Remodeling is the dream of many homeowners, but most only picture the end of the project. For one reason or another, many people who are remodeling disengage from the project between the initial stages and the final product. Whether they are busy with their jobs or just do not realize their importance, a lot of homeowners do not know what is going on during the middle of their remodeling projects.
This approach is perfectly reasonable. Who wouldn’t want to dream up a new kitchen, bathroom or addition, and then wake up to find that dream realized? Unfortunately, this is rarely the case. The only constant in construction and remodeling is change. Even the best contractors and designers in the world cannot prevent unexpected issues arising that are out of their control.
While there are some issues that you cannot be prepared for, there are many things that you be ready to tackle. By engaging with the project from the beginning to end, you can often alleviate expensive changes and prevent time from being wasted. You do not need to commit to the remodel as though it’s a full-time job, however, by simply being a part of the team, you can remain up-to-date with the project. Here are a few ways to remain engaged and ensure that your project runs as smoothly as possible.
Join the Team
The best way to know what is going on with your project is to get involved with your team from the very beginning. When you do this, you will have a realistic view of your project. Clear and open communication between you and your remodel team is the best way to have a real understanding of the project. This means that you won’t find any surprises when the project is completed.
Add 10 Percent to Your Budget
Setting a budget is one of the first things you do when you take on a project. For many people, setting a budget means putting a ceiling on the amount of money you are willing to spend on the project. Though it is hard to think about things going wrong when you are only in the early planning stages, planning ahead can keep you one step ahead of any potential issues.
When you are planning your budget, establish the most you are willing to spend on a project and subtract 10 percent from that number. This new number should become your working budget. That remaining 10 percent should be set aside. Keeping that cushion will help prevent you from going truly over budget should you have to make any changes.
Keep a Flexible Timeline
Having a projected completion date is an important goal. It is important to remember that this date is a projection. It is also important to remember that Rome was not built in a day, and that the larger your project is, the more time it may take in its initial planning stages.
It may be frustrating to sit back and wait for news on the project. However, if you have chosen a thoughtful team, they will be passively working on your project even if they are not actively working on it. A thoughtful team is equally important as an active team. This kind of team will have plans and alternatives for the project that will help keep costs down when the project actually begins.
If you are tight for time on the project, create a backup plan to use in the event that your project is not completed within the optimistic timeline. This will prevent stress for you and for your team as they work to complete your project.
Keep Communication Open
Keeping communication open will only benefit your project. When you get regular updates from the team involved in the project, you will understand the catalysts for any changes. You will also know about any changes to the timeline or the budget as soon as they happen. This will enable you to deal with these issues sooner rather than later.
Communicating well means that you need to actively listen as well as speak. If you are approachable, even in times of stress, you can keep the entire team relaxed. They may even be more likely to accommodate you in other ways should thing go wrong.
Remember Your Goals
It is important to prioritize your goals during any remodeling project. The project should include an overall goal that serves as the foundation of the project. You should also prioritize the things that you most want to get out of the project. Whether it is achieving more light or installing more storage, remembering these goals will help prevent you from becoming distracted by other details.
Keeping your remodeling project running smoothly is a task in itself. If you engage and become a member of the team, you can contribute to your dream home being completed on time and on budget.