1. Have a vision
When you meet with contractors, it can be helpful to have a sense of what you’re
looking for aesthetically and functionally. Familiarize yourself with design terms
so that you can communicate what you are hoping to design. Use tools like
Pinterest to help keep track of the designs that you like. If you don’t have a vision
in mind and are simply looking to upgrade your space, a design/build firm is
perfect for you.
2. Ask for references and read reviews
Renovations are expensive and can be stressful, but you can avoid a lot of
headaches if you trust your contractor. Most companies will put their reviews on
their website, but you can also use tools like Google and Houzz to make sure
your contractor is respected in the community. It’s also a good idea to reach out
to friends, family, and neighbors to see if they can recommend someone.
3. Be prepared for the permit process
Getting building permits is an essential but complicated part of the remodeling
process. It’s important that homeowners always have permits for everything, to
avoid trouble down the road when selling the house. Furthermore, you want your
house to be structurally sound and safe. Experienced contractors will walk you
through the process and will check in with updates periodically.
4. Consider the projects that will have the best ROI
Resale should always be a consideration when you’re remodeling your home,
and even if you don’t plan on moving anytime soon, your future self will thank you
for making smart investment decisions when remodeling. Do some research on
the features that add and decrease the value to a home.
5. Prepare for interruptions in your life
Whether you are remodeling your entire home or just one bathroom, your daily
routine will likely be interrupted. Make sure you take these into consideration
when you are planning a remodel. Make a plan for how you and your family will
function without the use of the space.
6. Remember the bigger picture
At the end of a long, at times overwhelming project, you can feel completely
gratified knowing that you designed your space just the way you’ve always
dreamed. Along the way, there will likely be ups and downs. But by working with
a good contractor, you can keep on top of the schedule and keep interruptions in
your life to a minimum. Remember to take time to notice the progress along the
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