DIY remodeling is a recent trend for many homeowners. One of the main reasons for this trend is that they think it will save them money. According to a recent survey from improvenet.com however, more than half of homeowners that attempted DIY projects regretted at least one of their projects and one third had to hire a professional to come in and fix their work; this can end up costing more and taking longer than hiring a professional in the first place.
Hiring an experienced contractor that knows about the building process and how to deal with potential problems is a way to avoid these types of issues and keep your project on track. But without a proper homeowner-contractor relationship, any job can quickly take a turn for the worse. The following tips will ensure your home remodel runs as smoothly and as timely as possible from start to finish.
Trust Your Builder
An experienced builder/remodeler will have routine processes for job set-up, organization, and scheduling that will keep your project moving along as expected. They have dealt with plenty of different scenarios and problems that could arise during a remodel, and as a result, they have a pre-established process for dealing with them. As a customer, it’s important to follow along with their process and be a part of the team.
Once you’ve researched your contractor, checked out their work, signed a design contract, etc., you should trust their ability to do the job, so give them space to work. Not only will “hovering” slow down the project, but your relationship with your contractor can also be negatively affected if they feel you don’t trust them to do a good job.
Make Selections Early On
In order for a project to move along as scheduled, it’s important to stick to the plan. Make your selections early on and stick with them. Change orders are sometimes necessary but should be avoided if possible. Waiting for re-ordered materials to arrive can hold up a job for weeks.
Establish Good Communication
Long before work begins you and your contractor should have clear lines of communication set up so that everyone is on the same page and a solid plan can be established. Your contractor should set up a mutually agreeable day and time for weekly, on-site meetings thereafter. These meetings are key to communicating job progress, problems and concerns, any changes in the plan, and anything else that may come up.
It is also important for you to talk with your contractor early on about any needs or requirements you may have that affect the daily ins-and-outs of the job. For example, ideal start/finish hours, special accommodations for pets/children, and expectations for cleanliness that you have should all be discussed prior to getting started. This can help prevent unwanted disruptions to your routine, but keep in mind, having too many special requirements can hinder job progress. Allowing subcontractors unrestricted access to the work area is ideal.