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5 Things Your Contractor Wants You to Know

When working on a residential or commercial remodeling project, there are a few things that we as remodeling contractors think our customers should be aware of. We'd be happy to answer any questions you have about the remodelling process, what you'll be responsible for as the owner, and what you should expect from your remodelling contractor.

1. Your budget is just that: a budget

Budgets are a great idea and must-have. However, keep in mind that a budget must be adaptable. You may have a budget in mind that you are unwilling to exceed, but keep in mind that some items may be more expensive than you anticipated, while others may be less. Even with the best planning in place, unexpected issues frequently arise. Be realistic about actual construction costs, and leave yourself a 10-15% buffer for any unexpected costs.

2. Construction schedules are variable

When hiring a contractor, a construction schedule should be on your must-have list. It's critical for all parties – so your contractor has a timeline and an end date goal, and so you can hold your contractor accountable and plan accordingly. Having said that, any remodel or new construction project is a multi-step process. A successful project involves many steps, and schedule adjustments are sometimes necessary. If you enjoy watching HGTV remodel shows, keep in mind that a real remodel job takes longer than it appears on television.

3. Pick your finishes early

This step can be completed in one of two ways. You can make your own choices if you are confident in your ability to match colors, patterns, and finishes, or you can hire a professional. If these decisions are left until the last minute, they may cause the project to be delayed due to production lead times.

4. Avoid hovering

Would you want someone watching your every move while you're at work? Sure, check in with your team daily to monitor progress, ask important questions, or even just say hello, but then let them do their job. You've already decided to hire your contractor, so trust your instincts and let them get to work. If you're constantly chatting and observing, the crew will slow down and your schedule will most likely be missed.

5. Doing some of the work yourself is unlikely to save you money

Customers with DIY experience may believe that they can save money by assisting with the project, whether by performing some of the labor or supplying materials. In most cases, customer involvement in the construction scope will result in schedule delays and a slew of other issues. Allowing the customer to order materials may cause delays if they are not diligent in expediting material to arrive on time, or if they order the wrong parts unknowingly. When it comes to construction, it's best to put your faith in the team you hire and let them do their job.

At Jam Concept Remodeling, we approach each project as a team and collaborate with the owner, architect, and designer. Our goal is to provide the best possible result while making the entire construction process as simple and painless as possible for our customers. Call us today to find out how we can assist you in making your construction dreams a reality.

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