10 Ways to Improve Your Remodel

  1. Set a budget. You might not know what it will cost to do your project, but you should know what you want to spend.
  2. Do your homework. Search the internet, read, talk to your neighbors, friends, co-workers, anyone who has done a project similar to yours.
  3. Ask lots of questions. If you don’t understand something, ask more questions.  Sometimes we builders get caught up in industry jargon.  Stop us and make sure you understand what is going to happen.
  4. Listen to the experts. It’s not our first rodeo.  We know the business, we have seen it before, and we are the ones doing the work.
  5. Be flexible. You might start out with one idea in mind, but the budget, city coding, materials, and techniques may change your mind.
  6. Don’t watch too much TV. Just because you saw it on cable TV, doesn’t mean it will work in your situation.  Remember those TV shows go through a lot of editing to get them down to 22.5 minutes, so there are a lot of things you don’t see.
  7. Don’t ask a contractor not to pull a permit. About the only thing you don’t need a permit for is painting.  A contractor is required to bring any work they do up to current codes.
  8. Get agreement from all parties involved. Make sure that before you start talking to a contractor about your project, all parties involved agree on what is to be done.  This includes spouses, couples, kids, animals, in-laws, out-laws, neighbors, everyone.
  9. Be prepared. During the project, your life will be disrupted in ways you can’t even imagine.
  10. Get it in writing. Construction documents should include the contract, design, plans, scope of work, budget, specifications, engineered plans, permits, schedule, and more.