If you’re doing a major remodel of your kitchen, you might want to visit other homes in your neighbourhood to see how current trends are running. Not that you must do the same thing, but you want to keep the price of your home comparable to others in your neighbourhood and you want to realize a return on your investment should you decide to sell your home.
The planning phase is so important; you want as little in the way of surprises and distractions as possible. If you do need to hire a contractor or other professional, there are certain things you need to do to ensure things go smoothly.
Contractors and other professionals in the industry are licensed, or they should be, and you want to make sure any professionals you hire have up to date, current, and active licenses. This is, perhaps, the most important part of the planning phase, ensuring your hire competent professionals.
Once you have verified all license information, which you can do for free online, it’s time to check references. Once you’re satisfied that you’re dealing with a reputable professional, the negotiation process can start. Leave nothing to chance, insist on a contract and spell everything out, including price, date of completion, and who is responsible for getting the materials.
It’s a tedious process, but proper planning before you begin your remodeling project will ensure more success and far less headaches in the end.