Are you adding on to your home this summer? Follow these tips to help ensure that your home remodel goes as smoothly as possible!
Know Your Budget & Stick To It
Your budget will establish the parameters for your entire addition project. Knowing how much money you have to spend will help you make practical decisions like how big the addition should be and which fixtures and features to install.
Your budget will also give your architect and contractor a sense of what they can realistically do to make your addition a success. Be clear about your budget up front when hiring your architect and contractor. Work with both parties to determine how the money should be allocated for each step.
To stay within the parameters of your budget, pick your fixtures ahead of time before work begins. Choosing fixtures as the work goes can cause you to pick fixtures that are too expensive at the start of the project, forcing you to choose poor quality fixtures (or go over budget) down the road.
Find the Right Architect
Finding the right architect is an art. Interview each candidate and look at his or her portfolio. While it’s important to choose an architect whose aesthetic sensibilities match with your own, it’s more important to choose an architect who can communicate and listen well. A good architect will know how to listen to his or her clients and understand their needs.
Hire the Right Contractor
Like your architect, the contractor you choose should be a good communicator. This is critical. Your contractor will have to work with subcontractors, workers, your architect, and of course you, in order to make your remodeling project go as smoothly as possible. To ensure a good experience, find a contractor who can answer all your questions to your satisfaction. Choose a contractor who has a reputation for excellence and integrity.
Get a Contract
The contract between you and your contractor is your protection and reassurance that your remodeling job is going to go (more or less) as planned. Your contract should establish a start and end date for the work as well as the work that will be completed. Never allow a contractor to start a major remodel without a contract.
Protect Your Fixtures and Belongings
There’s going to be a lot of chaos happening in your home once the work begins. Pack up your breakable and valuable items and put them into storage before the work begins. Ask your contractor what other preparations you can do to protect the fixtures and belongings that remain in your house. Dust and debris may be a problem throughout the remodel. Make sure that the parts of your home that will remain in place will be adequately protected.
Plan For Loss of Water, Electricity and Other Services
Depending on what part of your home is being added on to, you may lose use of your kitchen or bathroom, and use of your electricity or running water, at various points throughout the remodel. Find out when this will take place and be prepared. Set up a temporary kitchen in your garage or plan to spend the night at a hotel when the water gets shut off.
Go on Vacation
There may come a point at which your contractor will tell you that you’re not needed on the premises for the remodel to go smoothly. If this is the case, consider getting away from it all for a while. Going on vacation is a great way to ride out the storm happening at home. If you do leave for a short break, make sure your contractor has your contact information and that you can be reached easily, just in case something comes up.
For more information about how your upcoming addition can go smoothly, seek advice from your chosen architect and contractor.