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By Highmark |

We know that starting a remodel can be nerve-wracking and exciting. This is your chance to finally get rid of the things you hate and replace them with new additions you will love. Before you jump into this thrilling process, you should double check your plan.


The more work you put in before the remodel, the smoother the process will be. Here are 15 things you should do before your start remodeling your home.


  1. Do your homework

You need to have a detailed budget for your remodel. You should also know what the remodeling process entails. This should be scrutinized down to the penny. Know for sure what you will be doing and have a decent estimate of how much it will cost you. 


  1. Find an awesome contractor

Pick the contractor that is right for you. They need to have a license and liability insurance. You want to feel comfortable with them too. Think of them as a teammate.


  1. Consider energy efficient things.

This is your chance to choose greener options for your home. You can make changes to reduce your bills and carbon footprint. These can be small changes too, like new appliances or better insulation. Small changes can add up to some large savings over time.


  1. Trade in the old for the new

Remodeling is a chance to optimize your house. Something as simple as taking down a wall can make a huge difference. Replacing your windows can create a new look and add extra insulation. Your basement is also a fantastic area to make new. An unfinished basement can have many issues like mold, leaks, and lack of insulation.


  1. Commit 110%

You shouldn't have any regrets going into a remodel. You need to go into this project with determination and enthusiasm. At the same time, you should be open to any suggestions from your contractor. They are experts in their field and they can offer some great advice.


  1. Be flexible

The remodeling process will not be perfect. You need to expect issues. Try not to get frustrated or upset when surprises come. 

  1. Pack Things Up

Pack up the rooms that will be remodeled. You can move those items to other rooms, the garage, or a storage unit. Try to only keep the necessities during your remodel. Extra items around you will only add to the mess.


  1. Plan out where you will and won’t be during the remodel

If the master bedroom is being remodeled, move everything into the guest bedroom beforehand. Same for the kitchen. You may need to make a temporary space for small appliances. The more organized you are before the remodel, the better off you’ll be.


  1. Create a little command center

Pick out a designated mini office area for the important things. For example, your laptop, your phone, and the mail. You will appreciate an area where things don't magically disappear. 


  1. Think about a getaway

Some people don’t like to be away during a remodel. But, if you trust your contractor, feel free to go on vacation while your house is under construction. It all depends on how comfortable you would feel being away from the process. It could be really nice to come to a newly remodeled home. Just make sure your contractor can contact you.


  1. Consider where to put the kids or pets

Kids and pets can complicate a remodel. There will be dangerous things around the remodel site, so it is best to keep the area restricted. See if grandma wants the kids for a weekend or if a friend will take Fido for a bit. It can take some stress off of those living in the remodeled area.


  1. Talk to others

Talk to other people who have remodeled their home. They could have their own tips and tricks for the remodeling process. They may also have awesome referrals.


  1. Get good home security

You will have people in and out of your home during a remodel. If you don’t already have a smart security system, you should get one. This way you can control who can get in and out of your home with the touch of a button.


  1. Get the most out of it

This is your chance to create the home of your dreams. Whether it is one room or all rooms, take advantage of this process. Splurge in some places, and save money with other choices. It is all up to you, go for it!


  1. Keep your cool

I can’t stress this enough. No one wants a bad remodeling experience. Don’t stress over the small things and try to keep the end goal in mind.

We hope this helped you get all of your ducks in a row! If you have any questions or you are ready to start your remodel contact us at (952) 882-8904.