Remodeling 101: Understanding Your Remodeling Project

Remodeling 101: Understanding Your Renovation Project

It is time to start planning a home remodeling project. Whether it is the bathroom, kitchen or basement the process to getting started is virtually the same. When thinking about remodeling, think of it as a long term investment and you will definitely benefit from the remodeling.

There are two benefits to doing a remodeling project. One is that it can increase your home’s value if and when you decide to sell it. Second, it can make the quality of living better. By creating more space and a more updated living space makes your life easier but you’re families as well.

Even though taking on a remodeling project can be stressful, especially if you have never done it before, taking the time to understand all the steps can help ease some of that stress.

One of the first steps is to find a reputable remodeling contractor.  You can start by talking to your neighbors, friends and co-workers.  They may have recently completed a remodeling project and had a great experience with a contractor.  If their project was a nightmare – then you can safely take that contractor’s name off your list.  Another great source to check out for a contractor is Angie’s List.  See if the contractor is on Angie’s list and read their reviews.

Once you have narrowed your list down to a few contractors, reach out to the contractors to set-up a time to meet.  If a contractor is hard to get a hold of or does not return calls, how will this contractor respond to your questions and needs once your remodeling project is underway?   A contractor that does not respond in a timely manner to a new client on a prospective job will not respond in a timely manner once he has sold the job.

After meeting with the contractors that you like, ask them for references from past clients. Then reach out to the past client and discuss their experience and ask if you can come see their completed project.  If the client was happy with the completed project, they should have no problem showing off the work that was done.

One step that I am surprised homeowners never take, is asking for a list of our suppliers and sub-contractors that we use.  Everyone has heard the horror stories of a contractor not paying their suppliers. Too many homeowners have had liens filed on their property by suppliers and sub-contractors because they were not paid by the contractor.  If this happens to your home, you can be forced to pay for the materials and work directly which means you will have to pay twice.  Take the time to call the suppliers, especially the lumber company, doors and windows supplier and the cabinet and countertops contractor.  You want to make sure that the contractor your considering pays their bills.

After making the decision on a contractor, the next step should be to start the design phase for your project.  You can have fun by sharing your thoughts, ideas and help create the design of your remodeling project.  You will work very closely with the contractor to create the project that you have envisioned.  Country Creek Builders has in-house design services that work closely with you to make sure everything goes as planned and you will know what the project will look like before it is even set to begin.  Their team of designers will help you with all the selections of cabinets, flooring, ceiling options and lighting. They will make sure everything you have chosen blends well together so the finished project is perfect.

Once the design has been completed, it is time to make a selection and your contractor can draft a detailed estimate.  Many contractors only provide a page or two for their estimates.  Make sure your estimate is detailed enough so you know what is included and what is not included in your project.  Once you have reviewed and agreed with the estimate, the final step will be drafting an agreement for the work that is to be completed.  All these steps should be completed before any work is started.  When these steps are completed, you will know what your project will look like, the materials that you have selected, and the true cost for your project.  One of the biggest mistakes that homeowners make is getting a one-page estimate, hiring a contractor without doing their homework and then starting the project.  This is the best way to ensure that your project will have cost overruns, delays, and frustrations.  If you have a budget in mind, share that number with the contractor at the beginning, so he can let you know if your project can be completed with the investment you are willing to make.

Once all the above is completed, you are put on the production schedule for the project to be started and completed. Depending on the project, this can take anywhere from 2 to 3 months.

Going into your remodeling project with as much information as possible can make the process go smoothly with virtually no surprises. Don’t be afraid to ask questions, give an opinion and make sure you get what you are looking for.

If you are looking for a remodeling contractor that will listen to your needs and wants, look no further than Country Creek Builders. We can help you create the renovation of your dreams from the beginning to the end. Contact us today to get the process started.

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