Before starting any home remodeling project, regardless of size or complexity, you need a plan. Before anything happens, set your ultimate goal. Are you planning to convert your basement into a family room? Maybe your home is a charming Victorian-era property in Chicago that you want to restore to its period condition. Having a vision of what the finished project will look like can guide you in decisions that eventually must be made, such as materials, design, and budget. Knowing in advance what you want can make it much easier to talk to remodeling contractors.
Determine a Workable Budget
Once you have established your goals, now you have to decide if what you want can be accomplished within your budget. Before you consider finance or hiring a remodeling contractor, ask yourself a couple of important questions.
- How long do you think you will stay in the home?
- What is the value of comparable homes in the neighborhood?
Once you are comfortable with the answers you gave yourself, it is time to ask reputable remodeling contractors for bids.
Time to Get Serious
Put together a list of four or five of the best contractors in your immediate area. To get names, ask people that have recently gone through the same process and ask if they were happy with their contractor.
If, during the conceptual stage, you drew up plans or you have already decided on certain materials, make sure all contractor candidates are given a copy of the plans and material specifications. It is important that you can base your judgment on true “apples-to-apples” comparisons.
When researching contractors, find out how long they have been in business, what specialty they have (if any), and how many similar projects they have done. Get a few references, contact them, and ask their opinion of the company; was the job done on time and on budget, and most importantly, are they happy with the outcome?
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