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Planning Ahead For Remodeling
Editor In Chief, United Home Improvement
There are several important, yet daunting decisions to be made
during a home building or remodeling project. Decisions include
negotiating the planning/permitting process, when to start building,
selecting the right professionals, and means of payment. It is a
known fact that the more time you put into planning and making
careful decisions, the less amount of problems you will run into
during the process. Planning and preparation will vary depending on
the size and difficulty of your project.
Areas to focus home remodel planning on:
• When to start Building? January is the most common time for
building. It allows for time to get the project “permit ready” and
the construction underway.
• Developing a floor plan and other construction designs: There are
several unique design professionals that should be carefully
interviewed for your project. You may find that you want one person
to build your home, but another to design it.
• Carefully selecting a design professional: There are several
important questions to ask. You want to make sure that you are
hiring the unique home builder and design professional that is
familiar with your project and can suit your needs the best.
• If they are a local contractor, are they licensed and registered
with the state?
o How long have they been in business?
o Do they carry insurance? If so, what type?
o Can they provide recent, reliable references?
o Are they familiar with your budget?
o Do they understand your time and availability?
o Do you enjoy their personal taste revealed through past projects?
o How many projects similar to yours have they completed in the last
• How do you plan to pay for your remodel? If you are planning on
taking a loan out, be sure to consider all the hold ups. Consider
the amount of time it will take for the lender to review the plan
and make a decision. Also, take into account the time that your loan
officer will be taking off due to vacations and other events. These
small interruptions will affect the amount of time it takes for you
to finish your project.