​Surviving Renovations - Solutions to Common Building Problems

​Surviving Renovations - Solutions to Common Building Problems

Posted by Access Doors and Panels on 21st Nov 2018

​Surviving Renovations - Solutions to Common Building Problems

When it comes to renovations whether they are commercial or residential, sometimes even in the best of intentions and no matter how prepared we may be, repairs can go awry.  Access Doors and Panels shares some of the common mistakes and the solutions on how to fix them before they get too far.

Inaccurate Measuring

Sometimes even the smallest inaccuracy can be a costly one. Whether it is measuring of an opening or a piece of wood or access panel – not having the proper measurements can be frustrating. Solution? While some contractors and builders may be sure of their sizes, it never hurts to have some double check but also to double check their own work. One could argue that if they’ve measured it once what is measuring it again going to do?

Taking a step back and them coming back to the measurement can help guarantee that the measurements taken are in fact correct. If the measurement is for an access panel or door, a supplier may clarify whether or not the measurements taken are accurate but also because for the most part, some panels and doors come in universal measurements. Always double, triple check because not only does inaccurate measurements result in project delays but it can also be a costly one affecting the bottom project budget.

Underestimating Costs

Regardless of how many years a contractor has been working, they know that it is always essential to ensure there is a buffer in surplus money. Why? A contractor can prepare a cost-estimate factoring in everything from material costs, labour and consultant fees; however, it is hard to budget for project delays and material shortages.

Sometimes the struggle when it comes to underestimated costing is dealing with the client and helping them understand why having a buffer for a contingency is essential. Whether it’s a delay in the building or a sudden discovery of mould that requires disinfection, these are unexpected and unplanned variables that can impact the overall costs.

Shortcut in Quality isn’t Always Best

To make a project come under or just in line with the budget – we think that if we go with a lesser quality material or product, it will help; however, this is not the case. Saving money by going with a more inferior quality material or product but also going with inexperienced help can end the end result in higher expenses and actually with no savings at all. Choosing materials or building solutions that meet your needs and that of your clients will benefit both parties. For example, when it comes to a flushed access panel if a client has never worked or installed a panel before let alone know what kind of panel is best suitable this can result in mistakes being made.

Consider the budget allocated for materials and labour and work within it. If it seems that it’s a budget that is not feasible or unrealistic, discuss with the client and be able to not only justify but give solutions as well.

In-Style won’t always be In-Style –

Clients often find their ideas of what looks good and stylish through what is trending and in fashion via celebrity magazines and endorsements. Fun fact though, on average a first-time homeowner will live in their home anywhere between 3-5 years which means that while they may have all the latest finishings, it may not stand the test of time. The struggle that contractors experience when dealing with clients who only see the fashion and trends, it can be a struggle when it comes to the install and afterwards. Solution? A contractor with years of experience if not a portfolio of various examples can demonstrate to a client the benefits of choosing furnishings and home solutions that are timeless.  Access panels that double as storage are timeless – they are noninvasive and can aesthetically blend with its surroundings.

Whether it’s your first home or your final home, renovation mistakes can happen to anyone. Mistakes can be as simple as not measuring accurately or going with a cheaper solution. Seeking professional and knowledgeable help can mean fewer errors and oversight.

At Access Doors and Panels, not only do we provide an array of products ranging from drywall access panels to security panels, but we also have knowledgeable staff who can assist you with your building questions. Want to read up on more when it comes to renovations and upgrades? Visit us at www.accessdoorsandpanels.com/blog  

21st Nov 2018 Posted by Access Doors and Panels