Want the remodel done quickly? Slow down and plan
A major remodel often has some sticker shock along the way. But what about the time it takes to get that remodel done? Sure, you can expect a kitchen cabinet refacing to take two or three days to complete, and replacement windows might take the same amount of time. But the process leading up to that takes much longer.
Don't buy into the myth of a lightning fast remodel. Keep these pointers in mind:
- It starts with design. Here's a good rule of thumb to remember: the design process takes at least as long as the building process. If you are expecting that kitchen remodel to take a month or two, expect to start with design that takes at least that long.
- Beware the cookie-cutter timeline. If a contractor tells you it will take "a week, no problem" when you want that great new bathroom remodel, keep in mind that he may be talking about a generic remodel -- not one that takes your design elements into account.
- Plan before you budget. Create the remodeling project first, then decide what your budget really is. Start big, then narrow down your options until you find a happy medium between what you want and what you can afford.
- Remember the opposite-season rule. If you want a new deck by spring, start planning for it in the fall. If you need a sunroom by the end of the summer, start planning it in the winter.
A good contractor can help you learn what to expect when you embark on a major remodeling project.
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