What You Need to Know About the Scope of Work for Renovations

Customers often come to contractors with fantastic plans for a home addition or remodel. They’ve got everything worked out in their head, but they just don’t have the knowledge or resources to make it a reality. The homeowners just assume that the contractor will jot down their ideas and then make it happen in a few weeks. After all, that’s how it works on home improvement TV shows!

Unfortunately, that scenario doesn’t pan out in real life. Without a plan in place or a solid understanding of the scope of renovations, customers end up going way over budget, and the project takes much longer than they expected.

At John G. Moser & Son, Inc., we’re happy to work with homeowners from the start of their project to the end. But the process goes much more smoothly and costs less money if customers come to us with architectural or interior design drawings, plans or specifications. With these plans in hand, we’re also able to communicate better with our customers, set expectations and deliver the perfect product.

Continue reading to learn more about the importance of understanding the scope of renovations.

How to prepare for a renovation

Coming fully prepared to meet your contractor requires quite a bit of effort on your end—but that extra effort pays off in the long run! These are the steps to take to ensure you get the renovation you’ve always dreamed of:

  • Evaluate your property: The first step is taking a cold, hard look at your property. What absolutely needs to be done? What would you like to do if there’s room in your budget? Updating piping and wiring is a must for many residential renovations, while installing high-end counters and cabinetry is just a nice-to-have.
  • Set a budget: It’d be nice if you could go in with an unlimited budget to make all necessary and desired updates—but that’s not the case for most homeowners. Contractors love working with homeowners with a strict budget, so they can know which projects to prioritize and which they can put off until the end. Be sure to give yourself some financial wiggle room in case a project costs more than estimated.
  • Get specific: As we mentioned, very few renovations go off without a hitch—and with each hiccup in the process comes added costs. Make a list of things you’re willing to go without if a problem arises that could add to the cost. For example, maybe you don’t need granite counters and can settle with a less expensive material to reduce the project’s overall cost.

Look no further than our team

Whether you’d like to remodel a bathroom, update your kitchen or add on to your home, we’re ready to be your go-to team for residential renovations. With nearly 70 years of experience and a friendly team of experts, nobody does it better than John G. Moser & Son, Inc. Contact us today to get a quote or learn more about how to prepare for a renovation.