Staying on Time and On Budget
This can be an extremely difficult task to achieve. Is it possible? Of course it is! Working with the right people can make a world of difference. There are steps that you can take to ensure you are working with a great company that will help you stay on budget and on time. Here are some great tips to help you stay on time and on target with your budget.
The Planning Phase
Although it can be very tempting to jump with both feet in when planning a big project, it is prudent not to. When you are planning a big project it is very smart take make your plans step by step. First, talk to your neighbors and community about who they used for their roofing jobs. Get a feel for the median price in your area, that way you will have an idea of what to look for. Ask if those contractors stayed on time and on budget. If you see that the same contractor has surprise costs for multiple projects that would be a little suspicious. Keep an ear open for that situation,
Once you have narrowed it down to a few good contractors, you can call to get some bids or estimates. They will come out and check out your home. Ask them for a written bid or estimate. You are also free to ask them about how often issues come up that cost extra money and if they generally finish in the time they have planned. If possible, plan getting a new roof during a good weather season. Poor weather can really inhibit time allotted. Remember, schedule early for a roof replacement in Summer, good contractors get booked quickly.
Something else that is a good thing to start planning early is how to pay for the cost of your new roof. Some roofing contractors offer financing, whereas, many do not. More than likely you won’t have several grand hanging out on hand. You can speak with your bank or credit union to see if you qualify for a personal loan or a home improvement loan to help cover the costs of the Roof.
Don’t Make Changes
Once you have decided on a contractor and your project is underway, avoid making any unnecessary changes. Changing your mind midway through a project is the best way to mess up your budget. This can cause a contractor to reorder components and will delay the process. Ideally, you will only spend money if there are any unexpected repairs that need to be done or slight modifications that were not discovered until the project had already begun.
Plan For the Worst
In all reality, many times, something comes up that will cost extra money. Prepare for it. If you have a budget, make sure that 10-20% of your budget is set aside solely for emergency reasons. If you do this and the project stays on budget your will have some extra money, but if you don’t do this and have to unexpectedly find money elsewhere it can be a big issue. It is much better to just prepare and plan for going over budget!
Anytime there is a big job that needs to be done that is expensive, it can be daunting to think about. Remember, planning is a great way to keep your head above water when it comes to big expenses. Do not make sudden changes to plans if you want your project done on time. For any questions call Valley Roofing of Salem, Oregon.