When talking to others who have managed their own home renovations or doing your research online, you might have heard of people who ended up battling it out with their builders before the project was finished. Perhaps you think that it’s inevitable that you and your builder will bump heads? This is not the case.
If you avoid these common mistakes— and if you choose the right builder in the first place —things will go smoothly.
1. Be upfront about what you want
If you don’t know what you want, then I can’t possibly build it for you. I’m in the business of home construction, not reading minds. I’ll do my best to abide by your requests, since I want you to love your home just as much as you want to. However, if you don’t tell me what you’re looking for and what your expectations are, things are only going to get frustrating for both of us, and there’s a potential that you won’t end up with what you want.
2. Be honest with yourself and your builder about budget
If you’re on a tight budget, let me know — you don’t have to be embarrassed, because I completely understand. Hey, I’m not made of money either. I can give you tips about where to cut costs and where to spend more money so that you can get the most home for your budget. Be honest about how much you can afford to spend, otherwise things may start getting expensive without me ever realising that you’ve gone over your budget. It’s important for us to sit down and come up with a good budget and payment schedule so that you don’t spend too much.
3. Ask questions now
If you’ve got questions or concerns, don’t wait until the project is halfway finished before you bring them up. I am always more than happy to answer questions. I want you to understand and be happy with every step of the building process. Call me with any concerns or questions that you have so that we can address them now, before there are any problems.
4. Raise any issues or problems
If you see something that you don’t like during the building process, go ahead and speak up about it. It’s better to find out that you don’t like the new tile flooring when only a few pieces have been put down rather than waiting until it’s been put in multiple rooms of the house. If you don’t like the light fixtures that you’ve chosen, let me know before they’ve all been put up. Not only does it make things more effective, but you won’t have to worry about as much material — and therefore money — waste, either.
5. Rome wasn’t built in a day
I know that you want to move into your new home as quickly as possible. I like to get home renovation projects done quickly, too, since it improves my own income and allows me to move on to other houses. However, I also don’t like to rush through projects because I like to see them done right. I’ll know what your deadline is. If this changes let me know sooner rather than later so you’re not in a position where we have to rush things — you’re sure to be happier with the results if you’re patient.
6. Be understanding of situations outside your builder’s control
I will do everything that I can to get your home renovation project done in a timely manner and to ensure that everything is done properly. However, some things are out of my control. If building work has to be put on hold for a few weeks because of a weather issue, for example, there isn’t much that I can do about it. Or if you choose materials that are on back order, I really can’t do much to speed along the process. But what I can do is keep you informed.
7. Be careful about allowing scope creep
Unfortunately, I can’t do “favours” for free or reduced rates. I have to make a living, too. I will always try to give the most fair and reasonable pricing on all projects. If we’ve set the budget and we’ve both agreed the scope of work, be careful asking for changes or extra work and be aware that these sorts of changes will most likely cost extra.
8. Give your builder enough space
Although I certainly understand that you want to check on the progress of things, I’d prefer that you not hang around for too long when there’s work being done. Checking on the progress and making sure that you like things so far is fine, but hanging around over our shoulders isn’t helpful. You’re honestly probably in the way, and it could even be a liability to have you on the premises when work is in progress. Please, be aware of this throughout the building process.
9. Trust the experts
I understand that you’ve probably done your research and might know quite a bit about certain aspects of the building process, but I’m an expert in construction and renovations. Trust me in what I do. If you’re unsure of why I’m doing something, just ask. I get that you’re just being curious, not judgemental, and I’m more than happy to explain.
10. Leave emotions for the football field
Finally, renovating or constructing your home is a big project and with big projects sometimes come big emotions. However, sometimes emotions can get in the way of progress, so try not to get too emotional when discussing the project. I want you to be happy so I’m generally always going to be on your side. When you get a project done by us, you live in AndyLand and in AndyLand anything is possible.
If you follow these tips and consider hiring AMG Constructions, you’re bound to avoid any problems and to ensure that your project is done to your expectations.