Rehabilitation of an old home is indeed an extremely daunting task. You will have to make a list of the challenges you need to face and fix up your budget accordingly. To make your home worthwhile begin with the remodeling ideas in your mind. List them on a piece of paper. Select a contractor who will help you till you are done your job.
It can be a two day job or can last for weeks. While you are on your job it would always be tough to manage things done. Bringing everything one by one and fixing it would be taking too long. It’s always better to hire a contractor who knows how much material will be required and where to get it from. At times if you don’t work out perfectly remodeling of an old home may cost more than building a new home. Yes, contractor would surely be charging you for his services but he would surely be helping you out to save cost at many places too.
Let county inspectors come and inspect your work and the plan before you start with it. If the work fails it needs to be done all over again.
When prices sound too good, then it probable is then you should be careful about the quality of the material your contractor is using. You can ask your architect if he can recommend some good contractor for the work. Always try to get at least two or more bids from the contractor. If the contractor is your friend then you should get another price to make sure it is reasonable. Let any architect supervise the contractor. You as an owner need to work along rather than totally relying on the contractor in order to get the work well done.
What needs to be taken care of is you need to schedule your contractors on project basis and ask them to replace things in case of any accident.
You may come across several problems during construction. Contractors may be late or don’t show up on time. So you need to take commitments from contractors and call them two or three days before your actual renovation schedule. You should demand specifications from your contractor before beginning the actual work. Ask the contractor to order material well in advance so your project could be completed on time. Do put payment amount and work description in writing and pay by check to retain an official copy of it.
Schedule your construction in good weather months so it would be beneficial for both of you as there won’t be any delays due to environmental issues. Relying totally on the contractor won’t be a good advice. A high level of participation and review of the project plans is essential on continuous basis. Never make the full payments until you are satisfied with the work done. Once the money leaves your hand your negotiation strengths would become weaker.
So you need to be quite careful while hiring a contractor and should keep all issues mentioned above in mind while getting your things done.