Remodeling House Do’s and Don’t’s
It is very true that every human has a dream of having a nice home and seeing your dream happening in front of you is the best kind of feeling. But it could be a little tricky task as you might get into difficulty if you do not plan it well. Many of the things are pretty much straight forward and simple which you have to take care of but still there are things which you will learn during the phase of remodeling of your house. Here is the list of what you should do and should avoid so that everything goes smoothly.
Always think before the action
First of all understand the fact that castles are built on air and then only they are transformed into the reality. So you need to know your own demands very clearly so that you feel no difficulty in putting those ideas into paper or discussing it with contractor. You have to look at the trend as well and talk to the fellows may also help you in finding your dream plan.
This could sound bit silly to the non technical people that what sort of research one could do prior to building their home. But there are many things you should look carefully like you can go into the library section where there are magazines of good architectures of home present and that might also help you in solving many issues. Try to find some book for the non-technical person which should be used as a handbook. Don’t forget google is your best friend but be careful as there is a lot of junk available out there so it is better to verify anything you find on google.
Time to pen down things
Well it is always good to do bit of drawing and if you are bad at it so there is nothing wrong in using computer. There is another way of using the graph paper (if you haven’t used it yet then try to learn it is very easy) and this is the most easiest way to make your point crystal clear to the contractor. Remember one thing you need to be very much cautious about the dimensions you are quoting while drawing.
It’s all about money
No matter how big your dreams are finally it has to come down to the budget you have got unfortunately. So looking at the budget and try to negotiate with the contractor with the provided budget or add something if need be. This is very important step as there could be so many things which would be costing too much but they would be inefficient in your model, so this is where the contractor and the technical person comes to rescue and could save your valuable money.
Horses for the courses, this is the proverb made for the reason as in if you want to do a job of architect all yourself then this could be a lethal mistake ever made by you. Hiring professionals for building or remodeling the house is very much encouraged as there are so many things which professionals like architect understand better than you. So always go for an architect and try to consider more than one so you could choose any of these.
You may even want to think of bringing in a professional later to help you arrange your furniture, to maximize your space.
Applying for loan or ask some friend
Where does the investment come from? This is the thing which you have to focus and the most important rule is that you need to have at-least more amount than you have estimated for your home. Once you have started building your home then it is kind of difficult task to restrict it under the budget. Applying for more than 10 or 15 percent to the estimated expenditure should be standard practice.
Now find a better contractor
This is where your friends can come into play as there must be someone in your friend’s circle who might have had experience with contractors. So you can talk to them and ask who is the best contractor in your city at the moment and what mistakes you should avoid which they may have made. This step is very much important as this is the contractor who is eventually going to implement everything and this is the person you are going to interact to make things happen.
Check out the legal aspects
So many people neglect this crucial point when they hire any architect or contractor. You should make sure that your contractor has all the legal covers and authority to take up that contract for your house and you can ask them to show you these things because it is your fundamental right to know that everything is legally correct.
Try to get as many estimates as you can
This could really prove to be the helpful trick prior to building any project as it opens the window of opportunity for you to adjust the estimate price and finalize your contractor. Different estimates would also show you a way of how to save money and on what areas you could actually save.
Negotiate in a best way
There is no hard and fast rule that whatever your contractor says to you very first time you have to pay that as it can be negotiated as well. So it is good to have a little negotiation to your contractor about the estimate and things like quality.
Charge on delay
You can also decide with your contractor that if he does not succeed to complete his work on a given time frame then he will be charged accordingly. This will actually enhance the quality of work and will also make sure that it is done on a due time.