What to do when a pro­ject stalls

The Prince George Citizen - The Citizen - Real Estate Weekly - - Real Estate Weekly -

Upon em­bark­ing on a home im­prove­ment pro­ject, home­own­ers who have never be­fore lived through such un­der­tak­ings are of­ten told to ex­pect their projects to take more time than ini­tial es­ti­mates sug­gested. Un­fore­seen com­pli­ca­tions can com­pro­mise pro­ject time­lines, and some home­own­ers may find their projects stuck in neu­tral.

Stalled projects can make life at home dif­fi­cult, and home­own­ers may feel help­less with re­gard to get­ting a pro­ject back on course. But there are ways for home­own­ers to get stalled projects back on course.

• Start off on solid fi­nan­cial foot­ing.

It’s im­por­tant that home­own­ers who want to up­grade their homes en­ter the home im­prove­ment process with a re­al­is­tic grasp of their fi­nances. Many home im­prove­ment projects stall when home­own­ers run out of money. Home­own­ers can avoid such un­for­tu­nate sit­u­a­tions by only begin­ning a pro­ject they know they can af­ford. Whether fund­ing a pro­ject with a loan or sav­ings or a com­bi­na­tion of both, home­own­ers should make an hon­est as­sess­ment of what they can af­ford to com­mit to a given pro­ject. If the amount of money avail­able does not add up to the es­ti­mated cost of the pro­ject, de­lay the pro­ject now or you might be fac­ing a stalled pro­ject down the road.

Do-ity­our­selfers may have the abil­i­ties to com­plete a pro­ject, but they should not let their pride get in the way of their ul­ti­mate goal, which is the com­ple­tion of the pro­ject. In ad­di­tion to money, time or lack thereof, is of­ten the cul­prit be­hind stalled projects. Home­own­ers

Hon­estly as­sess whether or not you can fin­ish the job. • •

with full-time jobs, fam­i­lies or both may not be able to find the time to com­plete a job in a timely fash­ion. If the pro­ject has been stuck in neu­tral and no sud­den wind­fall of free time is on the hori­zon, start con­tact­ing con­trac­tors to fin­ish the job for you.

There’s no shame in ask­ing for help to com­plete a pro­ject. Some home­own­ers may un­der­es­ti­mate the scope of a pro­ject un­til it’s too late. Ask­ing fam­ily, friends or neigh­bors for help might be the only way to get a stalled pro­ject back on track. Cer­tain home im­prove­ment projects may not re­quire ad­vanced skills, and even friends or fam­ily with lit­tle or no home im­prove­ment ex­pe­ri­ence can pitch in to com­plete such projects. When more ad­vanced projects stall, home­own­ers may want to hire con­trac­tors to com­plete the work. If bud­gets have not left much room for hir­ing a con­trac­tor, home­own­ers can per­form some of the la­bor on their own.

Ask for help. Be mind­ful of per­mits.

Some home im­prove­ment projects re­quire per­mits, and these per­mits of­ten have ex­pi­ra­tion dates. Home­own­ers must keep per­mits in mind when projects start to stall, rec­og­niz­ing that they may need to reap­ply for per­mits if projects go un­fin­ished for es­pe­cially long pe­ri­ods of time.

Stalled home im­prove­ment projects can be a night­mare. But home­own­ers can ad­dress such delays in var­i­ous ways to get projects back on track.

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