Timing is Everything

They say “timing is everything” and your construction project is no different. The most important rule to follow is to refrain from scheduling your project during any major life events. After all, your remodel IS a major life event. To that end, I strongly advise you not to begin your job at that same time as an upcoming wedding, baby arrival or surgical procedure. Not only will the construction require your full and undivided attention, but the stress that ensues is likely to impact anything else going on in your life. If you live in an area with rough winters, weather should also factor into your plans. If you are building a new house, for example, plan to start and end the project so that it is not jeopardized by the possibility of hazardous weather conditions.

As you identify a rough start date, keep in mind that it can take months to find a good general contractor. Actual construction won’t begin until you’ve hired your contractor, negotiated a scope of work and signed an agreement. In terms of your end date, since the odds are good that you will experience completion delays, I recommend allowing at least a two-month cushion after your job is finished prior to resuming your life plans.

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