Renovating your favorite space be overwhelming. But with enough planning, you can tackle any project with confidence.
We’re here to help with a list of steps to take (and questions to ask) to get your remodeling job done right.
Separate Wants From Needs
When a room is ready for an overhaul, it feels like everything needs to be done right away.
But it’s more likely that your remodel or renovation can be done in stages, and not everything can (or should) be done right now.
Make a list that separates your project needs (what has to be done) from your project wants (everything you would like to be done to the room to get it picture-perfect).
Prioritize Needs According to Your Budget
Now that you’ve listed your needs, you can prioritize according to your budget. To avoid unpleasant surprises, we suggest adding a little cushion to your budget (between 10% and 15% of your target amount). You’ll feel more prepared and may have a little left for future projects.
Determine Your Timeline
It’s good to have a timeline in mind for when you want your project done. Projects (and remodelers) without specific deadlines tend to overstay their welcome.
Do your research
When you know the specs of your remodel, it’s time to do some homework. Internet searching is fine, but you’ll need to know how to narrow that search.
Asking people you trust about their remodel can confirm whether your budget expectations are realistic.
They can also give you recommendations about who to hire (and who to avoid) based on their experience.
Tip: When researching online, be sure to check the National Association of Remodelers and the National Association of Homebuilders so you know that any builder or remodeler you decide to interview meets their standards for safety and industry best practices.
Interview Contractors and Remodelers
Different remodelers have different strengths. Conducting an interview gives you the chance to share your vision. And a thorough interview means you’re more likely to work with a professional who shares your values and can meet your project goals within your specified timeline and budget.
Bonus: You don’t have to start from scratch. Check out our sample interview questions.
Read the Fine Print
No matter how well your interview goes, read all contracts, terms, and project plans very carefully before signing on the dotted line. Don’t hesitate to ask questions of the remodeler, or your preferred legal advisor, before making this significant investment.
Plan for Success
Make sure your remodeling plan includes:
Setting up a room unaffected by the renovation where you can relax, recharge, and relieve stress.
Knowing how to troubleshoot with your project manager should change or issues arrive
Alternative accommodations (in case construction is long and loud, or affects a bedroom/bathroom or kitchen.
We love the transformative power of renovating a beautiful home. That’s why we do whatever we can to help homeowners drop the dread and get excited about their remodel.
Want to learn more? Request for an interview.