15 Nov What to Expect When You’re Expecting… a Home Renovation
When you own a home, you will have something done at some point. If you’ve never handled a major home renovation or restoration, this guide is for you. Here, we will offer a brief rundown of things you might expect based on common home updates.
The Contractor Vetting Process
You can’t just pick the first contractor you see in your search results. If you want the best possible job, you’ll have to spend some time researching. Compare at least three contractors who have experience in the type of renovation you want. Then, interview them. Ask questions about hard facts, such as the number of projects they’ve finished on time and within budget, as well as their customer satisfaction ratings. CMW General Contractors is a five-star-rated company that strives for 100% customer satisfaction. We are happy to answer all of your questions in an open, honest, and transparent manner.
When the Job Begins
There will be noise. You’ll have people coming in and out of your house throughout the day, and you can expect someone to keep you updated on progress. You might also notice that at least one person on the job uses a tablet. They’re not playing games. It’s likely that they have access to construction management software (these usually have customer relationship management components built-in) to ensure that your job goes smoothly and that they can easily communicate with you during and after.
Throughout the process, you’ll still have people coming in and out. These may change, however, as different stages of your project are completed. While your general contractor can handle most of the work, many will bring in drywall professionals, which the Find The Home Pros blog explains ensures that you get sturdy and seamless walls.
It’s possible that your contractors will also flag you if you have any unexpected issues that arise during the construction process. These may include unavailable materials or hidden issues once demolition begins. Contracts Counsel explains that problems may require a change order, which is a formal document where the contractor and the homeowner agree to a variation in budget, timeline, material costs, or a change in the scope of the work.
If you’re having a major renovation done, such as a roof, HVAC, energy, or lighting overhaul, you may also expect to have a meeting with multiple contractors and subcontractors to ensure that everyone is on the same page. These can take multiple quotes, so be patient.
Renovating Your Home Office
If you are one of the 58.6% of Americans that NorthOne says work from home, then you understand the importance of having a functional home office. Fortunately, this is one update that you have a bit more control over. For your home office renovation, start by looking for a place you can work when contractors are on site. A co-working space is a good option. Then, make sure that they know the types of furniture and lighting you plan to add. Your room should be large enough to accommodate comfortable and production-boosting furniture and have ample natural light to keep your eyes from getting strained.
While your home repair process may be slightly different, the above is a pretty good estimation of what you can expect throughout most major renovations. From finding a contractor you can trust to designing a home office and finding a place to work while it’s upside down, the above tips can help you mentally and physically prepare for the process. But, as always, don’t be shy about reaching out to your contractor if you have questions before or during your work.
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