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Four Things Every Homeowner Should Do Before Beginning a Home Remodel
1) Browse The Web: Houzz.com, contractor websites, Pinterest. Gather your ideas and look for other homes and projects that may reflect your taste even if you don't have a specific direction in mind when you start looking. You never know, you may find that you actually do know what you you want to see in your renovation. The more ideas, direction and decisions you can make prior to the project starting generally helps provide a smoother and more timely completion. Indecision and changes are the number one reason project timelines drag out.
2) Do Your Homework: Research your contractor candidates. From the Better Business Bureau, to google, RemodelingKC.com, the state attorney's office, to other locations providing online reviews. If you don't have a good feeling about a company don't contact them. Trust your instincts, they are there for a reason. Being thorough with research may be able to save you frustration in the long term.
3) Plan it Out: Knowing your budget before you start is extremely helpful to a contractor, or at least a range you would like to see the project stay. Sharing your budget with your contractor in advance could save you both time and frustration. A good contractor will respect your time and theirs if your budget is not reflective of what they have the capability to do.
4) Keep Your Perspective: Remodeling disrupts your normal environment no matter the project and where it is taking place inside your home. Kitchens and bathrooms are used multiple times daily, but even a basement remodel can try the nerves of a patient individual. All remodels are an undertaking. Hall bathrooms are smaller than kitchens, but the process is essentially the same for both from start to finish. Being able to handle unforeseen variables that may cause a delay is essential, even if it may not happen on your project. No one enjoys a surprise during a remodel. Be patient and work through it with your contractor with good communication.
Bonus: Try and have fun through the process! Everyone wants a smooth project and the see the best possible outcome. It may not be mentioned much but remodeling is an art and most great contractors are perfectionists. A great contractor has the desire to be proud of each project they complete, no matter the size or scope of work.