If you’ve ever spoken to anyone who’s done a home renovation project or have even done one yourself, you’ll likely have heard about how it’s wise to take the project timeline with a grain of salt. However, while there’s definite truth behind this sentiment, there are things that you can do to try to keep your project on track and completed by the appointed time.
To help you see how this can be done, here are three ways to help ensure that your home renovation gets finished on time.
Work With Previous Calendar Events
When trying to figure out when to schedule your home renovations, Melina Gillies, a contributor to the Family Handyman, suggests that you take a look at the calendar to see what events are around the time that you’d like your project to take place.
Since there are certain times of the year that people normally take off, like for national holidays, it’s wise to try to avoid having your project take place too close to those dates. If you can manage to find a block of time where people won’t be taking long weekends or trying to take additional days off from work, there’s a better chance that your project will be able to finish on time.
Do Your Due Diligence Beforehand
During a renovation project, there are a lot of decisions that need to be made. And while some things you won’t be able to know about beforehand so you can’t make a decision prior to needing to get it done, if there are things that you can make decisions about beforehand, it’s best to do so.
According to V. Dion Haynes, in the weeks or months leading up to starting your project, it’s wise to do some due diligence and research people and products that you think you might want to use in your project. Even things that might seem small, like the bathtub stopper you’ll have installed, can really stall your project if the contractor has to wait for you to decide what you want or how you can to proceed.
Create A Cushion
Sometimes, people want to have a certain home renovation project completed so that they can begin using that space by a given date. When this happens, to ensure that everything will be done on schedule, Dan DiClerico, a contributor to the Seattle Times, recommends that you build in a little cushion for your time. Ideally, you should try to schedule the project to get done at least a few weeks before you need it so that you can be very confident that, even if something unforeseen happens, you’ll be ready when you want it.
If you have a home renovation project starting soon, consider using the tips mentioned above to help ensure that things get done on schedule.