Angie’s List: Avoiding Home Improvement Project Delays
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By Jim Donovan

PHILADELPHIA (CBS) – When you get involved with any home improvement project it’s important to remember good planning is key to a smooth experience because any delays could end up costing time and money.

If you want to be sure your home improvement project moves along as quickly as possible it’s important to have a thorough plan from the start.

“Changing a project mid-stream is the most common delay for projects. Having a well documented plan when you start out will lead to a more efficient project,” said Angie’s List founder, Angie Hicks.

But sometimes changes can’t be avoided. You might decide to add something to a project or the contractor could run into problems with inspectors or sub-contractors. So be realistic about the timeline and build in extra time for unexpected delays.

And if you’re having any work done outside of you home make sure you plan for rainy days.

“No one can control the weather, but if you’re planning for an outside project it’s going to be important to build in some buffer for weather related delays. If you’re painting your house or adding new landscaping there may be times when they are not able to work. That will help manage expectations by building the buffer so your project comes in on time,” said Hicks.

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