ADVICE AND TIPS

ADVICE & TIPS

Plan Ahead
Making product selections early can prevent delays later. Proper planning can also help keep you on budget.
Remember the Big Picture
Long-term-maintenance, energy-loss, and repair expenses can add up quickly. Make sure you include them in your calculations when comparing prices.
Find Good Help
Hire remodelers who have more than three years of experience, a good record with the Better Business Bureau, and positive customer references. Most important, select a remodeler you trust.
Visit a Job Site
When evaluating remodelers, make sure you visit their current job sites. The best remodelers maintain clean and organized work sites, take precautionary measures to ensure safety, and know how to keep a low profile in a neighborhood.
Be a Good Boss
The most important thing you can do during a remodeling project, other than write checks, is treat your remodeler well.
Know What You’re Getting Into
Sure, remodeling is exciting. But the inevitable inconveniences that come from living in a construction zone may cause frustrations.
Pitch a Temporary Camp
Minimize inconvenience of living without your kitchen by setting up a temporary one away from the construction area. Include a refrigerator and microwave oven, so you can continue to make light meals at home.
Pack Away Your Valuables
Take down pictures, move vases, and pack away valuables before work begins. While you’re at it, take steps to protect your immovable fixtures, including built-in cabinets and chandeliers. Have flooring covered with cardboard sheets if it needs to stay in good condition.
Communicate Effectively
Remodelers can do some amazing things, but they can’t read minds. Let the project lead person know if anything is unsatisfactory so they can deal with the issue. The contractor may not be aware that something is not OK with the owner.
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