What you’re responsible for on your remodeling project

1) Obtaining the right permits and liaising with your building department. It may be time consuming and requires some effort, but cutting corners on this one is not an option.

2) Engaging licensed professionals. If your contractor or subcontractors turn out to be unlicensed or unsuitable, you’ll have little or no recourse down the line. Do your due diligence at the beginning, and check to make sure that your contractor is licensed and is the right fit for your project.

3) Providing access to the property. You must let your contractor be in the home whenever and for as long as he needs to be. Be sure to keep a list of the names and phone numbers of everyone entering your home.

4) Swift, accurate payment for progress. It’s up to you to set your payment plan from the beginning, and then stick to it (assuming that your contractor performs on her end).

5) Informing your neighbors that you’re going to be remodeling.They tend to be one of the most overlooked parties in home remodeling, but your neighbors play a crucial role. Don’t neglect them.

6) Managing materials (if you choose to buy them yourself). If you’ve decided to buy the materials for your project on your own (rather than letting your contractor purchase them), you’re responsible for their delivery and storage, as well as coordination with the contractor and subcontractor(s) who need the materials to do their jobs. Bear in mind that sometimes materials have to be returned or they are not suitable, so you may have to deal with those changes too.