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1.       Don’t change your mind too much. With this we are not saying you are not allowed to change your mind; this is inevitable and happens on all projects. What we are referring to is indecision that leads to added cost and time. Remember that every time you change your mind, it results in a change order, and the existing project management plan is thrown out of the window. A new plan means a new schedule, and time is always money in the home improvement industry.

2.       Do your bit. No renovation project can be completed successfully without following at least the basics of project management. In most cases the project manager is the main contractor or a representative of the main contractor. Although this person has the responsibility to ensure that the project runs smoothly, in most cases the homeowner has certain tasks he or she also needs to perform, such as deciding on or ordering paint, tiles and fittings. If fittings arrive later than the project manager planned because of the inaction of the homeowner, costs can quickly balloon because of rescheduling.

3.       Beware of being a distraction. This seems harsh, but every minute the contractor spends talking to you, he is not working on your house. If the conversation is important and will have a positive impact on the project, discussion is of course necessary, but small-talk costs money. The same goes with children and pets: First it is not safe around a renovation site, and secondly, although renovators often try to accommodate children and pets, they can often become a distraction. For this reason we often recommend that if at all possible, the household should move out for the duration of the project.