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How to Avoid Delays When Remodeling Your Home

When remodeling your home, you have a pretty clear idea of what you want. You’re looking for a functional redesign, that suits your lifestyle and is also stylish and beautiful. You also know what you don’t want; delays, disruptions, unexpected expenses, and wasted time are not on your agenda. So how can you ensure that your home remodel goes as planned, without any of those hiccups? It all comes down to the planning stages.

Discuss your plans in detail with your contractor. Make sure to document everything within your contract, and discuss your desired timeline. Remember that adding or changing any detail of the project, no matter how minor it seems, can add time to the overall schedule. This is especially true at the moment, as many common supplies are on backorder or difficult to locate.

Fully screen your contractor before hiring them. Ensure that your contractor is licensed to perform the type of remodel that you desire. Ask them for references and/or photos of other jobs they have performed. While price is always a consideration, remember that timeline is also important to you. The lowest bid might not come from the most experienced contractor, and experience can be important when working under a tight deadline.

Obtain the correct permits. Nothing is more frustrating than getting halfway through a project, and then someone from the city or county shows up to shut you down! You can lose functionality of your home in the meantime as you scramble to obtain the right permits. So, make sure you and your contractor have discussed this important step ahead of time.

Ask your contractor for an estimated schedule, with key benchmarks. For example, if you’re remodeling your kitchen you might ask them when the demolition should be complete, when the new cabinets should arrive, and when the electrician will visit to run new wiring. Working with clear benchmarks can help everyone to stay on track and see the light at the end of the tunnel.

If you’re looking for a contractor to perform a timely renovation within your home, call us to discuss your plans. We can help you learn what to expect from the remodel process, and help you decide upon a reasonable timeline for completing the work.