Having a basic grasp of home improvement lingo can make your kitchen or bathroom remodel go more smoothly. In today’s post, we list 13 common renovation terms homeowners should know about.
1. HOA Approval – Homeowners Association Approval. If you live in a community with an HOA, there will likely be some specific rules that dictate the parameters of your project. Your contractor will need HOA Approval before they can start work on your home.
2. Change Order – Written documents that modify the construction contract after work has commenced. This is an agreement between you and the contractor to change the scope, price or any other term within the contract, often resulting in increased cost and labor time.
3. Building Codes – Rules and ordinances established by the local or state jurisdiction that dictate how a house can be built or modified. These codes vary based on your community and geographical location and must always be met to avoid fines.
4. Bid – Formal offer that homeowners receive from contractors, specifying the amount of work, conditions and cost estimates. This gives you the power to negotiate your home or bathroom remodeling project’s terms and conditions.
5. Allowance – Amount of money allocated for the specific items outlined in the contract. Often a rough estimate of cost for materials and labor and can still be added to as the work progresses.
6. Blueprints – Drawings that provide the plan for the remodel, including dimensions, materials and types of fasteners.
7. Demolition – Process where old items, materials, wall covers or walls are knocked out and removed. This is the first step of a remodel.
8. Design/Build – A remodeling company that handles both the design and build work. Hiring a design/build company allows homeowners to work with a single company for all project phases.
9. Footings – Rebar-reinforced concrete that sits beneath the foundation, providing support for your home’s overall structure. Size and depth are usually guided by building codes.
10. General Contractor – Person responsible for the day-to-day oversight of the project. Must always be licensed, bonded and insured.
11. HVAC – Heating, ventilation and air conditioning unit.
12. Permits – Authorization from the government that allows you to begin your project.
13. Subcontractor – A specialty contractor hired by the general contractor to perform specific work. Examples are plumbers and electricians.
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