Home improvement projects can easily be derailed by the smallest of mistakes. Ordering the wrong material, an unprofessional contractor, or unrealistic budget, can take a plan and turn it upside down. As a homeowner it is up to you to be prepared for your renovation. Here are a few things to consider before taking on another renovation whether you hire a professional contractor such as Kearns Brothers or attempt to DIY.
Understand What You Like
If you have been considering renovations to your home for awhile now you probably have created a number of Pinterest boards for each room in your house. You most likely have some ideas of exactly what you want your renovated space however, it is important to plan whether your renovation is cosmetic only or if you will be changing the structure of the home. Structural changes will take a number of specialty contractors working together to ensure the plumbing, electrical, and structure of the home functions properly with the newly renovated space.
The phrase “dream house” wasn’t invented because it exists in real life. Obviously when renovating, the goal is to create your dream space however in the real world this needs to be accomplished within a manageable budget. Before you become to invested in any one concept or material take time to check out the costs of materials at your local home improvement center and average labor costs in your area.
Myth vs Reality
Sometimes what we want just can’t happen because it is not feasible in our home. It may seem like adding a bathroom to your upstairs master bedroom should be simple however, sometimes it because unrealistic because of the budget needed to configure plumbing where it is needed. Before committing to a project of any magnitude it is crucial to meet with an architect and contractor for insight. You may decide the idea needs to be scraped or reinvented.
Hire a Professional Contractor or DIY
For all but the simplest renovations hiring a professional contractor is the best option in home improvement. I can’t express in numbers the amount of times I am called into clean up a mess from a renovation that a homeowner began but just can’t finish. Before you begin a renovation, consider the amount of free time you have to complete the project at hand. Not many homeowners have the time for renovations on top of their full-time jobs and general commitments. Enlisting the help of a contractor not only saves you time but often money as well.
Colors and Materials
Another element of renovation that is often forgotten is how different colors and materials that are used with look in the space especially as the light changes. Place samples of the colors and materials you are looking at using throughout the space you are renovating and walk through the area a few times a day for a couple of days to see if you really love them as much as you think you do. Oak cabinets may look simply unbelievable in the aisle of the home improvement store but when in your space, light, and surrounded by the colors you desire, oak might just not look like you desired.
Thoroughly Check Out Your Vet
We aren’t just talking about online reviews and testimonials, do research into:
- Workers’ Comp
- Bond Certification
- Lien History
After meeting with several contractors, going over their credentials and your project, you should have a pretty good feel for what working like with each contractor.
Everyone, contractors and homeowners, are all elated at the start of a new home improvement project. However, it is crucial to be prepared. Contracts with any outside professionals, including home improvement contractors, need to be airtight, detailed, and specific to your project. They should include:
- A Schedule for Payments
- Penalties for Missed Milestones (for both contractor and homeowner)
- Details on All Work to Be Done
Having a detailed layout of what is expected, in writing can save both contractors and homeowners from hassles and headaches down the line.
If you think of terms that are synonymous with home improvement timeliness is not one of them. Remodeling is often notorious for requiring more time than what was budgeted. It could be weather, delays, order issues, subcontractor issues, and more. The most important aspect is to plan accordingly. Don’t plan a major family dinner party for the day after you expect your kitchen renovation to be completed.
As a full-service home improvement contractor servicing all Southeast Michigan, Kearns Brothers, Inc. offers clients a wide range of services to meet their construction needs including: roofing, siding, window, masonry, chimneys, gutters, and insulation services. More information can be found at www.kearnsbrothers.com.