||Going over budget.
||Declare your budget to be at least 15% less than you can actually afford.
||Feeling shy and uncomfortable because your budget is small.
||However small your budget, still declare it to be 15% less than you can afford. Don’t feel pressured into going over. Stick to your plan.
||Feeling more like a victim than a client.
||Choose a contractor who believes that the client is king – or queen!
||Not planning for unexpected costs such as finding dry rot or termites.
||That is what the extra 15% is there to cover. Assume you will need it.
||Assuming that your plumbing, electrical circuits, subflooring etc. are adequate to support your remodel.
||Check with a specialist before going ahead, particularly if it is a big project. The fundamental structures may have to be upgraded. Better to find out before you embark on your project, not once you are committed.
||Assuming that you will be able to easily and frequently communicate with your contractor.
||2-way communication is vital. Make sure your contractor listens to you, as much as you listen to him. Make sure you feel comfortable with your contractor during the selection process.
||Letting your contractor act as a designer as well.
||Designing and contracting are two different jobs. Hire a designer who can monitor the contractor’s work.
||Underestimating the time it takes to choose colors, finishes, appliances etc.
||Unless you are willing to spend your days, weekends and evenings looking at tiles and comparing faucets, hire a designer who will make the process smoother and quicker.
||Assuming that your contractor will not have conflicts with his subcontractors that can affect your timeline.
||Make sure your contract covers this and has a penalty clause if the project is not finished on time.
||Receiving lower quality than you were promised.
||Obtain a detailed breakdown on the scope of work of the products and brands to be used.
||Having difficulty getting the final touch ups finished off properly.
||Hold back the last payment until the final walk through and you are totally satisfied.
||Assuming your project will finish on time and planning an event accordingly.
||Always assume your project will take 50% longer. You will be far less stressed. Of course don’t say this to your contractor! If it finishes on time, it is a bonus.