When taking on a big home improvement project, you may start feeling a little nervous. How much will it cost? How long will it take? Between the large expense and the excitement of anticipating your finished product, it’s hard not to feel that way. Knowing what to expect can help ease your fears and make you better prepared for what’s to come.
During a remodel, especially a larger scale project, expect…
1. Noise. Between saws and nail guns, noise at times may be loud and constant. Don’t count on working from home unless noise is a condition you can work under and if you have small children who may be alarmed or frightened by the noise – see if they can stay with a friend or family member during the remodeling process.
2. The unexpected. Don’t expect everything to run smoothly 100% of the time. Rotted wood, irregular framing, unusual bathroom plumbing and more unexpected surprises are bound to arise. Count on including something no one could have anticipated in your budget and your time frame, and you will be prepared and less stressed if it happens.
3. Change orders. Any new or changed work is documented, along with added or reduced cost. Most often change orders occur because of things that the homeowner decide to add or change. Keep that in mind when deciding between two styles or colors – cost may vary.
4. Cash concerns. Even if your project is right on budget, the sheer amount of money you are spending may cause a bit of a panic. Having cash on hand that’s at least 10% above contract for contingencies will help alleviate that stress. Have 20% if you want to worry less. If money is a major concern, New York Sash offers various programs to provide full financing for most any home improvement project. All programs are designed for convenience with low monthly payments and competitive interest rates. We even have programs available for those with a less than perfect credit history.
5. Delays. Weather, cars break down and sometimes faucets ordered from the factory take 10 weeks instead of 6 or the wrong faucet is delivered altogether. The world isn’t perfect and knowing that will allow you to be more flexible when your schedule shifts a bit.
6. Decisions. Where should that outlet be? Double-pane or triple-pane? Oil-rubbed bronze or chrome or brushed nickel or satin nickel? Count on hundreds of questions that you’ll need to answer as your project proceeds – the bigger the project, the more questions. Choosing a contractor is the first of many you will make – At New York Sash, all products are installed by our own factory-trained professional craftsmen, who are 5-star certified, OSHA (Occupational Safety and Health Administration) Trained and Lead Safety Certified by the Environmental Protection Agency.