When it comes remodeling, you as a property owner will need to actively manage the entire process – even if you have hired a construction contractor to take care of the work. Lose your focus or get apathetic and you might have to pay for it – literally.
However, with the following tips, you can stay ahead of the game and maintain strong communications with your construction contractor.
An allowance is basically a line term in the construction contractor’s bid for something that is yet to be decided. For instance, if you have not decided the sanitation hardware for your kitchen, the contractor will place an allowance number in the budget as a placeholder.
However, with such a wide array of price points for these products, the construction contractor’s estimate may be far lower than what you might end up spending.
Try eliminating allowances by figuring out all of your product and material selections prior to the contractor giving you a detailed bid for the job. Otherwise, do sufficient shopping to give the construction contractor a precise approximate price for the material that you are considering.
Here’s what you can do to improve the communication ties with the contractor that will make all your dealings easier and faster:
You may come across unexpected structural problems, or you may decide to add extra work as the project grows. Any good construction will be able to handle these changes – but make sure that they bid them in writing first.
State in your written contract that you wish to change orders in writing for anything that is going to contribute to the bottom line of the job. That means the contractor must sign the change order prior to the completion of the work.