Category : Additions and Remodels, Home Remodeling, Remodeling Tips

Monday, February 17, 2014

Final Steps: The Home Remodeling Project

STEP 3: (Design/Build Only: from Step1)  Select the team and tell them what you want. They will usually charge separately for the design and for the construction.

STEP 4: Develop the Scope of Work. This includes drawings and a list of what will be done and why.  This is critical because what is done (Scope of Work) directly affects the cost of the work.

STEP 5:  Refine the Scope of Work. Once the “walls stop moving” you can move on to the details like:

  • Selecting types of lighting
  • Under floor heating
  • Type of cabinets
  • Type of trim, etc.

STEP 6:  Sign a production contract. Never start a major project on your house without a legal contract that  includes at least the following items:

  • A clear written scope of work along with drawings or sketches.
  • Allowance items listed with cost and a mechanism for reconciling at the end of the project.
  • Options that were discussed, but not included in the base price.
  • A list of items that are specifically excluded from the project.
  • A clear start date.
  • The contract amount and payment terms.
  • A standard by which you can objectively evaluate the quality of work and craftsmanship.
  • Clearly defined change order process and a transparent approach to pricing changes.
  • An agreement on closeout, retention and payment of retention at the conclusion of the project.
  • Warranty.
  • Termination rights.
  • Resolution process.
  • Treatment of unforeseen conditions.

STEP 7:  Finalize the selections.

STEP 8:  Build It.

STEP 9:  Enjoy it!

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