Last week I wrote about the first 3 steps for any renovation project. Now I owe you the last 3 steps in preparing for any renovation project. These steps will help you lay the ground work for a successful renovation before anyone lifts a hammer!
4. Ask & listen
Talk to your friends who have recently completed a remodel. Find out what went wrong, what they wish they did differently and what made the project easier. Take notes.
*Kitchen renovation tip* set a up a well-stocked temporary kitchen so you can still eat in during your renovation (but also budget for going out to eat).
5. Establish a budget
Now comes the not-so-fun-part, establishing a budget. Decide what you can spend on this project and then find out what that budget can really buy you. Consider materials, plans, contractor and designer costs and a percentage to cover problems that come up, change orders or mistakes. Some of this can be done on your own and some of it will come from meeting with contractors and other providers.
6. Interview service providers
Contact and interview 2 – 3 contractors and/or architects that come highly recommended from friends, family or colleagues. Do not underestimate the value of a good connection with the people you hire. You will be spending a lot of time with them and working out issues along the way—you want to work with someone who you have a good vibe with. Ask them for past client references and call them. Most past clients will invite you to come see their completed project if you’d like. That can be a good step if you are trying to decide between two contractors.
Once you complete these six steps you are ready to hire professionals, layout your spaces, make selections and place orders for your products (all of these tasks should be done by or with your professional team). Taking the time to plan and prepare before the project begins will ensure a smooth renovation process, well, as smooth as any well-planned renovation can go! Be flexible and keep the lines of communication open and you will be much happier.
What tips do you have from your past renovation projects? Share those here.