Whether you’re remodeling or building a new home from the ground up, you’re no doubt investing a lot of time and money into the project. It can be nerve wracking leaving such a big responsibility in other people’s hands but reassuring yourself and quenching your fears goes a long way to making you feel safer and surer of your decision. One way you can do that is by ensuring that you ask all the right questions and get the right answers in return. Here is a list of things you should ask your contractor:
- What’s the Schedule? Knowing when to expect work to begin and end is not all there is to planning. A detailed schedule should include the start and end dates as well as outline all tasks and determine their completion date. This gives everything a timeline and allows you to conveniently check in at any time to ensure your contractor is on task.
Another benefit to having a detailed schedule is that you can comfortably plan around it and set deadlines for various to-dos. It also helps you visualize each stage of the building process, thereby giving you more peace of mind.
- Who will be on-site each day? While your house might be a temporary construction zone, there should still be a certain level of security. Ask your contractor who will be on-site every day as well as who is in charge of opening up and locking up at the start and end of each day. Make sure it’s someone you or your contractor trust and someone who you can get in touch with easily when you need to. A count of the expected number of people on-site each day can also help monitor the in and out-flow.
- What steps are you taking to protect my belongings and property? The cost of rebuilding is already significant; you wouldn’t want to have to deal with replacing items that were already in your home. Before demolition and reconstruction begin, it’s best to have a sit-down with your contractor and go over the steps they have planned to secure your belongings and your property overall. Things like dustcovers should be setup to prevent dust, paint and other undesirables from coating other items in your house. You also need to ensure that any fragile items are stored away and valuables are out of harm’s way. Any parts of your house that are off limits should be expressly mentioned to ensure that they remain that way.
- How do I contact you after hours? If you’re in a renovation stage, you’re most likely still living in your house even while the construction is going on. Remember, your house is a work in progress so there are bound to be a few kinks here and there. In the event that something unexpected happens, you want to know how to contact your contractor and get it resolved as soon as possible. Make sure to get reliable contact information that will allow you to reach your contractor at any time.
- How will we communicate? Communication is key in any relationship but probably more so in renovation and building situations. You are placing a very important investment and property in your contractor’s capable hands; you’ll most likely need to know what’s going on, and in the case of an emergency, there’s nothing like a quick and reliable mode of communication.
Asking these questions and more can help ease the process of renovating or building as well as keep you well-informed concerning every decision and the level of progress. Information is power and there’s no need to sweat when you have the answers to the above questions.
Article by: Painters in Greensboro