When it comes to major home construction projects, please know that this endeavor is often not as simple as it looks on television. You have to think carefully about the scope of work to be done and what that looks like with respect to budget and schedule. The work to be done can’t be turned around in sixty minutes or less, if you take out commercials. Those shows make use of several crews and production budgets to complete the necessary work. Here in the real world, you need to make these considerations for your project.
Developing a Realistic Scope
As the person paying for the work to be done, you want to come up with a realistic scope. On a TV show, a full-scale kitchen upgrade may include a top-to-bottom renovation that includes changing the layout. This sounds good for a TV show, but what do you really need in a remodel. Think about the goal of the renovation. Are you upgrading to sell the home or are you wanting to create the kitchen of your dreams? Whatever the goal, make sure you develop a scope that is commensurate with your needs, and if you’re a contractor make sure you understand how to bid small construction jobs like these so you understand what the homeowner needs. If your kitchen needs a refresh with new appliances, don’t waste money, time and effort on unnecessary work.
Working with Professionals
Depending on your level of handiness, you may be considering what elements of the remodel you can do yourself. While it’s great to save money, be realistic about what you’re actually able to do. Professional designers and contractors have the know-how and experience to do the work properly the first time. A licensed architect can help you translate your thoughts into an actual set of blueprints. Professional contractors usually have the equipment and permits to get the work done. Some work such as wiring and plumbing, is best left to the pros. A design and build company can offer you one-stop-shop convenience by handling both the design and construction.
Preparing Yourself Mentally
You’re probably aware that most home construction projects can’t be completed in mere hours, or even in a week. A major home upgrade can last several weeks, even under the most ideal conditions. This means that your routine and living situation will be disrupted for you and everyone in your household for a period of time. If your project runs into problems, this could go on for longer than you planned. Unforeseen issues often lead to change orders which result in you having to fork over extra money. This can also impact your mood as well as your peace of mind. When you’re planning, think about potential issues that may arise and prepare yourself mentally and financially with a contingency budget, if possible.
Home renovation shows on TV and YouTube are often entertaining to watch, but they can also create a false sense of ease when it comes to undergoing major renovations. Your home is not the set of a TV show, so you need to make sure you come up with a realistic plan for your projects. This includes developing a realistic scope of work, hiring professionals, and anticipating and preparing for potential issues.