In the British Military there is a popular tongue-in-cheek saying: Proper Planning Prevents Piss Poor Performance. This saying is also echoed through history, especially amongst Presidents and Prime Ministers with military backgrounds such as the Benjamin Franklin quote “by failing to prepare you are preparing to fail”. The takeaway message from mantras such as these is that planning and preparation are absolutely essential to the success of projects on any scale. This can be especially applied to undertaking a home renovation and remodelling project. Often costing thousands of dollars, if you fail to do your due diligence mistakes can be extremely costly, cause delays and cause some serious stress and heartache, or heartburn!


Most important to your preparations is find the best contractor to work with on your home improvement plan. The best Home Improvement Contractors often come recommended so ask around your family, friends, work colleagues, neighbours, any acquaintances really! If you come up empty other places to try are trade bodies, your local planning office, neighbourhood forums or social media and review sites. With any contractor you are considering employing, ask for references from any recent clients and photographs of similar projects they have carried out. This is one of the best ways to check they have the expertise needed. Make sure also they have appropriate insurances in place and if electrical or plumbing work is needed that they are fully certified. If you choose a general contractor they can also project manage your site, coordinating the various tradesmen, vendors and materials and ensuring the whole project runs on time and on budget. Some contractors will also have design and build experience and can assist with obtaining planning permission and will ensure that works are carried out in line with local building regulation controls in order to receive full consent. Whatever level or involvement you decide upon with your contractor make sure that the final brief is fully detailed in writing and agreed upon, along with a fixed quote. The amount charged should not be increased unless you change or add to the brief. Once you are happy with everything you can pay a deposit for work to begin, with the remainder held until completion.


Chambersburg Contractors in Pennsylvania is a full-service building contractor who can handle your home or commercial building project, big or small. Their services include new home construction, room addition, home renovation, deck building, windows, doors, roofing, electrics, plumbing, HVAC, kitchens, bathrooms, along with interior and exterior painting. As well as residential properties they are able to work on many types of commercial spaces including hotels, restaurants, offices and retail units as well as medical, dental, salon and spa facilities. To view their full range of domestic and commercial services visit their website at Chambersburg Contractors. If you would like a free quotation for your building project you can schedule a free no-obligation home visit at a day and time that suits you in order to discuss you needs, answer any questions you may have and receive your free estimate.