How to Survive Your Home Renovation Project

How to Survive Your Home Renovation Project
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    You're about to embark on the largest or one of the most significant home renovation projects you've ever tackled.

    The bank has approved your loan, your architect has delivered your plans, and your contractor has been hired.


Next up is for you and your family to pack up, leave the home and stay out until the work is done. If all goes according to plan, you should be able to return to your renovated home within the next few weeks to few months.

A major renovation project is always a risky affair especially if your plans go awry. Therefore, having regular contact with your contractor can avert problems or correct issues as soon as they occur. Read on for some strategies on how to survive your home renovation project.

1. Review your budget. You have enough money on hand to finish the project, right? Well, cost over runs can weigh in and quickly scotch at least part of your plans. You can avoid this problem by ensuring that you budget 10 percent beyond what you plan to spend. That means if you’re planning to spend $100,000, then allow for $110,000 just to be safe.

2. Make a full exit. Once you plan to leave your home, then stay away. That means taking everything that you need with you to allow workers to do their job. If there are valuables that need to be secured, do this before the project begins. If you absolutely must pick something up that you left behind, make arrangements with the contractor to do so. The work area may need to be readied for your safe passage with tarps in place and dangerous chemicals moved out of the way.

3. Check in within reason. You don’t have to hand-hold your contractor. In fact, he might become might annoyed if you do. Instead, plan to meet with your contractor on a regular basis, perhaps at the beginning of the work day or at appointed times during the week. Tell the contractor that you want to be informed about problems at the earliest possible time. Give him your cell phone number and other contact information to make sure that you are within easy reach.

4. Dispose with care. Your contractor should maintain a “clean as you go” philosophy whereby all scrap materials are picked up and carted away on a regular basis. You will also want to ensure that possible pollutants are removed and that no toxic residue remains. Be mindful of your neighbors too: air, water and noise pollution can affect them and the way that they live.

5. Pay as you go. Never pay the contractor too much money in advance, no matter how highly recommended he comes. Pay on the schedule agreed to and reserve some money at the end to verify that everything has been done. Once the project has been completed to your satisfaction, then release the remaining funds.

Project Considerations

Will your project go off without a hitch? Don’t count on it. In fact, problems can be expected, sometimes anticipated and always resolved. Maintain a good working relationship with your contractor and your next home improvement project will get done within budget and on time.

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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".