Before you make any sort of purchase for your home remodeling project, you need to make sure that you have enough money to start and complete the project. Balance out your finances, even make a checklist. If things balance out, then you have the green light to move ahead with your home remodeling. Try to avoid getting into debt or having any unrealistic expectations; be sensible.

The next step should be figuring out how you want to remodel your home. Remember, home remodeling is not about what the modern trends of home remodeling are; it’s about what fits your personality and style. Go through books, walk through show rooms and get a feel for what you want.

It will also help to walk through your house, going through each room and taking a mental picture of what might work and what will not. After you know what you want, configure a plan, and begin looking for contractors to help you.

Qualifying your contractor. Check the following items:

  • Current Business license
  • Better Business Bureau Membership
  • Current References
  • Workman’s Compensation Insurance
  • General Liability Insurance
  • Written Documents with Contract
  • Scope of work
  • Selections
  • Drawings and Elevations
  • Predetermined progress payment schedule
  • Work schedule

After the money is budgeted and you’ve made a plan for your remodeling project, it’s time to get to work. Home remodeling is not a quick process, it will take some time. So, you need to make sure that you take a little time once in awhile during the process to monitor the progression of the project(s). During this time it is also important to monitor finances, making sure that you are not overspending.

Move personal property from construction areas and declare all work zones off-limits to children and pets.

Keep a job file including your contract, plans, specifications, invoices, change orders and all correspondence that is made between you and the contractor. Request that a contractor’s affidavit of Final Release and Mechanic’s Lien Waiver is provided to you at the time you make final payment..