The process of renovating your existing space is a big undertaking and one that is personal on a lot of levels. Not only are renovations a monetary investment, but these projects require you to really consider your space and the people that live in it in order to make your home the best it can be with the funds and spacial parameters you have available.
There are a lot of details, selections and hours of planning that go into a successful project and it can be really difficult to navigate where to start.
It is crazy how fast a project can go from a thrilling dream to an overwhelming nightmare, so in order to keep your stress level down and your project enjoyable and on track, it is important to surround yourself with a solid team, one that is 100% dedicated to the success of your project. But how do you go about doing that?
Where do you find this team?
Word of Mouth Referrals:
The best way to get the ball rolling on selecting your dream team is to ask friends, family, and neighbors who have done a remodel or new construction project about their experience. No one has more opinions than someone who has experienced some one’s work first hand. Of course, no individual or company is perfect, but over the course of a project, it is easy to tell if the person or persons you have hired are people you would use again or recommend to a friend.
Research and Observe:
Today the word research means one thing: Google search. Try typing in your city with the word Kitchen Remodel or Remodeler and see what comes up. There are tons of sites like Angie’s List and Kudzo.com full of reviews on hundreds of companies and individuals all over the country.
Equally as important as reviews based on experiences are reviews based on aesthetics. Sites like Houzz are a great resource to pursue thousands of photos not only for ideas but once you land on a picture or pictures you like the site will tell you the remodeler, builder, designer, architect, etc…which can really help kick-start your search.
Once you have narrowed down your top contenders it is time to meet them. So much of this process and experience comes down to relationships and personalities. The same person that might work for me and my project may not be the best fit for you. The company and or person you choose will be a big part of your life for a period of time and it is important you feel a connection with them. I always say the remodelers have their job cut out for them because most people continue to live in their house during the renovation, meaning this person and their crew will be in YOUR house with YOUR things and YOUR family all day, every day for awhile. Making communication, time management, organization, and honestly just some of the qualities you need to be on the lookout for, especially when it comes to a remodeler.
As a rule of thumb, it is always a good idea to interview at least three people to ensure you are getting the best bang for your buck. In order to get the most apples to apple comparison on everything from their price to their personality, it is important to give them all the exact same information. It is also important for you to really listen, take notes and ask questions regarding the specific details within each companies offerings. Every company will have different policies and procedures and it is important you understand any differences prior to making your decision.
Renovations and remodels can be overwhelming, expensive and exhausting, no doubt, but with a good team on your side, words like rewarding, satisfying and improved will be better adjectives to describe your experience. Go imagine, improve and enjoy bringing some function, organization and pretty to your home!