There are many problems you can run into when getting an upgrade in your house
Insist that the drywall contractor apply a coat of primer to the walls before leaving the job. When the primer is applied,
any defects in the finish work will show up. This pins the fault on the right party. If the walls pass the primer test, you
can move on to the painter; if the walls don’t look good after the painting, you can hold the painter responsible. After the
paint is done, you are ready to install the flooring. It is not unusual for the flooring contractor to mar the finish of new
walls, so watch this phase closely.
After the flooring is in, you are ready for the plumber to set fixtures. Then the heating mechanic can trim out the heating
system and the electrician can finish the electrical work. Trim carpentry can be done anytime after the finish flooring
is in place, but it is often scheduled after the mechanical trades are complete.
When everything else is done, the painting contractor will probably have to come back to paint the trim and touch up any places blemished by the other trades.
When all the work is finished and inspected by the code officers, all that is left is the cleanup work. Once the cleaning is done, you have a fresh, revitalized bathroom. This doesn’t sound too hard, does it? Well, it is not always as easy as it sounds. What could go wrong? Lots of problems could come up.
Suppose your flooring contractor doesn’t show up when scheduled—what will that affect?
It will affect your entire finish schedule. For example, you wouldn’t want the plumber to install a toilet and vanity before the flooring goes in. It is very possible that you would have to reschedule all the trades that follow the flooring.
What would happen if one of the trades didn’t pass the rough-in inspection? This problem could prohibit you from moving ahead with the drywall installation. If you have to postpone the drywall, the whole job slows down.
The list of potential problems could go on and on, but you should be getting the idea that loose ends can affect your production schedule. These risks escalate when the size of the job is larger, as with major kitchen remodeling.
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