To what extent do I need to supervise restoration construction?
I have a problem and am looking to this wonderful community for its insight.
My beautiful 1931 big city home was rented and caught on fire. I am facing a complete gut, top to bottom restoration.
My son and I live more than 600 miles away, in a small rural area that isn't the easiest to fly in and out of. Should I move down to where the burned house is to be on hand during the renovation? If so, why? Or why not? What kinds of problems can I expect? What kinds of decisions will I have to be on hand to make?
I wil have a contractor, but...I'm nervous about leaving EVERYTHING in his hands. All the design decisions will fall on my shoulders. And, leaving my 15-year-old home alone to run down there for 4, 5 days at a time in the past has been nothing short of nerve wracking.
If you were me, what would you do? And why? I am prepared to move and rent for two years so that my son can finish high school and I can be on hand for things that come up during renovation...even though I have no idea what those things might be because I've never been through this before. Should I?