Before you hire any contractors to plan out and start your remodel there are a few steps you need to follow to avoid the headaches down the road. Remodeling usually isn’t a week-long endeavor. It takes months of planning and talking to before the remodeling even happens. To avoid getting overwhelmed here are the steps to take to make your remodel as smooth as possible.

“Before you meet with your contractor you need to figure out what you need for the room you’re remodeling.”

1. Think of What You Want Done: Which room in your home needs a remodel? Is the kitchen or bathroom outdated? Is it too small/big so it can’t fit the day-to-day needs of your family? Or, does it just need a fresh coat of paint and some cabinet refinishing? Each remodel is personal and unique to the family. Before you meet with your contractor you need to figure out what you need for the room you’re remodeling. You need to go into the meeting with a plan and a list of things you want/need.

2. Create a Budget: A budget can make or break a project. When you’re remodeling it’s not just paying for the cost of materials and labor. You also need to factor in the cost of permits, the cost of decorations, and touch-ups that might happen afterward. It’s also recommended to save an additional 10% of your budget for any unexpected costs that might turn up. If you’re not sure how much everything will cost discuss with a few contractors to get what the estimated cost would be. Which takes us to the next point.

“A budget can make or break a project.”

“You shouldn’t hire the first contractor you talk with, even if they might have a good price.”

3. Hire the Right Person: While you’re discussing estimates this is a great time to interview different contractors to see who fits with you and your needs the best. You shouldn’t hire the first contractor you talk with, even if they might have a good price. You need to shop around a little. Nothing is set in stone until a contract is signed and money is exchanged. Some things to consider when talking with contractors is how many years they’ve been in the business, verifying that they are a licensed contractor and have the proper insurance, their payment schedule, and what others may have experienced with them.

4. Timing is Key: Now that there’s a game plan, the budget is set, and the contractor(s) is hired, it’s time to figure out when the remodel is going to happen. There needs to be a definite start and stop day for the project. There also needs to be a plan of what will happen first in the remodel, and approximately how long each step will take. Allow for a few days extra for delays that might spring up.

“There needs to be a definite start and stop day for the project.”

“…the family might need to make other living arrangements during part or all of the remodel.”

5. Temporary Rehousing: Depending on how in-depth the remodel is you and the family might need to make other living arrangements during part or all of the remodel.