TRYING TO DO IT YOURSELF - IS THAT A MISTAKE?
Homeowners who are surprised by the estimate they get from a contractor often decide the best way to cut costs is by doing some or all of the work themselves.
Many times people discover unexpected problems and difficulties that make the project cost more than if
they had just called the contractor in the beginning.
In our world of digital cameras and camera phones, it's easy have your home documented in picture files. Let your contractor know that all areas will be documented, so that if there is any damage or shrubs run over for instance,
you can show the contractor how to advise a landscaper to make repairs.
YOUR RENOVATION DURATION
Have your contractor come up with a workable schedule for the completion of the remodel, and let the contractor know that anything later is unacceptable. Be specific about this in the contract. You can even request a work time schedule when your contractor is working on the bid.
SET YOUR BUDGET Work out a budget that's comfortable for you and let the contractor know what it is. Without that information a general contractor, architect or interior designer won't know which kinds of materials to include in your estimate. With a proper budget up front, your home remodeler can help you find impressive items that you can comfortably pay for.