Best Ways to Keep a Home Improvement Project on Schedule
At Snap Construction we strive to meet three goals with every project – a) be on budget, b) be on time, and c) provide complete customer satisfaction. Although we’re a leader in the field in all three of these categories, learning about project timelines is important to help keep the project moving smoothly
You want your project to be on time for a number of reasons. One, it keeps labor costs low. Second, the less time we spend working on your home, the less inconvenienced you are and the quicker you can actually enjoy the finished renovation. Here are the steps homeowners can take to ensure every project meets the agreed upon deadline:
Be Realistic With Timeline
Yes, ideally you want your projected completed as soon as possible but remember that quality work does take time – which is a good thing. There are so-called “storm chasers” that have even surged through the Twin Cities area lately making their money on volume. These companies low-ball work, then rush through and sloppily put together a new roof that looks crooked, leaks, and rarely lasts more than 3-5 years if that.
The best way to make sure your project sticks to a schedule is by giving all the parties involved enough time to complete their work to fruition. Contractors can be waiting on plumbers, electricians, inspectors, and materials to be delivered to name a few. Make sure to account for these and other unforeseen circumstances when figuring out how much time to allow for construction.
A lot of getting the deadline included in the bid involves once again dealing with a reliable contractor. There are horror stories that homeowners have of paying for work upfront only for it to take 2-3 years to complete. Other companies bid so many jobs that they spread themselves thin and simply cannot get to your project for over a year. Snap Construction has the resources to ensure we complete your project on a smooth timeline, and staying in contact if any adjustments need to be made.
Know the Complete Scope of Your Project Before Work Starts
One of the biggest issues that can derail a project schedule is constant change order requests. Yes, the homeowner’s satisfaction is the ultimate goal but the more you know exactly what you want completed for work, the better chances you have of being on time – and on budget. If you do want to customize as you go that’s fine, just remember to be lenient with the contractor and his or her timeline as a result.
One of the best mottos to follow regarding your home renovation is to “expect the unexpected.” Nobody knows what issues are going to arise until you really start “digging in” to the home. This is true for every major area of a remodel which includes:
- Electrical / Plumbing
- Doors & Surrounds
- Roofing, Siding
- Trim & Finish
- Clean Up
When you account for extra time up front for each of these areas, you’ll be pleasantly surprised when the project is completed not only on time – but ahead of schedule. For help with determining a project schedule and timeline, feel free to contact Snap Construction today.