When planning a remodel there are important steps to take to make the process as smooth as possible. To help minimize surprises during a renovation, here are a few key things to consider before the first swing of a hammer.
Determine your WANTS and your NEEDS. These two things can be drastically different. And depending on your budget you may only be able to afford what you need. What is the reason for this renovation? If it is to customize your home for you and your family, your wants and needs are very important. If the remodel is to add value to your home so you can sell it quick, and for top dollar, a potential buyers' wants should be considered.
THE BUDGET. Know what you have to spend on your project. Have a contingency fund in case something unexpected comes up like: mold or water damage, termite damage, electrical or plumbing issues that you wouldn't necessarily know about until you start opening up walls.
THE TIME FRAME. There is a lot of planning that goes into a reno. Are you going to be able to live in the space while the project is going on, or will you have to find accommodations? With my experience the better planned you are before you start demo, the better chance you have of staying in your predicted time frame. Pre-order items that have a long lead time. Cabinets, especially custom cabinets can take weeks to get in. Certain fixtures could be on backorder. Whoever is in charge of ordering things has to stay on top of it. Which leads me to the next important step.
THE CONTRACTOR and DESIGNER. Whoever you go with will be in your home like they are part of the family, so it is ideal if you like them! All the time I spend up close and personal with my clients, I end up becoming good friends with more than half of them. If you don't have a go to contractor, interview a few, get bids from several and even visit one of their current job sites. You want to have someone that treats your home like they would treat their own. A clean job site is so important! And remember a good contractor is always busy! You may have to book them a month or more in advance.
Finally, jump in and go with the flow. If you have a good contractor and designer you should be able to sit back, relax, and trust that the job will get done and done right.