Home Improvement Projects Made Easy (Part 2)

In this post we continue our look at making your home improvements a breeze. These tips will help you with your projects both great and small; home additions or handyman, basements or bathrooms!

19. Refrain from running a time clock. This creates an atmosphere of distrust and may not be effective or a money-saver.

20. Save money by doing minimal tasks on your own, such as clean up and painting.

21. Review the sample materials, especially the paint chips and color swatches prior to the order.

22. Select your colors and finishes before the painter arrives to keep the schedule moving.

23. Have a “go-to-guy.” Pick someone to be the key contact between the contractor and the family. This will help keep communication clean & clear and avoid confusion.

24. Be specific about where you want electrical outlets located and how many you want. By doing so, the electrical estimate should be more accurate.

25. Demolition should begin only after the new equipment and supplies have arrived. Particularly windows, doors, appliances or any other essential items.

26. To avoid loss, remove any valuables or easily damaged items from the work site.

27. Children and pets in the work zone should be avoided. Alternative arrangements should be made during work time if you are not present.

28. If possible, plan for a vacation or time away during the most disruptive part of the project, such as floor refinishing. This will allow you to come back refreshed for the remainder of the job.

29. If a change is made, be sure to have the new agreement put in writing before the work begins.

30. To prevent dust from the site landing in other areas, seal the entry point with plastic sheeting and blue painter’s tape.

31. Be courteous of your neighbors and inform the work crew where your property lines are located to prevent materials from being placed in the wrong area.

32. Keep your eye on the prize. Although the project will be disruptive, the end result will be worth it.

33. Schedule a final walk through inspection with your contractor. Make a note of any tasks that need completed.

34. Request an Affidavit of Final Release once the job is complete and the final payment is made. This clears you of any liability for third-party claims.

With a careful planning and a knowledgeable contractor, you’re well on your way to an awesome new space!

Click here for Home Improvement Projects Made Easy Part 1.

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