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10 Tips for a Successful Remodel – Part 2

Let’s continue laying the foundation for planning your project successfully by sharing three more tips for a successful remodel:

4. SPACE PLAN

Create a simple space plan early in the design process that can serve as the basis of your remodel project. Since placement of every element (i.e. lighting, outlets, furniture, plants, shelving, etc.) is important, continually update and reality check your plan before construction begins to avoid costly change orders.

5. TEST PAINT COLORS

Don’t just buy a gallon of paint and hope the color is right. Test several colors on an area of the room you’ll be painting and live with your choices for a few days before making the final decision. You no longer need to buy several quarts of paint to test paint colors since many paint companies offer sample-sizes.

6. INTERVIEW AT LEAST 3 CONTRACTORS

The obvious points to check are references, license(s) and insurance coverage. However, when checking references also ask behavioral questions about ease of communication, interaction with neighbors and clear lines of responsibility for every detail (i.e. who selects and/or purchases fixtures?).

I’ll share the remaining tips in my next post.

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