Home remodeling is a huge undertaking. It is going to cost money, and you must be sure you can afford to complete any task you start. That is why careful planning is the first stage in any attempt to remodel.
You will need to draw up a list of what changes you want made. You will need to identify what items on the list are absolutely essential. Also, identify what items are merely ‘nice to have’ features. Based on your essential requirements, work out a ballpark cost to see if the project is feasible. If not, you will need to take some items off your essentials list.
You should also try to estimate how much disruption the project is going to cause. If you are having your roof replaced, it is likely you will have to seek temporary accommodation elsewhere. A big job like this could also mean having to put your possessions in storage. Keep note of any important time factors. The best time to replace a roof is when the weather is at its most benign, so keep this in mind.
You will need to hire a contractor to carry out the work. If you want to give yourself the best chance of finding a reputable and reliable one, restrict your choices to those who are accredited members of recognized organizations like the National Association of Home Builders or the National Association of Remodelers. Ask all your friends, relatives and neighbors if they can recommend a contractor. Only accept recommendations from people who have actually had work done by the contractor they endorse.
Before allowing anybody to start work on your home, ask for references. Be diligent in checking these out. Contact previous customers and ask them lots of questions. You will want to know if the job was finished on schedule and within budget.
When you have settled on a contractor, detail your requirements. Ask the contractor to come up with a written contract for the work. Do not sign this without first reading it very carefully. Do not be afraid to seek clarification if there are items you do not understand. Pay particular attention to any ‘exception’ clauses. If you are unhappy with any aspect of the contract, either ask for it to be changed or look for another contractor.
Depending on how much work you are having done, you may need to arrange alternative accommodation while some of the remodeling work is being carried out. Do not forget to factor this into your budget.