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Steps to Take Before You Start Your Remodeling Project

May is National Home Improvement Month, but that doesn’t mean your remodeling projects will automatically take care of themselves!

Often, the planning and researching phases of a project (before the physical remodeling begins) can be the most critical steps in the remodeling process.

So what can you do to ensure that your remodeling job goes smoothly? Here are a few tips to prepare for your remodel:

1. Research your project – Taking time to research your project will provide a good sense of what is involved such as scope of work, return on investment and new product/material options.

2. Plan your project around the long-term – How long do you plan to stay in your home? How might your family structure change over time? Life can change quickly – these questions should be answered early on to ensure your project will fit your lifestyle long after it’s complete.

3. Set your budget/investment amount – Determining what a realistic budget for your project is and arranging finances to support your project are essential. Don’t be afraid to share this with us – we are respectful of our client’s budget and it helps us design a plan that takes everything, including budget, into consideration.

4. Make your selections – Deciding on products and materials is a bigger task then most imagine. With so many options to choose from, product selections are one of the primary reasons that project timelines could get extended. Work to make your product selections in a timely manner and base your decisions on quality, function, price, style and availability.

5. Create a communication plan – A common downfall in remodeling is lack of communication between homeowners and remodelers. A communication plan should be laid out at the beginning of the project. This plan should clarify roles of everyone involved, communication methods, availability, and frequency of communication that is expected.

Let’s make sure your remodeling project gets off on the right foot. Let us know if we can help you!

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