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Home improvement shows on stations such as DIY Network and HGTV provide a false sense of the home remodel process for bathrooms, kitchens and other areas of our homes. These shows hide the reality of extended timelines, hidden surprises, extra costs, and big messes. We want you to be prepared for the reality of your remodel project with IncePector Handyman, so please read on to know what to expect.

Financing & Budget

Complete remodels (whether bathrooms, kitchens, basements, etc) by an experienced contractor are not inexpensive. Be prepared to discuss your budget and how you will be financing the project. Be aware that banks have become less willing to approve home equity loans, so find out ahead of time if you have financing options. Make sure to understand total costs, the payment schedule, and what costs may not be included such as permits, personal choice items, and contingency funds for change orders.

Availability & Timeline

All remodeling projects will require that the homeowner be involved and available weekly for planning & progress meetings and daily to let crews in and out of the house during the construction (if not using a lockbox). We will give you an estimate for the timeline for your project at the beginning, but be aware that things like permitting/inspections can add to the timeline, especially if your home is older and inspectors require updating to meet current code.

Age of Home

The age of your home is critical to the remodeling process, as homes built before 1978 require testing and abatement for lead and asbestos prior to beginning a remodel. The homeowners are responsible for these costs and coordinating the work. Also as noted in the previous paragraph, older homes may present additional challenges and costs due to required code updates or outdated infrastructure.

Prepare for Disruption

We want you to be prepared for the disruption that a remodeling project will cause. Clearly, you will be unable to use the space under renovation until it’s done, so hopefully there are alternative spaces you can use during construction. Homeowners will need to remove personal items and furniture from the room and place them in storage. In addition, you should expect dust, debris, fumes, and other potential irritants and allergens from the construction process.

Surprise Costs

Nobody wants to hear about extra costs, but inevitably surprises or change orders happen! When we are opening up walls and floors, there is potential for unexpected expenses to arise, so please be prepared. Some contractors recommend reserving up to 30% of the remodel budget for these surprise costs.

Thanks for reading our tips for understanding the remodeling reality.  With the proper outlook, we can successfully remodel your space from an outdated, dirty space to a clean, fresh space.

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