Home Remodeling Contractors in West Point Utah

Basement Finishing Tips to Make your Life Easier

Remodeling a basement on your own is a very tricky process. There are always unforeseen challenges that will arise since if you have not done your research, unnecessary expenses, design issues and unexpected changes are almost a guarantee. You need to make sure that you have the right partner standing by you when they do. Here are a few tips you MUST do to assure that the remodeling project you are handling will be done according to plan.

  1. There must be a written punch list before the project is complete – the punch list is a final list of things that make your job a complete one. Think of it as a “I’m satisfied” list. You should never issue final payment for work that isn’t complete. This is a general rule of thumb especially if it is your first time transacting with a contractor. Make sure that all fixtures are properly installed, there are no damages and if there are any, issues like these should be resolved before making the last payment.
  2. Allowing a contractor who doesn’t communicate well to build your basement project is a big no-no – how difficult was this guy to get a hold of initially? When you do, does he remember what you talked about with him last time you spoke? Does he or his staff get in touch with you to verify things about your project? Does he change prices often and charge unexpectedly? Does he use subpar materials that you think will not last for years? If you have answered YES to a majority of these examples, watch out! You’ve got a bumpy road ahead. When hiring someone to work on your home always check for reviews, prices and samples of their work before paying them.
  3. Starting a project without complete plans, a schedule or selections – plans, a schedule, and the right material selections are all needed before work begins. If you don’t have these things worked out, in writing, in advance, you are just hoping your contractor partner has a good memory. If you have a lot of stuff you want to get done on your home, don’t rely on what your contractor says. Write everything down so you will always have a reference. When you go to a restaurant, the server writes down your order, right? Your contractor should at least do the same!
  4. Not being properly informed about the project – as the customer/client, it is your responsibility to check if the work that is being done to your basement is what you really want. Being someone who is hands-on during the entire remodeling process will help you understand a few construction steps and will be really helpful the next time you’ll be having work done at your home again. Don’t be afraid to ask questions. Remember, “A well informed customer is a happy customer”. This should be your mantra when someone is repairing or remodeling your basement.