Remodeling your bath or kitchen is an exciting way to infuse your home with fresh energy. Having a clear vision of what constitutes your dream space, and then watching it come to fruition, can be exhilarating. And sometimes exasperating.
Employ some of these tips from building industry professionals to manage your remodeling project with a minimal amount of stress and the maximum amount of success.
1) Prepare yourself for challenges
Take a realistic, proactive approach to anticipating snags, delays, and unexpected disappointments. It’s an exciting time for your family, but there are a lot of moving parts in a remodel. You may occasionally feel frustrated and inconvenienced, but if you keep the big picture in mind and visualize how wonderful your new living environment will be, it will be easier to ride out the bumps in the road.
2) Prioritize proper planning
The planning phase is the hardest and most important part of your project. Make your product selections early and be sure all your materials are delivered before any demolition occurs. Proper planning also helps you stay on budget since you’re not making impulsive decisions on the fly. And by giving your contractor all your choices up front, you help mitigate delays.
3) Hire professional, reliable help
Choose remodelers who have a solid record of experience, membership in nationally recognized design groups, such as the SEN Design Group or the National Kitchen and Bath Association (NKBA), a good record with the Better Business Bureau, and positive customer reviews and community associations. Find a design team or project manager that you trust so you can relax and enjoy the process, knowing that a pro has it all under control.
4) Communicate your vision effectively
Next to planning, good communication is the second most important aspect of a successful remodel. Share your detailed vision with your design team and speak up immediately if something is not quite right. Clear goals at the outset of your project help you avoid debates and misunderstandings down the line, both with your designer, as well as with other decision makers in your family.
5) Don’t begin without a detailed, well-written contract
Your project’s plans and specs describe what’s going to be done, and a written contract lays out the ground rules pertaining to accountability, timelines, and finances. It stipulates the start and completion date, who will do what, how and when payments are remitted, and how changes to the plan will be handled. Sometimes, going with a low bid may mean receiving change order after change order until the price is just as high as your highest bid! Your contract also addresses construction quality, defective work, delays, warranty issues, and the resolution of any disputes that may occur. A thorough contract is essential for aligning everyone’s expectations and keeping things running smoothly.
6) Factor in a budgetary contingency
Unpredictable expenses can arise even with the most detailed plan and meticulous cost forecast. If you add a 10 percent contingency into your budget, you’ll feel more in control of these cost overrun situations.
7) Prepare your living space
Living in a construction zone can be very inconvenient. If you’re doing a partial kitchen remodel, set up a temporary space with a fridge and a microwave away from the construction area. Eat off of disposable plates and silverware, use the backyard grill for dinners, and adopt the attitude that you’re camping or picnicking to keep everyone’s spirits high until your dream kitchen becomes a reality.
At Lifestyle Kitchen & Bath, we understand the remodel roller coaster and will be with you every step of the way to minimize those frustrating valleys; we are here to make your remodel process as seamless and smooth as possible. Contact us today to get started!
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