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.
- 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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