3 Important Points To Discuss With Your Remodeling Contractor

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A competent remodeling job can make even an old home feel brand new. Yet the process itself can be long, costly, and invasive. Perhaps the single most important thing you can do to ensure your project goes as planned is to address the right issues with your general contractor. If you have plans to remodel your home, read on. This article will present three important points to discuss with your contractor.

1. Porta-Potties

During your remodeling project, there will be workers coming and going all day long. And, obvious as it may seem, those workers are going to need somewhere to go to the bathroom. Unless you don't mind the idea of a steady stream of muddy boots tramping through your house to the bathroom, you're going to need to discuss temporary toilet facilities with your contractor.

But don't stop once you've verified that there will be one or more portable toilets on site. You'll also want to discuss the location of these toilets on your property, as well as how often they will be serviced. Unless they are being emptied and cleaned at least once a week, you may end up living with some less than pleasant odors. 

2. Plumbing Disruptions

Plumbing is involved in a large portion of remodeling jobs. This means you must prepare to be without access to water at certain times. Plan on discussing the remodeling schedule with your contractor, so that any such interruptions don't come by surprise.

Furthermore, it is important to understand that shutting off the main water valve can sometimes cause unforeseen problems in older homes. These problems generally arise when the water is turned back on. The force of the water rushing back into your water lines may dislodge sediment or corrosion from the walls of your pipes. This material can easily cause clogs in your faucet, toilet, or shower.

Be sure to address this concern with your general contractor. Though they may or may not be performing the plumbing work themselves, it is their job to see that contingency plans are in place for such things. This will help protect you in the event that things don't go entirely as planned.

3. HVAC Modifications

If your remodeling job involves increasing the overall square footage of your house, it is important to consider the chances that you will have to either modify or upgrade your current HVAC system. An HVAC size chart can help you estimate how your needs may change. But either way it is important that you address this topic with your contractor. Be sure to ask whether they plan to perform such work themselves, in the event it is needed.

Bottom Line

Remodeling a home is a lot of work, with a lot of factors to take into consideration. This can seem overwhelming at times. But by broaching the right subjects with your contractor, you can save yourself massive amounts of stress and worry. Speak to a contractor like Lehman Construction Services Inc to get your project started.


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