I recently had a complete remodeling project done at my home. I kept the cost under control and I supervised the entire project from beginning to end. I used a contractor recommended to me from a friend because your project is too important to trust to anyone. I learned some valuable lessons I want to share with you. I documented the entire process. A remodeling project does not have to strain your budget and you can control the inconveniences to your life. I will tell you the vital steps I took to ensure a a quality job and I will help you save money by overseeing the project yourself.
The money you spend now will improve the look of your house or if you decide to sell your home; you should receive a return on your money.
Here are 5 Tips to consider for a successful project.
- Allow extra time. I listed this step first because it is the most important aspect of the entire project. You need to allow extra time for the completion of your project. Be prepared for disruptions because they are going to happen. Life is filled with uncontrollable circumstances. When they happen, maintain your composure and keep your main goal in mind.
Do not rush to pick a contractor because there is one more crucial step needed.
- Divide your project into smaller tasks. It is easier to complete one task at a time. You should divide your project based on the requirements to complete the job. In other words, you should complete all tasks like painting before any flooring tasks you might have planned. This will prevent any damage to your completed floors. Also, schedule more time-consuming tasks early.
Now that your thoughts are more organized; you will have no problem explaining to the contractor how you expect your project to be done.
- Pick a licensed qualified contractor. The contractor you choose can greatly effect the quality of the work done. Choose a contractor wisely, it is always best to to rely on a referral from someone you trust, but it is not always possible. Do not completely rely on a referral. It is your project and you need to determine the quality of the contractor’s work for yourself. I recommend before you let the contractor start on your more expensive project; you should give him a smaller project first.
Most contractors are professionals however, you need to look after your interest.
- Get a contract. No matter what you need to protect your interest. Make sure the contractor writes all work to be done in a contract and make sure the contract is itemized. If a contractor tell you, you do not need a contract, you really need a contract. Not only only does a contract protect your interest in court; it also keeps everyone on the same page.
A little courtesy goes a long way.
- Be courteous. You are trusting a contractor with possibly thousands of dollars; it makes sense to be kind to a guy that can cause you financial concerns. We are nice to a waiter/waitress, a store clerk, or a dry cleaning receptionist. It is a natural fact that people will work harder to please you if you are nice to them.
Enjoy your finished project. You took the steps not only necessary to complete a remodeling project and you curved cost by overseeing the project yourself. Remember this, you are the sole responsible party for your project. Whilst, the contractor plays a role in the success of your project; you still need to create an environment for everyone to be successful.