Tips On Making Your Remodeling Job Easier
1. Start at the beginning.
That means writing down how your home or business does not meet your current needs. Don't concern yourself with the physical design. That will come later. Just write down the problems that you are trying to solve. Things like:
It is the solution to these problems that will insure that you will be happy with your project. RDI can help with the actual design once you have identified your needs.
2. Put together a budget.
This may be the least fun but the most important part of the process. Everyone is different in how they go about doing this. One suggestion is to find out what similar homes in your neighborhood are selling for. The difference between that price and what you paid for your home is an indication of how much you could prudently spend on the project. This is particularly true if you anticipate selling within several years and expect to recoup your investment. This becomes less important if you plan to stay where you are for more than three or four years.
3. Find a contractor who can do more than build.
Even the smallest remodeling project is complex. All projects inevitably involve many people. There are city and state inspectors and officials, tradesmen, craftsmen, and vendors of all types. Then there is the unfamiliar and often bewildering menu of materials, colors and textures. It takes experience, special skills, and careful management to put this all together efficiently.
Everyone has heard horror stories about contractors who took forever to finish a project because they were "good craftsmen" but "terrible managers." The choice does not have to be between the two. At RDI we take pride in putting together a team of good craftsmen and good managers. We want to insure that we do your job the way you want it on time, within your budget and with quality throughout.
4. Take time to answer all the questions up front.
Having established preliminary plans and budgets there is a tendency to want to rush into the construction phase. This can actually slow the process. Take the time to specify and get firm delivery dates on all items BEFORE you begin construction wherever possible. That way you'll find out in advance if there is a long lead-time on a particular item. You may want to consider a substitute or incorporate changes into the design. At RDI we take the time to plan and prepare so that the actual construction moves quickly.
5. Have fun with the process
The whole idea is to improve your living space and lifestyle. The way you go about it makes all the difference in the world. Know what you want. Decide on a workable budget and stick to it. Find a contractor who can manage the project and does quality work. Take the time up front to plan, and the rest will follow. Enjoy!
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