We’ve all heard the horror stories of renovating a villa or home. Between contractors that neglect to tell you the truth about costs or quality, plumbing gone wrong, unexpected delays and added, hidden costs, a lot of people might be afraid of taking the plunge to build themselves. And for some, this is a valid fear. The horror stories exist for a reason, but so do the good stories of home renovation.
So how do you make your own home renovation a good story, instead of a horror story that we all cringe at? And what are the main things you should look out for when deciding to renovate?
Work with an experienced electrician
Your home electricity is not something you want an amateur to mess around with, let alone, try and do yourself. Whether you’re working with a builder, or choosing your own electrician for a renovation, do your research and find one you can trust. If your renovation needs to be inspected at all at completion, you’ll want to make sure it’s up to code and can pass without needing any additional work.
Make sure that the electrician you find is certified and licensed and has proof of it. You can ask to see a copy, and you may want to double check its validity online as well. When looking at potential electricians, it’s a good idea to get a reference list along with appropriate proof of experience in your type of electrician needs. Reach out to each reference to get a full picture of what to expect. You can also review past their jobs to find out what kind of experience they have.
You’ll also want to ask for quotes from each electrician you’re considering. This is an easy way to determine which one will give you the most value for your money. You can shop around and find the cheapest with the most experience, without having to sign a contract yet, which is valuable when you have plenty of time for your project. You may also want to find out how they source their electrical supplies in order to find out how much you can expect to pay for supplies.
Use specialists and contractors
Just as illustrated above, using specialists is important for renovations because it means they are the most knowledgeable and the best at what they do. Just as you should find an experienced electrician, you’ll also want to find other specialists, such as lighting specialists to help with your lighting installation.
Another project that should be contracted out to the experts are things like your roof. Specialty roofing, like pergola roofing or dome roofing absolutely need someone with the experience to pull it off efficiently and beautifully. Your driveway is another part of your home that once completed, you won’t be able to change for a long time without spending quite a bit of money, which means you’ll want a reputable contractor to do the work. Make sure that the driveway style is not the only thing you think about, but rather that you do a bit of research into the paving company you go with as well.
Remember that with all contractors you work with, you should be looking at their previous and current jobs, as well as obtaining references and related experience to your job.
Safety as a priority
The last thing you need when renovating your home is to deal with accidents or injuries from your team of builders. When you look for a home renovation builder, look for one that has a reputation for safety. For example, if they are working on your roof or elsewhere on a precarious part of your home, do they use and/or require safety scaffolding?
In addition to general safety for the workers on site, you should also consider safety for your home itself. Is your home safe from intruders, especially if you’re going to be leaving the home for a larger renovation to take place? Consider alarm installation, especially if you’ll be vacating your home for all or part of the renovation. Unfortunately, an empty home, and especially a construction site home, can be an invitation for theft or vandalism and damage to the property.
Ask your builders what kind of safety protocols they have in place, like cameras or locks on construction property. Even though a theft to construction materials is not a loss to you, it still invites the illicit activity near or on your home’s property.
It seems obvious, but you’ll want to take the contract between you and your renovator or contractors, very seriously. Not only will you want a hard copy to take home with you and review, but you’ll also want to make sure it covers all the random, extra, side jobs that pop up out of nowhere. Being prepared with thoroughly researching the project will help avoid these surprises, and help you negotiate them into the contract.
For example, if your home renovation includes building a pool in the backyard, make sure that the water tank delivery is part of the cost of building it. If your renovators will need to access a part of your home via the lawn, find out if they will pay to replace the grass that is driven or trampled on.
Your contract should also have specific dates on it, including when projects are estimated to be completed, and dates of expected payment. Although these might change, it’s a really good idea to be on the same page with expectations so there’s room for negotiation later. Take a look at these additional contract guidelines for more help with writing up your contract.
A home renovation is almost guaranteed to have a few hiccups. But, when you’re prepared, and know what to expect from the signing of the contract to after the job is done, you can avoid some of the classic renovation mistakes and have a smoother, happier renovation and get you into your home faster.
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