Home renovation is one of the most important occasions in home ownership. As the house is not always in its tip-top condition, there are times when home improvement jobs are necessary.
Requiring schedule, effort, and budget, homeowners have to make a blueprint of how they would like their run-down houses to become.
Some houses need major renovation while others just need basic repairs and refurbishments. As the home remodeling or renovation draws closer, the homework is still not done. The most crucial stage is just starting: the walkthrough.
It is an important step for full customer satisfaction; this is when the homeowner will scrutinize every detail of the home renovation project in the presence of his contractor.
The homeowner should make sure that his contractor has completed all the works and has satisfied all the obligations stated in the renovation contract in a way that the homeowner deems satisfactory.
Once it is done the way homeowners want their home to be reconditioned, they would feel a sense of pride and peace of mind.
The homeowner may get swept away with the excitement of living in his newly renovated home. Arming himself with a checklist would help not to miss the very significant details which he needs to examine once they finish the home renovation.
Take time to walk through the entire home to check the renovation’s overall quality.
Check if the general contractor has properly cleaned the home.
Ask the general contractor to explain the manuals, warranties, and other maintenance information for the home appliances. The latter, such as smart thermostats and Wi-Fi-ready refrigerators are getting further advanced. Hence, complete understanding would be necessary for every homeowner.
Make a list of the hidden defects (for example, gaping holes) between the cabinet itself and the base in the kitchen.
Take note of the poor-quality materials used. Inform the contractor afterward about these issues.
Ensure that the contractor will rectify the issues before the handover.
See to it that the complete list of issues has been fully resolved and addressed.
Make sure they accomplish the renovation handover task.
Find out when the renovation warranty starts.
Keep track of the renovation contract and home appliances’ warranty expiry dates.
Make a list of the areas of improvements to be incorporated for the succeeding renovation project.
A homeowner should feel confident during the important stage of the walkthrough. He should be meticulously thorough during the home renovation evaluation process.
If he feels anxious, intimidated, or guilty to scrutinize every aspect of the works in his own home, he has the option to hire a third party inspector to join them. This personnel will provide an additional set of seasoned eyes to help check for any discrepancies.
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The homeowner should speak what he thinks during the evaluation period. It is best to express what he feels the contractors missed to fix instead of grumbling about these renovation issues in the coming years.
The walkthrough ensures the homeowner that his home renovation project turns out exactly the way he planned it. It is also recommended for a homeowner that, prior to hiring a contractor, he should do his research, get quotes, read reviews, and ensure that he hires only the best contractor.
Once the homeowner has evaluated most, if not all, of the items on this checklist, it is time to enjoy his newly refurbished home sweet home. Reaching the finale of his extensive renovation journey, he will finally realize that his dream home renovation has come to fruition.
A get-together with friends and family members would be ideal. Having a simple and small open-house party would be great to celebrate this milestone of homeownership.