There are many challenges that homeowners face when doing remodeling whether it is a big renovation like the kitchen or something smaller like painting a room. Avoid allowing your home improvements to become an emotional or financial burden for you or your family. Below are the top stressors to both contractors and homeowners when it comes to taking on any sized home improvement project.
Making Too Many Changes To The Original Plan
It is important to understand that every time a contractor needs to make an adjustment to the original renovation plan that it will increase the time and money that is being spent on the project. After the construction process has begun, any change in the materials, design or such will lead to longer lead times and increases in costs.
Miscommunication can occur at a multitude of levels during home improvement projects. Whether it is between a couple, the material supplier, the contractor or a combination of the three, a failure to communicate can cause a great deal of stress. Prior to beginning any home improvement projects discuss the chain of command for the renovation. Clearly set up a path that communication should follow and adhere to it in order to avoid confusion and delay with the project.
Not Following A Budget and Ignoring The Cost Of Materials
Before beginning any renovation have a set budget that clearly defines the amount of money that is to be spent on materials and labor. Without a set budget in place contractors do not know the limitations to put on material costs and such. This leaves a lot of room for error between the amounts that the homeowner wanted to spend verse what the contractor is expecting. One way around this is to define a budget and meet weekly to ensure that expenses are staying in line with expectations.
Lacking a Timeline
Frustration often occurs when a timeline for the project’s completion is not in place. An experienced contractor should have a solid idea of how long a renovation should take to complete. When there is a delay in the project it is important that the line of communication is kept open to avoid any resentment about the changing time frame.
Taking On Too Much At One Time
Some homeowners try to take on too many projects at one time. If at all possible don’t take on a number of renovations all at once. It is difficult enough to manage one at a time let alone multiple different projects. Take your time when it comes to home improvement projects and don’t take on too much. Even when you hire a professional contractor, taking on more than one project can lead to big problems.