After months or even years of planning and saving money for your home addition or home remodeling project, it’s time to find a competent and reliable general contractor to help bring your vision and dreams to life. Well, a home improvement project or new construction is a major investment which requires resources and time. The best thing you can do as a property owner is to prepare for the process. Here are important questions that will help you know what to expect before starting your home remodeling project with a general contractor.
What is Our Schedule?
You want to have a clear picture of your home improvement project by getting an outline of the different tasks and the respective timing for every aspect of the project. It’s more than just getting the start and finishing dates. Let your general construction contractor provide you with the sequencing and deadlines of the different things to be undertaken throughout the process. Don’t start your home remodeling or construction project without a schedule highlighting the days and times subcontractors will be on-site and what they’ll be doing.
How will you communicate with me?
Communication is a very important aspect of your project. You don’t want to be left in the dark about the progress of your project. The idea is to agree on the best way your general contractor will provide you with information about the project. You can agree to have weekly meetings so you can see your contractor in person. Daily progress and updates can be through daily emails, phone calls, or other electronic modes of communication.
When do you expect me to be Available for a Meeting?
You can’t limit yourself to the regular weekly meetings you’ve agreed to with your contractor. Additional meetings may be necessary especially when issues arise. An on-site meeting may be required in cases where crucial decisions have to be made before the construction can continue. Let your contractor clearly explain everything you might need to know as far as on-site meetings are concerned so you can ensure the smooth execution of your project.
Will you provide any Documentation at the end of the Project?
Of course, there’s an agreement you’ll be required to sign at the start of the project but that doesn’t mean it’s the only documentation you have to deal with during your project. There are additional documents that may be valuable at the end of your project. Such may include the operating manuals for any equipment that may be installed, contact details of subcontractors, mechanical photos before the contractor installed insulation, etc. The goal is to make sure your project is successfully accomplished and you’re left with all the information you need.
How do I Reach you After the Working Hours?
As mentioned, communication is key to the success of your home remodeling project. It shouldn’t be just about your general construction contractor reaching you but you reaching them as well. Be sure to exchange your contact information. Getting in touch with your contractor whenever necessary shouldn’t be a crisis in itself.
What happens if there’s a Change Order?
It’s recommended that you document change orders in writing. In fact, you can include this in your contract agreement so you and your contractor can both sign. You may also consider including change in schedule in your contract, if necessary. The idea is to have a clear plan and agreement on how your contractor will handle any expected and unexpected changes that may arise during your remodeling project.…