Working With Your Contractor

building a relationship with a contractor

will require having a complete understanding on what is expected. Double check your spec plan. Review it with the contractor. Make sure there aren't any surprises. It will save time and money.

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Start with Proper Planning

To ensure a successful home remodeling project, make sure you define your remodeling specification plan

specifications should include all supplies that will be used in the home remodeling project and what services will be rendered

Specifications should list the brand, make, model, number, style, type, color and any other descriptions;

plus is should list whether the materials used in project will be new or used

ensure that the specifications are exact in detail to protect you from inferior use of products and to compare "apples-to-apples" specs among contractors

be as detail as possible —

discussion on assembling your project specifications (under our remodeling step section)
spec planning

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About Building Permits and Codes

Your home remodeling project may require a building permit from your local jurisdiction

It will either be up to you or the contractor to obtain each permit if required —

Do you need a permit:

Lookup county and city governments for permit information:

Also note that building codes specify how each project should be completed

Local inspectors will ensure that the construction meets code. It will be helpful to understand these codes when assembling your specs.

About building codes:

Building codes:

Lookup county and city governments for building code information:

You might want to check with your Neighborhood Association on your remodeling plans.

Some Associations may impose design specifications on your construction. You may need to have a variance or approval from your homeowner's association.

Pay particular attention if your construction is situated in a historic section.

Historic preservation laws may restrict certain home remodeling projects.

Lookup county and city governments for information:
more information about historic preservation:

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Managing the Project

  • Change Management:

    managing changes to the original remodeling specification plan on design, upgrades and other
  • Problem Resolution:

    managing problems as they arise and getting them resolved within budget
  • Cost Management:

    managing the costs of the home remodeling including changes to the plan
  • Construction Inspection:

    inspecting the work, building codes, and structure prior to finalizing payment

    view our project management for a review of these remodeling management issues
    project management

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Helpful Tools

Some helpful forms to select and manage contractors:

contractor evaluation form
selecting contractor form
working w/ contractor form
managing contractor form