Just a few tips from The Roof Hospital Exteriors on how to navigate the remodelling/building world with ease!
1. GET REAL ABOUT YOUR BUDGET.
The primary source of conflict in the building process is budget. Set your number, and then listen. If you have a reputable builder or contractor, trust him or her to tell you what things cost. And don’t get stuck on the cost-per-square-foot metric. If you are building or remodeling, know what you can afford to spend. Start there, and have your contractor walk you through your options and explain how real-time costs are established.
2. SELECT YOUR TEAM.
In a perfect world, you would have your architect and exterior contractor on board and in place before you’ve even selected the site of your new home. Why do you need the whole team there from the beginning? Each individual will be looking out for your needs from a different vantage point. Your team will take things like sun orientation, zoning, setbacks, area-coverage restrictions, and height restrictions into consideration while you sit back and relax.
3. GET REAL ABOUT WHAT YOU NEED.
In an age of Houzz.com and Pinterest, a list of wants versus needs can become very confusing. Those all-steel windows that “everyone” has could cost you $100,000. You might go with aluminum-clad or wood windows to save. The concrete floors that you think are so cool? Perhaps you’ll opt for something a little more user-friendly like porcelain tiles. Be realistic about what you need and what you want, always keeping your budget in mind.
4. GET REAL ABOUT THE BUDGET AGAIN.
Have we mentioned how important it is to get real about your budget? Because sometimes, even the most business-savvy people lose their minds when it comes to building their dream homes. Don’t play games with your contractor. The idea that saying, “our budget is X,” while meanwhile squirreling away Y is not smart. A smaller stated budget will not get you more for the buck. If you have a good contractor like the Roof Hospital Exteriors, they will be completely transparent.
So figure out your money situation, and be realistic about costs. Most contractors have an entry level for pricing, and they can direct you to vendors who will help you stay on budget. Some costs for items like framing or foundation simply are what they are.
5. COMMUNICATE ABOUT EVERYTHING.
You have selected people who are knowledgeable and great listeners. It is up to you to stay engaged and in the loop. Establish communication patterns. Attend team meetings on a regular, predetermined basis. Ask questions. Utilize technology—many contractors have special websites or apps that outline the plan and keep track of progress. Text and e-mail your contractors as necessary; it’s great for quick decisions and creates a record of your interaction. Insist on transparency. Planning well and carefully is key.
6. WRITE A REVIEW
Once you and your team have completed a project that has surpassed your every dream and expectation, sing its praises from your stylish new abode. Shout about your new rooftop from your new rooftop. Write them a quick review, they’ve put a lot of time and effort into make your dream come true!