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Remodeling Tips

With any remodeling project, you must be prepared for the unexpected. Here are 10 things to keep in mind as problems or delays arise.

remodel project1. Be wary of changes and additions midstream.
Quite often you will see another way to improve your home after construction has started. Be careful. Homeowners often do not grasp the magnitude in time, cost, new plans and delay that a "small" change can create. Approach this decision with caution and discuss it with your contractor.

2. Expect a few delays.

Delays come from many sources, all unexpected. The key to avoiding delays is strong planning during the pre-construction planning phase. Other delays occur if changes or additions surface. Sometimes plans need to be redrawn, sometimes constructions must be torn out.

3. Don't panic when you know you told them what you wanted and it is not happening.
This may be just a simple omission. This is a case where selecting an experience remodeling firm with good communication helps tremendously. Make sure you get together with your firm early in the process to check the plans, specifications, selections, and schedule carefully.

4. Don't be surprised by incorrect plans. It will happen, especially in remodeling.
The only perfect set of plans is in Heaven. You, the contractor, and the workmen will all view the plans from different perspectives, using them at different levels. Solution: Contact the contractor in an easy mood, confident that any difficulties can and will be solved. Good communication in the early stages of a job minimizes this type of problem.

5. Live with a bit of mess.
During remodeling, a construction environment is created in a finished home that does produce a good deal of dust and trash. Some phases of remodeling generate more waste than others. Solution: Clean-ups should occur regularly. If you plan to entertain while the remodeling project is underway, simply request that the area is clean before the event.

6. If you have a problem with a craftsman, take it up with the contractor.
The contractor has selected a qualified professional craftsman who is likely doing the proper thing according to the plans. If you feel something is proceeding incorrectly, contact the contractor directly about what you think is wrong. Craftsmen get their instructions from the contractor, so don't confuse the communication lines.

7. Remember, work may not always fit the estimate.
Some items are notoriously hard to estimate for cost and/or time. In remodeling, some details simply have to be worked out on the job. Solution: Full discussion early in the planning coupled with thorough research of options leads to more steadfast decisions with less uncertainty in estimates. Changing your mind costs money. The later the change, the greater the added cost.

8. Not everybody is going to like your changes. Don't be overly worried about criticism by neighbors, family or workmen.
No one has the information you do about what you want, what was planned and what value you place on the various aspects of your home. Have faith. You spent many hours deciding what you wanted. Don't spend even more time worrying about persons who have not invested at all in the project.

9. Resist bothering the workmen.
Specifically, do not tell them to do something. They take their orders from the contractor. Solution: Since your input may be valid and helpful, keep it in the proper channel--contact the contractor.

10. Don't assume the project is going to be a nightmare.
Have faith because you have selected a professional who has many years of experience in remodeling.


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