Is it too late to do a change order
in my home improvement project?
You have thought about this project for a very long time; electrical, plumbing, window locations, even the color of the tile grout. You did all the research and planning, found the right contractor and your home improvement has begun. Then it happens, you have to ask.
Can we make some changes to the improvement?
Even the best laid plans can require some changes. The realization can happen before the start of the improvement or sometimes well after things have gotten underway. That is okay, anything can be changed. There are two important questions to ask.
- How difficult will it be to do the change order?
- What will it cost for the change orders to be completed?
While some people believe that they be gouged with huge charges when they request a change in the original agreement, I believe that the additional charges should reflect the additional expenses and work required. So if you want wood flooring instead of carpeting in the room addition, this would be a simple change if we are still framing the walls. Informing me that you want to add some electrical outlets while I’m grouting the tiles is a little more involved.
A good contractor will work with the owners with suggestions along the way. “In other homes, I’ve seen a large window that really looked great. What do you think about putting in one here?’ may help with changing the job before it gets expensive.
So, it is never too late to request a change order. The cost will depend on what will be involved to give you what you want. You will then have to decide if you are willing to pay for those changes. Working with a contractor who can communicate suggestions can help.
If you are looking for a general contractor in the Sacramento Region, maybe we can help you with your home improvement project with little or no changes to the original agreement.
El Dorado County