Seriously, a Project Consultant? What do I need a Project Consultant for?
How does the saying go? A Journey of a thousand miles starts with the first step? Or something like that. Just knowing where to start your home remodeling project can be the biggest step. Do you need to add an addition so mom can move in? Is your kitchen a blast from the past? The first step is to list out what you want. Once you’ve done that you can start researching your project. Use your free google search or rip pages out of your friend’s magazines when you see something you like. Make a list of the things you like, wood floor, tile floor? Marble counter tops? Or maybe concrete? Stainless steel appliances or not? Do you want a sunken bathtub or just a shower? Do you want a waterfall or handheld shower head or both? Be sure to write it all down, this way it can be priced out and then you can decide if it fits in the final budget for your project or not. It’s much easier to remove stuff from the project than to add it in.
Most homeowners rely on friends and neighbors when choosing a contractor to work on their project. They may have heard from friends, or have seen some ads, they may even check with the Better Business Bureau to narrow down their list. From there they will pick a half a dozen to call. If four call them back and three actually show up for the appointment they are lucky. The homeowner then walks them through the house pointing out their ideas of what they want done. Since the homeowner doesn’t really have a clue of job specifications or a written scope of work to give to the potential contractor, the homeowner is at the contractor’s mercy. Can you say recipe for disaster?
Inevitably, you decide to go with the one you like best or the one that was more affordable. Turns out the affordable one keeps adding to the agreed upon price for issues that keep arising. The one you liked best hasn’t been back in days and won’t pick up his phone. Once they do get the job done, will it meet your expectations? Remember, you are the one who has to look at and live with their work.
Here's a another example of WHY you need a project consultant. A typical homeowner, will make the decision to remodel their kitchen or bathroom for example. The next step is to start shopping around for ideas and products. You reach out to the local retail stores for advice on which sink is best or which flooring you should go with. Do you really think they care about the quality of the flooring they are selling you? Not really. Having built up a rapport with the salesperson, you then ask them which contractor they recommend. Most if not all, of these retail stores have independent contractors that they are actually contracted with, that they will recommend. Since you don’t know any contractors, you end up hiring the contractor that the salesperson referred you to. The outcome is that you pay for materials you don’t need and have work done by a contractor that must be good because the salesman recommended them, right? Wrong!
We’ve all heard our friends, neighbors and family tell horror stories about their remodeling projects gone wrong. When in reality, most homeowners with a bad home improvement experience simply made a bad choice when hiring their contractor.
Three most common reasons homeowners decide to hire a particular contractor:
Unfortunately, these are quite possibly the three worst reasons to hire a contractor for your home remodel.
Selecting the right remodeling contractor is the most important decision you’ll make when deciding to remodel your home. The working relationship you have with your contractor will factor into everything once the project starts. Everything from your day to day experience living inside your home that has now become a construction zone, to the final result.
Below are specific questions to ask and items to cover when deciding which contractor to choose for your remodeling project:
Pasco Paint & Remodeling Pro’s Project Consultants
We offer a variety of services, including assistance in finding the right contractor for you. We have the ability to keep your project running smoothly, on time, stress free and on budget. Our job as your Project Remodeling Consultant is to assist you in hiring the best contractor, finding the highest quality materials for your project, and the most value for your dollar as possible.
We Can Help You Establish a Budget. As your project consultant we will discuss your budget with you as an objective third party. If you discuss your budget with a contractor, they are typically calculating how they can spend your money for you by keeping their cost low and putting your money in their pocket. We will objectively, discuss the pros and cons of alternative design options, as well as materials. Our job is to ensure you get the most value for your investment.
We’ll Prepare a Scope of Work Document – A Scope of Work document, along with the Material Specification Worksheet, are the two most important documents for your project. After listening to exactly what you want, we’ll detail out the Work Scope step-by-step, to ensure the contractor and the homeowner can see the project broken down into specific stages with details. The Scope of Work document will be provided to the contractors bidding on your project. This will ensure the contractors bidding on your project will all be bidding on the same exact job. This Scope of Work Document will be the map you and your contractor will utilize to make sure the job is on time, up to your expectations and most importantly on budget.
We’ll Prepare a Material Specifications Sheet – Also referred to as the Spec Sheet. In conjunction with the Scope of Work Document, it provides the foundation for a smoothly run project. All materials to be used on your remodel are listed on this document. Think of it as a checklist for all of the materials used to complete your remodel.
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Three Helpful Tips for Homeowners Who Plan to Remodel:
Step One - Ensure the project is detailed out in writing.
You should sit down with the contractor and go over the details and expectations before the work is started. Have both parties acknowledge that they understand the expectations by signing the document. Be sure to detail out everything, even down to who will be responsible for hauling away the construction debris, to whether or not the crew will clean up after themselves daily or only at the completion of the project.
Step Two - Choose everything before the remodeling project starts.
Nothing spells disaster like a homeowner that can’t make up their mind about the details of a project but still wants the contractor to start the project. If you can’t decide on something, wait until you can. Once a project starts, the contractor will be in the zone and the project will move along quickly. Changing your mind in the middle of the project or being indecisive is a disaster waiting to happen. The last thing you want is a contractor that is frustrated with you working on your home.
Step Three - Have a contingency fund for hidden surprises.
We’ve all seen the remodeling shows on TV where the crew runs into a major problem, and then, a commercial, we sit through the commercial break on the edge of our couch waiting to find out just how much more it will cost. Remodeling projects almost always have something come up. Be sure to have a little extra money, generally 5 to 10% of the total project cost put aside for any surprises that may arise. If you don’t wind up needing it, you can set it aside for your next project.
Pasco Paint & Remodeling Pro’s offer a wide array of services. We can help you with your home remodel and will keep your project running smoothly, on time and most importantly on budget. Call us today at 727-842-1447, or fill out our convenient form and we will get back to you shortly.