Many factors determine the cost of a remodeling project. If cost is a factor, consider some of these areas when deciding on your next remodeling project. Some of these items will change costs considerably.
• The size of your project. Working within the current layout of your home vs. removing walls, adding square footage, etc.
• The quality and quantity of the materials you select for your project. An example, selecting genuine marble vs a ceramic tile that appears to be marble or installing two vanities when one is better suited for your budget.
• “Sweat Equity” is an effective way to keep your budget in check if this is something you may be willing or able to do. We only recommend doing the work before the contractor arrives or after the contractor’s work is complete. The reason for this is disturbing the natural flow of work by completing work in the middle of a project may slow the project which will lead to higher costs. An example would be demo, removal of debris, and clean up before the project begins and/or installing trim, painting, install wall accessories etc.
Planning, Planning, Planning! Planning for some projects is relatively simple it may include selecting materials to replace existing materials (same size, type, location, etc.). Some project will require much more time and expertise to plan, these projects may start by selecting an architect, designer, or other professionals before a project could even be quoted. Some examples would include something as simple as a deck, most townships require a signed and sealed drawing by an architect before a permit would be issued. This step is very important for a couple of reasons, the most important is for your safety, many decks have collapsed resulting in personal injury due to improper building techniques and/or materials selected.
Any time is a good time to remodel, but there are a couple of things to consider before scheduling your remodeling project.
• Cost savings. Contractors for the most part will discount work during slower periods of the year. Most contractors will be slower during the months of January, February, March, and a very short period in the beginning of September.
• Time when you will more likely be away from the home during the contractor’s work hours. Example, adults at work, kids at school, away on vacation. This will make the project feel less intrusive.
• Remodel before upcoming events, example, large parties/holidays to enjoy your space more, but plan far in advance many people plan projects this way, so the contractor’s schedule will fill quickly during these times.
The contractor will select the least invasive entry and exit path to and from your remodeling project area of your home, and protect that path with tarps, padding, carpet protection devices, etc. That being said, there are many ways you can help the contractor avoid damage to items in your home, these are a few.
• Remove any items located in that path that does not need to be there (example grandma’s priceless vase)
• Remove all wall mounted items on adjacent walls (demo/construction may cause items to fall….and break)
• Remove all personal items from the work area before the contractors arrive
• Request an insurance certificate, from your contractor before work begins, naming you as the insured to protect you if a problem were to occur.
Most contractors will guide you on the technical areas of material selection. Example, types of materials available for your project, square footage of materials needed, etc. The personal preference area of selecting materials should be totally your choice, building materials behind the finished materials would be typically selected and supplied by the contractor. Better contractors will provide you with the flexibility of selecting items from the store and payment type of your choice.