Home Renovation: The Reality

by | Jun 1, 2021 | Remodels

If you’ve never taken on a home renovation before, you may not know what to expect. Renovating is a big task to tackle, and it’s helpful to be prepared.

Read further to find out a few tips to keep in mind before getting started on your home renovation.

A project timeline is just an estimate

When starting the process, most contractors will give the same timeline, six to eight weeks. In reality, the project could take up to six months to complete depending on the circumstances.

Contractors will do their best to stay on schedule, but we must remember that they have multiple timelines. Not only are they usually working multiple jobs at one time, but they are also at the mercy of their subcontractors and even weather if it’s an outside project.

It’s important to remember that project timelines are just an estimate. Be sure to leave extra time on either end to expect the unexpected.

Prepare your budget for the unexpected

Your contractor will provide you with a quote or invoice for the expected cost of the project. However, there is always a good chance that your project may expand or change along the way. These changes could mean additional costs.

That’s why it’s always smart to budget for the unexpected. If you can budget for potential changes ahead of time, you will be more prepared if it happens.

Put it in writing

Save the potential life lesson and put everything in writing. Keep all documentation provided by your contractor in a safe place to refer to. This includes quotes, invoices, agreements, etc.

Having these records on hand will save you from any miscommunication that may occur during a home renovation.

The ride may have a few bumps in the road

If watching HGTV has taught us anything, it’s to expect a few bumps in the road. Unexpected problems are an inevitable thing in renovations. You may not be able to plan for the exact problem, but you can mentally prepare yourself for them.

These unexpected issues are not always at the fault of the contractor. For example, if you are remodeling your laundry room, you could accidentally order a washer and dryer that is too wide to fit in the space meant for the machines.

Complete a punch list

Don’t expect the finished project to be perfect. Sometimes there are small fixes, which are often referred to as a punch list, that may need to be made.

Look at your finished project and create a punch list. Give this list to your contractor and patiently wait for the changes.

Ultimately, in the end, the project will come together exactly how you envisioned. Just remember, the journey to the finish line can get bumpy!