Remodeling Tips

Home remodeling can take on a life of it’s own if the consumer does not prepare in advance. Before approaching a contractor the consumer must do some research and become knowledgeable about their needs and wants for the project.

In order to live with and live through your home’s remodeling, the consumer must apply principles of research, communication, cooperation, and flexibility.

  • Develop the overall scope of the project. Prioritize needs and wants; determine what is a necessity and what is a luxury. Artistry is not a pre-requisite here, however, your ideas on paper will allow the contractor to envision and interpret your ideas.

  • Determine your budget: what is a comfortable amount that you can spend, realizing that there may be additional charges for unforeseen expenses.

  • Create a scrapbook of the items you wish to include in your project. Samples or magazine clippings of tile, fixtures, flooring, roofing and siding materials, floor plans or design amenities will establish wonderful groundwork for your contractor to create a rapport from which to work.

  • Never underestimate the importance of clear communication. Remodeling is a very exciting experience, creating a very unique, personal extension of his/her lifestyle through the renovations. If the homeowner and contractor do not communicate well, then both parties will be extremely unhappy with the progress of the project, and the homeowner maybe resigned to live with mistakes, instead of enjoying a new lifestyle.

It’s important to maintain an elevated sense of humor during the remodeling process and certainly enjoy the spectacle with a bit of gusto! Celebrate the completion of certain phases, and look forward to the next step. You will evolve along with your project.

When your project is complete, and you and your contractor have wrapped up the final inspection, celebrate the moment with family and friends. You have just opened a new chapter in your home life!