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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.

2. Value

  • 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 your home.

3. Cost


  • 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+

4. Contractors

  • 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 and insured.
  • Do not be confused by too many estimates; three or four should suffice.

5. Design

  • Does the contractor offer solutions to your needs?
  • 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.

6. Time

  • 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.

7. Communication

  • 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.
Design Ideas

Here are links to some of our favorite remodeling products:



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