You’ve heard the story before: A family plans a renovation, sets a completion date, tucks an actual completion date (about two weeks later) in the back of their mind, and then discovers their reno won’t be finished for at least a month or two past that. It’s the sad truth about renovations, they never end on schedule, and families are left living out of boxes, amidst madness far longer than expected.
1. Find the Perfect Contractor
Before signing on a contractor, do your research. Read reviews and use friends’ recommendations. These can help confirm whether a contractor has a reputation for completing projects on time.
2. Create a Work Back
Meet with your contractor and plot out a work back schedule. Make it clear why you need to meet a certain deadline, and ask about check points along the way to ensure the project moves along steadily.
3. Provide an Incentive and Establish Penalties
If you’re serious about meeting a deadline, you can add an incentive into the contract to ensure the contactor goes the extra mile to complete a project on time.
4. Maintain Good Communication
Don’t be afraid to check in with your contactor and ask questions. Hiccups are a natural part of renovations, but unexpected roadblocks can be worked out with good communication between both parties. Be flexible, but know when to stand your ground if you feel like you’re being pushed around.
5. Put Your Foot Down
If a project flies off the rails, don’t be afraid to find a new contractor. It might be an uncomfortable conversation but you’ll be happy you did when you’re finishing your reno on schedule with a new, dependable contractor.
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