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October 3, 2013

Do You Know What To Expect During The Remodel Process? Part Two

In our last video, part one of What to Expect During the Remodeling Process, we discussed the step-by-step process that you should expect from the home remodeling contractor you’ve selected.

In the second part of this video, a continuation of What to Expect During the Remodeling Process, we’ll discuss the next steps, including the importance of a preconstruction meeting. We’ll also discuss other items you should anticipate, such as a start date and completion date and the importance of documenting what is discussed with your contractor.

The preconstruction meeting will help you understand the scope of work and construction schedule portions of your contract and provide time for your contractor to answer any questions. During a preconstruction meeting you and your contractor should take the time to set up some ground rules. Raise questions of concern and get answers that satisfy you. In addressing these questions before the project has begun, you resolve issues before they have an opportunity to become a problem. This planning and organizing are part of what your contractor is being paid for and are key to managing your expectations, which successful contractors are able to do in a proactive manner.

Some examples of questions for a preconstruction meeting may include:
You may want to discuss what time daily work begin and end and can work be scheduled on weekends?
If weekend work is an option, are there any special restrictions?
If there is an after-hours emergency, who do you call?
Who will your contractor talk with about “change orders?”
How do we make sure that your pets are safe while we are working?
How do we access your home while you are not there?

For projects lasting more than two weeks, some questions you may wish to ask your contractor include an ongoing schedule of meetings between you and your contractor to ensure that agreed-upon terms are being met. You may want to also discuss the need to remove furniture and other valuables from the worksite, storage of work tools, which outside areas will most likely be used for construction activities and any other protective measures you may wish to take, as well as other issues a good contractor will raise with you during the preconstruction meeting.

During this time, and through the entire project, you should feel comfortable relying on the expertise of your contractor. A preconstruction meeting will help you and your contractor seal the deal on expectations.

The best is yet to come,
Beth Orr