If you ask, most people will tell you their favorite time of year is in November or December when the holidays bring family, friends, gifts and excitement. Some will say that it’s summer when they take off for family vacations and bask in the sunshine. Still others will say it’s spring when everything begins anew and warm weather begins to move in.
But, if you ask a Remodeling company, they will tell you it’s May. National Home Improvement Month! And, we are most definitely on that bandwagon. With nearly 30 years in Design, Remodeling, and Renovation we think of May as our favorite holiday month and we love to give to others to help make their remodel a dream rather than a nightmare.
With that in mind, here are 5 Things You Can Do to Prepare for a Home Remodel:
1. Know what you like. It can be frustrating once you begin working with a contractor and they are showing you options that you absolutely hate. Having an idea of the types, colors, and styles of materials you like can be very helpful. It allows your designer to better understand your tastes and make suggestions that you’re more likely to love. Do a little research online, take pictures of friends Kitchens or Bathrooms that have been recently renovated, or even create a Pinterest board with all your favorites to share with us.
2. Have a budget in mind. Everyone wants a great deal when it comes to high ticket items like cars, vacations, and remodels but the old saying “you get what you pay for” is never more true than when it comes to your home. Do a bit of research on the average price of the renovation you’re thinking about in your area. Companies with rock bottom prices often have rock bottom quality when it comes to materials and labor. Cutting corners allows these companies to offer lower prices but you’ll find issues throughout the project and beyond. Set a budget that is works for your wallet but allows for quality workmanship and ensures the project adds to the value of your home rather than decreasing it.
3. Understand your long-term needs. Is this your forever home? Will your family be growing, downsizing or aging-in-place? These are all things that can affect your decisions in when and how you renovate your Orange County home, especially when it comes to your kitchen and bathroom. You don’t need a crystal ball, but looking into the future a little can definitely help.
4. Do your homework. It’s easy these days to hop online and do a quick search for Kitchen and Bath Remodelers in Orange County and get a long list of providers in the area. You also have services like Houzz and Home Advisor who will take your information and farm it out to the next 3 or 4 local contractors on their list. But, hands down, the best way to find a great company for your home remodel is to talk to friends and family. We love that a majority of our business is repeat and referral. Regardless of how you begin your search for a contractor, just make sure you check out the one you choose to work with. Check their license status, confirm their insurance is current, look at reviews online, check affiliations with groups such as NARI, NKBA, and others, find out how long they’ve been in business in your area, and make sure the images they share are of projects they have completed locally.
5. Work with a Designer. The single most important aspect of preparing for your project is ensuring you have the right design. A great design will save you time and money in the long run as well as ensure that your remodel is something you’ll love for a very long time rather than a quick to die fad that you’ll end up regretting. There are many amazing designers out there but if you can find a Remodeling company that has on-staff designers, it is more cost effective and can save time because the lines of communication are already there. At Burgin, we have processes in place to facilitate communication between our sales team, designers, and project managers to ensure that information is relayed as quickly and efficiently as possible. It can really make a big difference and reduces errors.
Of course, this isn’t an exhaustive list of things to help you prepare for a remodel, but it’s definitely a great start. Once you’ve chosen the remodeling company you will be entrusting with your home you should receive guidelines and communication from their team about what to expect and how to make the process less disruptive to your daily life.