Up-Front Remodeling

Up-Front RemodelingIf you’ve decided to move forward with a remodel or addition to your home, you’ve chosen the right book. If you don’t know if remodeling or adding to your home is the right move or is even feasible, you’ve chosen the right book.

A good part of adding to or remodeling your home takes place up front – or should take place up front – before the actual construction begins. In chapters 1-8 of this book, you will learn how to avoid spending more than you can afford, understand why remodeling seems more expensive than new construction, discover why putting a project “out to bid” can be a set-up for failure, and finally, understand all of the professionals involved in a remodeling project and the hierarchy of who’s who. Chapter 9 of this book introduces you to the Conflict-Free Home Remodeling Process as an answer to how to avoid the potential pitfalls of home remodeling and how to avoid getting let down along the way.

You are about to embark on investing what might be the largest amount of money you have ever invested in anything – except for the purchase of your home. The entire premise behind this book is: spending time researching, understanding and preparing before you start construction on your remodeling project will lead to a greater return on your investment and a much more successful completion of your home remodel. You will know all the details and costs involved up front by following the Conflict-Free Home Remodeling Process.

This book and the other materials at REMODology.com are designed to help you with all your remodeling projects and show you how to avoid conflicts that could result in you, your family, or your savings getting let down while pursuing your dream.

Conflict-Free Remodeling


Homeowners spend endless amounts of time and energy to plan a home improvement, remodel, or addition project and get to the start line only to find out the project cannot be built for a number of reasons, including being over budget. Worse yet, they discover it during construction. We believe in building the project on paper first and then actually, in the field. A mistake can easily be corrected on paper, in the planning stage, but that same mistake found during construction can be extremely expensive.
Conflict-Free Remodeling helps you affirm you are making the right decision every step of the way – during the planning process. The Home Remodeling Process is about helping you maximize your time and financial resources when adding to or remodeling your home. This Process supplies you the necessary information as soon as possible to help you make a more informed decision.

The core of this book is The Conflict-Free Home Remodeling Process, divided into two phases, each with 3 Steps. Each step is designed to get you closer to the desired goal of a finished remodel or addition to your home. The two phases include:

Phase One, Pre Construction
Step 1. Feasibility Study
Step 2. Design Review
Step 3. Final Plans & Specifications

Phase Two, Construction
Step 1. Construction Preparation
Step 2. Construction
Step 3. Post Construction

Using a fictitious home addition project, this book takes you through each step of planning and helps you understand what questions to ask and what results you can expect during and upon completion of each step of The Home Remodeling Process. This book is as much a reference book as it is a step-by-step outline of how to remodel or add to your home.

Reading this book and partnering with a professional remodeler who uses The Home Remodeling Process will assure your remodeling goals are met – Conflict-Free.

Avoid the He Said/She Said Syndrome


Avoid the He Said/She Said Syndrome

When planning for a remodel or addition to your home, many hours of discussion between you and your remodeler will take place. In addition, your remodeler will be facilitating meetings and discussions with others involved in your remodel, including the architect, interior designer, suppliers and trades, as well as many other individuals who will be providing goods or services.

Communicating and documenting your wants, needs, desires, or wishes can be accomplished in two ways: through a drawing or in writing. Drawings are a great way to document and tell the story of what the project should look like when completed. The other way to document or tell the story of what project should look like or what will be included with the project is through the written word. In the construction business, we call documentation of the written word "specifications".

One of the keys to the successful completion of any construction project or home remodeling project is a detailed set of specifications, which in turn leads to a firm understanding between the remodeler and homeowner of all the deliverables. A less-than-detailed outline leads to confusion of the remodeler's duties and, subsequently, unnecessary addendums and changes, which can cost the homeowner potentially more time and money than originally anticipated.

The Project Specifications are broken up into two categories and ten sections. This book takes a detailed look at both categories – General Specifications and Construction Specification and all ten sections within the two categories. Upon completion of this book, you will have a very good understanding of every item that should be addressed in planning for your remodel and what should and should not be documented.

Peaceful Home Remodeling


Peaceful Home Remodeling

When embarking on a home remodel or addition, one of the ways a remodeler documents the homeowner’s wants, needs, desires or wishes is through what we call the project specifications. Everything in the project specifications is related to what goods or services or stick and bricks will be delivered to the homeowner and incorporated into the remodel or addition.

Another type of specifications is what we call the General Conditions. The General Conditions are the business side of the construction agreement that the homeowner and remodeler should discuss prior to any work beginning on the project site. Most of the General Conditions have very little to do with the actual sticks and bricks of the construction but have everything to do with the legal, business and conflict resolution side of the process.

General Conditions touch on a number of subjects that quite possibly may come up during the construction process. It is much more beneficial to both parties if these items are addressed and discussed prior to the start of construction, so the parties know what they are and are not responsible for.

Discussing these issues prior to the start of construction allows both the homeowner and remodeler to understand their own individual responsibilities and allows each to take ownership of an issue should one arise. The General Conditions are essentially the governing rules and regulations between the homeowner and the remodeler and are presented in five categories: contract related, payment related, project environment, construction methods & practices, and government & disclosure related.

After completing this book, you will have a very good understanding of what nuances you should be aware of and how they might be addressed with your remodeler before starting construction on your remodel or addition.

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