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Remodeling: When Things Go Wrong

Posted by Daltile Team on Oct 1, 2015 8:30:00 PM

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You’ve seen it before. The project that doesn’t quit. It just keeps on going—wrong that is. The walls end up having mold or termites. Pulling up the carpet doesn’t reveal beautiful hardwood, but the need to replace the subflooring. The gallons of paint you just had custom mixed turned out to clash with the backsplash tile.

Every renovation comes with surprises, which can result in the budget and schedule stretching nearly to the breaking point. Maybe there’s not much you can do about many of the unexpected hiccups you will experience, but you can certainly take precautions to minimize the trouble.

Here are a few ideas to help you stave off the problems that come with remodeling.

Over-Budget, Over-Schedule

Give yourself a little, or a lot, or cushion as you plan for your remodel. You know there will be hitches along the way so plan for them and add some extra money and time to your project. Add, at the very least, 5% to the budget and two weeks to the schedule.

If your budget is pretty fixed, do the opposite and set your spending budget lower so there’s a little extra when you need it. You can also find out ahead of time from your bank if there’s any wiggle room available in your terms for the unexpected.

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Get the Right Pros On Board

Don’t even think about proceeding without a plan. A floor plan, design, and blue prints—not just the outline in your head. The first step to a fleshed-out plan is getting the pros on your side.

You might need an architect to help you figure out any structural modifications. A contractor can help you connect with all sorts of specialists if you need plumbers, electricians, etc. An interior designer will help you get the cosmetics up-to-date. Hire one or hire them all, the more pros on board, the more likely you are to succeed. They are well worth the investment and can actually help you save money.

Determine If It’s Worth It

Some projects just aren’t worth it. Yes, they say that renovations and upgrades increase the value of the home, but that’s not always the case. Some minor remodels need to be major remodels. Some things shouldn’t be simply updated, but replaced. Updating the kitchen when the foundation needs work is poor planning.

You may want to start with an inspection to make sure the basics are covered. Then you can move on to the cosmetic upgrades. Get the advice of a professional before you decide to proceed with a remodel of any kind so you can be sure you are not wasting your time.

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Make Decisions Ahead of Time

Picking out the paint color and fixtures is the fun part of remodeling. But tricky decisions can also be one of the quickest ways to get your project off course.

Take the time to think through all the details before work starts and make your decisions then. And don’t be tempted to change your mind. Changing your mind sucks time and money without fail.

Think through decisions you might have to make when things don’t go as planned. Your builder can walk you through potential issues so you’re not blindsided by things when they do come up. You’ll have a lot more confidence making difficult decisions if you take some of the pressure off by making decisions ahead of time.

Don’t Buy Your Own Materials

Maybe you thought that you’d save some money if you handled materials yourself, but this is just one more opportunity for unexpected surprises. Pros get special pricing, which can cost you less or about the same as if you got the materials yourself.

The value added here is the professional relationship that smooths things over in case things don’t go as planned. Another benefit you get is professional experience. The pros know the quality materials from the cheap stuff and won’t let you be led astray to save a few bucks.

Stay Out of the Way

Do you know how much faster the work will get done if you aren’t trying to live in the house while it is being remodeled? Lots. Construction sites are busy, dangerous, and messy. Not only is your physical presence a hindrance, it’s stressful for everyone involved. Add kids or pets to the mix, and you have a ticking time bomb.

It’s tough to move out for several weeks, but if you can leave for even some of the time, it will keep things on track better.

Daltile works directly with your builder, architect, or designer to help you find the perfect materials for your project. Get in touch with your nearest Daltile center today.

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