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Remodeling Prep – Managing a Remodel or Addition

Remodeling a part of your home or adding and addition is only one of the first steps in the process. Once you’ve retained a reputable contractor (one who is insured and bonded and you trust), what you (and your contractor) do next about your working relationship will make the difference between a pleasant experience and an unhappy one.

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Remodeling is a marathon, not a sprint. Knowing the timing of various stages of the projects helps homeowners through their remodel.

Below are ideas to help your remodeling project proceed as smoothly as possible:

Make a phase list of procedures. Have the contractor explain work to be done and the time needed to complete each step.
Plan adequate storage space. Clear materials, tools, and equipment not being used from active work areas.
Avoid confusion by designating one family spokesmanin case questions arise during construction.
Consider the logistics involved in delivering, shipping, and ordering materials and making the best use of the tradesperson’s time and skill. Your contractor is as anxious as you are to finish the job.
Double-check materials as they arrive. Once installed, they’re all yours. Minimize last-minute decisions and delays by selecting the materials in advance.
Check locks and keys. You’ll probably need to share keys with the contractor or his or her workers. Confirm who from the contractor’s staff will take responsibility.
Try to stay out of the construction area. This is important for safety and for maintaining construction schedules. Keep pets, toys, and children away.
Expect the unexpected. No one can prepare for all unforeseen incidents. It’s hard to imagine all the things that can go wrong: late deliveries, strikes, shipment shortages, wrong parts, oversights, rain, on-the-spot changes, etc. Tearing down a wall may uncover a problem demanding plan revisions.
Brush up on building methods. Construction awareness will help you navigate through days when workers fail to show up, which is not unusual. You’ll find remodeling proceeds in stages. Separate crews install framing, siding, insulation, masonry, finish carpentry, and roofing. Painters, electricians, and plumbers may all have to make several trips to complete their jobs. Slabs must cure, paint must dry, etc. The schedule is complicated, so don’t be surprised if disruptions occur.
Workmanship. Expect the highest of industry standards of quality workmanship. Expect to get what you are paying for.
Secure your belongings. Remodeling creates the dirt and dust so cover furniture and carpeting. Use remodeling time to have your draperies and upholstery cleaned.. Your contractor will help you to cover and protect the work area.
Be cool. Keep calm and flexible. Monitoring workers closely can build resentment, won’t save a penny or speed up work.
Win cooperation from workers and contractor with good, basic human relations including appreciation and respect for skills shown.
Speed up progress by swallowing endless “why’s” that slow down production. Most workers are simply following contractor’s orders and construction specs. Discuss construction changes only with your contractor.
Plan ahead to do without water or power when workers shut off lines (avoid food spoilage because of an unexpected power shut-off)

Remodeling Process Steps To Track

Keep track of the start and finish dates of the steps below. They will help you manage you end of the project and quietly monitor the progress of your contractor.

Demolition – Tear Out
Rough Plumbing
Rough Heating
Rough Carpentry
Rough Electrical
Rough Inspection
Drywall
Cabinet
Finish Carpentry
Tile Work
Counter Top
Flooring
Finish Heating
Finish Electrical
Finish Plumbing
Finish Inspection
Shower Door
Mirrors
Accessories
Punch List
Final Walk Through

For more details on how to track your remodeling project, call Aaron at Sims Remodeling at (608) 825-8455 or email. Sims Remodeling offer professional services for Kitchen Remodeling, Bathroom Remodeling, Basement Finishing, Home Additions, Garage Building and Deck Building. For Roofs, Siding, Replacement Windows, or Skylights/Sun Tunnels contact Sims Exteriors.

 

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