Home remodeling is a big investment—financially, emotionally, and even timewise if you want to be closely involved in the decision making. Knowing what to expect before the project gets started will help you better prepare for the process. Engaging in open dialogue with your remodeling contractor from the beginning of your project is the best way to establish realistic expectations. Your contractor should initiate these conversations, but in case they don’t, here are three questions you should always ask when preparing for a home remodeling project.

What is the schedule?

A schedule is more than just a start and end date. At Ridgewood, we work hard to organize a schedule for you that outlines tasks and gives you a big picture view of the complete remodeling process. The schedule will include deadlines for things, such as tile and countertops. A good schedule will allow for time to research and make the best selections to avoid any panic and stress induced by last-minute decisions. Once the job begins, you should be able to rely on the schedule to help you know what days and times workers will be on site and what to expect during each step of the process.

How will we communicate?

With every mode of electronic communication at our fingertips, you may have some ideas about how you would like to receive information about your project. It’s important to talk to your remodeling team about your communication preferences, as well as any ideas you have on how to effectively communicate throughout the project. Additionally, we recommend establishing a consistent rhythm for daily questions and weekly meetings where you can get together in person to ask/answer any questions that arise. Consistent communication reduces stress and makes for a better remodeling process.

What will happen if there is a change order?

Even with terrific planning up front, change orders can happen. It’s important to document change orders in writing and clearly spell out the change in the scope of work, the price, and have both the client and remodeler sign off on it. Some change orders also note the change in schedule, if applicable. Make sure your remodeling team has a plan in place to document any changes that happen along the way. Documenting these changes ensures that all parties are aware of them.

The keys to a smooth remodeling process are purposeful planning, clear communication, and a solid process. If you have a project in mind and would like to start a conversation about it, let’s talk! We are here to help make your home remodeling project simple and stress free. Contact us today!

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