Mike Harlow Remodeling, Harrisonburg

DIY Contractor Checklist

Being A DIY Contractor Requires Attention To Detail And Time.

Serving as a contractor for your remodel has the appeal of saving you money. Be sure to consider that saving money isn’t always possible when you figure in the time, energy, and contingencies required to successfully complete your project. Take stock of this DIY Contractor Checklist in order to make an informed decision about whether a professional or DIY contractor is right for you.


Elements A Contractor Provides:

  •  Availability
    • Are you available to orient your sub contractors first thing every morning?
    • Will you be around to answer questions on the job throughout the day?
  • Project Management
    • Do you have relationships with sub contractors for each aspect of work?
    • Are you adept at creating a working timeline with estimates from each subcontractor to complete the work in the right order and in a timely manner?
    • Do you have the time to follow-up with late work or contingencies that set the timeline back?
  • Specialized Equipment
    • Are you familiar with where to rent the specialized equipment necessary for each part of your remodel?
    • Do you have the equipment such as a magnetic nail collector to make the workspace safe at the end of each day?
  • Securing Permits, Codes, and Inspections
    • Are you aware of which government authorities you need to secure permits from?
    • What codes must be met for each aspect of the remodel work?
    • Do you have the foresight and time to schedule and reschedule inspections to coincide with the phases of work completion?
  • Contingency Planning
    • What contingencies can you foresee needing to plan for in this particular remodel?

Is DIY Contracting A Good Fit?

If DIY Contracting is right for you, you can easily answer the questions in the checklist above. If you want a professional to handle the details and manage the project for you, finding the right remodel contractor is a useful process that you can apply with each remodeling effort to ensure you get a true value for your money and a remodel you are proud to have in your home.

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