BEGIN YOUR PROJECT
Things you should know before starting a remodeling job:
1. Do Your Homework
- Start an idea file. Pull pictures and write down ideas from magazines,
home shows, television, friends, referrals and your own imagination.
- Be realistic with budgeting. Start with how much money you can
afford to spend and work from there.
- All budgets should have a minimum of a
10% surplus to accomodate new ideas that come to mind
during the project.
- Research different products and choose
those that are sensible and within your budget.
- Identify what your problems and needs really are.
- Mold your home to fit your needs.
- What is the degree of remodeling? Will the project
just be cosmetic or major remodeling.
- Compare the cost of the remodeling project to the value of the home.
- Do not overbuild. Take the value of your home into consideration before you decide to remodel.
- Remember the neighborhood! Remodeling should bring your home up to the level of others in the neighborhood, but not severely over.
- Many times it is of more value to move into a bigger/better home
and remodel certains aspects of it to make it
- Minor cosmetic remodeling is typically $7,000+
- Major cosmetic remodeling is typically $15,000+
- Major remodeling is typically $30,000+
- Minor cosmetic remodeling is typically $4,000-$5,000
- Major cosmetic remodeling
is typically $10,000-$12,000
- Major remodeling is typically $20,000+
- Get referrals. A good place to start is
the local Better Business Bureau.
- Look at examples of their work.
- Don’t base a decision solely on price. Look at experience, qualifications, craftsmanship,
client's degree of satisfaction, etc.
- Check Credentials. Make sure the contractor is licensed
- Do not be confused by too many
estimates; three or four should suffice.
- Does the contractor offer solutions to
- Have someone to help with design. If your contractor does not offer this
service, you may want to hire a designer or architect.
- Design/Build - When a contractor coordinates and/or performs design and construction. Typically, this gives you a single point of contact and a more accurate estimate.
- Be sure to get a detailed schedule
from your contractor, but remember start and end dates
cannot be set until a contract is accepted.
- Take the degree of difficulty into consideration when discussing a timeline.
- Be realistic and discuss the timeline before work begins.
- Leave cushion in timeline for
potential scheduling issues.
- Bear in mind that weather and material
delays are beyond the contractor's control.
- Ask Questions, the contractor is there to help you.
- Establish a clear contract.
- Get detailed plans, drawings, and specifications as needed for the project.
- Get to know your contractor and their staff. Be clear on who is in charge.
- The remodeling process will be enjoyable if everyone is on the same page.
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