By Kevin Vick of Vick Construction and Remodeling, Inc., Current President of the GHBA Remodelers Council
Perhaps you are moving out of state, buying another home in a different state or remodeling your own home while overseas. Long-distance remodeling occurs more often than you might think. Although it may be difficult to imagine remodeling from afar, it can be advantageous to you and your family. The right remodeling team will be able to manage your project to get it completed beautifully and on time.
Although this process can be challenging to both the homeowner and the remodeler, there are things that can be done to ensure a successful outcome. First, conduct a thorough search for a remodeler who can successfully execute the project. Ask the remodeler if he has experience managing a project with the owner being away. Check references to inquire how those past clients felt about the remodeler’s communication, project management, and problem solving skills. Upon their return did the owner find the quality of the project to be as promised by the remodeler? Your remodeler will be your local advocate who can help you through the remodeling process and represent your interests.
Make sure that there are detailed plans and that the design decisions and materials selections are made before you leave town and before your team starts the project. Coordinate with your remodeler and designer to determine how to address selections. It is best if all hardware and finish selections are made prior to your departure. However, if the remodeler and designer are adept at using modern technology, these tasks can also be handled flawlessly while you are away.
Your long-distance remodeling project can work with trust, planning, communication and technology. Establish a regular time to communicate with your remodeler and be sure to consider the time zone differences. A good remodeling team should be willing to take photos regularly to communicate the progress and any changes that may be required. It is imperative that your remodeler work with cloud based applications so that you both can easily and quickly share information such as photos, to-do-lists, schedules, and changes.
Being out of town has one big benefit – you don’t have to deal with the day-to-day issues! People may call you crazy for not being in the home you are remodeling, but with the right remodeler, it could be the most successful remodeling project you have ever done. Happy remodeling!
This article was provided by a member of the Remodelers Council of the Greater Houston Builders Association. The Remodelers Council is dedicated to promoting professionalism and public awareness of the remodeling profession through education, certification and service to the Houston community. To reach the author directly, email firstname.lastname@example.org. For more information on this article, please contact Lorraine Hart at email@example.com. To join the council or to find a professional remodeler in your area, please visit www.ghba.org.
The Remodelers Council of the Greater Houston Builders Association is an organization of remodelers and industry professionals. We are dedicated to the promotion of excellence and professionalism within the industry, and public awareness of the Remodelers Council. We achieve this through education, certification and service to the membership, industry and the community. Members of the Remodelers Council give back to the Houston community by participating in an annual charity project. The Remodelers Council holds an annual Garage Sale at the September Texas Home and Garden Show with proceeds going to their local charity project. To join the council or to find a professional remodeler in your area, please visit the GHBA website.