Embarking on a renovation journey? It’s helpful to understand the nuances of change orders, add-ons, and unforeseen project expenses. While you may consider these “renovation surprises” for those of us in the field, they’re a common occurrence.
When a potential client asks me “What if something goes wrong?” I tell them that they’re asking the wrong question because I can guarantee that something will go wrong during their renovation. The question they SHOULD ask is “How do you handle things when something goes wrong.” INSIDER TIP: If you’re interviewing contractors or designers and they say “Nothing will go wrong” they’re either inexperienced or they aren’t being truthful.
A change order involves alterations to the original project design. This could mean undoing completed work or introducing significant modifications to the initial design plan. For instance, deciding to shift a wall, changing the flooring material, or opting for a different layout are all instances where change orders come into play. Change orders are typically at the direction of the client.
Many contractors use change orders and add-ons interchangeably. However, there is a difference. An add-on is a piece of work introduced after the original scope was set. As your renovation or remodel unfolds, you might realize an alteration to the design could enhance the overall outcome. This is when add-ons come into play. Imagine deciding, post-painting, that wainscotting would be the perfect finishing touch to a hallway. Requesting this additional feature is a prime example of how add-ons sculpt your vision in real-time.
Here at Ruxana’s Home Interiors, we try REALLY hard to make sure we stay on budget. Nothing is more frustrating than being over budget with items left to accomplish. We will remind clients of add-ons when we have prior knowledge of them, but if we’re asked “Hey, can you give me some ideas for the fireplace in the den?” or “Hey, can you hang this up while you’re here,” anticipate an add-on. My team is very accommodating, we’re professionals and time matters.
Unforeseen Project Expenses
Unforeseen project expenses are the surprise guests of your renovation party. These are elements not anticipated when the project started – renovation surprises. A recent example is a project where when we removed the wallpaper, we discovered a water leak that caused mold on the drywall. This became an unforeseen project we had to treat the mold, repair the wall, and resolve the leak before we could install the wallpaper.
In the world of renovations, flexibility is your ally! Flexibility is key during a renovation as is a sense of humor.
Whether navigating design evolutions with change orders, embracing spontaneous enhancements through add-ons, or tackling unforeseen challenges head-on, understanding these aspects ensures your renovation journey is a transformative success!
Have a well-designed day,
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