Renovating your bathrooms is an expensive and sometimes stressful task. But there are a few things that you can do to better manage the process.
Whether you are self managing or a contractor is managing the process for you, there are a few tips that can make the process less stressful.
- Understand the Build Process.
- Understand the Build Time
- Manage expectations.
The build process can be quite confusing. Make sure you understand the build process and spend some time with your builder, plumber, tiler and suppliers to make sure you understand what has to happen, in what order and by whom.
Don’t be the person complaining about how long it is taking for water proofing to dry, or that the tiler is suppose to be here today and the plumber is not finished yet. Get the facts, draw a time line and get involved.
Some things take more time to finish than others. I have attached a time line drawing below, use it to ask the right questions and make sure your project flows to completion.
When you plan to start, make sure your trades are prepared for their turn. Make sure they have planned for your project. Call them one week out from their expected work day, call again 2 days before their expected work day and confirm via SMS the night before to find out what time they will be on-site tomorrow. (The tradies are going to love me for telling you this.)
Ask them if they have other projects running at the same time. This is OK as long as they have planned your project to coincide with drying time or other trades times and will there fore not impact on your completion date.
I hope these tips will help, remember to ask before you start.
Questions to Ask.
- How much should this cost (Estimate)
- How long will that take?
- When should that arrive?
- How long will that take to dry?
- When can the next trade person do their job?
- What needs to be done next?