Pelican Sound owners are considering renovations of their homes and here are a few tips that I am happy to share with you, now that I have made my own mistakes!
First and foremost – licensed and insured contractors. Make sure to ask to see their license for their proper trades and that they have insurance. The last thing you need is for someone to be injured and then have them sue you for damages.
Shop around – I spoke with three different plumbers and the price range was interesting. I have quotes that varied over 50%. This also is important for cabinetry, granite, etc. The least expensive is not always the best, but knowledge is power and along the way you will find a few details to add to the renovation.
Compatibility – can you communicate effectively with the trades person that you are hiring? If the answer is no, walk away as it truly will not get any better when the honeymoon is over!
References – It was a little embarrassing to ask for references, but it works. In the long run, I learned more about my contractors and that provided me with a greater sense of security.
Get it in writing – Ok, he is a nice guy but put it in writing and make sure that you are getting everything that you need.
Cabinetry – ask for a layout and make sure that all details (down to the position of the handles) are right where you want them before the process begins.
Changes are inevitable – in the perfect world, everything would go as planned. However, renovations are not perfect and just be ready to compromise along the way!
Details – renovating and coordinating all trades is like a fast dance! If you like to dance slow, don’t do it yourself!
Or….just hire a general contractor…you may sleep a little more!!