Interested in Home Construction or Remodeling in Chicago? What You Need to Know

April 28, 2020

We at JATES Remodeling & Construction specialize in commercial and home construction and remodeling.In the years that we've been in business, we’ve picked up on what makes any project a success.

Many builders and contractors get things wrong or ignore some crucial details in construction and renovation projects, leaving the project owner to pay dearly for avoidable mistakes. Sometimes, however, the property owner is to blame for when the project goes south.

If you’re thinking of constructing or remodeling a home, you need to understand what you’re getting into. You don’t necessarily have to be a building expert to run the project, but here are a few important things you should know.

Every Construction Project Begins with a Realistic Plan

Constructing or remodeling a home is a huge operation, which is why you should start by creating an elaborate plan to guide the entire process. Making a realistic project plan is all about putting down all the manageable expectations. First, you need to have a clear picture of the results you’re looking for. The plan must also include the details of critical variables such as the cost, schedules, and materials needed.

A plan shows how to get the desired outcome using the available means. Although some projects don’t always run as expected, having a plan helps steer clear of pitfalls and keeps the project on track.

A Stiff Budget Never Works

Before breaking ground on a new construction or renovation site, it’s important to know exactly how much it will cost. Budgeting is crucial, but in most cases, a budget is only a mere estimate of the total cost. Don't run the project on a high-strung budget; chances are, it will cost a lot more than expected.

Underbudgeting is a common mistake in the construction industry; sometimes, it's the supplier's or contractor's fault for underquoting or unforeseen expenses. The bottom line is that leveling blame is not helpful. Start the project knowing that you might have to dig a little deeper into your pocket as work progresses.

It Will Probably Take Longer Than You Expect

Many property owners underestimate the amount of time it takes to complete home construction or remodeling. The problem is, you can set realistic deadlines with your builders at the beginning of the project, only to run into unavoidable delays that are entirely out of your control.

Things like bad weather, financial problems, material shortage and unexpected redesigns can really stretch out your schedule. We’ve seen construction projects months overdue because of such challenges. So, take the planned timeframe with a grain of salt, because sometimes there is little you can do to avoid delays.

Compliance With Building Codes Is a Must

If you’re hoping to build a new house from the ground up or make substantial changes to an old one, you might need to look into building and city codes compliance. The state of Illinois, for instance, has a comprehensive set of construction codes dictating standards for structural integrity, plumbing, electrical fittings and safety. Compliance with building codes is mandatory; this means you have to use the right materials and build using proven techniques.

Working With Professionals Saves You a Lot of Trouble

Overseeing a construction or renovation project can be a massive headache, especially if it’s all new to you. You may not know what to expect, what materials to buy, and what challenges are  along the way. Instead of rolling the dice, it makes more sense to hire a professional contractor to handle such a project.

A professional builder will make an accurate estimate of the cost, source the right material, stick close to your budget, and ensure that the final build complies with the laid-out guidelines. Working with an experienced and highly-skilled contractor will save you time and money.

Do you need a professional touch to your home construction or remodeling in Chicago? Let us do all the heavy lifting, and you can just sit back and watch your dream house come to life. Request a free quote today for an estimate of the cost and time frame of your project.

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