A Renovation Survival Plan
Renovation. To some, this refers to a nightmarish task of organizing multiple tradesmen. But it does not have to be that way – if you’re properly armed, the battle is half won advises Atlanta Journal-Constitution’s Lori Johnston.
Architects seem costly but perfectly drawn plans are essential, allowing more accurate quotes. Be honest about the budget so contractors know exactly where everyone stands.
Stay or go?
Realistically it may be easier to just move out for a time. Always have an emergency residence available as a backup.
Expect the unexpected and allow around 20% extra in your budget for fixtures and other products.
Indecision is costly! Especially when contractors have to wait for stock to arrive. Ask contractors to provide a list of what items are needed and when.
Know your builder
Discuss everyday living routines before the job starts. The more questions the better.
Stick to the plan
Changing plans after commencing work can be extremely costly!
Don’t call contractors back
Getting the electrician to come back to install an extra power point is an unnecessary cost: think twice.
It’s the little things. Provide a port-a-loo and everyone will be grateful.