Sometimes, the idea of remodel a part or some rooms of your house could be stressful, but what if you need to remodel your entire house? Just imagine this scene: you need to overthrow several walls, replace the electric system, or add a new room (which includes demolishment or reduction of other ones so there would be enough space available for that task).
Maybe only one of the previous ideas could become a nightmare for anybody; not only for all the expenses you would have to afford, but also for the time it would take. You need to be prepared for the hugest task a housewife could face: a whole home remodeling.
- Depending on the type of remodeling, in some countries it will be necessary to obtain permission from the competent authority. Be sure you get them in accordance to the ordinances and laws, and consult with an expert in the field if the documents granted to you are completed and correct.
- It is highly recommended to hire a professional in remodeling and home improvements. So, in order to control and manage the home improvement project, you must check the contract you and the expert have signed for the performance of the project.
Be sure that all details are mentioned in the contract, according to the approved budget, as well as the project organization, how the project will be performed and how long it could take. It is also important to be aware of the materials the professional would use to perform the project from the beginning of it, as well as its quality, quantity and warranty in case of default.
- In huge remodeling projects as the ones we are referring to in this article, it will be necessary for you to leave the house. It is a hard thing because you will need to look for a responsible person you can rely on who can take care of your goods at your house. It is preferred this person could be a member of your family.
- Save your stuff. Keep them away in a safe place. Everything you cannot stored because of its weight or size (such as a couch), cover it with plastic or protective fabrics. You must prevent plaster dust from spreading, and also hang plastic sheets on the doors of the working areas. This will help to protect them.
- Let your contractor work. Try to stay out of the work area for safety. Establish a workshop and day visit for any doubts you may have about the project.
- Be aware that delays can happen. Sometimes workers may encounter unforeseen problems, such as the fact that materials may not arrive in time, for example (and it is a very common situation). A absent worker may delay the work and therefore do not meet the commitment of task completion as well.
When applying changes because a delay has occurred, you need to lean on the general contractor or supervisor to solve the problems that may emerge for the delays.
- Be patient and available 24/7. You need to be available to your general contractor to answer questions and make sure things are moving along accordingly to what you planned. Also, you can’t exactly leave town on vacation for three months and hope all goes just fine. You’ll still need to be available for phone calls, chatting and emails for any consulting your contractor could request. Communication from both parties is important if you want the project to be performed and conclude the exact way as you want it to.