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10 Tips for a Successful Remodel – Part 1

Ever wonder why so many homeowners suffer from remodelitis®?  Even though they’re eager to get to the remodeling finish line, they keep putting off starting a remodel they’ve been ready for.

It’s because we hear about more remodeling HORROR stories than DELIGHT stories.

Let’s help lay the foundation for planning your project successfully by sharing three of the ten tips for a successful remodel.

1. ARTICULATE YOUR VISION

While the mental image of what you want may not be vivid, only you know what inspires you. Create a file of images from magazines or online photo galleries that inspire you.

2. VERIFY WHETHER PERMITS ARE REQUIRED

Moving forward with a remodel project without obtaining the necessary permits can result in being fined or forced to demo the work done. Check with your local building department regarding the scope of work for which permits are required and what the requirements, if any, are.

3. FORMULATE A REALISTIC BUDGET

Unless you’re living the ‘Lifestyles of the Rich & Famous’ AND have the deep pockets to match, you’ll need to distinguish between must-haves and nice-to-haves, then prioritize them. Your budget should factor in a few additional weeks and a 15 to 20 percent reserve for unforeseen issues that may arise such as an undetected water leak, mold, etc.

I’ll share more tips in my next post.

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