10 Tips for Home Remodeling Project Success
By fiderioandsons Apr 23, 2014
A CT home remodeling project can be a daunting task, and it can be as much of a success as a nightmare, depending on what you make of it. Remodeling is a large investment and can add to the health, longevity, and value of your home. Are you ready to start a remodeling project? Here are ten helpful tips to make sure your project is a success!
1. Plan ahead. Starting a project with a plan is never a bad idea, and is often times preferred. If you have any design considerations, this is the time to make note of them. Also, making product selections early can prevent delays later on while in the midst of your project. Planning can also help to ensure your remodeling project stays on track for your budget!
2. Keep in mind the big picture. Although you may be starting a home remodeling project for aesthetic purposes, it’s also important to remember the big picture. Long term maintenance, energy efficiency, and repair expenses are all important factors to consider while selecting which products to use as these expenses can add up quickly.
3. Hire a contractor you like and trust. Finding good help for your remodel is always a great place to start. Your house is your home, and you don’t want to entrust it to just anyone. When looking for a reputable remodeler there are some serious factors to consider. Find a company that have a long lasting reputation and career (meaning someone whose been in business more than 3 years.) Also look for positive feedback from previous customers, but ultimately go with the business that you feel you can trust.
4. Do your research. Before you start any project, it’s important that you know what to expect from your contractor. It could be beneficial for you to go out and visit one of their current job sites. Good contractors ensure that they maintain a clean and organized work space, as well as take precautionary measures for safety.
5. Get a detailed contract. Jumping into a home remodeling project without a contract, or a loose fitting contract is one of the worst things you can do. Making sure your project is detailed and outlined in a contract will make sure both you and the contractor knows what is expected during their work time. The contract needs the right address, a start date, a completion date, and a detail of what is and is not going to be done.
6. Know what you are taking on. Starting a remodeling project can be an exciting time, but there can also be a lot of frustration involved with delays, and unforeseen issues that arise. Sometimes these things happen, but the best contractors with work with you to get through them as quickly and easily as possible.
7. Communicate effectively. Making sure you keep an open line of communication with your remodeler can benefit the outcome of your remodeling project. If there is anything you find unsatisfactory let the company supervisor overseeing your project know right away.
8. Share your design ideas. If you have an idea in mind for layout or style, be sure to bring it up to your contractor before you commence with your project. Any and all feedback should be welcomed!
9. Establish a budget. Budgeting is key, and if you have a budget in mind, find a contractor willing to work within that desired amount. Remodelers can use this information to properly assist you throughout the product and design selection process.
10. Ask for recommendations. Don’t be afraid to ask any contractor for recommendations, and they shouldn’t be hesitant to give you any. All reputable remodelers should have dozens of happy customers just waiting to give them a glowing review!