Managing Your Home Renovation Project
It can be difficult to manage your home remodeling project, and understanding the steps involved in remodeling is important to successfully design and manage your project. This can require a lot of patience. It is common for homeowners to hire a contractor who will be responsible for the management of the renovation. Labor and material supply will often be subcontracted by the contractor's builder, who often uses his own judgment in choosing the subcontractors and building materials. However, it is important that you, the homeowner, approve the subcontractors and check the work from time to time. Following the completion of each stage of subcontracted construction (such as plumbing, framing, flooring, etc.), you should require inspections from an independently contracted inspector. You are in charge of all payments and should only pay when you are completely satisfied with the completed work.
Some owners prefer to be their own contractors. They manage the entire renovation by finding subcontractors and purchasing the building materials. Acting as your own contractor requires a strong understanding of construction. As the contractor, avoid being taken advantage by doing the following:
Stand your ground while being fair. Make sure all subcontractors are doing quality work, and keep a back-up plan ready.
It is OK to be friendly with the subcontractors, but make sure they know you are the boss. Act and talk like a builder.
Maintain detailed records of all purchases, purchase orders, checks, receipts, etc., for quick and easy access when needed.
Protect yourself from unexpected injuries to people or property by making sure all workers are insured.
Workers will be grateful for and will work better in a pleasant work environment. You should have a bathroom available to the workers and refreshments on hand throughout the day.
Be prepared to adapt plans and have another plan ready when delays due to shortages, labor disputes, weather, etc., occur. Find an alternative supplier if material is not delivered on schedule, and encourage continued good service by rewarding prompt delivery with a monetary bonus.
Understand the order in which the work must be completed for your home renovation. Some projects must be completed before others can begin, and it is important that you are present when major steps, such as the laying of foundation, are being completed.
Construction costs are increased when delays occur, so try to stay on schedule.
Schedule subcontractors so that there is time for inspections and repairs (if needed) of one subcontracted project before another subcontractor begins.
Avoid delays due to money shortage by keeping track of finances well.
Designing and overseeing your remodeling project can be difficult. A lack of understanding how to manage such a task can lead to greater expense. Ensure that this is a project for which you want to be responsible by reading and understanding the advice found here.