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Home renovations can be complex and a professional may be required to handle a particular project or parts of the project. If you think that you can do some of the renovation project yourself to save money, you will quickly find that DIY can be limited and it may be more cost effective and less disruptive to have a professional do the job, otherwise the time and effort may not be worth it. Regardless, if you DIY or if you hire a contractor to do some or all of the project, communication and coordination will determine if the project is successful in the end.
Here are the items that are usually included in the cost of hiring a contractor depending on the type of renovation:.
Of course you also pay for someone to oversee and coordinate the project. If you feel that you can take on some of these responsibilities, you should be aware that anything you choose to do should not slow down the professionals.
Often times people feel they can handle things like cleaning, painting, and supervising. If you are too slow or make mistakes, it is likely to cause delays in the project. Supervision is particularly important because it ensures the project is on schedule and that the phases are running smoothly.
A professional who manages this instead of the homeowner, will ensure that the flow of the different renovation phases is on-time and within budget. They will be better able to anticipate problems or predict when something is likely to cause a problem later in the project.
If you feel that you can manage a few parts of the project, make sure you communicate this with your contractor and let him or her know what is your responsibility to the project. You will have to keep the contractors informed of what you have done, how you are doing on the schedule, and if you have encountered any problems to make sure the project stays on track.
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