Building contractors, renovation experts, and remodeling designers have a bad rap, and most of the time rightfully so. If you are thinking of remodeling your home, you need to be aware of the following facts that could affect your satisfaction with the result:
Most people understand that they need to pay for building materials, supplies, fixtures as well as labor for a renovation project to be completed but are unaware of any additional costs that may be added to the bill when the work is done.
– Labor may form as much as half the cost involved with a renovation project. These costs could escalate if you require professional services from tradesmen such as electricians or plumbers. Keep in mind that labor costs are usually quoted at an hourly rate so the faster the project is completed, the less you will pay.
– If the project requires an addition to an existing structure, you may need to pay for an engineer or architect to design and submit plans for approval. Without approval, the project cannot move ahead.
– You may need to hire an interior designer to assist you with your project plans. An interior designer is not a decorator and will not just help you choose a paint color, furniture and decor but will provide valuable architectural knowledge regarding the remodeling project.
– Keep in mind any costs that may relate to demolition or the gutting of a room before the construction process can begin. These will add costs to your bottom line.
Qualifications, Skills And Experience
It is up to you to check whether your selected contractor and subcontractors have the necessary qualifications, skills and experience to perform quality work. If you do not check their credentials, you will have little recourse should the project not be completed to your satisfaction.
You may also want to check references and reviews of past projects that the contractor worked on. It is best to select a contractor on a referral basis from acquaintances who have renovated their homes successfully. Pay special attention as to whether the contractor was able to complete the project on time and within budget.
You need to ensure that all building materials, fixtures as well as the labor meet the required building standards in your area. If they do not meet these standards, the building inspector will reject the work and you will need to make the necessary adjustments to pass the inspection.
Supervising the work and checking that all the elements involved in the building process meet with required quality standards will prevent ongoing problems. If you feel unable to provide this supervision, you can ask a local building inspector to make regular checks as the work progresses. The building inspector may charge a fee for these checks, but it will be nowhere near the cost of having to fix problems that occur upon the completion of the project.