Typical Steps in a Remodeling Project
Below you will find a checklist of steps and considerations to guide you through your home remodeling project. Please do not hesitate to contact HSA if you have questions about any of these notes.
To Prepare Your Home for Remodeling…
- Remove personal and household items from the affected areas.
- Discuss the impending changes with the entire family, and keep children out of the construction area. Make arrangements for pets — either secluding them from the construction area, or boarding them.
- Determine a space for storage of construction materials and accumulation of debris.
- Workers will need access to a bathroom.
- Keys are often given to a contractor so your home can be kept locked.
- Prepare yourself for noise, dust, people coming and going, and lack of privacy.
When Remodeling Work Begins…
- The remodeler will introduce you to the field supervisor/or lead carpenter at a pre–construction conference to do a final review of the project.
- The lead carpenter will establish a location to leave information (notes, questions and answers, schedules, invoices) for each other. Do not hesitate to call the office, however, if you are unsure about anything.
While Making Day–to–Day Progress…
- Your project should continue forward in a steady day–by–day pattern. All major decisions were made before construction started, and minor decisions are made as requested by the lead carpenter. Special materials are ordered in a timely manner.
- Subcontractors are scheduled as needed and building department inspections are obtained.
- Progress payments are based on start of stages of construction as specified in the contract.
- Changes in the scope of work do arise. These should be minimal in quantity and cost.
As the Project Reaches Completion…
- Walk through the project with the remodeler and develop a “punch list” of items to be completed or corrected.
- When the “punch list” is completed and a final building inspection has been approved, the job is considered complete. All construction debris and remaining materials should be removed from the site.
- Final payment can now be made unless there are some items pending due to factors beyond the contractor’s control (such as painting in the winter). It is to your advantage not to force completion by withholding all of the final payment. Talk to the contractor and arrive at a dollar amount to set aside until those items are completed.