The ‘Don’ts’ of Pre-Holiday Remodeling

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Things NOT to Do for Pre-Holiday Remodeling:

The Holiday season is almost over but there are still plenty of family gatherings to be had. If you are planning to remodel before the Holiday season is over then read the tips below for what ‘Not to do’.

DON’T wait until the last minute.  If you want to make some changes to your home in time for the holidays, get started as soon as possible.  Even during the fall months, you still have time to complete many projects.  A good remodeling contractor will be honest with you about what they can and can’t accomplish by your deadline. Also, keep in mind how long it will take to order fixtures and materials.  For example, if you want special-order Italian marble or high-end gourmet fixtures for your kitchen, the lead-time may affect your schedule.  Keep in mind too that delivery times during the holiday season are usually longer.

DON’T get carried away.  With the holidays fast approaching, you only have a limited amount of time for remodeling projects.  So, don’t bite off more than you can chew.  If you want the kitchen of your dreams, you may have to do your remodeling project in stages. For example, if you want to remodel your kitchen by adding new cabinets, installing new appliances and updating your design, you can realistically begin this project in October and finish it in time for Thanksgiving.  However, if you want to gut your kitchen and do a complex renovation that changes the size and flow of your space, you may not be able to finish it within that same time frame. Here’s where a well-qualified remodeling contractor can help.  Some companies are very experienced at doing complicated projects within short schedules.  They’ve perfected the entire remodeling process so they can complete projects in shorter amounts of time.  So, if the scope of your project is extensive and you want it done in time for the holidays, it’s absolutely critical you find a reputable contractor with experience delivering within tight schedules.

DON’T focus only on price.  Everyone wants to get work done for the least amount of money.  But, does “you get what you pay for” ring a bell?  A simple Internet search will uncover horror stories from homeowners about remodeling projects gone bad. Since you want your project done in time for holiday entertaining, do you really want to take a risk with your contractor selection?  To avoid the all-to-common remodeling nightmare, focus first on qualifications during your evaluations.  Make sure your contractor has done your type of project many times before and they have references to back up their work. After you’ve determined the most qualified candidates, then you can compare pricing.  If a bid seems too high, you can discuss possible changes to your project that will bring the price down.  For example, you may be able to lower costs by selecting less expensive materials.  A good contractor will work within your budget and provide sound guidance on the various trade-offs you can make.

DON’T forget to consider your outdoor space.  If you need extra space for entertaining guests, creating an outdoor entertaining area can be the perfect solution.  Your outdoor space can be remodeled to include dining areas, an outdoor kitchen, conversation pits, recreational areas and more.  Not all outdoor spaces are off limits in the cold Ohio winter.


The holiday season is a favorite time of year for many people.  It’s when you can connect with family and friends to create special memories.  If you love to entertain during the holidays, consider remodeling to make your home all it can be for you and your guests.  With the right contractor on-board, you’ll be able to transform your home in time for Christmas dinner!

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