A 5 Step Beginner’s Guide to Starting a Remodel
It’s been said that “proper planning and preparation prevents poor performance.” That’s a rule all of us at Dale’s Remodeling believe to be true. Great planning at the start of a remodel saves time, money and the extra effort it takes to backtrack when on-the-fly planning takes the project off track.
To help you get your next remodel completed on time and on budget we want to pass along the five best tips we’ve found to keep the process enjoyable from start to finish.
- Perfect the plan.
Every great outcome starts with great planning, so before the hammer hits the first nail on your next project make sure you’ve created a plan that is solid enough to keep you firmly on track to your goal, while being flexible enough to handle the unexpected changes every project presents.
Do your research: collect samples, make lists, peruse magazines, organize your ideas in Houzz, and work closely with your designer to ensure you’re all on the same page. Even if it takes time to get the design just right, the time, money and effort saved from having to backtrack later will more than make up for a slow start.
- Schedule your way to a successful end.
Remodeling jobs can take months to complete depending on the size and scope of the project. During that time many unexpected surprises can throw up roadblocks. While some surprises are beyond your control, you can prevent many from derailing your project’s completion by creating a schedule that includes everything that could affect it’s timeline.
Include building permits, product deliveries, contractors’ schedules, meetings with designers, and any personal engagements you have on your calendar that might make you unavailable for sudden decision-making.
- Get ready, set, go!
The day has come! The plans are approved, trucks are pulling in, and you’re ready to take the leap into the world of remodeling! Sit back, relax, and put your trust in the plan and the experts you’ve hired. Adjustments may be needed along the way, but you’re prepared for that.
Check in with your team regularly to evaluate the progress and rely on them to help you work through any unexpected challenges.
- Keeping your checks and balances, balanced
Let’s face it; we’re all thinking about cost. Budgeting is absolutely necessary when you’re trying to manage a remodel and occasional updates from your project leads should be expected to give you oversight into unforeseen costs that might suddenly spring up .
Discuss whatever additional charges will be incurred, include product options, shipping charges, and additional labor costs.
- Don’t be afraid to ask for help.
With a professional remodeling company on your side you’ll never be left in the dark when it comes to the progress of your remodel. If you have questions, concerns, or even if you just change your mind about the granite countertops in the kitchen, it’s best to develop an open dialog with the key players working on your project.
Keep important numbers, schedules, and notes ready for those moments when you have questions. And, don’t be afraid to make impromptu visits to the site to see the progress for yourself.
Dale’s Remodeling believes that with great planning up front our “Seven Step Remodeling Process” will deliver projects that are “on time, on budget, and will provide homeowners a great experience.” To find out more about how our design-build remodeling formula will prepare you to tackle that next renovation visit our Commercial Street Showroom today!