Why home renovations go over time and over budget

Written by view.com.au in Renovating

A ladder and paint during home renovations

It’s a pretty common problem. When you tell people that you’re planning some home renovations, they’ll often tell you to double your time frame and triple your budget.

But do you really need to expect everything to go over time and budget? Or is it reasonable to expect everything to go according to plan?

Well, we all know that life is full of surprise. And they aren’t all good ones. With projects as complex as building or home renovations, there are any number of things which can go wrong.

Here are a few things you should keep in mind when planning your next project.

Why home renovations get delayed?

Have you tried building a house recently? It’s really hard. Maybe you have tried as an owner-builder and that’s why you’re thinking about getting a contractor this time.

The job of a contractor is not an easy one. They need to handle various applications, source all of the materials they’ll need for the job, and more. Any delays or complications with any of those tasks can cause everything else to become delayed as well.

They also need to organise and schedule a bunch of other subcontractors such as plumbers, electricians, and glaziers. There are a lot of moving parts which all need to fit together perfectly.

Common causes of delays

This is not an exhaustive list by any means. Delays and cost blowouts can be caused by just about anything and they will depend on the kind of work that you’re having done. And, a lot of the time, it’s not the contractor’s fault.

Here are some of the common causes:

  • Weather – A lot of delays are caused by bad weather because there are many jobs which can only be done when it’s dry. Things like roofing, excavating, and pouring concrete are best done in dry weather.
  • Materials – If a materials supplier is late, then there may be nothing your contractor can do until they have the supplies they need. In many cases, they have no control over the timeliness of their suppliers.
  • Machinery – Machines such as excavators and skid steers add another level of complexity. Just like cars, they can break down, get flat tyres, and other problems which can delay a job.
  • Changes – There are many cases where delays and cost blowouts are actually caused by the homeowner wanting to make changes to the project after its already started. The contractor will often be happy to accommodate the changes but they will likely add to the time and cost of the job.

What do delays mean for your contract?

Your contract should contain details about how and when changes to the scope of the project can be made, what kind of delays and costs increases are acceptable, and how disputes should be resolved.

Unfortunately, there are some dodgy operators in the marketplace who deliberately underquote to secure a job and then increase the price later on. Or some who cut corners with low-quality materials or workmanship. This is why the details of your contract are so important.

Author: Axis Industrial Tyres are suppliers of premiums tyres for a range of industrial applications. They commonly deliver new replacement tyres to constructions sites where a machine with a flat tyre has caused work to stop. Written by Digital360