Home remodeling is no easy task. People often stress out and lose focus of the end-goal. Relax, plan and take advantage of these great tips:
Remember the Big Picture
Long-term-maintenance, energy-loss, and repair expenses can add up quickly. Make sure you include them in your calculations when comparing prices.
Making product selections early can prevent delays later. Proper planning can also help keep you on budget.
Visit a Job Site
When evaluating remodelers, make sure you visit their current job sites. The best remodelers maintain clean and organized work sites, take precautionary measures to ensure safety, and know how to keep a low profile in a neighborhood.
Be a Good Boss
The most important thing you can do during a remodeling project, other than write checks, is treat your remodeler well. “The perfect clients are easy to get along with, honest, and have an appreciation for what we do,” says Anthony Wilder, founder of Anthony Wilder Design/Build in Bethesda, Maryland.
Know What You’re Getting Into
Sure, remodeling is exciting. But there’s also a lot of frustration as you encounter unexpected snags, delays, and the inevitable inconveniences that come from living in a construction zone. You’ll handle the lows better if you know they’re coming. A reputable remodeler will condition your expectations before a project begins.
Pitch a Temporary Camp
Speaking of lows, it can’t get much worse than living without a kitchen for weeks on end. Minimize inconvenience by setting up a temporary one away from the construction area. Include a refrigerator and microwave oven, so you can continue to make light meals at home.
Remodelers can do some amazing things, but they can’t read minds. “Let the company supervisor or project lead person know if anything is unsatisfactory so they can deal with the issue,” says Jeff Hurst, remodeler in Kettering, Ohio. “The contractor may not be aware that something is not OK with the owner.”
From Better Homes and Gardens
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