Mistakes while repairing a flat, a house – detailed tips from GetService.
Repair is commonly called a calamity. Only a few are capable of stoically surviving the peripeteia related thereto.
Actually, all this is not so frightening, if you take into account the experience of those having already bumped their heads. The experts working with GetService tell about the typical mistakes.
Mistake 1: high-quality repair cannot be cheap
“Why should I overpay to repairmen? I’ll do it myself, a neighbour will help with advice, I’ll watch video on youtube, I’ll learn how to lay the tiles correctly”, many people think. As a result, the repair of a small flat drags on, rooms turn into warehouses of construction materials, thousands of euros are spent, every evening a wife in the presence of children ironically teases her husband about his skillful hands…
It is difficult for an amateur to approximately assess the expected volume of work, its steps, specifics, in particular, if it is a capital repair. You won’t do with superficial knowledge: it is necessary to take into account the plaster drying time, the specifics of the previous wall treatment, the required quantity of materials, the wiring diagram. It is almost impossible for an amateur to do a repair without a mistake.
Real estate owners are dreaming of doing a repair maximally quick and cheap. But such dreams are far from reality. Many details determining the cost of work performed by professional repairmen emerge in the process. Until you dismantle the parquet, it is impossible to predict the state of the floor, whether the screed coat should be made or you can do without it.
“Don’t pinch pennies on high-quality repair, you are going to live in this space. Saving expenses is the main mistake of amateurs,” say GetService experts.
GOOD TIP: it is obligatory to have a money stock for contingencies. Planning the repair budget, consider that the expenses may rise any moment. It is recommended to add 20% to the total cost of repair, it will be the security in case of an embarrassing situation, if some unscheduled works, reworks, etc. are suddenly required.
You shouldn’t trust the repairmen assessing the scope of work by phone. It is the first sign of incompetence. An expert should, before saying the cost of work, visit the site, carefully examine it, and then say the term and the cost.
“Three months ago, I had to rehang the top cabinets of the ready-built kitchen after an amateur repairman. The problem was that the cabinets were fixed to the wall of hollow bricks. Standard dowels don’t suit. The repairmen decided to save, fixed the cabinets hurry-skurry and left. Virtually in three days, a heavy cabinet of natural wood fell. Luckily, there was noone in the kitchen. It was necessary to rehang all cabinets again subject to technology. The house master paid twice for the same work.”
Paulo, work experience – 12 years.
Mistake 2: cutting corners on skill
A beginning repairman estimates the services substantially cheaper than the colleague having a large experience of repair works. Of course, everybody should have a chance. But you should be ready to hear in response to your claims with regard to work quality: “And what have you expected for this money? You knew I have no experience.”
We recommend that you should select narrow focus experts for works requiring specialized knowledge (e.g., replacement of sanitary ware or installation of stretched ceiling). It also applies to gas or electric stove replacement – such tasks in no case should be entrusted to the beginners. Safety of your family and people living nearby will directly depend on it.
Selecting the repairman at GetService attentively study all comments of the customers. If the cost of repairman services is below the average, and there are many unsatisfied clients, consider another candidate.
Assess the repairman’s experience by the provided CV. However, don’t trust everything written in it. If a 20-year-old repairman asserts himself as a professional, you should make a small test for him – ask him to tell about the difficulties he’d encountered in his last project, check the knowledge of terminology, ask specific questions. During the talk, pay attention not just to the answers, but to the manner of communication, as well.
Remember that the both parties are responsible for the quality of repair. Remain alert, don’t cut corners on materials and payment to repairmen for work. If you don’t trust, how will you let people into your house? The repairmen are interested to have everything done thoroughly, as far as their reputation and further earning directly depends on it.
Mistake 3: ignore conclusion of the contract
Conclusion of the contract is beneficial to the both parties, this document helps regulate arbitrary issues that will surely arise during repair works. Ignoring the contract, the customer is running a risk of overpaying by times. The repairman, not less than the real estate owner is interested in conclusion of the official contract detailing a list of all required works. It is also recommended to detail there the deadlines, the fee amount, the obligations of the parties.
The more nuances are detailed in the contract, the less problems you’ll encounter during the repair epic. It is worth specifying who is responsible for buying and delivery of construction materials to the site, keeps accounting, accounts for the checks.
The works to be performed by the repairman should be described in the document in detail. For example, not just “align the walls in the kitchen and in the bathroom”, but “align the walls on the beacons”. The difference is that in the latter case the walls will not just look smooth, but will correspond to the level.
“A few customers understand that the outlet replacement and its moving to another place are different tasks in terms of labour consumption. Therefore, you’ll have to explain, why you’ve changed the price. It happened because initially it was another task.”
Antonio, work experience – 7 years.
To avoid problems during and after repair, we advise you to use the services of professionals. You can find then using GetService.