Any remodeling project can seem overwhelming, but if you know a few insider tips and tricks it’s guaranteed to go more smoothly!
- Plan Ahead and Know Your End Goal– Proper planning can help you keep on budget and making product selections early can prevent delays later on.
- Have a Budget and a Timeline– Have a budget but remember to have a little cushion for any unexpected costs such as a last minute add-ons, costs of eating out or other incidental costs. Be sure to plan in advance if you have a deadline such as a holiday or party, and add in some wiggle-room for possible delays.
- Hire a remodeler who has more than 5 years of experience, positive customer references and has memberships in National or Local Building Organizations such as National Association of Home Builders (NAHB) or the Greater Houston Association of Builders (GHBA). Most importantly, hire someone you can trust and relate to.
- Be a Good Boss – Communicate with your remodeler well, be easy to get along with, and be honest and appreciative during the project.
- Know What You’re Getting Into – While remodeling is exciting, there is also a lot of frustration that goes along with the process. Whether it be the disorganization and mess that come with living in a construction zone, or unexpected delays or snags during the construction process, there will be inevitable events that occur along the way. Be mentally prepared for these events to happen and condition your expectations before the project begins. Open and honest communication between the contractor and client is paramount during this time.
- Pack Away Your Valuables – A remodeling project can affect several, if not every, room in the house. Take down any pictures, move any breakable or keepsake items, and pack away valuables before the project begins. For a whole-home remodel, consider renting an onsite storage pod to keep your belongings secure during the process.
- Communicate with Your Contractor During the Entire Process – Let them know if something is going well, or if anything is unsatisfactory. Make sure the contractor is aware if something is not OK.