Dreaming of that new kitchen or finished basement is one thing, starting the to-do list is another. What’s the best way to prepare for a remodel? By communicating effectively with your potential contractor at the very first meeting or during your first phone call.
Here are some tips on how to do just that:
Know Your Budget — Though getting an estimate may seem like the place to start, often bringing your budget to the table is a better place to dive in. Having a range for your budget right off that bat will help your remodeler know which materials are possibilities and which are out of reach, creating a more accurate project plan from the get-go.
Get Out That Measuring Tape — The size of your room will obviously effect the cost of the project. So how big is that room? Don’t just guess, find out! Use your measuring tape to get a rough idea of your room size by measuring each wall, and write it down in a file reserved just for remodeling notes — having these measurements early will save you an extra call later!
Decide What is Most Important to You – Be able to effectively describe what you want your new space to look like, including the top 3-5 features that you can’t live without. Use sites like houzz to gather ideas and share them by pointing out the specifics of what you love.
Think About Why — Sharing with your remodeler why you want to update your space may communicate a lot more than you think. Beyond what you want a room to look like, your motivation behind the desire for change can help them suggest and plan aspects of the room you might not have considered. Is it because you hate the layout? Have an upcoming event with lots of family coming to stay? Share your why-factor and you might be pleased with new insight that could transform your dreams into a space you will love for years to come.
Andrus Built is a builder / remodeling contractor in the St. Paul area. Ready to remodel? Give us a call, share your ideas, and we’ll walk you through the process! Serving St. Paul, Maplewood and the surrounding Twin Cities and East Metro area.