Step 1: Make Agreements

Have you made your choice for a contractor? Then put together all the agreements made on paper before the renovation or renovation starts. This way you avoid misunderstandings during or after the renovation. It is advisable to always conclude a written contract, in which at least the following points are stated:

General Remodeling

Write down all agreements made with the contractor before the renovation or renovation starts. 

  • A description of the assignment
  • (interim) Dates for completion
  • The price (including VAT)
  • Labor and material costs

Terms of payment

Do not forget to read the general terms and conditions of the contractor carefully. These are part of the agreement that you conclude. In addition, make agreements about the disposal of the waste and any additional work, so that you will not be faced with surprises later.

Step 2: Do You Need A Permit?

In some cases, you need a permit for renovating or demolishing your house. This has to do with the laws that ensure that the environment remains safe, clean, beautiful, and healthy. At the municipality, and online with the Permit Check at environs loket.nl, you can already check whether your plan fits within the zoning plan of the municipality and whether you need a permit for your renovation. And if so, which permits you to need it.

Depending on your renovation plans, it may be wise to also discuss these with your neighbors. They have the right to object to a renovation. You can often avoid this by discussing your plans in advance.

Does your check with the municipality or online show that you need a permit for your renovation? A contractor can help you with the application.

Step 3: The Execution Of The Renovation

When all agreements with the contractor have been recorded and any permits have been arranged, the renovation can begin. To ensure that the renovation goes according to plan, it is useful to remain involved in the work of the contractor. Certainly, if several parties are involved in your renovation and the activities have to be coordinated.

Therefore, keep in regular contact with the contractor during the renovation

Therefore, keep in regular contact with the contractor during the renovation, so that you can make timely adjustments if necessary. In your planning, do take into account some delay, for example, due to work that goes wrong, a problem with the delivery of products or if something breaks.

Step 4: The Completion Of The Renovation

Have the activities been carried out as desired? Then the renovation can be completed. Check whether everything works, has been carried out according to the agreements and whether everything has been delivered properly before you sign the delivery report.

Have the activities been carried out as desired?  Then the renovation can be completed.

For example, pay attention to the following renovation parts:

Check that everything is working properly: can windows and doors open and close properly? Are the taps and radiators working, is the electricity working and have you received a manual for new equipment?

Check that everything has been done properly: do the glass and paintwork have no stains, streaks, breaks, or scratches? Has the walls and the floor been neatly sealed and do the joints have the color that you have agreed upon?

Check whether everything has been delivered neatly: have any glue and paint residues and cement diapers been removed and has the waste been cleared up as agreed?

Start Remodeling

Do you discover any flaws? Then put it on paper and keep it safe so that you can always fall back on it. Discuss the options in advance if you discover defects at a later time. There is often a service period after completion, during which the contractor can remedy visible defects.

Step 5: Practical Matters

The renovation has been completed and your house is clean and delivered again. After the renovation, there are a number of practical matters that you should consider. We give you a few tips:

After the renovation, there are a number of practical matters that you should consider

Ask the contractor where the pipes run, in case you still want to drill.

Has it been plastered or joined? A lot of moisture is used for this. Therefore, ventilate well in the period after the renovation.

There is a good chance that your house will increase in value due to the renovation. Keep this in mind with your home insurance. Perhaps this is a good time to take a look at your contents insurance again.

Do you have a building fund account? Then check whether all invoices have been declared and indicate to your mortgage provider that the building fund account can be closed.