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Renovation

Home renovation can create more problems than new construction. You must take many elements into account, so allow us to suggest how to professionally repair your house and what rules to follow during the various renovations.

How to prepare for home repairs

If we’ve arranged the formalities associated with the renovation, we have prearranged contractors, schedules, and a list of needed products.

First, let's remove things that can be harmed during renovation. If the repair work will be interior, some of the furniture and equipment can be moved to the garage, the attic or other spaces. If the project is comprehensive, you’ll need to store furnishings with neighbors or family. Large cities have rental storage available. We can safely store them on our property for a specified time, for a fee.

Get supplies, like plastic covering for painting and dust, and adhesive tape. To protect the floor, you will also need cardboard. If there will be outside work, you’ll need to protect your plants.

You may need specialty equipment, like a crane, scaffolding, or a mixing truck.

Larger repairs usually require some demolition work, and this means that there will be a lot of garbage. Remember to order a dumpster for rubble and debris, and arrange for a company to haul it away. Consider where the dumpster will be placed, so it doesn’t bother anyone or block driveways.

FAQ

  • How to Specify & Cost a Renovation?
  • What do Renovations Cost?
  • Renovating a Bathroom?
  • How much does it really cost?
  • Why do so many people have home construction nightmares?
  • How do I analyze competitive bids on home construction projects?
  • How do I avoid being taken advantage of on change orders?
  • Why are so many builders and subcontractors evasive?
  • Have you ever renovated your home?
  • Do you have any additional home renovation tips to share?
  • What are the best heating and cooling systems?
  • What to do with Construction Debris and leftover building materials?
  • How does the environment influence people?

How to Specify & Cost a Renovation?

Why do so many people have home construction nightmares? We are talking about much more money involved, and an entirely different type of purchase, paying for most of it before it is finished.

  1. Unlike a product you can buy and touch or test drive, your construction project is built after you decide to purchase, not before.
  2. If it is a custom home design, then in all likelihood, the product has never been built before.
  3. If you analyze most construction nightmares you will find a common theme: the consumer was seduced by a low bid.
  4. If you are buying a car and you shop at different stores and you are accurately comparing the same model, size, year, and features, and one store has a lower price, not much should go wrong if you buy the less expensive car.
  5. However, when purchasing construction, you are never comparing apples with apples. Every builder builds differently. If you get seduced by a low bid and then have a construction nightmare, you are not an innocent bystander in the story. You are spending your hard earned money on a very expensive purchase. Take it seriously. Do your homework!

I have a theory which I call the construction theory of relativity (SP=M2): Smart People Make Mistakes. When it comes to construction, no matter how smart you are, how rich you are, how successful you are, it is amazingly simple to screw up. A high bidder can create just as many problems for you as a low bidder. You have to be willing to work hard to understand what is in the estimate. What is a fair price? What level of quality can you afford? What kind of person are you dealing with? You must take the time to comprehensively answer these questions.

How do I analyze competitive bids on home construction projects?

Let's say you have three bids, for €150,000, €180,000, and €350,000. Make sure the bids are as close to apples-to-apples as possible.

The problem is that every homebuilder has his own way of estimating and may use different categories than his competitors.

When the plans are given out to bid:

1. An outline should be given to each builder, breaking down the job the same way.
2. Each builder is then required to fill out the outline with his bid.
3. Compare the electrical price and the plumbing, etc.

How do I avoid being taken advantage of on change orders?

1. Once you are captive to a builder or subcontractor who sees changes as a gold mine, you've got a problem.
2. Changes disrupt the flow of work. They create inefficiency.
3. It is important to explain in the contract how changes are going to be handled.
4. Very helpful. Get an estimate of the entire project, that is broken down into very detailed categories before the construction starts.
5. What each item costs.
6. Some builders may not have this information or may not want to share it with you. The more information a builder doesn’t want to reveal to you, the more you should be wary of getting involved with that builder.

Why are so many builders and subcontractors evasive? Create a climate where you expect total honesty and you live by total honesty. Is that possible in South of France?

1. Vague sentences are constructed to avoid any personal responsibility. It is a defensive language used to shield individuals and companies from financial liability.
2. Since almost every problem in construction comes down to who is going to pay for it, and often times there are gray areas and several entities to blame, many people in the industry learn to speak ‘Vaguese’ or risk owning the repair bill.
3. As a home Owner, you should try to find a homebuilder who doesn't speak this language; a homebuilder who is direct and honest. You should also consciously make sure that all of your communications are direct.
4. If you make a mistake, admit it. Set the tone. Create a climate where you expect total honesty and you live by total honesty.

Have you ever renovated your home?

Do you have any additional home renovation tips to share?
We hope that people can learn from some of the bumps we encountered along the way.

HOME CONSTRUCTION

Tips- Learn From our Experience

§ Get as many recommendations as you can on the contractor you plan to use.
§ Know what home renovations you want ahead of time. Otherwise, you might find yourself being steered toward spending a lot more money than you ever intended.
§ Get every little detail of the home renovation in writing from the contractor up front, before you sign on the dotted line.
§ Get names of responsible people. Decision makers.
§ Change your air filters during and after your home renovation if you are having any drywall work done.
§ Be prepared to make a lot of decisions
§ Do not make the final payment until every last thing is complete.

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