There’s no such thing as a stress-free home improvement. Any project is going to cause disturbance one way or another, but it doesn’t have to upend your life. Today, Minnesota’s 1st Choice talks about the things you should avoid to live through your project with little stress:
Unclear Project Sequences
Lack of understanding how the process works makes the planning phase more difficult. Whether you’re replacing your roofing or siding system, you need to have a good handle on the sequences and deadlines. This way, you can be sure that everything goes as planned, and when it doesn’t.
Nothing’s more annoying than having to pay more than you expect. An estimate is nothing but an estimate, but a good one is close to the final bill.
An important lesson in budgeting is eliminating allowances, which are placeholders for the prices of products that are yet to be determined. Also, make sure the pieces of information in the detailed bid are consistent with the contents of the contract.
Ambiguous Start and Completion Dates
Minnesota’s 1st Choice reminds you that you can’t keep your project on schedule without any clue about when the construction will begin and finish. In most cases, the installation of replacement windows and skylights doesn’t commence until the necessary permits are obtained.
Unexpected, Structural Problems
Another cause of delay is any pre-existing, structural issue you probably don’t know about. Although it’s impossible to predict its existence before construction, an experienced contractor can accurately anticipate and thoughtfully incorporate it into the budget and schedule.
Excessive Change Orders
Processing change orders is sometimes inevitable because of contingencies. However, homeowner-initiated modifications are avoidable. Take your time, and commit to the plan to prevent ruining your project’s original schedule and cost estimate.
From upgrading gutters to getting new entry doors, proper communication matters. Most misunderstandings stem from miscommunication. Work with a contractor who demonstrates a willingness to communicate.
Experience frictionless home improvement with Minnesota’s 1st Choice. Call us at (507) 200-4422 or (651) 333-4520 or set your project in motion, and receive a free estimate. We serve Apple Valley, Albert Lea, and Owatonna, MN, and neighboring areas.