Tips to Make Your Property Refurbishment Go Smoother

With so much that goes into the planning and execution of a property refurbishment, it is not uncommon for homeowners to overlook some of the most important steps that need to be taken to ensure everything goes smoothly. The tips provided below should help to shed some light on these often overlooked steps.

One of the first things that any homeowner should do when planning a property refurbishment is to come up with some sort of budget. This isn’t something that most people forget to do; however, having a contingency budget oftentimes is something forgotten. This contingency budget should be approximately 10 to 15% of the total budget, and is used for any unforeseen problems that may be lurking inside the walls, or changes to the original plan. This should be discussed with your contractor.
Speaking of contractors, many people neglect to check out a contractor thoroughly before hiring them to do a project. Before ever meeting with a contractor, the client should ask around for recommendations for one from friends, family, or anyone they know that has recently gone through a similar renovation.

The clients should also check for complaints about the contractors, this can be done through word of mouth, the Better Business Bureau, or the local Chamber of Commerce.

When it is time to meet with the contractor, do not be afraid to ask for references from them. If they have experience doing prior projects, even if they are just starting with their own company, a competent contractor will be able to give a list of references.

On top of this, make sure that the contractor carries insurance; this will cover the homeowner in case something goes wrong during the project and there is damage done to another part of the home.

Using these often forgotten tips, anyone can make sure that their property refurbishment project goes a lot smoother than it might have otherwise gone.