Nina Aquino, Negosentro | Remodeling your basement is a huge investment, both financially and emotionally. If you are interested in being involved in the decision-making processes, then it is also a huge time investment. To best prepare for the project, you need to know what to expect. The following are four factors you should consider about your contractor before embarking on the remodeling.
What is the contractor’s schedule?
Schedule does not merely refer to a date of starting and completion of the project. It is an outline of time-bound tasks that give you an overview of the processes, such as tiling and laying countertops. More than that, it provides a benchmark for measuring progress.
As with projects such as remodeling a bathroom or kitchen, scheduling is important in remodeling of basements. For example, your contractor needs to schedule sub-trades in quick succession. Make sure that by the time you start, you have a schedule that tells you the days and times that workers will be working on your basement.
Who will be present at the site every day?
This varies depending on the structure and size of the contracting company you hire to remodel your basement. A number of companies employ a lead carpenter system. Here, an employee (typically referred to as a superintendent) is responsible for daily tasks, undertaking some himself.
Find out from the prospective contractor who will be responsible for opening up the site and locking up at close of business, as well as who you need to call in case you have questions about the project.
How is your property protected?
Ask this question before demolition starts. There are a number of measures that can be taken to contain dust. Talking about matters such as these ahead of time gives you a clear understanding of how the basement will be cordoned off from the rest of your property and how movement around your home will be.
There’s also the matter of items such as wall paintings, delicate vases, drapes, furniture and books. All these items, along with those sitting on shelves or hanging on walls in adjacent rooms, should be remove to avoid accidental damage during basement remodeling. Moving all of them beforehand eliminates the risk of damage occurring.
How will you be communicating with the remodeling contractor?
With all the available means of electronic communication, you may have in mind some ways to communicate with your contractor regarding your project. Likewise, your contractor probably has their preferred ways of communicating: phone calls, cloud-based schedules, daily emails, etc.
It is important that you are clear on how you will stay in contact and receive information. If you’re not satisfied with the contractor’s communication format, agree on a format and method so that you’re not left in the dark at times.
Having weekly meetings at an agreed upon time is a great way to make sure that you and your contractor regularly have in-person conversations to address whatever issues arise and progress reports on your remodeling project.