It’s normal to want to make changes to your home, but remodeling can be a lot of work, whether you’re doing it yourself or hiring a professional. No matter who is tackling the project, there are dos and don’ts every homeowner should follow to ensure that the remodeling process goes as smoothly as possible.
Dos of Remodeling:
Do make decisions as quickly as possible to avoid delaying the project. Decisions like paint colors should be made in advance.
Do keep your home as clean as possible. Remodeling projects can get messy, so do your best to keep the work site and rest of the household in order.
Do communicate with your contractor. Check in via email, phone, or in person for status updates and problems.
Do listen to your contractor’s advice. Hire a well-qualified professional who has your best interests in mind.
Do realize that you will probably go over your budget. Keep this in mind throughout the process, and plan and save in advance as much as possible.
Don’ts of Remodeling:
Don’t let kids or pets get in the way of construction. It’s distracting and unsafe.
Don’t change your mind too much. Change orders are costly and delay the project.
Don’t ignore safety, especially if you are doing the project yourself. When in doubt, hire a professional.
Don’t work without a plan. You should have a design or floor plan in place before construction starts.