Home Renovations Always Cost More & Take Longer Than You Think

Summer is approaching and there are tons of projects on the to-do list for the house, maybe even a few home renovations. The backyard landscaping, the pool, or maybe the new kitchen project.

However, the one experience that homeowners can agree upon after completing a remodeling project is that it costs more and takes longer than expected.

It doesn’t matter that you researched, planned, and received multiple bids, it will, invariably, cost more and take longer than you originally anticipated.

Replacing floorcovering or painting is a project that a homeowner can quickly get bids and contract with the workmen directly. A new level of complexity occurs when the project involves more specialized contractors, like plumbers, electricians, carpenters, counters, and others.

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Now, homeowners are faced with dealing with one general contractor who will run roughshod over the sub-contractors or make the decision to do it themselves. Typically, you’ll pay more for a general contractor, but the trade-off is that they have the contacts and experience to make things go smoothly.

Subcontractors are notorious for wanting to finish their “part” of the project and move onto to the next job. Sometimes, they’re not interested in the “big picture” enough to consider doing things in a way that are best for the overall outcome.

When you start tearing out some things, you find out that there may be unexpected expenses involved. Another common occurrence is that during the project, you get a new thought about changing something else “since it is already torn up anyway.” This will add time and money to the job.

There can be the situation that the homeowner doesn’t even know the right questions to ask or what to consider when trying to coordinate the different workers. The most detailed timetable can be thrown off track if one set of workers don’t show up or finish on time. At best, it delays the project for a few days. At worst, it can delay it for a few weeks because the individual workers may have committed to other jobs that don’t allow them to reschedule.

Once the work is done in a professional manner, you’re probably going to live with it for years. If it is something you’ve wanted to do and it will allow you to enjoy your home more, it is worth doing. Be patient and enter this adventure with the understanding that it will cost more and take longer than you expect.

If you have purchased a home with a recent remodel, it may be wise on your part to get a home inspection to assure that the inspection was done correctly. This could save you big bucks down the road if something was not done correctly.

Leave a comment in the section below to tell us what project you’re looking forward to working on this summer!

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