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Remodeling 101: Start Here

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Remodeling 101: Start Here

What’s the best way to get started with a home remodel project in Wichita, KS, or surrounding areas? There are a variety of different steps that should be taken along the way as a project moves from idea to successful completion. But it all hinges on a smooth start out of the gates. Here are four steps to start your next remodeling project in order to produce excellent end results.

1. The Vision

Perhaps the single most important step of any remodeling project is to come up with a specific, clear vision of the end result. Compare it to a fitness plan you may have undertaken at some point. Contemplating “getting into better shape” usually isn’t enough. Instead, effective goals such as “losing 15 pounds by June 1st” and getting it done by “going to the gym four times per week” are more likely to lead to results.

Along the same lines, “a nicer kitchen” really doesn’t give you much to work with to begin a kitchen remodel. What does that mean? How is a contractor even supposed to work with that?

Instead, make a specific vision with a point-by-point wish list. Your dream kitchen will have granite countertops, stainless steel appliances, a functional island, a hanging pot rack, a two-tier oven, and new custom cabinets. Now there’s a legitimate vision in place.

So which of those wish list items is the most important? Choose a top must-have for any project, a second tier of items that would be great to have, and then a third tier of extras that would be nice if they’re possible but otherwise could be scrapped if necessary.

Once the vision and the wish list are taken care of, everything else will follow more naturally. Still, don’t forget to consider these major points.

Not sure what your vision is? Don’t panic. Find the right contractor in Wichita and they can help you gain a clear vision of what you want.

2. The Budget

Set a feasible price range for your project. Don’t forget about fees for subcontractors, for licenses and permits, and of course, for all of the materials, supplies, appliances, and so forth. Expect to pay 10% more than any budget by the time the project is actually finished.

3. The Timeline

When does a project need to be completed? Is that possible? How will life be interrupted when a contractor is actually in the house getting work done? Think about the logistics and the scheduling of a project before diving in. There can often be a misconception of when you can get back to using your kitchen, bathroom, or basement, versus when the project is fully completed. Be sure your contractor fully explains the timeline and that you are both on the same page when it comes to schedule.

4. The Contractor

Who’s the right home remodeling contractor for your project? Do research, look up reviews, and see examples of previous similar projects. Interview several top choices, receive estimates from each, and select the best fit. Whenever possible, rely on a trusted referral from a close friend or family member.

Don’t stop there. Talk to the suppliers and subcontractors your contractor works with. Ask how they act behind the scenes, whether or not the contractor pays his or her bills on time, and get a good feel for how they are to work with .

Utilize these steps and you’ll be on your way to starting your home remodeling project in no time!