10 Important Home Repair And Remodeling Tips That Will Save You Money I've seen a lot, in the building refurbishment and Home Repair and Remodeling East Bay CA, industry over the decades, about which I could probably write many books about, if there was enough time. But for now, here is some advice to help you avoid some home remodeling disasters that I have seen happen to others and a few minor ones that happened to me as well. Please read this very carefully, it could possibly save you money, time, your sanity, even your marriage or relationship with your partner, to name a few. We should learn from other peoples mistakes and not just our own. Don't be one of those people. Some basic things you need to plan ahead for, if you want to avoid a disaster with your  Home Repair and Remodeling East Bay CA project are: 1. Have the necessary permits before you start work. After you finished the job it was time for admiration as you thought you did a great remodeling job only to discover that you actually needed a permit for the job. The permit might not be required depending on the job but if you are removing walls and adding new space for example, more than likely, you would need a permit. It would mean the relevant plans and specification done by the engineer, architect or possibly the builder. 2. Related to the permit question is the issue of your remodeling work complying with regulations and the building code. Although the blueprints drawn up have to comply with the code, when you get a permit the inspector from the local government authority would come out during the remodeling work to check that the job is done according to the plans and check onsite that the workmanship is of adequate standard. He or she would check that your project complies with the building code and other regulations and that safe work practices are adhered to. It is in your interest to have that permit, if required. By having the necessary permit, the inspector would point out the things you need to change while the job is under way, which is much easier to do, than when you already finished the job and then you find that your work does not comply with the building code and regulations. At the same time you would feel better knowing that the workmanship is of at least an adequate standard. 3. Choose the contractors and tradespeople you will give the job to, well. Don't be fooled by the smooth talking salesperson or a builder, giving you promises and empty words. You need to see the home remodelling jobs that they have done for others, the warranties they would give you and preferably come recommended by someone that you know well and trust. 4. Make sure the contractor has liability and other insurances and look into what insurance you might need for the duration of the project. Don't trust the contractors on his word. Ask for a written certificate of currency from his insurance company stating that it is up to date and paid. 5. Have a contract with detailed scope of works and specification attached with it. The more detailed and specific it is the better. It can get very ugly during or near the end of your home remodeling project, when you realize that the contractor is demanding more money or that he is not doing all the work that you thought would be done if the scope of works is too vague on exactly what is included, or not included in the contract. Having a detailed and specific scope of works and detailed specification of all fixtures, materials and finishes with costs included will be good for both the contractor and yourself. You will not have a good outcome of your home remodeling project if the contractor in the end is not happy as well because of misunderstandings and bad communication with you. 6. Do not leave too much money to the contractor in the way of an initial deposit, before he commences work. Leave an initial deposit only when the contractor has arrived on site and work commenced, while the progress payments should only be made for the amount of estimated completion. 7. Never, ever, pay the contractor all the money until the job is completed and inspected. If you are going to need the local authority inspector to do a inspection on the completion of the job and give you the license to use the space, then keep some money until it is over and all the defects on the inspectors list are fixed. You have to honor the contract but there should be a clause in it, stating that you have to pay the final installment only after full completion. If you pay everything before all the work is done it is likely that you will have difficulty getting the contractor back to fix the defects and finish the job or worse they could not return at all. 8. Have the necessary funds to be able to finish the job. You will find that if you don't have the money and resources to complete your project, it could lead to all sorts of personal and financial hardship and make life hard on the children and other family members. Rarely does the remodeling project end up costing exactly what you planned for because there are always things that happen that you cannot foresee. Thereby allow some additional money to what the cost estimate of the project is. By not being able to finish what you started and have the part of your home exposed to the weather, like unfinished roof or walls etc, you could end up having to redo a lot of the work you've done because of water damage and other issues arising from that. If you intended to rent out the new space you are creating with the home remodeling you started, it could lead to a loss of income you were relying on. If you did not have the money to finish your heating in the new space and the winter comes it could lead to water pipes freezing and causing a lot of damage for example. At the end of the day nobody likes to run out of money and not be able to complete the job and the disruption to your life can be overwhelming if you have to live in that unfinished mess. 9. Take the safe work practices seriously and insure that there is a physical barrier between the space where the remodeling work is being carried out and where your family lives to prevent children from walking in the work area and injuring themselves. Make sure you use appropriate personal safety equipment like steel capped boots, eye protection and ear plugs to name a few. Don't try to use a ladder to do work that you could easily slip off if you need to use a jackhammer or a power saw for example. Make an elevated platform with trestles and planks or scaffolding if necessary. It is very easy to fall of the ladder or injure your back while trying to hold a heavy tool and work from a ladder Keep the work area free from materials and rubble lying around the floor. Clean up the floors regularly to avoid injuries. 10. Make sure that you and the contractors know exactly where the main switches and valves are for water, gas electricity and other services during the remodeling work being carried out by  Home Repair and Remodeling East Bay CA. You need to be able to switch off electricity, water supply or gas supply very quickly in case of an emergency. For example, you are drilling a hole in the wall and hit and puncture a water pipe, which is not uncommon, so you need to know where you need to go to turn off the mains supply. That water could be spraying onto a power outlet close by, so you need to know where the main power switchboard is to quickly switch it off. A lot of damage can be caused by leaking water, gas or faulty electrical wiring. Just like any other building refurbishment work, your home repair and remodeling project will have its own problems and potential disasters to avoid. It will have specific issues and complexities different to other home remodeling projects, but if you plan ahead and follow my advice in the listed points above you will more than likely avoid many disasters that could happen in your  Home Repair and Remodeling East Bay CA project.

Home Repair and Remodeling East Bay CA

Home Repair and Remodeling East Bay CA

Home Repair and Remodeling East Bay CA

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