Preparing for Your Remodel: It Starts with You
The keystone of every successful project is you. An experienced remodeler can and will give you all kinds of support, but you know your home better than anyone and are best suited to presenting workable ideas to your contractor.
Over the years I have done many, many estimates and the best-prepared homeowners always wind up with the best projects. Here are a few things to consider:
1. Make sure your project suits your home and your lifestyle
We often meet clients who want to do more than can possibly be achieved in the space available. Before you go too far with a particular idea, sketch it out, grab the measuring tape, and put it to a reality test. You want to have a somewhat workable plan, also called a scope of work, in place before calling a contractor.
If you’re stuck and can’t imagine what to do give us a call or browse our Project Gallery.
2. Have backup ideas
It’s not unusual for something a client envisions to be impossible or too expensive to construct. At times like that, it’s good to have another idea or two in reserve.
3. Know the true extent of your budget
Our website has a lot of information on the cost of various projects and no one stretches a budget dollar further than we can. But there are limits.
Better to execute a slightly smaller plan perfectly, than overextend yourself with a plan that costs too much. Sometimes it’s even better to wait six months or a year while you save more money for your ideal remodel.
We’ll discuss more about budgeting in a later email called Good Better Best Budgeting… your gonna love it!
4. Plan for the inevitable discomfort of having construction going on.
We will do everything humanly possible to minimize mess, dust, and inconvenience. Still, there’s no getting around the fact that building is naturally noisy and brings strangers into the house. Think through how where you will store the items in your kitchen or bath while it is being worked on…. how will the family routine need to change etc…
Be ready to discuss those things with your contractor and ask how he or she usually deals with those issues.
Action Step: Make 3 lists:
What You Don’t Like About the Space
Who uses the space
Prioritize the things you would like to change.
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