Seven Tips for your Next Remodeling Project
- Research before you start. There is so much available today in tile, plumbing, cabinets; take time to look around and see what’s out there and learn about your options. You can find good quality products in all level of price but you can also find not such great quality products too. Educating yourself with some back round knowledge before talking to your designer or contractor will give you a head start.
- Evaluate what you do and don’t like about the existing bath. This information will be critical to your designer/contractor/showroom consultant when helping to create a project that will meet your needs and expectations. Don’t keep silent about things because you think there isn’t a good or price reasonable way to address a problem. You may be very surprised to discover what is possible. Remodeling isn’t something you do often so take the steps to do it right.
- Manage the job. Even if you hire a contractor you need to make sure you communicate with him daily, even several times a day on a large project. What may seem like an obvious choice to you will not be to someone else and without communication you may find all sorts of mis-understandings cropping up. Also keep in mind that the elements of a building project are interdependent and your contractor needs to understand what you want the final product to be. Differences in material dimensions or installation requirements may seriously impact other parts of the installation so if you make changes you need to make sure that the impact of these changes is accounted for throughout the project.
- Order all the materials in advance. Don’t count on the products you want being immediately available, especially if you are looking for non-standard or custom product. These kinds of products are generally stocked in limited locations and in some cases are not manufactured until an order is received. In addition transportation cost may impact how quickly material is available. Distributers generally receive shipments in large quantities (truckloads) every 4-6 weeks so be prepared to wait or pay additional freight costs.
- Determine what the time schedule will be and what you are prepared for. Some things take time and cannot be rushed. For example, if you are installing a wood floor the material may have to sit in the room for several days to let the moisture stabilize before it can be installed. This may hold up other phases of the project. Be prepared for delays and don’t try to meet too tight deadlines.
- Expect the unexpected. Be flexible. Realize that in any remodel things may come up that you didn’t expect and you need to be able to adapt to the changes.
- Love the finished product and enjoy it for years. Review the care instructions for your new products and file the important papers (warranties, parts diagrams, model numbers) so you can find them if needed. Maintenance is one of the most important things you can do to keep your new bath or kitchen working like new.