This is no time to be either rushed, or lazy about doing your homework. Here are some often overlooked facts that affect decisions you make in the planning process, and influence directions to take with your project.
Know the Lingo
Simply skim-reading a fairly thorough glossary of construction terms can raise your awareness of the process, stir your consciousness when red flags wave, and leave you less vulnerable to deliberate deception. Make sure you know what’s going on, and don’t be afraid to ask questions when you don’t. This is your renovation, and you should know what’s happening at all times.
Know the Codes
Sure, your home is your castle, but no matter how dense or remote its location, zoning and building requirements exist for the safety and welfare of all the neighbors and yourself. Avoiding obtaining permits may not save you the money you think it will on tax assessments, and won’t protect you legally. Injury, death, or property loss resulting from skimping on code compliance would be high costs no one wants to have to pay.
Contractors and subcontractors insurance may not cover all risks associated with a renovation, such as workers compensation coverage for a part-time laborer. If you will be doing the work yourself, the types of coverage needed will be equally important. Lenders or lien holders may require coverage as well. Your insurance agent can explain and recommend which coverage you need in every circumstance.
Termite or other pest infestation, and out of date construction that poses health and safety risks will need attention that may require additional funds. Anticipate increased costs for expenses like property taxes, increased energy consumption, and homeowner’s insurance. You need to be prepared mentally and financially for any unforeseen event.
Consult Custom Builders
If considering details like these, instead of jumping into the project right away, bursts your bubbling enthusiasm, then consulting with Vancouver custom home builders may make it easier. Experienced builders can help you set realistic timelines, expectations, and budgets for your project. They can manage the home renovations, or prepare you to communicate with other professionals and agencies necessary in the process of remodeling your home.
If something does not make sense or seems wrong, bring it up immediately. Would that hole for the thermostat in the dead center of the wall make more sense located closer to a nearby light switch? Taking as much pride in planning, as you do the rest of your details will bring you closer to realizing the beautiful and functional dream renovation you imagined.