The LIVING renovation
I like to refer to a renovation project as a “living thing”. No two are exactly alike, it is born and ends, as it develops over time it becomes more complete, it goes through good and bad times, and there is someone who is always watching over it.
As a project manager, the development part of this process is the most interesting to me. Taking a home and turning it into something unique/beautiful in a well executed fashion is extremely rewarding.
But as we all know there are always hurdles that seem to pop up that we don’t necessarily plan on. Whether it be a broken sewer main, or a painter that doesn’t show up on his scheduled date, being prepared to tackle these issues is critical to the development of the renovation. Having established protocols before you begin property renovations is important, as it will drastically reduce these hurdles.
Here are a few things that will save you time, money, and headache.
- Detailed project plans are critical. Have the I’s dotted and T’s crossed before the project commences.
- Only deal with quality/dependable individuals who want your job done correctly
- Anticipate the problems. Try not to let them catch you off-guard
- Never be afraid to ask contractors lots of questions.
- Set realistic goals.
- Have deadlines and stick to them
- Have fun
Jay Ruehter – Security Realty & Capital