Every day thousands of people are planning their remodeling projects throughout the United States. It is not an easy process and everyone takes it to the next level by planning and overthinking what has to be done. There are many horror stories about going over the budget by more than $10,000 or failing inspection which lead to taking your kitchen apart. Per CEO of Comfort Home Remodeling Design Florin Nistor, “Majority of people are taking precautionary steps when planning their home remodeling projects. Consumers think it will prevent them from making mistakes but in reality most of those steps will actually lead you to one”.
These are the precautionary steps that may lead you to a remodeling nightmare:
Purchasing Building Materials Yourself
Everyone loves savings and the first thing that comes to our minds during home remodeling planning is how we can save. Very often we look for deals and discounts but that doesn’t mean that your remodeling contractor doesn’t have an ability to get things even cheaper. Most remodeling companies have accounts with the leading material suppliers which includes significant trade discounts. By shopping yourself you have risks of actually paying more. You also have a chance of getting wrong products. It will push you back with your deadlines significantly.
Withholding % of the Contractor Pay
There are no guarantees that your contractor will finish the job on time. There is no guarantee that you will be satisfied with the results. It would be a great idea to withhold certain amount as a guarantee. It is a 100% wrong decision. First of all, everything that’s being quoted by the contractor already includes the 5% that you are trying to withhold. Second of all, if you decide to keep more than 5%, you contractor may have troubles finishing the job due to being unable to cover the overhead.
Trusting Internet When Choosing a Remodeling Company
As much as internet helps us in our daily life, you may still be tricked by paid ads that will lead to a wrong choice. There are thousands of reviews and even though they are all positive, it has nothing to do with contractors performance. There are many other ways to research certain remodeling company without concentrating just on reviews. Would you really trust Amanda456 whether contractor can bring the quality ? Don’t fall for just reviews. Pickup the phone and call a remodeling company asking for references. It would be your best bet.
Having Predefined Remodeling Agreement
Good impressions always lead to building of trust. Many people will forget about liabilities and consequences if something goes wrong. You have to ask your contractor for predefined contract or spend some time and create your own. Take time to discuss it with remodeling company and make sure they agree with everything and move on to the next step.
Details are Important
Every homeowner wants to get his project going as soon as possible. Things are being forgotten or postponed for later planning. It seems unnecessary to pick countertops and light fixtures way before the project begins. However, in doing so you are making sure that there will be no mistakes and delays. Little details are vital.
Staying Home During Construction ( large scale projects )
Once again, every person would love to save money by staying at home during home remodeling. There is no need to look for temporary rentals. On the other hand, your contractor will have to put extra charges for putting everything back at the end of the day. Let’s assume you are in the process of kitchen remodeling and you will need to cook a family meal at the end of the day. Remodeling company will have to put some effort to clean everything up and make sure everything works properly. Again, it is time and money.
Those who had a chance to deal with permits know how painful it can be. Not only it is a major pain it can also be costly and time consuming. For example, your plumbing doesn’t meet the city code requirements. The city can easily tell you to take everything apart without any refunds. It may seem like an easy work around that will save some time and money but it is actually an opposite side of the coin. Every home remodeling permit has to be closed. The city will assign an inspector to go through the work and make sure it is safe. If the permit is not closed you may run into a problem when you put your house on the market.
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