As you well know from any time you have ever moved, changing homes — or changing your home — is always more work that you expect it to be. For relocation, you will undoubtedly need more boxes, more packing tape, more paper, more bubble wrap, more markers, more pizza, and more beer than you expected when you chose a moving date. For renovation, you need a contractor.
The word “contract” can mean several things and serve as assorted parts of speech. As a verb, it can mean to reduce in size or to make smaller. Although a contractor is rarely a physically dainty individual, he or she does have the ability to shrink your stress levels as the details of your residential project grow.
Once you have signed off on the beautiful designs your architect created for you, the time has come to deal with a daunting series of less charming paperwork. Whether you are doing a new build or a renovation, you will need to determine which, if any, building permits you need and file them quickly and accurately with the appropriate supporting documentation. Before that one task stalls you out, remember that you hired a trained professional to minimize the size and quantity of knots in your shoulders.
Your plans are approved. Your permits are in order. Now, somebody should really make sure that all of the materials are purchased and that there are laborers to do each job, large and small. If larger equipment is needed, someone absolutely needs to arrange for its use on the correct dates. While they are at it, they should figure out what those dates are and how the whole thing will progress.
Your contractor will handle all of this. He or she will put together an estimate of how long the job will take and how much the job will cost you. Once a knowledgeable determination of these factors is in place, and you sign off on it, the person you hand the paperwork back to is the person who will make sure that schedule and budget are kept on track.
Obviously, there will be assorted skilled workers involved with creating, updating, or upgrading your house. One of the ways in which your own, personal stress-reducer helps is by selecting and overseeing his or her workers as well as all sub-contractors who are brought on board. Specialists in each area do the work they are trained for. Someone else checks up on their productivity and budget.
In the end, your contractor will present to you the home you dreamt of as you looked at blueprints as well as a full accounting of your residential project. Of course, it is hard to put a price on all of the times you breathed more deeply because he or she was taking care of the mountains out of molehills — and any actual molehills discovered on your property.