There is no getting around the fact that a home renovation project will take your family out of its normal routines. The good news is you can minimize that disruption with a measure of planning and preparation. What does that look like?
The goal, of course, is to get to the end result of a beautiful, well-crafted, and functional home renovation. Getting there can be a lot less stressful with some advanced preparation. The best preparation comes when you establish a strong relationship with your chosen design-build firm who will be completing the work. Knowing what you can do to prepare and what you should expect from your builder will make the home renovation process run as smoothly as possible. Here are a few things to know.
Living through a home remodel in and of itself is an emotional journey with peaks and valleys. Unexpected challenges may come up as, for instance, walls are removed revealing unexpected damage or other obstacles. Then the finishes start coming in and they look even more amazing than you thought they would. The countertop, backsplash, and cabinets look perfect together. Then you find out the flooring you chose is out of stock. Throughout the remodeling process there will be ups and downs.
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Knowing there will be low points prepares you to face them and get through to a resolution. After a call to the designer, they find another vendor who has flooring with all the elements you were looking for. Crisis averted!
You can see why an open line of communication with your builder is essential to ensure mental preparation is bolstered by good problem-solving in the moment. With a strong homeowner/builder relationship any issues that arise will be discussed and dealt with in a way that maintains your mental well-being.
This sounds straightforward — have the funds available to complete the project — but there is more to it than that. First, you want to choose a design-build partner who will provide you with a real number for the renovation using fixed cost planning.
Yet even with the best cost planning, change orders are part of the process. Sometimes you will find a material or an element, say a freestanding tub you like better than the one you originally picked out, that was not in the original budget. Sometimes discoveries are made in the building process, like insect or water damage, that were not in the original cost planning. That’s why you’ll want to have a contingency budget in place that goes along with the fixed cost budget you’ve agreed to with your builder.
Be aware of these possible costs outside of the contract with the builder:
What can you do to get the space ready for the builder? Whether you are remodeling a kitchen, bath, or other rooms in your home, think about everything you need to remove from the area you are renovating. This can be an opportunity to purge items that are not useful, or you just don’t enjoy having around.
It is a good idea to clean out several weeks before construction so you have fewer items to remove and pack just prior to the renovation. Also, don’t leave things hanging on the walls. There are frequent vibrations in the home during construction, so be sure to remove pictures from the walls so they do not fall and break. Lastly, be sure to pack up and securely store your valuables.
The contract is the ruling document for any renovation. If there is any question, it is the method to resolve any issues. It helps to avoid any miscommunication. You’ll want to pay particular attention to the “scope of work” section of the contract. In many cases, miscommunication occurs around project scope, so it is good to regularly remind yourself how these terms are spelled out.
Your builder should have a pre-construction checklist that reviews the following:
The design-build firm you work with should not be adding to the anxiety and disruption around the renovation process. Here are the steps Mitchell Construction takes to share in the preparation for construction. The renovation process should be a partnership, and that’s how we approach it.
The goal of any home renovation project is to minimize disruption while creating a predictable and joyous outcome that improves your quality of life. Knowing how to prepare beyond the dreaming and excitement you feel at the prospect of more beautiful, more usable space in your home will make for a much more enjoyable home renovation experience.
You’ll find you can actually enjoy the experience when you know the steps for preparing in advance. When you partner with the right home renovation company, they will do more of the heavy lifting, so the project you’ve been dreaming of does not overwhelm you. A little preparation goes a long way.
To learn more about the home renovation process, please read our eBook, “The Homeowner’s Guide to Creating the Dream Home You’ll Love.” And if you are ready to speak about your next renovation, please schedule a home renovation discovery session.