As a homeowner, there is nearly always a laundry list of projects with time
and budget constraints when it comes to a home remodel.
This step-by-step guide from the experts at the National Association of the
Remodeling Industry (NARI) can help ensure you get the maximum return on your
investment and make the most of your remodel.
Step 1 - Identify Reasons for Remodeling
Deciding whether to undertake simple aesthetic changes or a full remodel can be
difficult. One of the best ways to decide is to figure out why you are
remodeling in the first place, whether it's to make your new house feel more
like home or to update a 1950s-era kitchen.
Step 2 - Set Your Budget
Every home is unique in structure, age, quality and craftsmanship, which all
impact the price of a remodel. Since no one can see through walls before
demolition, the quote you receive will likely not be 100 percent accurate.
However, a qualified remodeling company will be open and honest about the issues
and challenges it might face during the process. Account for these adjustments
by planning for any "surprises" with a 10 percent cushion, just in case.
Step 3 - Hire the Right Team
To help ensure you find the right company for the job, you should do your
research. Referrals from friends and family are one way to find a remodeler.
National associations like NARI provide unbiased information and resources that
can help you find qualified, certified remodelers in your area. With more than
6,000 members, the organization represents professional remodelers who adhere to
a strict code of ethics. Many hold certifications in remodeling, kitchen and
bath design and lead carpentry. Find more information and resources at NARI.org.
Step 4 - Understand the Plan
Communication is key in a successful remodeling project. Keep the lines of
communication open between you, the remodeling contractor and the work crew.
Don't be afraid to ask questions. Let them know your family's schedule and
whether you have pets confined somewhere. Make sure to specify the best way to
reach you, such as phone, in-person or e-mail, and how often you wish to
communicate with your remodeling contractor about your project.
Step 5 - Complete the Project
While the dust is settling and the remodel is almost finished, take a moment to
walk through your project and note any adjustments that need to be made while
the contractor is still on site. Contractors often provide guarantees of
workmanship, so find out what they cover and for how long then include this
information in your work agreement. You should also take another look at the
contract and confirm you have signed permits, receipts, change orders, lien
waivers, warranties and manufacturers' guides at your disposal.
Remodeling a space can be a major project, but with the right help, resources
and information, you can make your dream home come to fruition.