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5 Home Renovation Nightmares and How to Avoid Them
Recent research shows many people put it off renovating purely because of the risks of the project getting off track.
This article looks at the 5 top home renovation risks and how to stop them impacting your renovation.
Nightmare 1: Project Delays
Builder-side construction delays are typically caused by poor planning or the builder misjudging the required resourcing at specific stages throughout your home renovation.
In the past builders would sign a contract with a client then book the work into their diary with a note to arrange suppliers, noting down tasks they need to undertake throughout the project.
This approach is adequate for managing one project but few builders would survive only undertaking one job at a time. Hence, they need to take on other projects that run in parallel with yours. Sadly, thats where the diary system fails.
Across several projects, the builder needs to manage competing tasks each requiring management of contractors, materials, client conversations/requirements, scheduled inspections, invoicing, variations, etc. They might try to manage this with phone calls (often while driving between job sites), emails when they get home at night or messages via one of their more reliable contractors, onsite.
If all this sounds a little hectic, thats because it is. Tasks fall through the cracks, conversations are forgotten, and details are overlooked. Its impossible to manage without a sound system.
Always check with your prospective builder/home renovator what software they would use to manage your project. Is it purpose built software for construction projects? Who in their company uses it? Can you see it in action for one of their other projects?
If they cant illustrate this to you, the likelihood of delays for your renovation dramatically increases.
Nightmare 2: Grumpy builders and Contractors
You know the stereotype. Unfriendly, grumpy and unapproachable builders who just want to focus on the tasks at hand and avoid client contact.
Whilst you can understand they just want to get on with the job, they are working on your house, with your money and the renovation needs to suit your lifestyle.
The best approach is to look at how the builder communicates with you before youve engaged their services.
Are they communicative? Can you relate to them? Do their thought processes and logic make sense to you? How will they deal with disputes? Do they 'get' your vision?
Weigh these questions up as if you a have issues with a person before the project starts, youll struggle to keep things on track throughout the process.
Nightmare 3: Cost Blowouts
Cost increases are generally created by variations throughout the project. These variations can come from the client requesting a change in the scope of works or selections, or the builder discovering issues that were not obvious before demolition began.
The best way to manage this is to allocate some time and budget for adequate design and client support before the actual works commence. That way, your scope of works and product selections will be more mature and less likely to change. This should be done with a qualified and experienced designer.
In regards to builders discoveries at demolition phase, ask your builder to nominate any key risks and their potential costs. Ensure theyve undertaken a complete and thorough inspection of the property to rule out any issues.See our home renovations costs calculator
Nightmare 4: Disputes Caused by Poor Communications
Without doubt, poor communications is the biggest hurdle builders and clients have to overcome.
Weve already touched on the way phone calls, emails and messages with contractors create fertile ground for problems.
ALWAYS ask the builder to explain how they communicate throughout the project. If they dont have the software to demonstrate to you for one of their current projects, walk away.
Nightmare 5: Messy/unsafe Work Practices in Your Home
For some reason many builders/contractors feel its OK to leave their worksite (your home) in a messy state overnight or when theyre not onsite.
Waste should be neatly stacked in a pick-up point and worksites should be tidied on a daily basis.
Make sure you ask your builder what the procedure is at the end of the day to make things tidy and your home doesn't become a bomb site.
By addressing these top 5 risks, you will dramatically improve your renovation result. For more information call 1300 768 464.
About The Author - Richard Armstrong is a Director of Melbourne firm, The Makeover Group specialising in adding value to homes through renovation. Hes undertaken innovative post graduate property valuation research to identify what enhancements add the most value to homes in specific Melbourne suburbs. Educated in design and property valuation, he is also a Registered Building Practitioner.
To discuss your renovation visit www.themakeovergroup.com.au or call 1300 768 464.