You Should Expect The Unexpected With Your Home Remodel
When remodeling your home, you would obviously hope it went according to plan. But your remodel, much like anything in life, is susceptible to unexpected hiccups along the way. By expecting the unexpected, you can be a bit more at ease if anything arises during your remodel.
What Could Possibly Go Wrong?
One of the biggest reasons for delays involves materials. Companies can ship the wrong materials, meaning your countertops, sinks, and other appliances could come in late. They could also be the entirely wrong products altogether – they could be the wrong color, the wrong size, or the wrong material. When this happens, there is nothing you or your contractor can do besides wait for the correct materials to arrive. It is also possible that once arrived, you realize your appliances or countertops don’t fit properly. At this point, you will need to either select a new appliance, or make modifications.
Another big area that extends the length of the project is the plumbing. Your contractor does not have X-ray vision, and they will not be able to see the state of your plumbing until they “peel back the onion.” Upon removing old appliances, your contractor may discover that your plumbing is rusted or needs replacing. Having to replace plumbing will extend the length of your project, while adding additional costs.
Prepare The Proper Budget
When determining your budget, you should include a 10% or so buffer to account for unexpected costs. For example, if your budget is $20,000, you should tell your designer that your budget is $18,000. This will allow you some breathing room in case anything unexpected occurs during your remodel. The worse that can happen is that the project is completed without any hiccups, and you have $2,000 that you had already assumed would be gone! If you’re working on a tight budget, you may put yourself in a situation where the project cannot be completed as designed, if at all. Leaving yourself a cushion in your budget will ensure that your project is completed as expected, with the utmost quality.
Want More Information?
If you are ready to begin the remodeling process and would like more information about the design process and your project’s cost, contact us today. We can be reached by phone at (410) 451-9340. We look forward to helping you complete your custom project! If you approach your project with the mindset that it is a marathon, and not a sprint, you will be much happier in the long run. Getting frustrated over mistakes that are out of yours and your contractor’s hands will not make the process enjoyable at all. Remember, this should be an exciting time, so go with the flow and know that at the end of the day, you will have a quality remodel that you are happy with!