You’ve done it. You’ve gone ahead and bit the bullet. You’re remodeling your home. You’ve got the bid and you think you are good to go with no problems. Right? Well, sometimes like extras come up like a fixture here or an extra plank there. You should begin by reading your contract with your contractor to see how he or she handles the extras in remodeling. We’ll go over some scenarios and some more information.
Examples of extras
Here we have a few examples of extras:
- Your contractor opens up your wall and there’s outdated or fraying wire in there. You need to have it fixed.
- If your tile floor gets ripped up and there’s water damage, repairing that damage or replacing the subfloor with new materials is an extra. (You’ll pay for the extra labor and materials.)
- You get a new appliance delivered and need someone to install it. This is an extra that your contractor may not want to handle because it may require work outside of his scope of ability. You may need to hire another contractor to do this.
What happens when changes occur?
Usually, a change order or a detailed description of the scope of work needs to be noted and approved by the homeowners. This will cover all parties involved so there’s no dispute later. It will also add time and money to the project. As a rule, you should add 10-15% to the overall cost when you first sign your contract to the bid for extras.
Discuss the change with your remodeler as soon as you become aware of it. Good communication between contractor and homeowner is necessary to make sure changes are handled well. Some extras may not cost you anything at all. Those are related to a contractor mistake. They will add time to your remodel so that’s an inconvenience. However, the best thing you can do is before any work is started, you read through the contract and make sure that the scope of work fits your project and there’s wording related to extras.
Extras are a hassle, but sometimes they are necessary so you get the work done the way you want it. Remember, remodeling is a process. Sometimes, it runs smoothly and sometimes there are going to be issues related to it. Try to keep a sense of humor and remain flexible. Communicate with your contractor and remember that extras are often necessary. It’s not that the contractor is trying to screw you over; it’s that he or she is trying to do the best job for you they possibly can.
For more information on how we handle ‘extras’, call C. Haynes Construction at 512-417-4523. We’ll be happy to discuss our policies with you.