Remodels are full of surprises, disappointments, delays, extended timelines, and blown budgets. Conservative gripes suggest that you plan for it to cost 50 percent more and take twice as long — if not more. And that’s just budget and timeline, not including quality control issues.
Most people assume all contractors know their trade and will avoid the pitfalls of the remodel by correctly planning, calculating, and double-checking everything. But no matter how much you prepare, you will get blindsided by something you didn’t think of that, perhaps, the contractor should have warned you about.
I’ve mentioned the BIG things that can go wrong during a renovation, but here are some hidden issues that may arise:
1) Space. Depending on the project, you may have to go without a kitchen, bathroom or major living space for a month or two. Talk this over with your contractor to get a timeline and prepare in advance for the worst-case scenario. Example: many people, while renovating their kitchen, have the contractor move the stove, microwave and refrigerator into the garage or basement to set up a temporary kitchen.
2) Trying to do things on your own or “help” the contractor to save time. Unless you are an avid and accomplished DIYer, please, save yourself a lot of time, a ton of aggravation, and 100’s of wasted dollars, and just find yourself a good contractor. At the end of the day, you will thank me 10x over!
3) Not thinking ahead. When doing any moving or demo work first, make darn sure you communicate well with the demo people and/or moving people. Make sure to mark everything!
4) Not staying on top of the process. Make sure you didn’t miss any detail as the project proceeds, no matter how small it may it seem. And never assume the builder knows about the detail or will just take care of it. The process will be ever changing and you need to stay on top of all decisions.
These are just a few of the lesser known issues that may arise before, during and even after your renovation is completed. Most issues, big and small, can be averted by hiring a decent contractor. Renovation Advocate is here to assist you in this process to help assure a great stress-free project!