If you are looking to remodel your home, you know what a headache it can be. Depending on the size of your remodel, there are many aspects to consider in regards to how you will handle the noise, the workers, and the possible displacement of you and your family. In addition, it’s always safe to assume that not everything will go as planned and not becoming overwhelmed when this happens is imperative to keep both you and your contractors sane. So before digging any deeper into your renovation, check out below for some of the best home remodeling dos and don’ts from around the web:

Do plan ahead – It’s hard to anticipate what will happen during a home remodel but planning ahead is key. Ensuring you have a timeline in place will help keep you on track.

Do find good help – This should go without saying, but you want to find a good, reputable company to take on your home’s remodel. Research the company thoroughly, call the BBB, and ask trusted friends for recommendations. Although not everyone will always be 100% happy with their contractor, it’s important that they have a good reputation.

Do effectively communicate – Be sure to maintain a good rapport with your contractor right off the bat. Having an open line of communication will help both parties communicate effectively throughout the renovation process. With that in mind, don’t be afraid to speak up if a problem arises.

Don’t work without a design – Assuming that your contractor will just know what you mean and how you want it can yield less-than-desirable results. Be sure you to have a set design plan in place and be sure your contractor is aware of it.

Don’t be a distraction – Yes, it’s important to ask questions. But keep in mind that any time you take away time chatting with your contractor is valuable time he could be working on your home. Be cordial but know when to step aside and let them work.

Don’t begin the work without a contingency fund – More often than not, an unexpected expense will arise while doing a home renovation. Be sure to keep at least 5% of your total budget set aside for when they do.

Don’t change your mind (too much) – Time is money and changing your mind equals more time. Don’t be afraid to change something that is important to you, but keep in mind that too many changes can set the completion date back and cost you more money than it’s worth.

Working closely with your contractor to ensure you have the most seamless renovation possible will help both you and your contractor save time and money. Be sure to do your research and try and be as prepared as possible for any bumps along the way. If you have any questions regarding your home’s renovation or if you are looking to possibly begin the process of planning one, give Stratton Exteriors a call. With our trained professionals and years of experience we’d be happy to assist you with the best home remodeling possible.

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