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10 Tips for a Successful Remodel – Part 3

We’re almost finished with laying the foundation for a successful remodel.  Here are the last four tips:

7. READ YOUR CONTRACT THOROUGHLY

It should call for the work to be performed in accordance with all applicable building codes. It should also specify all materials to be used. For example, “Install trough sink, manufactured by Company ABC, model xyz, as per the plan.”, not just “Install bathroom sink, as discussed.”  Written change orders should reflect additional work not in the original scope of the project, substituted materials, etc.

8. STAGGER PAYMENTS

Pay for work as it is completed. Payments should not get ahead of the work. Keep a running list of open items that need to be addressed before making final payment.

9. START WITH THE RIGHT PEOPLE

Enlisting the help of a certified construction manager from pre-design through completion helps ensure your remodeling project stays true to your vision and is completed on time and within budget. A construction manager is also a valuable resource when selecting design pros and general contractors.

10. ENJOY THE PROCESS

A remodeling project does not have to be unnecessarily stressful. Educating yourself about the process will enlighten you as to what to expect thereby reducing anxiety.

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