Many construction companies and general contractors are considered “essential” under the current stay at home order, however that doesn’t mean that your home renovation project is considered essential. According to Federal Guidelines, essential industries include “workers such as plumbers, electricians, exterminators, and other service providers who provide services that are necessary to maintaining the safety, sanitation, and essential operation of residences” which means you are probably wondering the status of your kitchen remodel that on the slate for this month.
Delaying your renovation.
While we can’t guarantee anything, chances are if you want to delay your renovation, your contractor will be more than willing to work with you on some level. They don’t want to lose your business anymore than you don’t want that new bathroom. On the flip side, your contractor may be looking to delay your renovation as well. With non essential businesses in shut down, contractors may be unable to pull the necessary permits for your renovation or have inspections conducted when the project is completed.
Cancelling your renovation.
If you’ve already signed a contract, cancelling your renovation may be a little trickier. We can’t speak for every contractor or every state but if you need to cancel your renovation for health reasons or financial reasons, it is best to reach out to your contractor and have an open conversation about the situation. Maybe you don’t need to cancel entirely- maybe you can scale down or reschedule for down the road. If you are concerned about health consequences, many contractors are taking extra precautionary measures to reduce the spread of COVID19 that may surprise you.
Starting a renovation.
With all this time you are spending at home, you have plenty of time to sit and think about all the things you’ve wanted to do around the house but never had the time. Maybe it’s remodel or maybe it’s a finally replacing that ancient hot water heater for a tankless one (hello energy efficiency!), regardless you’d be surprised how many contractors are offering incentives during this time and expanded financing options.
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