When you set out to remodel a room or rooms in your home, the initial excitement at the prospect of that brand new, shiny, exactly-the-way-you-want-it construction can overshadow the realities of home renovation. Home improvement shows on TV may serve to further delude you into thinking that your remodel will be easy, breezy, and fun. While there are a lot of things you can do to make the process go more smoothly and quickly, a home remodel project will take time, patience, and cooperation from all parties. Working closely and establishing open communication with your remodeling contractor can help, as can careful and detailed planning before your project even starts.
Before you do anything else, make sure you have a clear idea of your goal for your project. Whether you want to add living space or storage, update your kitchen or finish your basement, knowing what you want at the beginning will help you and your contractor plan the project. Once you know what you want, look for the remodeling contractor that can help you achieve it. Look for someone who is licensed and insured, who has a great reputation and specializes in the kind of work you need done. Meet with a candidate before you hire them, so you can determine whether or not you will be able to work with him for the weeks or months that your project could take. Hire only someone whom you feel you can trust in your home, and someone in whose experience you are confident.
Planning your project with your contractor could take as long as the remodel itself. You will need to discuss a detailed plan that includes all aspects of your project, from the first day of demolition to the moment you can start using your new space. Keep in mind that the contractor is not a one-man show; he will be overseeing all of the professionals who will contribute to your project. Your remodeling contractor will organize and coordinate the schedule, supplies, and subcontractors, and maintain communication with you to ensure that the project is meeting your expectations. The initial plan will need to be discussed with the builder before it can be finalized. Although it might take a few extra days, making your plan as detailed as possible will help to avoid problems once the remodel has started. When the plan is finalized, materials will be ordered and subcontractors will be scheduled to do the work; depending on the complexity of your project, it could take weeks or even months to complete your remodel. Properly addressing unexpected delays, like faulty electrical work or structural damage, will add to the timeline but will ultimately result in a higher quality completed project. While your project will undoubtedly include some unpleasant surprises, beginning with a carefully detailed plan and a reliable, knowledgeable remodeling contractor will help your renovation go more smoothly and end with your dream home.