5 Things Your Contractor Wants You to Know

March 9, 2012No comments

As a homeowner and an interior designer, I understand how many remodeling choices there are out there — too many. When you are starting a remodeling project on your own, these are the things that your contractor will want to know:

1) Your Materials Selections
Either hire a designer for this step or make those selections on your own. Have a list ready of what the materials are, their product codes, and where they go. This will help your contractor bid properly and keep everything moving once the remodel begins. For example, you should determine your kitchen cabinets, hardware, flooring and countertop selections before bidding.

2) Your Systems Knowledge Is Critical
If you are running your own project, then all the systems and styles need to have been considered before the bidding begins. You will have to make decisions throughout the remodeling process and the contractor will have some opinions as well. For example, determine your lighting plan and draw it out.

General contractor and clients

There are several thing your contractor wants you to know when you’re starting your remodeling project.

3) Budgets Need To Be Flexible
The budget is a give and a take. Some things will be more expensive than you planned for, while some will be less. Be realistic about your actual costs and hold 15% in reserve for those items that come up as surprises. For example, you may want to add heated floors or run updated electrical if your budget will allow. If you need help estimating costs, check out this remodeling budget tool.

4) Time Is A Variable
Make sure to remember that real remodeling takes more time than is portrayed on TV. Remodeling is process, and there are layers and steps for spaces to be built out properly. For example, don’t forget about permits and inspections along the way.

5) A Watched Pot Never Boils
Would you want someone watching you do your job all day long? Check in with your construction team on a regular basis to answer questions, but let them work at their own pace. For example, if you are talking and distracting the process, the crew will slow down.

 

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