Renovation Don'ts: During the project.

In part 1 I discussed the don'ts before your renovation starts. Now let's have a look at the don'ts during your renovation. Just like before, what you do during is just as important to make the experience a good one and not a bad one.

Here are 5 don'ts to consider during your renovation project. 

1. Decision making: Make every single decision before the work starts, this will help your renovation move along without delays. A good contractor will talk you through the list of situations that might come up during your job, but decisions about situations aren't usually what cause delays. Instead, most delays are about  issues relating to things like paint, trim and plumbing selection. These decisions may seem small, but when your toilet is two weeks late, your plumber will have to be reschedule. Even something small can balloon into a week’s delay on a five-week project.
2. Live in the home:  This is something most people try to ignore, and for good reason. Renovating is expensive, and moving out will just adds to the cost. If you can’t move out, try to schedule some time away, like a holiday. If you do plan to live in the home during the renovation, set up a clean, comfortable place to retreat to when you can’t handle coming home to a messy and stressful construction site. 
3. Distractions: Remember that every minute you send talking to the contractor, they are not working on your home. Is the conversation important and one that will have an impact on the job? Don't waste the contractors time, because they are not getting paid any more to spend 30 minutes talking about your vacation plans. 
4. Kids and pets:  The contractors that working in your home will often try to accommodate your pets and children, but they shouldn’t have to. It's just not safe to have children or animals around a construction site. 
5. Stick to the plan:  Even though it's inevitable that you'll change your mind about something on your renovation project, consider this first. Every time you change your mind, it'll result in a changed order. Even though the change may seem minor to you, there will always be added costs,  even if it's only the time spent discussing the changes. One change will affect the scheduling too. Everyone working on the job will need to be informed of the changes, so that no one will continue working on the old plan. We all make changes, and it's OK, but just be aware of the potential to disrupt and delay the job. 
Use these tips and you will have a more pleasant experience during the renovation process. Sticking to the plan, don't be a distraction and stay out the way. Do this and your contractor will be a lot happier, and a happy contractor is a productive contractor.


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