Mickey Fabianno: I would say one of the most common issues a client might face when renovating their home is unforeseen issues. It comes up all the time. And a contractor or anyone doing the reno who’s experienced will tell you we expect to find this, we hope to see this. But unfortunately, we can’t see through walls. Not yet! So, we don’t know. Some homes are 100 years old, some are 30, some have old blueprints, some have new, but you never know what a trade might have done and that’s the biggest problem. So, we can give you a timeline and let you know this is what we expect, this is what we hope to find, this is where we’re going to be, but you have to understand we’ll open that wall up and if it’s missing a lintel or if they’re completely rotted there or they just completely didn’t put something in, we need to rectify that and then keep moving forward which adds time.
Sebastian Sevallo: Usually at the beginning of the renovation you’re going to get an estimated cost for the renovation. I’d say probably about three quarters of the way through, once the finishing is done and the big ticket items are done and we really have no more issues that are going to arise. At that point, you can really dial in the dollar amount. I would say it’s probably later on in the renovation that you’re going to have a really good idea of how much it’s actually going to cost because changes happen consistently all the way to the end. From framing down to painting, you literally will be changing your mind the entire time and all these things cost money. So, near the end or at the end you’re going to know really what what the renovation is going to cost you.
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