Speedy Renovations Can Equal Shoddy Work

Speedy Renovations Can Equal Shoddy Work
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    Your home renovation plans have been brimming below the surface and suddenly you can think of a good reason to get this job done now: you'll be entertaining for the holidays.


Giving your home a new face in time for Christmas can be immensely satisfying, but it can also be terribly unrealistic. A speedy renovation can mean shoddy work, as you pressure your contractors and service professionals to get the job done within a very tight deadline.

Let’s take a look at some of the hazards of a stepped-up home renovation project:

1. It is too stressful.

The calendar says mid-October and you’re thinking that this project can be done before you decorate for Christmas. That’s just six weeks from now.

You’ll need time to find a contractor or the professionals to get the job done. Laying down new kitchen flooring may be within reach, but replacing kitchen appliances, cabinetry and counter tops means you’ll be stressed out just trying to get this project started.

2. It is too unrealistic.

Every project takes time transitioning from the planning stage to its starting point. There are a number of hurdles you face including hiring a contractor, developing the blueprints, securing the permits and obtaining a bank loan.

Most major renovations take several months to plan and carry out. To have your home ready in time for the holidays, including Thanksgiving, your project should have been started during the summer.

3. It can get sloppy.

Even if your home improvement project is a modest one and you plan to oversee the project yourself, you may leave little room for error. You will need to take time off from work, obtain permits yourself, interview and hire your service professionals including an electrician, a plumber and carpenters, and follow up with everyone.

When an unreasonable timeframe has been established, there is a tendency for even the best professionals to cut corners to get things done. This may not be intentional, but if you’re breathing down everyone’s neck, an electrical issue could get overlooked or your carpenter may not have enough time to search for the best materials at the most reasonable price.

Contractor Considerations

It is easy to find a contractor on short notice, but as Mike Holmes notes the good ones are very busy. It takes time checking references and hiring the right contractor. If you want a fresh look for the holidays, scale back your plans for the short term and look to have a more comprehensive project put in place when the right guy is available and time is not of the essence.

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Matthew C. Keegan

Matt Keegan is a freelance writer and editor as well as publisher of "Auto Trends Magazine", an online publication. Matt covers campus, consumer, business and financial topics on various websites and weblogs, and has been published in the "Houston Chronicle", "Sam's Club Magazine" and "Wisconsin Golfer".