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Your Need To Know Tips Before Renovating Your Home

Making the decision to expand or renovate your home is not a decision that should be taken lightly. Do your homework and diligently research before deciding which contractor to hire. Price is often a factor but it should not be a defining one when deciding to build your dream home. Your home, is somewhere where you spend copious amounts of time and it’s important that your space is well put together, aesthetically pleasing and most importantly safe. The repercussions of poor construction and shoddy workmanship may be something that can cost you more than you have bargained for and can be avoided if you take the proper steps to make sure you are choosing the best person for the job. To help your contractor provide the best possible service, have a clear understanding of what you want the end result to look like, what your budget is and your non-negotiables.

 

Get To Grips With The Details

Good construction labour can be hard to find. Before you even consider consulting a contractor, ensure that you have a very clear and transparent idea for what you would like your end results to look like. This can be in the form of some mood boards, a virtual room tour or even a sketch. A comprehensive plan will help both of you and ensure that you are both on the same page when it comes to design and expected outcome. Consider this one of the most importants steps before you even think of approaching a contractor. Send your renovator a copy before your meeting and during your walkthrough have your notes to hand to discuss any questions that may have come up. Be decisive about your ideas for the interior architecture, electrical features or any custom finishes you may require.

 

Interview Multiple Contractors

Save yourself a lot of hassle and grief and seek out the opinion of several work people. Once you have found a few that may be able to carry out your specifications, take the time to interview them. Take a look at their portfolios and ask a wide range of questions. Make sure they are confident carrying out the work you’ve asked them to do and that they have a wide range of similar projects under their belts. If there are any doubts about their capability to do the work, don’t feel afraid to walk away.

 

Get Quotes

Don’t wait until work has commenced for requesting quotes. The quote should include all the costings for materials, labour and any additionals. It may be tempting to go for the lowest priced option but in the long run, this may work out hitting your wallet harder than agreeing on a larger upfront cost at the beginning. Having a rough idea of what similar jobs to your cost as well as asking friends and family what they have paid for their home improvements can help to determine if the prices you are being quoted are in the same ballpark.

 

Double Check Your Contractor Is Insured  

Injuries and accidents on a construction site can be life changing and are part of the norm in the industry. Managing a construction crew is no easy task and mistakes can be made. Ask about and double check that your builders are all fully insured for that extra piece of mind.

 

Have  A Look At Your Contractors Work

Once you have put you bid out and have eliminated the unsuitable contractors, ask to see your potential work person’s previous work. It will give you a good idea of the standard of work they are used to producing and the scale of jobs that they have done before. If you are happy with what you see, there is a good chance that you will be happy once your work is completed as they are used to pounding a high calibre of work.

 

Be Prepared To Pay For Extras

Keep in mind that things like bathroom accessories or lighting fixture changes have probably not been anticipated. Ask your builder how they deal with extra and additional costs. This will make sure that they cannot add on any unexpected cost as this can cause your final bill to increase rapidly.

 

Set A Realistic Timeline

Manage your expectations by asking your contractor how long he anticipates it will take to complete the job- a then double it. There is a multitude of unseen incidents, such as delays to shipping or stock availability that means your renovation make take a little longer than expected.

 

Write It Down

Once you’ve settled on who you want to complete your renovation, and found someone who just right for the job, make sure you get all that you’ve agreed to and discussed into a legally binding contract.  You should keep a record of how much the work is going to cost you, the schedule of work and the expected time frames. This should be signed by both parties once everything is confirmed. This is to ensure that both parties are protected if things do not have a favourable outcome, and allows you both to have a channel in which to pursue legal recourse if necessary.

 

Be Flexible

Even with the best will in the world, it’s possible to run into unforeseen circumstances during the renovation process. There could be a leak behind a wall or a damp problem that needs correcting before any further works can continue. Be prepared with a little bit of leeway when it comes to your homeowner budget and timeframe as the renovation is not an exact science.

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