Things can be hectic once your basement construction begins. During the duration of your remodeling construction you can expect some inconveniences, regular inspections and even some preliminary lien notices. Don’t worry these are all routine and when expected, they can be handled with ease.


Before construction begins, discuss with your contractor what inconveniences can be expected during the remodeling. Having a tentative idea when these inconveniences will occur can make living amongst them easier. Expect loud noise at times, dust and debris throughout the project area and that water and/or power may be temporarily disconnected. Plan your typical routine around these transitory inconveniences.

Your remodeling contractor should acquire the permits and schedule inspections throughout the construction process. The permits and inspections are not only legally required, but are designed to ensure the health and safety of the homeowner and occupants. Inspections will take place throughout different stages of construction and again at the completion of construction. Prior to your final payment, a building inspector will make a final walk through of the construction and will sign off on the job. Try to be present during inspections so that you can ask and answer questions if needed. Feel free to make frequent inspections yourself.

Shortly after construction begins you will likely receive preliminary lien notices from the subcontractors and or material suppliers. This is standard legal procedure. These notices are not indicating that a lien has been filed against your property but rather that these workers have supplied you with material and or labor and they expect to be paid. Keep these notices for your records.

To help protect your property from actually having a lien filed, you may, if permitted by local laws, add a release of lien clause to your contract. This requires the contractor, subcontractors and suppliers to present a certificate called Waiver of the lien.

8 Steps For a Stress Free Home Remodel

  1. Interview Potential Contractors
  2. Discuss Your Remodeling Plans
  3. Set a Remodeling Budget
  4. Hire a Qualified Contractor
  5. Iron Out Contract Details
  6. Keep a Remodeling Records File
  7. Know What To Expect During Construction
  8. Communicate With Your Contractor