Managing Your Home Remodeling & Renovation
As we explore the options for remodeling and renovations we follow
along the progress of our project home.
When planning your home remodeling or renovation project one of
the main decisions you need to make is who will manage the project.
The options are:
- Add building management to your contract with a Designer
- Let the building Contractor manage it
- Engage a building project manager
- Manager it yourself - you effectively become the Contractor
When making this decision you need to consider four key aspects:
- Do you have the time? - project managing a
home remodeling or renovation project can be a full time job.
- Do you have the knowledge? - building a new
construction is complicated enough, but remodeling and renovation
projects are often more complicated as you are dealing with older
construction styles, previous structure built to possibly different
building compliance codes, blending old and new materials, and
often unexpected surprises. To maintain the confidence of your
building sub-contractors you need to know how to deal with these
issues. You also need to be able to identify quality workmanship
and have access to subcontractors.
- Do you have the skill? - project management
is a skill it itself. Most women have quite good multi-task skill
management and have had many years of dealing with delicate situations
with both families and trades people. But taking on a building
project with legal, compliance, trade nuances and up to 30 subcontractors
is quite a different story.
- Do you really want to do it? - managing your
own project can be personally rewarding as well as financially.
It can also be extremely demanding emotionally, may end up costing
you more than engaging the builder or an independent manager and
can be very hard on home relationships.
Whether you pass the project to someone else to manage or manage
the project yourself, it pays to know the basics of home improvement
project management; and how the relationship with a project manager
In this Project Management section we look at home renovation
or remodeling project management basics:
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