Two tips for a fast and efficient renovation project

If you are hoping to have your home renovated and would like to ensure that the work is completed promptly and efficiently, here are a few tips which you may find useful.

Move out for the duration of the project

If your main priority is getting the renovations over and done with as quickly as possible, then it's worth moving out for the duration of the project.

If you choose to remain in your home whilst the project is carried out, your contractor and their crew will have to accommodate you and your family's needs, instead of simply getting on with their work.

For example, if your contractor is renovating the bathroom and needs the property's water supply to be switched off, but you and your family need to rinse some dirty dishes or use the washing machine, the contractor will have to wait for you to finish these tasks before they can turn off the water and begin their work in the bathroom.

Similarly, it will be difficult for your contractor to perform any work on your home's electrical system if you continually ask them to switch the house's electrical supply back on so that you can charge your phone, switch on a lamp or use the microwave.

These type of interruptions will slow down the progress of the renovation project. Whilst staying elsewhere will, of course, cost more than remaining in your home, it could drastically speed up the rate at which your contractor and their team complete the building work.

Communicate your requirements clearly

One of the most common causes of delays in building projects is the client failing to specify their exact needs and preferences at an early stage.

As such, when the time comes to start drawing up the plans and ordering materials for your renovation project, it is critical to be as unambiguous as possible about what you want the end results of the building work to look like.

For example, if you have ordered rectangular-shaped tiles for your bathroom and would like them to be positioned lengthways, make sure to tell your contractor this before they begin the fitting process, as otherwise, they might end up fitting them vertically.

If they do this and you only notice afterwards, you would have to pay them to remove the tiles and begin the entire process again. In addition to increasing your labour costs, this would extend the length of the renovation project.