Establish a regular schedule for reviews with your contractor Don't be afraid to point out things that don't seem according to specifications. Every contractor (and every homeowner) makes mistakes, The key to resolving most remodeling conflicts is early detection. And good communication.
Chances are there will be subcontractors doing many parts of your project. They are not authorized to make substantive changes in your project. You should discuss all changes with the prime contractor you hired - and be sure that physical change orders, including any changes in price, scope of work, time frame adjustments or material substitutions are put in writing BEFORE the changes are undertaken. This will avoid conflicts at the end of the project, and insure a smooth finish to your project.
How To Close The Project Out
The final walk-through is a critical element to bringing closure to your job. Develop a "Punch List" of things that need to be completed before making your final payment. Set a specific date for completion and be sure you and the contractor sign the document. It is common for there to be "little things" that are still to be completed, so don't be frustrated. Being clear and specific during this walk through will make the final steps to completion go smoother. Finally, sit back and enjoy! Your home is the biggest investment most people ever make, and a beautiful remodeling project is something you and your family will enjoy for years to come!