- Michele Pasch
How to Prepare For Common Remodeling Issues in Wilmington, NC
It's Not Uncommon For Certain Issues to Arise
While we all want to believe everything will go perfectly, that's not often the case. This usually doesn't come down to contractor error, just unforeseen circumstances occurring. Last time, we talked about how you can prepare yourself for some issues; today, we will look at specific steps to make your renovation run smoothly. Obviously, this isn't the end all be all list, but if you just get these done, you're in good shape!
A Pre-Build Consultation
You want a contractor (and yourself) to understand the job's full scope. A consultation of the job before a single nail is driven will reduce costs, let you fully understand what is happening, and give you a realistic job scope.
Whoever you work with, you want them to do a full consultation of your home and not just guess what might happen. This comes in the way of consultation before the job ever starts. If you have a designer and contractor who look at the state of your home, wheat needs to be done to facilitate the project and takes the time to do a full inspection; you'll save in the long run. Not only will this save you money (as mid-job changes are more expensive), you will know your project's total cost.
Watch For Faulty Framing and Foundation Issues
Again, a lot of this can be found in the consultation, but if you have an older home,
you can really have problems with the foundation. A home inspector could have easily missed something when you bought the house, or things could have changed. So make sure your contractor looks at this before your project. The job will take a much different turn if you have foundation problems.
Next, in newer homes (and sometimes older homes), the framing could easily be off due to many newer homes being built extremely fast. This will make all future additions and remodeling much harder. Especially if you are doing new doors and windows, ensure your framing is up to par.
Previous Undisclosed Damage
This one is a little more frustrating. Mainly because whoever you bought the home from did not disclose or did not know of specific issues. When you start opening up walls for remodeling, you can find many issues. So, in your consultation, be sure to check the areas you want to work on and make sure everything is up to standard before moving forward.
Last but not least, the supply chain for materials hasn't been great lately. So, if you can order more at the beginning (and keep it safe), it is a good idea. We don't really know what to expect in terms of price or changes in the future, so if you can secure material early, it is the way to go!
If you're thinking about a renovation in Wilmington, NC, and want a team that can help you design your dreams and take the job all the way, call the team at Avocet Design Build today to turn your dreams into reality!