2020 has been one of the craziest years we have experienced with COVID-19 shutting down the country, civil unrest, disasters, and even wildfires in our backyards. It’s understandable to not be planning for your home projects with all that’s going on around us.

I’m just as guilty as the next person when it comes to not planning well. For example, it’s not uncommon in the summer to forget about a leak or rot repair until the next rainy season when that leak starts back up again. You’re not alone. Just try calling a roofer to come out for your emergency, and it could be weeks before they come out because they’re busy with the other thousands of people stuck in the same crisis. Now you’re struggling and under pressure to get this fixed before there is more damage to your home.
I don’t know if “planning makes perfect,” but it sure will go a long way to making life more comfortable. I don’t know how many times I have broken something while out skiing or camping that I know I need to fix before I go out again, only to wait for months and then rush at the last minute to resolve the problem. This always ends up seeming to cost more than if I had used my time wisely.

If you are thinking of working with Shirey Home Pro, please contact us early on in the process of your project. Whether your project is a major remodel or smaller job, we would be happy to consult with you on the steps you may want to consider taking in order for it to be successful. We can also help make the planning process more efficient. Knowing when to bring in a designer or engineer and how to make selections and a budget is crucial to any project. As for scheduling, COVID-19 is now affecting product availability of things such as framing lumber, roof trusses, cabinetry, and tile. A good plan will help to reduce or eliminate downtime during the duration of your project.

Don’t worry. If you do need to call at the last minute and/or call with an emergency, we will do our very best to expedite your situation. Being your “personal contractor” means you will never hear us say, “A lack of planning on your part does not necessitate an emergency on ours.” If you ever feel that way, as the owner, I want you to know that we are here to help you with everything in your home. If on the off chance your project is something for which we’re not the best fit, we will find you someone who is. We will always be here for you, trying to do the right thing.

Jon Elkins
Published: September 11, 2020

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