So you have been planning to renovate the house for a while now. You have planned everything in your head and the contractor has started working accordingly. They are even halfway through the master bathroom when you suddenly realize that the light needs to be moved from its current position.
And so you begin, “While you are at it…..”
There, you have spoken the magical words and not in a good way, since these are the most expensive words you could have spoken.
While it may not mean much to you but for the contractor, it is translated as “change order” and that means more work for them to do and more money for you to pay! You hire a contractor and set certain terms and conditions for the work you require beforehand, so when you try to make changes afterward, it automatically translates into a dent in your pocket!
The ultimate advice is to plan the remodeling very thoroughly so there is no space left for you to reconsider any of the work.
Here are a few expensive aspects that you must avoid in order to keep the renovations economical:
This is the most expensive aspect. While it is easy for you to ask a door to be removed from one place and installed in another, the relocation is bound to cost you a lot. There are a number of things that must be considered before you even think of restructuring. These include factors such as the presence of plumbing on the wall, electrical connections, or any other structural obstacles preventing the installation of the door in the new wall.
Even after considering all these factors, there is the problem of expenses, since removing a simple wall will cost you an additional expenditure of around $300. So be aware of what lies on the other side of the door before you plan to open it.
It is also very common that while your contract includes the painting of only one room, you find that another one needs some coloring up as well. This is a classic “While you are at it” moment. However, financially speaking, it gets ugly with an additional cost of $500 or even more.
• Other tasks
There are a few things that you can add if the need arises without being afraid of having to pay too much. These include small tasks such as changing bulbs, adjusting doors and replacing faucets.
While planning will help you in considerably reducing the number of times you will utter the abominable “While you are at it…”, there are still chances that you might require to have a few changes made. Fortunately, not all of them come under the ‘change order’ category.
To be able to take advantage of the situation, you must be aware what is considered as change order according to your contract. If the legal documents are difficult for you to understand because of the technical language, clarify things up with your contractor to be certain of what a change order entails.