The Top 10 Tips for Remodeling Your Home

I have 10 tips from real clients on how to successfully navigate a home remodel job. When you make this big of an investment in your home, you want to be sure it's done right.

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If you're remodeling your home, there are certain things you can do to make it a successful remodel. These 10 tips come from real clients who have done major remodeling projects in their homes.

  1. Understand that no matter how hard you try, you're probably going to go over budget.
  2. It's probably going to take more time than you think it will, so plan on being patient during the remodeling process.
  3. Make sure you use a licensed contractor. It might be tempting to use an unlicensed contractor, but it could cost you big bucks in the end. Check the registrar of contractors and make sure their license is current, and also ask for references and pictures of their past projects.
  4. Get multiple bids from contractors to make sure you're getting a fair price for your project.
  5. Make sure you monitor all phases of the project so that you can catch mistakes as they happen instead of waiting to catch mistakes so far down the road that you can't correct them.
  6. Triple check your invoices and change orders to make sure everything is accurate.
    Overthink the details!
  7. Overthink the details! Be sure to pay attention to the small stuff, like where your outlets are going, where your light switches are going, and how much lighting you have in a room so you can make sure they are all usable when the project is done.
  8. If you're remodeling a kitchen, think about how you're going to use that space. Make sure you have enough room to open the dishwasher and the refrigerator, that you have a counter near your cooking space, and other things like that. Be sure to consider how you'll use the space and how you prepare your meals so that the kitchen is both usable and convenient for you.
  9. Speak up if you think something is not right. It might be intimidating to question the contractor, but it's important to make sure that everything is going according to plan. You're paying a lot of money for this service, so you want to make sure it's done right.
  10. Ask questions, and if you don't understand the explanation, ask again! You might feel silly asking a question three or four times over, but unless your contractor satisfies you with their answer, you're probably not going to feel very confident about the job being done. Don't be afraid to ask questions and ask them to explain the answer again, even if it seems elementary to them.

I hope you found these real-life tips helpful if you've ever considered taking on a remodel for your home. If you have any other questions, feel free to contact me.

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