5 things to do before you finish a remodeling project

Phantom Screens / May 30, 2016

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The end of a home remodeling project is exciting. After months of constant construction and a little bit of chaos, you finally get to enjoy your house again. This may tempt you to quickly pay off the contractor, but you should stop for a moment to go over the work.

Whether you’ve renovated your indoor or outdoor living spaces, go through this checklist before saying goodbye to your construction team:

1. Test run your home

It’s better to find mistakes before you’ve paid your contractor than after he or she is gone. That way the contractor has a reason to fix the problem quickly. Go through the renovated areas of your home and start messing around with the new features. Lower your retractable screens, open the kitchen drawers and plug gadgets into the outlets to make sure they all work properly.

When hotels, condos and offices are built, the owner and contractor go through the space and put together what is called a punch or snagging list. This is a sheet filled with minor fixes that must be made, even if the building is considered to be complete. Try creating a punch list of your own to keep track of any features that might have you concerned (i.e. like a faucet that doesn’t work properly or drawers that stick).

2. Save and store excess materials

Whether you have worked with a contractor or made the changes yourself, you should hold onto extra materials like paint, tiles, or grout. You never know when you will have to touch up a spot of paint or replace a popped tile. It’ll be harder to find the same materials years down the road than it is to simply pull them out of your basement.

Label and store the materials in a place where you won’t forget about them. Dot the top of your paint can so you know what the color looks like and write down which rooms you used it in.

3. Talk to your insurance agent

Make sure your insurance policy reflects the value of your remodeled home. You’ll want your appliances to be covered in the event of an emergency so that you’ll get the money you need to replace them. The new built-in bookshelves, antique banisters or energy-efficient windows will also add value to your home. Keep your agent, paperwork and policy up-to-date to possibly get more money if you decide to sell.

4. Get your paperwork in order

Create a folder that contains all of the paperwork and other information you used during your home remodel. Claim warranties on your new appliances and place your copy in the folder as well. Keep in mind that warranties often need to be activated, so don’t forget this crucial step.

Double-check that the construction of your renovation aligns with your local building codes. Even if it was checked before the project began, it doesn’t hurt to be sure.

5. Maintain your new home features

Before you say goodbye to your renovation team, ask about the best methods for taking care of your home. For example, talk to your retractable screen consultant to learn about how to clean and care for the screens. Proper maintenance will minimize damage and preserve your home’s features for years to come. Hold onto the contact information of the companies you worked with in case you need to ask about how to repair an item later on.