14 Tips for a Successful Remodeling Project

14 Tips for a Successful Remodeling Project

BY Theresa Ulrich On

Planning and executing your next home remodeling project can be stressful and overwhelming, but it doesn’t have to be. These 15 tips may help you enjoy and get through your next home remodeling project with ease.

1.Plan Ahead

Selecting product early can prevent delays later. Proper planning may also help keep you on budget.

2.Remember the Big Picture

Long-term-maintenance, energy-loss, and repair expenses can add up quickly. Make sure you include them in calculations when comparing prices.

3.Find Good Help

Hire remodelers who have more than three years of experience, membership in the National Association of the Remodeling Industry (NARI), a good record with the Better Business Bureau, and positive customer references. Select a remodeler you trust.

4.Visit a Job Site

When evaluating remodelers, make sure you visit a current job site. Good remodelers will maintain a clean and organized work site, take precautionary measures to ensure safety, and keep a low profile in a neighborhood.

5.Be a Good Boss

The most important thing you can do during a remodeling project, is treat your remodeler well.

6.Insist on a Detailed Contract

If you jump into a remodeling project with an ambiguous contract or no contract at all, you may as well hire an attorney and set a court date right away.

7.Know What You’re Getting Into

Remodeling can be exciting. But there can also be a lot of frustration as you encounter unexpected snags, delays, and the inevitable inconveniences that come from living in a construction zone.  A reputable remodeler will condition your expectations before a project begins.

8.Pitch a Temporary Camp

Minimize inconvenience by setting up a temporary living situation away from the construction area. Include a refrigerator and microwave oven, so you can continue to make light meals at home.

9.Pack Away Your Valuables

Take down pictures, move vases, and pack away valuables before the remodeling work begins. Take steps to protect your immovable fixtures, including built-in cabinets and chandeliers. Have flooring covered with cardboard sheets if it needs to stay in good condition.

10.Communicate Effectively

Let the company supervisor or remodeling project lead person know if anything is unsatisfactory so they can deal with the issue right away.

11.Design Ideas

When it comes to remodeling, there’s no shortage of great design advice. Try to make the most of your space.

12.Pamper Yourself

Think about spending your remodeling dollars on something you’ll use and notice every day, such as a luxury shower with dual heads.

13.Leave Out the Planning Desk

People want to put a planning desk in their kitche, but never sit there and plan anything. Consider whether you’d benefit more from additional cabinets or a pantry before you put in a desk

14.Connect Spaces

Opening up walls and hallways is one way to get the most from your remodeling project and create more livable spaces.