After almost 20 years in the remodeling industry, I have seen a lot of good and a lot of bad. What is the one thing that has always remained constant? Stress. It’s the unavoidable part of every remodeling project, whether it is a small bathroom transformation
or a whole house makeover. The higher your stress level during a remodeling project, the more difficult it can be on you and your family. Here are a few tips to make your project run more smoothly:
Plan, plan, plan. The most important thing to think about is a plan. Most remodeling projects go haywire when you don’t know what you are going to do next. Work over every detail of the project you are about to embark on and decide how you will address it. If your project requires you to move out, where will you go? If you are going to lose your kitchen for a few weeks, what is your family’s meal plan? These are just a few of the things you need to consider. Whenever I get a new project, I start with the very first step and work through it piece by piece to cover all of my bases.
Hire the right Contractor. Hiring the right contractor can be the most important thing you do. There are a million “Chuck and a Truck” guys out there. You want to make sure that you hire an experienced company that can provide references and insurance. Make sure he is a good fit with you and your family and will follow your remodel plan.
Order materials ahead of time. One of the most frustrating instances that happen during a remodeling project is delays. Delays are aggravating and will quickly make you lose patience with a project. Choose your materials ahead of time and ensure they are properly ordered. Then, confirm all vendor commitments and have a clear understanding of when the products will come in. You don’t want to find out halfway through the demolition of your kitchen that the new cabinets are behind schedule and you will have a three week delay with nothing to do. On smaller projects, I don’t even start until all of my materials are in and ready for install.
Communicate. Make sure that you and your contractor are always on the same page. He will not be a mind reader and may have multiple projects on his schedule. If something is bothering you, let him know. Good contractors will try to work on a solution for you. Don’t save up all of the problems until the end, as small problems brought up right away are usually quick to resolve. Small projects brought up late become big problems.
These are only a few items to help with your remodeling projects, but follow these and I promise you, your project will run better.