Do Your Own Research on the Contractors
Search engines are a great tool for conducting your own research about a company. You can find a lot of helpful information online. Look for key details that help ensure the company is established and trustworthy. Does the company have the appropriate licenses, certifications, and insurance? What do customer reviews say about them? During your research, it’s also good to look at their past projects if available. This helps determine if the company is a good fit for the work you need. You wouldn’t want to hire an inexperienced general contractor or someone who mainly works with rough-ins and drywall to install your kitchen, would you?
Open Communication is Key
It is important to address all questions and concerns at the beginning of the project. Before you receive a project quote, the estimator will meet with you at your home to inspect the site, take measurements, and speak with you about project details. Being upfront and honest about your expectations, limitations, and preferences at this phase of the project will help all parties involved. Share your goals and vision for your space, timeline, budget, potential issues, and any other relevant details.
Of course, communications isn’t a one-way street. Listen to the contractor’s input. They may voice concerns about the project and offer other available options. Get answers to your questions during this meeting and determine who your main point of contact will be.
Now that you have received answers, understood the contract, scope of work, and pay schedule, you can sign with confidence. This is only one of the important decisions you will need to make.
Perhaps you have already given thought to the visual details of your remodel. If you haven’t, take the time to decide on things like a color scheme, materials, cabinet layout, appliances, etc. Be open to change with a “plan B” product in mind in case your first choice is unavailable. No need to feel overwhelmed. The remodeler will have a floor plan(s) to go over with you. They will also be there to help you narrow down on your product decision making.
Note that indecision or continuously changing your mind about project details will hold up the project timeline. Sometimes changes are unavoidable. The remodeler or project manager will be there to help with the change order and new logistics. Generally speaking, avoiding change orders will help the job run more smoothly and quickly. On the flipside, rushing into the renovation without having made important decisions will also delay the project. If this is the case, you might find yourself with a home stuck in the middle of the demolition phase.
Prepare for the Unforeseen
As stated before, sometimes there are unavoidable curveballs in a construction project. During demolition, things like mold, damaged plumbing, asbestos, or a previously flawed installation might become evident. There are problems that shouldn’t get “swept under the rug” in construction. In fact, now would be the perfect time to correct those building issues. Although fixing the newly uncovered problems will add to project costs, it’s an important investment in your home’s overall safety and value.
During the Project
Some homeowners decide it’s best to leave their home during a remodel while others stay put. There are pros and cons to both and the best decision will depend on the project and your own living situation.
It’s easier to stay at home if the room under construction is small such as a bathroom, laundry room, home office, etc. The construction zone can be sealed off with plastic, and the AC unit can be turned off. Pets can be contained in a room or kennel away from the construction site.
To make living at home during a kitchen remodel easier, place necessary appliances like the refrigerator, a water kettle, microwave, etc. in a different room to remain in use. Many Florida residents have an outdoor cooking and dining area available which makes eating at home a little easier during construction projects.
Visit this link on Houzz for 10 points to consider when deciding to stay or leave during a home renovation.
After the Project
At the end of a project, voice any existing concerns to the project manager. During the project’s punch out phase, details such as adjusting cabinet doors, ensuring appliances are running, and more get taken care of. Construction projects will be messy. Even though the contractor will clean up afterward and during the project, fine dust and small details will most likely need another round of cleaning to be ideal. Running a HEPA air filter and/or vacuum will benefit individuals with dust sensitivities.
Now that the job has been completed and paid for, you can move into and relax in your new space.