You have a renovation planned and you feel like just jumping right in. You’re really pumped about all the wonderful results you’ll get and maybe even a little pumped about the process.
But don’t rush into it without thinking everything through. I want to go through some things you should consider and think about before you even start renovating anything.
Get Your Budget Right
Don’t assume you’ll make one along the way – this is a sure way to screw up everything, from the remodeling timeline to the end result that you dream of. If you don’t know how much you are able to spend realistically and how much the whole thing will cost, again realistically, you’re set for trouble. You may be a type who hates accounting and calculations – so get somebody to help you who’s good with it. Sit down, discuss it, get it right, even if it takes several tries.
Don’t Assume the Cheapest Contractor Is Your Best Option
Because it probably isn’t. It rarely is. Remember – they’ll do the job and leave, but you will have to live in the house for years to come. The cheapest contractor may not have the motivation to get things right, or have the best subcontractors or be able to stick to a timeline. Look for recommendations from people you trust. A little extra expense can save you a lot of headache down the road.
Have a Contract
A verbal contract is worth as much as the paper it’s written on, if you get the pun. In reality, a verbal agreement may turn out well, as long as everything goes according to plan. But it doesn’t always. And in that case, you may be facing tens of thousands of dollars in additional expenses.
Don’t think that you’ll somehow offend your service provider if you demand a solid written contract – if they’re offended by such a thing, it’s time to go looking elsewhere.
Don’t Assume Everything Will Be 100% Perfect
Because it won’t – things go wrong, and your plan may not have been perfect from the start, you just didn’t know it. A color may look different on a big wall than on a tiny piece of paper etc. Don’t let these little things sour your dream of having a shiny new home.