- DON’T micromanage the crew. You don’t need to stand there and observe every switchplate that goes into your room. Instead, schedule a weekly meeting with the crew to see where everything is standing – if something is falling short, or behind schedule, it can be addressed at that time.
- DO respect everyone’s position – undercutting the main contractor is a mistake that will cost you, not only in money, but in respect, time, and effort. You hired the contractor because s/he can do the job better than you can...let him/her do what you hired him to do.
- DON’T cut costs on the most important materials. You’re going to have to live with that tub for a VERY long time, so even if you have to spend a few extra dollars, make sure you’re absolutely in love with the piece you’ve selected.
- DO have a contract with your contractor. This is the best way to avoid problems in the future, and gives you legal recourse if he goes back on his word.
- DON’T do any kind of demolition work until all the materials have arrived – if there’s any kind of backlog in ordering, the home will be exposed to the elements, and will look messy.
- DO have all of your permits in order before you begin any sort of remodeling job. Granted, this may mean a lot of bureaucratic red tape, but it’s better to spend a few hundred dollars in permits than a few thousand dollars in fines!
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