Having a clear vision of what you want is important to getting the best results! Even if you aren’t an artist, it is important to have a visual of what your dream looks like. If you aren’t 100% sure of what it looks like, we can help.
Your home is one of your most valuable possessions and let’s face it…life changes and often when you are not expecting it. Most homeowners stay in a home between 10-13 years depending on their stage of life or the unexpected happenings in life. In that time frame, trends will come and go. You want to make sure that your design fits your desires and qualities while still considering how it will appeal to the next home buyer and the style of your house.
As we just said, your home is one of the most valuable possessions you own…
you should make sure that anyone working on it has insurance.
If you hire someone that doesn’t have insurance and one of his crew is injured,
you are held liable. ASK about their Insurance!
You should always have a contract when working on your house.
There are specific things that you should include in your contract including:
start and finish dates, total cost, contingency plan for add-ons or unforeseen issues, a payment schedule, all parties involved, the contractor’s license number,
a description of the project, and stipulations for early termination.
If needed, check with a lawyer.
Permits - The architect or contractor will apply for all the necessary
permits but make sure that you are both on the same page about them.
Your local building department will have all the necessary information
about requirements that could affect your remodel.
You need to be comfortable with your contractor…they will be in your home every workday that your remodel is happening. What kind of experience and qualifications does he have? Are there any reviews that you could look at? Hire a contractor that understands your goals and you are comfortable
talking to and that you ultimately have a level of trust for.
I know it's hard to see the end results through what looks like a mess.
But the contractor is the visionary expert. Don’t be afraid to ask questions…
you should have a level of communication open and share your concerns by letting them grow your awareness and understanding of their field of expertise. Remember, you hired them for a reason…let them be the expert.