Considerations For Homeowners New to Remodeling

Homeowners that are new to remodeling are often eager to jump into renovating their home. However, there are a lot of considerations to be taken before this type of decision is made. Those who are new to remodeling often make mistakes because they are so eager to start changing their home, they forget some of the most important aspects of ensuring that the business elements are being taken care of properly. Here are some main points that you can keep in mind before beginning your upcoming remodeling project.

Even though you may have decided that you want to remodel your home, you might not know exactly what you want. If you don’t know what you want to change in your home, it’s going to be very difficult for you to communicate any ideas to your contractor. At the same time, you don’t want to invite a contractor into your home and expect them to determine areas within your household that need to be remodeled - your remodeling project should be based on your interests and needs as a family. Think wisely about what you want to do in your upcoming project before you pursue it.

Don’t make the mistake of hiring the first contractor that you find. Even if you’re completely new to remodeling and you don’t know who to get in contact with for service or estimates, you don’t want to settle for the first contractor that you find. You should spend time checking for references and looking for proof that this individual is able to perform high quality, reliable service. If you don’t do this, you run the risk of hiring someone who has not been trained or licensed to provide this type of service for your home.

Even if you’re on a budget, don’t fall for taking the lowest bid. Just because a certain contractor provides you with the lowest bid possible, it doesn’t mean that you’re going to get the same quality of work that you would receive from the other contractors. Often times, low bids mean that the contractor is using sub-par low quality materials or that they don’t have the experience and references that they claim to have, so they’re offering you a low price to ensure that you won’t say no to their work.

Always have a written contract. There are too many things that can go wrong when you’re working on remodeling your home, even if you hire a great contractor. Likewise, there’s too much money that’s being invested into the project. You don’t want to work on only a verbal agreement and then determine that mistakes have been made and you have nothing to rely on to have the work fixed or your money reimbursed. Having a written contract is the best way to ensure that everyone involved is protected.

Amy Wright
Amy Wright is the Lead Editor of Remodeling Central. When she isn't playing with her dogs she is trying to remodel a classic Chicago style brownstone with her husband.