already assured expert guidance and diligent management. Remember, you’ll be living with the results for decades to come.