Contractors are there to oversee remodels and to make your dream home a reality. While it ultimately falls on the contractor to oversee a job and keep your remodel on schedule, you are also a key player as a homeowner. Here are four ways you can help your contractor stay on schedule and keep your remodel vision alive.
1. Don't Change Your Mind Too Much
Once you have a plan for your remodel and have gone over with your contractor, staying with original planning will make your remodel run much more smoothly. Minor changes can get harder to relay back to those on the project and can be lost in the shuffle. If new parts, details, or paint need to be accounted for, it can delay the schedule with ordering and rescheduled labor. Helping your contractor stick to a timeline is key.
2. Let Your Contractor Source Materials
With so many great home construction stores and online products, you might think you can source and buy materials for your remodel to help out your contractor. You can actually add confusion and hitch up a project with delayed deliveries or supplies that are a mismatch for a project. If you have done yourself a favor and hired a reputable, trusted contractor, you can trust they will source the best materials at cost and not overcharge you.
3. Be Prepared for Worst-Case Scenarios
Even the best laid out projects can come with unexpected issues and problems. You cannot blame your contractor for coming to you with a new plan for an older house with unexpected problems. Keep an open mind and have an extended budget in place in case your project needs unexpected additions.
4. Stay Out of the Way
If you are literally in the way and living at your house during a remodel, you will end up delaying work that needs to be done. In theory, you might think you will stay out of the way and spend more time at work or the gym. But kids get sick, there are weekends and times that you will need downtime, and a gutted house is not the place to be. Pack up the pets and children and stay with family or a hotel during the major construction period of your home remodel.
Remodeling a home can seem like an all-consuming project and can feel very personal. Remember that by hiring a professional like LifeStyle Building Company you can trust, that they are empowered to complete the job with your input. By trusting your contractor's guidance, you will have a more successful remodel that will go more smoothly and stay on-track.