Understanding the Process & Developing Realistic Expectations
When it comes to your construction or home improvement projects, you will get along much easier if you understand the specifics of your project. This means understanding the process that it will take to reach the end result and being realistic about all aspects of the project. That understanding will help you come to develop realistic expectations for your project, budget, and the timeline for your project.
Getting a realistic idea of how long a project will take from beginning to end may shock you. But, it’s important to understand how the timeline works so that you can be more realistic. If you think something takes a day but it takes a week, it can be a shock.
Be Realistic: Many people believe they can hire a contractor, get to work, and have everything completed within a couple months or less. The truth is, however, that just the planning stage alone could take months. Not to mention the time it may take to find a good contractor that has great references, proper licensing and insurance, that you can work well with and who understands your vision.
Good Work Takes Time: Depending on your project, the time line might be much longer than you may initially think. Listen to your contractor and do not push the time line too much. After all, you want the best work and attention to detail, and that will take time. Nothing happens overnight, especially if you expect quality work.
Let the expert explain to you what has to be done and why it takes as long as it does. You can also look online at different websites to find out what a project takes. Even YouTube.com offers videos about projects you may be considering.
Process Is Key
In the process of any project, certain things have to come before others. For example, to lay flooring what happens will depend greatly on how your home is built. Is it on a slab? If so (or if not) different preparations must happen prior to laying the actual flooring.
Have Patience: Follow your contractor’s advice with this and don’t push for certain parts to be finished before others, as it might mess with the timeline or balance of the entire project. Have some patience and know that if the right process is followed, your project will ultimately turn out the best.
Be In the Know: To get a better idea of what the process will be for your project, discuss it with your contractor. Have them explain how and when each part of the project will be done. If you have questions ask. Perhaps you need to know why things are done in a particular order. But please avoid micromanaging and let the process unfold the way it needs to.
Everything has a logical process to ensure that it is done right. This enables your contractor to ensure that nothing is forgotten. Understanding the process can go far in helping you understand the timeline and budget.
There are many factors that can affect both the time line for the project and the budget. Issues such as bad weather, illness, accidents, lost supplies and so forth can occur. Be prepared with a reserve.
Be Prepared: Weather, supply issues such as back ordering or custom orders, and many other unforeseen circumstances can affect both time and money for your project. Understand that realistic budgeting for any project allows for a little flexibility because nearly every project is going to have something go wrong.
Buffer Your Budget: You may need to allow for extra time in the contract, or allot more money to the project. For this reason, it is a very good idea to always have a “buffer” amount of time and money set to the side to be used in the event of such an occurrence.
Understanding the process helps you make a good budget for your project as much as understanding the supplies and tools will.
Overall, if you hire a reputable contractor, you should be able to listen to and trust their counsel on the process for the project. Get as much information about what it will take to complete before the process starts so that you have realistic expectations.