Remodeler's Survival Guide, Part 2: More Preparation

ProSource | 3/7/2016 | Expert Advice

Now that you’ve done your research, setup your remodeling budget and chosen the perfect remodeler for the job, you’re ready for part two of the Remodeler’s Survival Guide.

Completing these next three steps will keep you organized, on track and closer to your dream room. So, without further ado, let’s get planning!

Step 4: Determine Your New Room Design

This may be the most fun you’ll have before the remodeling begins! The design of your room will dictate the entire project.

The best way to choose the design and settle on all the new products, from appliances and cabinetry to fixtures and flooring, is to come prepared with a good idea of your current design preference, a list of things you dislike about your current space and an understanding of how your new space will be used.

Use websites and social media platforms, such as Pinterest, to gather images of designs and products that fit your preference, and be prepared to explain what you love about the pictures so that your remodeler understands what you’re looking for, not just in style, but when it comes to functionality as well.

Step 5: Select Your Products And Materials

Deciding on products and materials is more difficult than you might think. With so many options to choose from, product selections are one of the primary reasons project timelines and budgets – get extended.

Base your selections on quality, function, price, style and availability. With a trade pro member, your local ProSource Showroom is a great place to view products, compare styles and colors, and even check out samples.

You’ll also want to work with your trade pro to create a project timeline so you’ll know when it’s time to purchase each of the elements you’ll need for your new space.

Step 6: Review The Contract

A remodeling contract protects both you and your trade pro. Remember that your remodeler does this for a living –and is much more familiar with these documents than you might be. Don’t be afraid to ask questions about anything you don’t fully understand.

This is one areas in which it’s perfectly okay to sweat the small stuff. Pay attention to details about change orders, payments, additional fees, timelines and responsibilities.

One rule of thumb to keep in mind: If it’s not in the contract, it doesn’t exist.

Once you’ve covered all six of these steps, you’re ready to move to part three of the Remodeling Survival Guide: Create a Communication Plan.

Though it may not feel like it yet, your remodeling project is well underway. Give yourself a pat on the back for getting this far and staying so organized!

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