Getting the keys to your new home is exhilarating and exciting as you embark on a new phase in life, being proud homeowners of your very own abode. Before you are able to move in, however, it is most likely that your house will have to undergo some sort of renovation work to make it more comfortable to live in.
Since 2011, the Consumers Association of Singapore (CASE) has shared that complaints related to renovation and remodeling have been among the most commonly reported annually. There have also been many stories shared by bloggers on their personal horror stories when dealing with contractors and interior designers; their stories are frightening and infuriating enough to make us all shudder and dread the day when we would have to embark on that renovation journey ourselves.
Read on for some of the possible renovation nightmares that may happen to you, and take heed to stay clear from them to prevent any unwanted and unnecessary headaches.
Over the deadline
Wait, wait and wait. This is the most irritating situation to face when it comes to any renovation project; being told that the promised deadline will have to be pushed back to a later date as the works are not complete yet. Not only will you have to compromise on time, you may have to fork out extra expenses on living arrangements because you are unable to move in to your new home as you had previously anticipated.
This sort of can render you helpless to do anything once it has happened, but a way to prevent it is to take time out every day from day 1 of the start of renovation works to monitor the progress and remember to ask questions to gauge whether or not the progression of the reno works is as scheduled. Even when you diligently do this, there may be some delays, but you can expect that the damage will be minimal.
Interior Designer goes MIA
This is the most commonly reported problem by homeowners when it comes to renovation works. During the first few weeks upon the commencement of renovation, the interior designer is easily available for discussion and appears to be professional and invested in your project. However, when the shit hits the fan; materials are not delivered, workers leave a mess in the home, materials used are of poor quality, or when the plumber or electrician fails to turn up, the interior designer is nowhere to be found. Calls go unanswered and texts are left unread, leaving owners fuming and the renovation works delayed because of the lack of professionalism displayed by the ID.
The best way to prevent this situation from happening to you is to select an interior design company by recommendation. Be sure to do your due diligence by researching the shortlist of interior design companies AND the interior designer; learn all you have to know to make an informed decision. Once you have decided to engage an interior design company, ask for the information details of at least 2 other staff in the company so that you can reach out for someone else in the company in case the interior designer in charge of your case goes MIA.
Materials used are not what you had selected
So you’ve selected your preferred type of wooden flooring, toilet tiles, wallpaper, kitchen cabinets and type of surface for your kitchen top, all that needs to be done is for renovation works to begin. Imagine the horror when you realize that the final product is not as you had expected and the materials that have been used are not what you had selected. It is possible that the contractor had charged you for what you had chosen, but had swapped it all out for cheaper materials to increase their profit margin. The only way to prevent this from happening is to be diligent in monitoring the renovation process going on in your home from day 1 and make sure that all materials that are being used are what you had selected and paid for.
Quality of work is sub-par
Renovation works are finally complete and you are able to move in. But after a few weeks, you start to see cracks in your newly-placed tiles and on the walls, wallpaper starts to crinkle and the spanking new air-conditioner has started leaking suspicious fluid. In more serious situations, the cost of repair may cost more than the actual renovation itself.
Thankfully, with the World Wide Web and its resources made easily available to us, you can prevent this from happening to you by searching for any information on your contractor. Chances are, if the contractor has a habit of cutting corners, his victims would have laid bare his antics online to warn others.
To engage the services of professionals to take on the task of renovating your home, head over to our Renovation & Small Projects page to send in your enquiries. Simply share with us what you're after and we'll get you free quotes from the most suitable vendors and interior designers. We do the work so you don't have to.