Whether you are renovating your current home or constructing something new on your property, it is important to have expectations in place with your construction contractor. The following can help you know what is reasonable when it comes to working with the construction crew.
An Accurate Yet Evolving Timeline
At the onset of the project, your contractor should provide you with a relatively accurate timeline for the work. The most accurate timelines are actually multiple timelines because many factors can affect the completion date. The first timeline should be the best-case scenario -- when the work will be finished if weather, material delivery, and actual construction proceed as planned. The second should take into account possible delays and present more of a worst-case scenario. The actual timeline will likely fall between the two, so make sure you and your contractor are clear on when you should be updated to timeline changes. This way, you won't be surprised by unavoidable delays in the work.
Scheduled Hours and Ample Warning
Although you are having work done on your home, your convenience should be taken into consideration when determining the work schedule. The goal is to have set hours for work. Local code and HOA rules may govern some of this. For example, many residential neighborhoods only allow work during certain hours, such as from 7 am to 8 pm. If you tend to be rushing the kids out the door right at 7:15, then it may be better for work to start at 8 so it doesn't interrupt the morning routine. Further, make sure that the contractor will provide you with 24 hours warning if the work schedule is to change or if there is a chance for change, such as a possible rain delay.
Cost Assurance and Budget Respect
Most people have heard horror stories of construction budgets that spiral out of control. You can avoid this by requesting cost assurance and agreeing on a guaranteed maximum total budget for the completion of the job. Make sure the budget ceiling and expectations are written into the contract, as well. Otherwise, work may stop before the project is actually done as a result of a runaway budget. For example, you can ask your contractor to alert you if any aspect of the project is coming in at more than a certain percentage over the quoted price.
Construction on your property won't come without some inconvenience, but your contractor should work to minimize this inconvenience as much as possible. Contact a construction contractor in your area to learn more.Share
20 February 2020
When I was in college, I lived in an old house just south of the university campus with five other girls. When we came back from Christmas break, the heater was broken. The beginning of January was the coldest time of the year, and because it was the weekend, the heating company couldn't come fix it for a few days. My roommates and I pulled our mattresses into the front room and slept all together to keep warm. Two weeks later, our heater broke again! That time we ended up getting a completely new furnace. Needless to say, we got to be good friends with the heating contractor that month, and it was a good experience that led to the creation of this blog.