6 Don’ts Of Home Remodeling
When handling any remodeling project, you want everything to run smoothly and on budget. Whether you are using a general contractor or handling the project on your own, taking a peek into the contractor’s mind can help get things into perspective. One thing you will notice after handling several projects is that what you do and what you don’t do both are equally important. Often times, your instincts can lead to problems. If you are handling any renovation project, including that involving floor heating, here are some of the things you must never do.
DON’T PROCRASTINATE DECISION MAKING
The best way to make things run smoothly is to make every decision before you start working on the project. A good contractor will inform you of whatever arises during the project. However, delays in projects result from decisions relating to trim, paint and faucet selection. Delayed decisions will delay the entire project.
DON’T KEEP CHANGING YOUR MIND
It is okay to change your mind but doing so too often will lead to change order. Some of the changes may seem small but the involved costs will pile up. Changing your mind too much will cause delays. This is because the people working on, let’s say your floor heating systems; will need to be informed of every change that you make. New changes will affect the old plans and the team will have to rethink their approach.
DON’T PURCHASE YOUR OWN MATERIALS
Although buying your own materials may seem like a good way to save money since contractors mark up the cost, due to the relationship they have with suppliers, contractors will be able to negotiate for better prices. What is more is that the contractor knows what to look for in great materials.
DON’T MAKE COSMETIC CHANGES TO AN ALREADY RUN-DOWN HOUSE
Some structures just need to be brought down instead of wasting money to fix them. The results will be bad if you plan to add heated floors on a worn out building. Your contractor will let you know if the building is worth renovating or it should be brought down.
DON’T START WORKING WITHOUT SECURING A CONTINGENCY FUND
It is impossible to set a realistic budget on a construction project. The cost will mostly go beyond your budget. This is why having a contingency fund is important. Making the decision in advance will ensure that your project never stops if you exhaust the available funds.
DON’T ALLOW KIDS AND PETS IN
In remodeling projects, contractors try to accommodate kids and pets. They should not have to do this. It is unsafe. Keep kids and pets away from the job site. You should also not live in a house that is under major renovation.
There is a lot that you need to avoid during a renovation. When working on your dream warm floors, you also need to ensure that there are no distractions and that you don’t work without clear designs. Having detailed floor plans is the most important thing you need to do. This will guide your team towards the desired goals.