Remodeling your bathroom, kitchen, basement, or any other part of your home can increase its value add treasured space, or even necessary charm. It doesn’t matter what you’re trying to accomplish with the project, any remodel can quickly turn into a nightmare if the right precautionary steps weren’t taken. Use the list below to avoid 4 of the most common remodeling issues and keep your sanity throughout the project.
1. Budget Concerns
Eventually, it’s all about the Benjamins. Going over budget during a remodel is all too common: maybe your contractor needed more hours to complete the job, you decided you had to have that trendy sink, or a mold problem was discovered. To prevent a financial fiasco, plan out all details of the remodel right down to the cabinet hardware. Then, add on a couple hundred to couple thousand dollars (depending on the size of the project) as a cushion. Hopefully you won’t need it. However, if an unexpected expense does arise, at least you’ll be prepared.
2. Contractor Issues
Unscrupulous contractors lurk in every city waiting to take advantage of the less-careful. They may give low estimates, promise grand results, and claim to have references, but you’ll just have a huge amount of problems before completion of the remodel. You can rule out most poor candidates by checking that all potential contractors have the proper licenses and insurance. Don’t let a local handy-man convince you that these documents aren’t necessary; if a worker injury happens on your property, you may be out thousands of dollars if the right insurance wasn’t carried. Make sure to do your homework and check out which type of contractors insurance is necessary for your project. Once you get the license number, call the city and check that it’s still current.
Don’t automatically assume that just because your contractor used the wrong tile it isn’t your fault. During a remodel, you need take the burden of proper communication upon yourself from day 1 of planning the project. If you aren’t absolutely certain that your contract understands what you want, it’s your job to clarify. To really be sure that all miscommunications are eliminated, get all agreements, estimates, and contracts in writing. If a conversation happens over the phone, take notes and send an email update afterwards. Proper communication takes time, but it’s the only way to prevent miscommunication.
4. Missed Deadlines
Older work might not be up to code, the hardware store might be out of the molding you needed, or contractors just might take longer than estimated. No matter what the cause, missed deadlines can cause frustration and even cost you money. To prevent headaches and problems, always give yourself a little cushion time on deadlines. Additionally, make sure to purchase all needed materials and home appliances before the remodel starts.
There is no substitute for careful planning and clear communication during a remodel. However, it’s important to remember that surprises can emerge even if all the proper steps are taken. That’s why it’s important to carefully plan expenses, get the right contractor, put everything in writing, and leave yourself extra time on important deadlines. Otherwise, you may find yourself picking up the pieces after a remodel disaster.