Keeping Project Costs in line with your Budget
If you've ever gone over a budget in your life, you are not
alone. It has to be one of the most
frustrating experiences especially in the wake of the economic conditions we've
experienced. This past Christmas, we
surprised our children with a golden retriever puppy after researching what
kind of expense and care goes into owning a pet. To our surprise, we learned he
had a congenital intestinal problem and needed surgery just two short weeks
after we brought him home. Animal
surgery, veterinary bills, medications and more seemed never ending for those
first two months. Luckily, our pup,
Charlie, is on the mend and fitting into our family nicely. Some things are just unforeseen but it doesn't
have to be that way in remodeling. Budgeting
is essential for a smooth, successful outcome but if your project is in the
wrong hands, it could be costly.
As a homeowner embarks on a renovation, at times, the
process goes from the evolution of design drawings to construction plans and
then getting a bid. Sometimes, the word budget is only introduced in that final
stage - the bidding process. The worst
outcome is when the project is awarded to a contractor who gives a very low bid
in hopes to win the job and then introduces change orders along the way to make
up the difference and claim a profit. Nine
out of 10 times, the final cost of the project is what the reputable
contractors estimated in the beginning.
There is an alternative project delivery system called design-build. Design-Build enhances the coordination
between architects and contractors who work together as a team from the
start. Efficiencies are created in both
cost and time and there is complete continuity throughout. The homeowner, designer and contractor are in
constant communication about design changes, budget, selections and more. It is a seamless process that eliminates the
headache and expense of going over budget.
If you are interested in how TR Building & Remodeling
can keep your project costs in line for your upcoming renovation, call us at
203-664-1303 to schedule an appointment.
We look forward to hearing from you and giving you an ideal residential
TR Building & Remodeling, Inc.