If your house is old and too small for you but you do not want to move, you could opt to remodel it and even put an addition on it. While this would be considered a major renovation project, at least you could stay living in the house and not have to move to a new one. If you decide to do this, proper preparation is vital if you want the project to run smoothly, efficiently, and quickly, and here are some of the ways you can properly prepare for an event like this.
Get Everything in Writing
You should not begin a project like this until you have chosen a contractor and discussed everything completely beforehand. Additionally, you will want to get everything in writing, in the form of a contract, before you ever begin the project. The contract you have should state in detail exactly what work the contractor will do to your home. It should also contain the types of building materials the contractor will use, a timeline, a budget, and details about each part of the job.
It is important to get all this in writing before you begin, as this will help you avoid misunderstandings and problems along the way. It is also important to know that if you make any changes during the project, it could cause delays in the project and could increase the costs of the job. Because of this, it is important to thoroughly think through everything you want from the renovations before you begin the job.
Choose and Order Every Item Needed
To speed up the job and the inconvenience of dealing with a major remodeling project, you should also aim to choose and order all the items you need before beginning the job. If you are replacing bathroom fixtures or kitchen cabinets, you should aim to choose these items and order them before beginning. If you do not do this, you could experience delays during the project. For example, one item might end up being back-ordered causing a three-week delay. If this happens, you will have to wait even longer for the job to be finished. If you can get everything you need before you start, there will be no delays like this.
Rent a Storage Unit or Pod
Another way to prepare for a project like this is by renting a storage unit or pod. A pod is a storage container that is delivered to your house, and this is often the best option for a major remodeling project. Having a pod to use during the project offers a way to get your things out of the contractor's way, and this could also help speed up the project. Additionally, you could use the pod to store building materials in it that will be needed for the project.
Plan to Move out for a Few Weeks
Depending on the nature and setup of your home and the renovations, you might want to consider moving out of your house during this time. If you stay there, you should realize that the house may be torn up for weeks or months, and you might not even have a bathroom or kitchen to use. If you can move out for a few weeks, it will likely be easier for the contractor to get the job done.
Completing major renovations in a home will often take weeks or even months, but it will be worth it when the job is complete. If you would like to renovate your home and have not yet talked to a building contractor, contact one today to learn more about your options, the process, and the costs involved.