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Angie's List: how to survive a remodel

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Contractors tell Angie's List that 2015 is going to be a busy year for home improvement. Angie's List has some tips on how to deal with the extra stress.

Good planning and communication can help reduce some of the stress.

"The most common problem, when it comes to remodeling, is lack of communication, so my best advice is to be sure that you're meeting regularly with your head contractor," said Angie Hicks, Angie's List. "Whether it's every morning before they get started, or at least once a week, because that way you can cover things that come up real time, instead of letting them blow up into bigger problems."

Other things to cover include where materials and tools will be stored, where the crew will go to the bathroom and how early they'll start hammering in the morning.

Even the best planning doesn't always make the jobs go perfectly. Contractors say they often run into existing problems they have to fix before they can get back to the planned remodeling project. That adds to the time on the job, as well as the budget, which can add to the stress.

"I will plan a little bit of contingency into my own budget," said Andy Peabody, Contractor. "It also doesn't hurt for the homeowners to plan a little bit just to make sure they can cover any additional costs without stretching the budget too thinly."

Hicks recommends setting aside at least 10 percent of your estimated project cost as a contingency fund and to add at least a week to the expected end date of your project. If all goes well she says look at that extra time and money as a personal bonus.

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