Home Improvement Project Quality
Let's say some contractors have viewed your home, and both you and them are about to be starting
your improvement project and you could be doing DIY'ing part of it.
Once the job in in progress, you will want to make sure everyone steps into a team, to help materialize
the vision. Since this goes beyond color swatches, representative samples or what is talked about in regards
to what is being done beforehand. Actually, all projects have to leave at least something
open to interpretation and its important to be on the same mental wave.
Do this, by viewing a section of the work prior to completion in its entirety.
Consider having the contract/agreement drafted to break the job into separate work orders to give
an idea of just how the project is likely to unfold, using this minor project as a basis.
But only some contractors will be willing to commit to this degree of service.
And their type of work can bear on this. For example, those with a dependency on continuous phases or those
done all at once. Then there are greater material lead times and so on.
On the Exterior:
A monitor on the exterior, for example, on siding replacement can reveal much
about the follow-through of your sider.
After completion of a basic wall, like for vinyl siding; check where all joints meet, J channel and the coordination
of layout. For natural wood, cement board or composite siding; check the joints, the driving of and countersunk depth
of nails or screws (whichever specified) and the fit of house bibs and caulking. Check the cutouts for
AC outlets. See if the lighting and receptacles work properly, and what is the condition of the
interior walls on the other side.
Especially on exteriors, consider areas that may lead to further hidden repairs.
Examples are weather sides with higher exposure, and places that are visibly deteriorated.
Look for leaks that have infiltrated to the home or structure during a rain.
On the Interior:
A small room/area can indicate skill level and if it is reasonably adequate.
First address a single door replacement, a single floor, a single ceiling.
Then if you are not satisfied or have questions, this is the time to point out areas
you think need attention or improving, to help ensure the whole project turns
out favorably. If complications or areas of question seem too severe, you may
even want to clarify roles if you feel too much is happening too early.
As with smaller projects, why not have the contractor do but a
piece of the work before committing with the major portion. A stone entry, added cabinets or moulding can
begin to show perceptions of quality and abilities to coordinate various trades.
This can set things off right. Whatever the work, viewing progress early is critical.
It can set a newer and healthier tone through to your completed project.