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6 Things a Contractor and Homeowner Should Discuss BEFORE a Remodeling Project, But Rarely Do
When choosing a remodeler to build your dream, you will discuss many aspects about the project and the company. Some items are seldom discussed and can affect, not only your remodeling experience, but the outcome of the project.
By: The Staff at Design Build Pros
6. Interior Design: You have decided to build a kitchen addition for your home. You want an open space, and have discussed the size, and the remodeler gave you a floor plan of the new design. You have even visited the recommended cabinet designer for a “3D” view of the kitchen. What more should be discussed? Plenty! Most remodelers do not consider, let alone discuss with you, how the new kitchen will flow into the existing space. How does the crown molding in the family room tie into the new crown for the cabinetry? Where does the kitchen paint color end, and the family room paint begin? When you are sitting at your new table, does the structural column block the view to the family room TV? Discussing these items up front will make sure the end result of your project is exactly how you intended it to be, reduces the chance of extra costs, and helps eliminate project delays.
5. Your Ongoing Schedule: Just about every homeowner will ask their remodeler “How long will this project take?” However, this question usually occurs at the initial meeting, and is never discussed again. Your project could have changed significantly since that first meeting, changing the project duration. It is imperative that your remodeler put the anticipated start and completion dates in writing. In addition, the status of the schedule should be discussed at several pre-determined points in the project. Knowing when a delay occurs, and how it will affect the completion, will allow you to plan accordingly, and make for a more pleasant experience. Some companies offer a guaranteed on-time completion on remodeling projects, and update their clients weekly via email with progress reports.
4. The Mess: Remodeling is messy. There is no way around it. How your remodeler intends to control that mess needs to be discussed. Will floor protection be used on the walkway to the work zone? Will door jambs be protected? How is the work zone going to be isolated from the rest of the home? What actions will be taken if the dust protection is breached? How often is the work zone cleaned? Is a cleaning service brought in at the end of the project? The cleanliness (or messiness) of a work site can make or break the relationship between a remodeler and a homeowner.
3. Your Landscaping:
1. Your Furniture: If you are planning a major remodel, chances are furniture will need to be moved, closets and cabinets cleaned, and garages emptied. Where does all this go? How does it get there? Some remodelers offer to arrange the drop off and pick up of PODS (portable on-demand storage), and will include moving furniture in their scope, but don’t assume that all do. The last thing you want is to be informed that your project is ready to start, and you do not have the ability to clear out so work can commence.
Presently, there are dozens of major home renovations in various stages of planning and construction that have been designed and developed by the Design Build Pros with their unique process and proprietary system. More information about the Design Build Pros, their process, system, extensive project gallery, and informative remodeling industry blog, can be found on the company website: www.DesignBuildPros.com
Through the website, homeowners and remodelers can quickly and easily schedule a free 15-minute phone consultation regarding a remodeling project anywhere in the United States or industry topic with a member of the Design Build Pros. As another option, inquiries can be sent via email to info@DesignBuildPros.com