I've seen a lot of things in the home renovation and repair and remodeling industry over the decades, about which I could probably write a lot of books, so he there was enough time. But for now, here are some tips to help you avoid some home remodeling disasters that I've seen happen to others and some minor ones that happened to me as well. good.
Please read this very carefully, this could save you money, time, your sanity, even your marriage or your relationship with your partner, to name a few. We should learn from the mistakes of others, not just ours. Do not be one of those people.
The important issues that you need to consider and plan ahead to avoid trouble with your remodeling project are:
1. Have the necessary permits before starting work.
After finishing the job, it was time to be admitted because you thought you had done a great job of renovating to discover that you really needed a permit for the job. The permission may not be required depending on the job, but if you delete walls and add space for example, more than likely you will need a permit. This would mean that the relevant plans and specifications would be made by the engineer, the architect or possibly the builder.
2. In connection with the right question is the question of your renovation work in accordance with the regulations and building code.
Plans and documents must comply with the regulations and building code when you get permission, but the role of the inspector who verifies your project is also to maintain the quality of work and safety of the site.
He would verify that your project complies with the building code and other regulations and that safe work practices are followed.
It is in your interest to have this right, if necessary. By having a permit some time during remodeling but before it's over the inspector would reveal things that need to be changed and corrected that would be difficult to do once the job is finished. At the same time, you will feel better knowing that the run is at least an adequate level.
3. Choose the contractors and tradespeople you will be working on, well.
Do not be fooled by the gentleman who speaks softly or by a builder, giving you promises and empty words. You should see their previous remodeling work for yourself, their warranty terms and should be recommended by a trusted friend or relative.
4. Check if the contractor has the necessary insurance and check the type of coverage you will need yourself.
Do not trust entrepreneurs on his word. Request a written currency certificate from the insurance company of contractors.
5. Have a contract with the detailed scope of work and specifications attached with it. The more detailed and specific it is the better.
It can become very ugly during or near the end of your renovation project, when you realize that the contractor is asking for more money or that he is not doing all the work that you thought to be done if the scope of work is too vague on exactly what is included or not included in the contract.
Having a detailed and specific scope of work and detailed specifications of all appliances, materials and finishes with included costs will be good for the contractor and yourself.
You will not have a good result of your home remodeling project if the contractor is not ultimately happy because of misunderstandings and poor communication with you.
6. Do not leave too much money to the contractor in the form of an initial deposit, before it starts working. Leave an initial deposit only when the contractor has arrived at the scene and work has begun, while progress payments should be made only for the estimated amount of completion.
7. In no case pay all the money to the contractor until the work is inspected and completed.
If you ask the local authority inspector to carry out the final inspection before you can use the space to live, keep a good deal of it. money to pay until the final inspection is completed and all defects repaired.
You must honor the contract, but there should be a clause stating that you must pay for the final installation only after the full completion.
It is likely that if you pay everything before the end of the work, it will be difficult to get the contractor to finish and fix the defects.
8. Have enough money to complete the job.
You will find that if you do not have the money and resources to carry out your project, it could lead to all kinds of personal and financial hardships and make life difficult for children and other members of the family.
Rarely does the renovation project cost you exactly what you have planned because there are always things you can not predict. So, plan a little more than you thought.
By not being able to finish what you started and to expose the part of your house to the weather, like a roof or unfinished walls, you may have to do a lot of the work again that you did because of water damage and other problems that ensue from it.
If you had the intention of renting the new space that you create with the remodeling that you started, this could result in a loss of income on which you rely.
If you did not have enough money to complete your heating in the new space and as winter arrives, this could lead to freezing of the water pipes and causing a lot of damage for example.
At the end of the day, no one likes to run out of money and not be able to finish the job and the disruption of your life can be overwhelming if you have to live in this unfinished mess.
9. Deal seriously with workplace safety and health issues and barricade the remodeling work area, for example, so that children and others do not end up in the workplace and get hurt.
Be sure to use appropriate personal safety equipment, such as steel hooded boots, goggles, and ear plugs to name a few.
Do not try to use a ladder to do a job that you could easily drag if you have to use a jackhammer or an electric saw for example. Make a raised platform with trestles and planks or scaffolding if necessary. It's very easy to fall off the scale or hurt your back while trying to hold a heavy tool and work from a ladder
Keep the workspace free of materials and rubble lying around the ground. Clean the floors regularly to avoid injury.
10. It is important that you and contractors know precisely the position of the main switch, the valves for water, electricity and gas as well as other services during remodeling.
You must be able to very quickly cut off electricity, water or gas supply in case of emergency. For example, you drill a hole in the wall and you drill and puncture a water pipe, which is not uncommon, so you need to know where you need to go to cut off the power supply. This water could be sprayed on a nearby power outlet, so you need to know where the main power distribution board is located to turn it off quickly.
A lot of damage can be caused by leaking water, gas or faulty electrical wiring.
Your remodeling project will have its own problems and problems to overcome. It will have specific problems and complexities different from other home improvement projects, but if you plan and follow my advice in the points listed above, you will probably avoid many disasters that could occur in your renovation and renovation project. .