How to Handle Remodeling Contingencies – part two

By administrator On May 29th, 2009

As a homeowner it is your responsibility to be aware of how job responsibilities are delineated; you should know who you are communicating with. Breaking down responsibilities and establishing roles is key to ensuring a smooth remodel job. If clear roles are not established there will be communication gaps between the contractor, architect, and appliance supplier.

Whether it is connecting the dishwasher to the plumbing, or the ducting for the hood over the cooking range, moving the stove and the electrical outlet, repair and repainting work after cabinet removal, or any such issue… read and learn and apply the learning to your own situation.

Keep some money separate for contingencies; this is particularly relevant for old homes where tear-outs may reveal old wiring and worn-out plumbing. Unexpected costs are a reality of the remodeling experience and you need to factor it into your remodeling budget. Also factor in the time required for the unexpected repairs. You may have to bring the wiring and plumbing to match with local building code. If such work is done, the installation people will probably be required to schedule a visit from a building inspector to ensure that the work done is up to code.

A step-by-step kitchen remodel will proceed thus – first the water is turned off and the sink is removed; this is followed by counters and cabinets. Flooring comes out last. Install the base cabinets before you begin to fabricate the countertops. The sink gets installed after the countertops have been installed.

Let the installers work and do not interfere while they are at it. Keep children away from the work site. Maintain a record of work and tick what gets completed. You do not have to go about the entire remodeling at one go; it can be a strain on your lifestyle and budget. Instead do it in phases. Importantly when you remodel, focus on remodeling work that adds to the worth of your property so that if you wish to sell it, the property can command a good price.

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