Are you ready to remodel your home? You have been dreaming up your new living space for years. Your computer is filled with the latest clippings from popular interior design and architecture magazines. We know you have all the ideas, but where do you get started? Get connected with a local remodeling contractor.
No matter if it’s a small demo to the bathroom or a major reconstruction of your entire living space, it is important that you and your remodeling contractor are on the same page.
If you are ready to take the plunge into your remodel, here are 5 things to prepare for your remodel contractor consultation that will make your remodel a breeze.
1. Find the Right Contractor
Finding the right contractor is key to a seamless remodel. You will be seeing a lot of each other for the duration of your remodel, so it is important that you mesh well.
A local remodeling contractor will know your area the best and will know the proper procedures and codes to get your renovation done – fast.
2. Understand Your Local Permits & Codes
When you meet with your remodeling contractor, the topic of building permits and codes will come up. It is important that you not only understand the codes, but also understand whose responsibility it will be to obtain them.
Will you have the time to obtain permits? Is this something I will need to worry about? It is important that you ask yourself these questions before you agree to services with a contractor. This will determine your level of involvement in the technical side of the remodel.
3. Finalize Your List of Options
As mentioned before, we meet with many clients that have piles of magazine clips and images of their dream space. To make the meeting with your remodeling contractor as smooth as possible, it is important to narrow down your options.
You don’t need to narrow it down to one specific design, but a condensed list of your favorite styles, finishes, and the overall look you are going for. We love to look through options with our clients.
4. Set Your Budget
It is crucial that you come into your remodeling contractors consultation with your budget spelled out clearly. Nothing causes tension more than misunderstood budgets.
Take a look at your finalized list of styling options to see what exactly your budget needs to be in order to get what you want. This will allow you to better see your predicted outcome versus reality.
5. Set and Know Your Timeline
This is one of the most important things that gets overlooked. Once the remodeling begins, the excitement starts to set in, and the finish line just seems too far away.
To remedy this, we suggest that you set a timeline that is realistic for both you and your remodeling contractor. This timeline should be agreed upon by both parties to ensure that your job is done promptly, and correctly.
There are many technical details that can take away from the excitement of creating the space of your dreams. We want to make it as exciting and fun as possible for each and every client that comes through our doors. We hope that these 5 tips will help you accomplish a fast, safe, and beautiful remodel with your remodeling contractors.