If you’re planning to renovate your home on a grand scale, it’s not uncommon to feel intimidated about the attention required to ensure a successful project finishes as you wanted it.
It may not be a problem for those of us who are moving at a manageable pace, completing room by room, but for those of tackling the entire establishment, sticking to schedule is key.
Top 10 home renovating tips
Here are 10 top tips you need to consider for your renovation:
- Try not to go on holiday leaving builders or workers on site to handle your project. If you managing the project yourself, you need to demonstrate your presence to ensure that build pace and concentration does not drop. Mistakes cost money to correct.
- Don’t compromise – If this renovation is for your own home, you need to remember that you will be living in it after completion, not the builders. This applies to both materials and build methods.
- If you’ve never managed a project with a scale such as this, try to get someone involved alongside you who has. Project management is a full time job and you can’t afford to lose your way.
- Watch your bank balance and keep track of all building costs weekly. When an invoice pops up make sure you pay it as soon as possible and file away the receipt safely. Utilise spreadsheets so you can keep an eye on the running costs throughout the project.
- Schedule the entire project and make sure your workers are keeping on track, meeting deadlines or preceding them if at all possible. This way your project moves efficiently whilst everyone knows what they are doing and when.
- Keep in constant contact with your foreman ensuring they have everything they need on site, when they need it. There’s no need for “We didn’t finish this because we didn’t have this.”
- Double check the specification of all products, appliances and materials before work begins on the site. Ensure everything is ordered and delivered to site on time – You simply won’t have time to be waiting around for a particular part to arrive due to delays etc.
- Trade discount can be your best friend when used properly – Pressure your suppliers to give you the best possible prices, ensuring that you visit multiple merchants comparing the best deals.
- Set up a trading account with the building merchant that you decide to use. Organising one at the beginning of your project means that you’ll qualify for trade discounts whilst making it easier for your site foreman to order extra materials should he need them.
- Get involved – This is your project at the end of the day. You can save money doing parts of the project that you feel comfortable completing, such as painting, digging or even sanding!
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