Help your home renovation go smoothly and stay on budget with this wise advice.
1. Don’t delay decisions. If you want your remodel to go smoothly, make every single decision before work starts. Most of the issues that cause delays have to do with decisions about things like paint, trim and faucet selection, rather than situations. When your faucet is two weeks late, plumbers have to be rescheduled and the medicine cabinet door hits the faucet when it’s installed, you’ll see how something seemingly small can balloon into a week’s delay.
2. Don’t change your mind (too much). Every time you change your mind, it will result in a change order, which may present added costs as well as delays on the job.
3. Don’t buy your own materials. A builder may get a better price than you to begin with, so even after the markup, you’ll pay the same price as if you bought the materials yourself.
4. Don’t put lipstick on a pig. Some houses should be knocked down rather than have money put into them to fix them up. Instead of buying fancy cabinets for a house with a sagging foundation or a high –efficiency furnace in a house with no insulation, listen to the professionals.
5. Don’t work without a contingency fund. People normally don’t set a realistic budget for a project. Don’t eat into your contingency to stretch the budget. If you follow rule #1, you can probably get away with a 5 percent contingency if you have a good contractor.
6. Don’t let kids and pets get in the way. It isn’t safe to have children or animals around construction.
7. Don’t live in the home. Moving out adds to the cost of remodeling. If you cannot move out for the whole job, try to schedule some time away and set up a clean, comfortable place to retreat to when you cannot handle coming home to a messy and stressful construction site.
8. Don’t be a distraction. Every minute someone working on your house spends talking to you, they are not working on your house.
9. Don’t ignore what the house wants. An ultramodern kitchen in a Victorian brownstone can work if you make sure you can pull it off. Get to know your house, live in it and do your research before you pull out the sledgehammer.
10. Don’t work without a design. Some projects require an architect, some an interior designer, and sometimes a talented builder will get your aesthetic and help you come up with a good plan. Don’t start a remodel without a detailed floor plan. A lot of elements interact in a space; put them all on paper to l help catch problems before they are built.
From houzz.com by Kenny Grono.